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Chiefs Looking for Answers, in Mirror and Running Game

Posted Dec 19, 2012

There is no changing the current 2-12 record of the Kansas City Chiefs. However, there is something that can be done to change the team’s current two-game losing streak and Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel believes he knows where to start.

“In my mind it’s the running game,” Crennel said. “Because that’s been the bright spot offensively and we have to be able to run the ball and we couldn’t do that (Sunday). They handled us up front.”

The bright spot coach referred to (wins in Week 2 and Week 12) comes with some telling numbers from Kansas City’s ground game.

During the team’s two victories this season, Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles carried the ball 33 times (for 233 yards against New Orleans in Week 3) and 27 times (for 127 yards against Carolina in Week 12).

Sunday’s 15-0 loss to the Oakland Raiders was Jamaal Charles’ third-lowest number of rushing attempts in a game this season, nine carries for 10 yards. The teammates blocking for Charles, including T Eric Winston, were not pleased with the limited opportunities they provided their running backs.

“Up front, we were brutal. We didn’t get the running game going at all, we didn’t open up any holes at all, we didn’t protect at all,” Winston admitted.

The 6’7, 302-pound tackle found himself, like the Kingdom fans, unsatisfied with Sunday’s (and season-long) struggles.

“I think it’s mostly frustration, you try to look for answers but unless you’re looking in the mirror, you’re probably looking at the wrong place,” Winston said.

Though just as frustrated as his teammates, Jamaal Charles continues to take the high road.

“Our heads are on playing football. You see it; I come out here and come to work. That’s all it’s about, trying to be the best teammate I can be,” Charles stated.

While it’s easy for people to question coaching decisions, play calls, etc., Chiefs DT Shaun Smith admits that the team’s record ultimately falls on the guys who play inside the white lines.

“At the end of the day, the coaches can only coach us so much,” Smith said.

“We as players still have to go out there and make the plays. They’re not the one missing the tackles, they’re not the one dropping the balls, they’re not the one turning the ball over. So, we have to hold ownership for ourselves as the players, for everything we’re doing, missing tackles, when we drop a ball or we don’t run the right play, coach (Crennel) can only do so much.”

So, how does the team best rebound from the shutout defeat from Sunday, Eric Winston has a strong idea.

“You act like a pro; you come in here and do your work you’re supposed to do and you find a way to grab a couple of wins, here at the end of the season, that’s the only thing you can do,” Winston professed.

Regardless of the team’s current record, entering the offseason with two wins will likely get it up on its feet, hopeful for a brighter future.

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