Fantasy football owners may not realize it, but Kansas City Chiefs rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire didn't get everything right in his debut against the Houston Texans on Sept. 10.
While the first-round pick did tally 138 rushing yards, a touchdown and six rushing first downs on 25 attempts, he also finished the contest at minus-two yards on six carries while facing goal-to-go situations, per Adam Teicher of ESPN.
Kansas City running backs coach Deland McCullough expects better when the Chiefs play the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.
"The bottom line is, if you follow all the keys we're coached up to do in our room, he scores," McCullough told reporters on Thursday. "Some of the things we're talking about right now would be a moot point. But again, as he continues to grow — he took big growth after the last game and he'll take another big step in this game — regardless of what the plan is, when we are down there, the running back's job is to score. And when we do everything we're coached to do, we'll score a touchdown.''
McCullough added that Edwards-Helaire will remain K.C.'s goal-line running back for another week.
Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy added:
"Clyde's got to do a better job of making [the blockers] right. He understands that. He has to be disciplined and sound with his footwork, and he saw that. I know, if anything, he's probably the most critical person of his own performance.
"Although it was a good performance, he knows he left some things out there on the field that could have helped us to be better.''
After Week 1, Edwards-Helaire led the NFL in yards after contact. His coaches want to see that type of physical play inside the 10-yard line.