KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Romeo Crennel stepped to the podium in the auditorium beneath Arrowhead Stadium after another embarrassing loss and announced that Matt Cassel will remain the Chiefs’ starting quarterback.
The San Diego Chargers benched 2010 first-round pick Ryan Mathews on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. Chargers head coach Norv Turner insisted it wasn’t punishment for Mathews’ fumbling problem, but Mathews’ workload suggested otherwise.
K Nick Novak was Johnny on the spot for the Chargers this weekend. K Nate Kaeding injured his groin in practice Friday afternoon as Novak was kicking nearby on an SDSU practice field. Three hours later, Novak boarded the team’s plane bound for Kansas City without the benefit of a contract. Novak signed on Saturday and was a perfect 3 for 3 in the Chargers’ 37-20 victory over the Chiefs.
I feel like I might need to break up with the Chiefs. Things are getting awkward between us. They don’t bother showing up for games anymore, without so much as an explanation. They’ll disappear for weeks at a time, only to come back reeking of spoiled Gatorade and dispossessed candy bar wrappers.
“We are really disappointed in the way that we played yesterday,” Crennel said, via comments sent out by the Chiefs. “Particularly at home, at Arrowhead, a division game. I really can’t tell you why we played the way we played. I was not expecting us to play that way.”
Recap: The Chargers dominated the Chiefs in a game for first place in the division. San Diego is now 3-1 and in first place alone in the AFC West. It was a great rebound game for San Diego after it was hammered at home by Atlanta last week. San Diego jumped out to a 20-0 lead and the game was never in question.