JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Even Chiefs left tackle Branden Albert will debate the wisdom of the way on Sunday that he defended teammate Jamaal Charles, shoving Jacksonville defender (and former Chief) Jason Babin after he put some gratuitous extra oomph into taking down Charles in the third quarter near the Jaguars' sideline.
By VAHE GREGORIAN
The Kansas City Star
That could have cost the team, said Albert, who avoided being penalized on the play.
But its hard not to understand where it came from.
I felt like, `Thats my man. Id come to the defense of any one of my teammates; I just thought it was a little dirty. Thats what it was, Albert said after the Chiefs stomped Jacksonville 28-2. It probably was kind of borderline what I did, but, you know, Im not going to let anybody do that to my teammates.
Sometimes youve got to do that, you know, to let people know you cant do that to your teammates.
Just the same, Coach will probably say something to me about it.
Even if so, Albert apparently would welcome it. After a turbulent offseason contract negotiation in which his future as a Chief was doubtful, Albert has embraced the new coaching staff and on Sunday shook off an early ankle injury to help escort the Chiefs to their biggest scoring outburst since 2011.
Im very revived, he said. I dont want everybody to think that this one win is going to be everything. Weve got a lot of work to do.
But it feels good, at the same time. It feels real good. I didnt want to take my pads off. I aint going to lie to you.
Not even about whether he did the wrong thing for the right reason.