Though he probably made fantasy football owners quite happy by finding the endzone two times, Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles was quite bothered by his admittedly poor play in a loss to the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.
Charles, who still managed to end the day with 115 yards from scrimmage and a pair of touchdowns, could not seem to get past the two fumbles he lost earlier in the game when speaking at Kansas City's postgame press conference:
What did you think of your performance today?
"My performance sucked today. I put the ball on the ground and I know I can’t do that. I have to get better and move on from it – I know I can’t help my team win when I put the ball on the ground. We played a good San Diego team that answers on turnovers and they did a great job today."
What happened on the first fumble?
"I think it was [Chargers LB Jarret] Johnson ripped it loose. I was running and the next thing you know, I felt his hand and the ball just ripped out. I know that is something I cannot do."
Are turnovers more of a result of the offense pressing, or is it the other team?
"It’s just us, it’s me, I cannot speak for anybody else, but it’s me. I know I can’t turn the ball over; I know when I’m going across the field I have to cover the ball up. [The fumbles] were on me, it doesn’t have anything to do with the San Diego Chargers; I know I can’t put the ball on the ground. We can win ballgames if we don’t turn the ball over and we did a terrible job of that – especially me."
Considering how Charles has not once lost more than two fumbles in a single season in his NFL career, Sunday's case of the butterfingers would appear to be an aberration. Though it's still obvious that no upper echelon tailback in the league wants to fumble at all, let alone twice in one game, Charles' disgust with himself has to be a good sign for the Chiefs heading into Week 5.