Jamaal Charles wanted the instant validation that only a big game could provide. He signed a five-year contract extension the day before and believed a signature game Sunday against the Chargers was the proper way to thank the Chiefs and general manager Scott Pioli for their faith in him.
Instead, Charles, the NFL’s third-leading runner heading into the game, had his lowest rushing output of the season. He rushed for just 40 yards as the Chiefs fell to the Chargers 31-0.
Neither of those facts rested well with him afterward.
“It was an embarrassing day for me,’’ he said, his voice rising slightly from its normal placid tone. “I signed the contract and then I didn’t come through for the people I’m supposed to come through for. It was embarrassing. I didn’t do (well) enough.’’