[Topeka Capital-Journal] Larry Johnson didn’t want to be the bad guy. He’s been painted that way before.
“I can’t say it,” Johnson said, “because then I’d be looked at as being a jerk.”
Trent Green didn’t say it directly, either. So it fell on Tony Gonzalez to say what everybody else was thinking.
Tony, you have the floor.
“It was a little bit predictable on our part as far as, we’re gonna run, run, pass,” Gonzalez said. “I think going in to it, everybody knew, the national media, the local media, everybody knew that what you want to do against the Colts is run the ball. They’re talking about Larry getting off this week, and he could have.
“But I think when a defense knows that going into the game, they’re gonna put eight, nine guys in the box, that we have to open it up with the pass.”
That oh-so obvious game plan the Chiefs sought to execute, the one that got Johnson an NFL-record 416 carries during the regular season, failed spectacularly Saturday in a 23-8 loss in an AFC wild-card playoff to the Indianapolis Colts and their No. 32 run defense.
Johnson finished with 32 yards on 13 carries.
“I just wish I coulda had a say-so as far as helping us try to do some different things,” Johnson said. “I knew it was gonna happen. I don’t care who you are, when you’ve got somebody on TV telling you this is gonna happen to you, you gotta have enough pride in you.”
Johnson said the Chiefs’ offense let their defense down.
“We played like we’re playing against dum-dums,” Johnson said.
“Everybody’s talking about how they’re last in the league in stopping the run,” Gonzalez said. “And it’s smart of us to go out there and try to exploit that, but at the same time when it’s not working , you’re gonna have to switch to something else.”
“I think in the second half, we finally hit our rhythm and did what we’re capable of doing. By then, it’s too little, too late.”
Green didn’t necessarily agree with Gonzalez and Johnson, but he didn’t disagree, either.
“I don’t know if I’d call it predictable, that’s just the offense we run,” Green said. “It’s what we’ve done all year.”
Green and Johnson both said the offense took a step back Saturday, a step they’ll try to regain over the offseason.