have no quit in them
Call it a gutsy performance. Call it luck. Call the last
drive and FG lucky.
Call it what you will, but one thing about the 2002 KC
Chiefs is they have absolutely no quit in them.
After a less-than-stellar defensive effort in the second
half (yes, I am being kind, it is nearly Christmas), the
Chiefs faced a first and 10 on their own three-yard line
with 5:23 left in the game. They trailed by one point.
No Priest Holmes, no Tony Richardson. No Morten Anderson.
No Johnnie Morton (scratch thatthat was a plus.)
But QB Trent Greenstitched up thumb and allonce
again showed why he deserves to be the starting QB for
the Chiefs. He has moxie. And he never quits.
He has played with a bum ankle, a bum thumb and bad ribs
this season. He reminds me of Steve DeBerg, but with more
Green was responsible for 70 of the 77 yards on the final
drive with 65 yards passing, and a five-yard run.
He willed the team down the field for the final FG, and
Take A Memo:
WR Marc Boerigter now has 18 catches for 402 yards
and 8 TDs for the season in limited action. Thats
22.3 yards per catch. Thats one more TD than Tony
Gonzalez. This guy is a playmaker.
Boerigter also has 5 receiving TDs in December,
which leads the league.
QB Trent Green now has a 95.2 QB rating, and is
completing 62% of his passes.
Boerigter and Green will always have an NFL record.
Their 99-yard TD pass may be tied, but will never be broken.
Rookie safety Shaunard Harts is either money or
embarrassing. He was both on Sunday, but his strip of
Chargers WR Reche Caldwell on the final drive of the Chargers
sealed the deal.
On third and one and the game on the line, do not
run Mike Cloud up the middle.
On fourth and one and the game on the line, do
not run Mike Cloud up the middle.
Never ever take the ball out of Trent Greens
hands in that situation unless he is going to hand it
to Priest Holmes or T Rich.
If Priest Holmes doesnt go on Saturday against
Oakland start Derrick Blaylock.
The Chiefs offense set a team record with 466 points
by scoring 24 on Sunday, breaking a 37-year old record
of 442 points set in 1965. Maybe Vermeil and Saunders
do know a little something about offense.
The Arrowhead mystique may be back; the Chiefs
now have five straight Arrowhead wins.
Injuries were everywhere for the Chiefs and that
gave little used players a chance to step up and answer
the phone, or not.
Little used players that answered the call:
WR Marc Boerigter. Two TDs and an NFL record.
Your new starting WR opposite Eddie Kennison.
FB Omar Easy. One dropped pass, but otherwise a
K Michael Husted. Last kicked a FG of 30 plus yards
in the last century. Money kick that placed the Chiefs
R-Kal Truluck, 3 tackles and one sack.
Veterans that answered the call:
Trent Green, Eddie Kennison and Tony Gonzalez are
all starters, but made the plays that allowed the Chiefs'
very slim playoff hopes to remain.
A little used player where the phone is still ringing:
Michael Cloud. 16 rushes for 19 yards. Ugh.
Wild card picture:
The Chiefs need a Christmas miracle to make the playoffs,
but for the first time in 5 years, they will play for
their playoff lives next Saturday.
I believe this is what must happen: (subject to change
at any moment)
First, the Chiefs must beat Oakland and finish
the season 9-7.
Arizona must beat Denver. (Denver 8-8 and out of the
Green Bay beats the Jets (Jets 9-7 and don't win
the AFC East. Chiefs hold tiebreaker over Jets)
Miami beats New England. (Miami 10-6, NE 8-8)
Its the longest of longshots, but expect nearly
every TV in KC to be tuned to the KC vs. Oakland game
(CK Rairden can be reached by email