[Kansas City.com] After Sunday’s loss to Philadelphia, Tony Gonzalez was very, very angry.
“What did the Eagles’ defense do to you?” he was asked.
“What did the defense do to me?” he asked back into the flurry of cameras and tape recorders. He gritted his teeth. “I’m not going to go there. Next question.”
Gonzalez caught two meaningless passes for 5 yards on Sunday. His first catch came on the last play of the first half. His second came with the Chiefs out of the game.
Gonzalez was plain ticked off.
“I didn’t go downfield at all,” he said. “It’s frustrating. I haven’t even sniffed the end zone this year. I’m not going to lie to you. I’m really frustrated.”
Through four games last season, Gonzalez had 18 catches for 228 yards and a touchdown. Through four games this season, he has almost as many catches – 16 – but for only 129 yards, and, as he mentioned, he hasn’t sniffed the end zone. His longest catch of the season is 17 yards, and that was in week one.
The last two weeks, Gonzalez has 34 yards receiving.
In those two games, he has not caught a pass longer than 8 yards.
“I’m not pointing any fingers,” he said. “But defenses are not doing anything different now than they’ve ever done. Yeah, they’re double-teaming me. They’ve been double-teaming me ever since I got into this league.”
“The Eagles didn’t do anything special to stop me. I just didn’t get the opportunity. I have to get the opportunity to do it. I need to get the ball to help this team win. I am a six-time Pro Bowler. We’ve always found ways to get me the ball in my hands before. I don’t know. I can’t tell you what’s going on. But it’s frustrating.”
“If they’re going to use me like this, then, maybe they should just move me for their own sake. I get paid too much money to not get the ball.”
“I want to help this team win,” he said. “If they’ll let me.”