It is the first day of winter and it certainly feels like it in Kansas City after the Chiefs' loss to the Cleveland Browns yesterday.
Here are your links for the morning. NJ Chiefs Fan is off this week. I'm taking over because I'm working through Christmas Eve.
Chiefs News Chiefs Update | Chiefs Football at BobGretz.com
It’s ironic that the last time a Chiefs regular season game was not broadcast locally was on December 16, 1990, when Houston QB Warren Moon threw for 527 yards, the second biggest passing day in league history. Some 19 years and four days later, with local TVs dark again, Cribbs and Harrison turn in historic performances.
Longtime broadcaster Bill Grigsby, a Kansas City icon for six decades, completed his final contribution to the Chiefs broadcast on Sunday. He said he’s retiring after watching all but a handful of Chiefs games in the franchise’s history. “Times change, you know?” Grigsby, 87, said before Kansas City’s home finale Sunday.
The list goes on – Drew Brees, Shannon Sharpe, Matt Hasselbeck, Shaun Alexander – they all enjoyed career games against the Chiefs that season, and Kansas City had the worst defense in the NFL. Dead last. It prevented the league’s top-ranked offense from advancing to the playoffs, and one thing was abundantly clear – Greg Robinson, KC’s defensive coordinator, had to be fired.
''For the past two, three weeks, me and Josh have had a personal vendetta against each other, like who's going to outperform each other,'' Harrison said. ''He set the tempo. He set it very high. At halftime I said, 'I'm going to come and get you' and he just laughed. So I thought, 'I've got my work cut out trying to catch him.' '' Getting a career-high 34 carries, Harrison scored on dashes of 71, 8 and 28 yards, running parallel to the goal line to kill time on the last one with 44 seconds remaining.
Harrison rushed for 286 yards, the third-highest single-game total in NFL history. Cribbs, the outstanding do-everything player, returned two kickoffs for touchdowns. After his day in Kansas City, where above-average players become superstars, Cribbs became the most prolific return man in NFL history with eight career touchdowns on kick returns. “That’s amazing,” he said. “The NFL has been around for a long time. I feel real good about our kickoff-return units. To see all of our units play well today, I was like, ‘Goodness, where were we at all year?’ ”
There wasn’t much of an ending, though. An announced crowd of 53,315 saw it and groaned. If you stayed home to darn a new pair of sweatpants or study the mysteries of the yak, know that you’ve seen Arrowhead Stadium’s production before. The Chiefs lost in dramatic, pitiful and historically bad fashion — and again challenged the boundaries of hitting bottom.
It was one of the lowest attended games I have seen in the past two years, despite the blackout. It almost seems the blackout rule has the opposite effect. As far as our sell out streak ending, I didn’t hear one person mention it. It seemed almost as if nobody cared. Booming bass from the stereos was noticeably absent from the parking lot. The usual festive Arrowhead atmosphere didn’t crawl out of bed today.
NFL Game Center: Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs - 2009 Week 15
All week the Browns heard how Mike Holmgren coming to Cleveland might mean the end of coach Eric Mangini's short, drama-filled stint with the team. Jerome Harrison and Joshua Cribbs may have saved their coach's job, at least for now, trying to outdo each other with record-setting games.
Dropped passes continue to plague KC receivers - KansasCity.com
Matt Cassel’s first 300-yard game for the Chiefs could have been his first 400-yard game. Eight dropped passes made sure his total stayed at 331. Those dropped throws also might have cost the Chiefs a victory Sunday. They instead lost to the Cleveland Browns 41-34 at Arrowhead Stadium.
Let's Address the 275 Pound Elephant In The Room: Congratulations to JaMarcus Russell, Now Get Back To Work! - Silver And Black Pride
I was on my knees and praying when there were 40 seconds left on the clock. I was praying that the Oakland Raiders, despite their limitations would be able to pull out a win today! I was praying that JaMarcus Russell would find someone open and win the ball game for us, and he did. Finding Chaz Schillens on a crossing route and hitting him in perfect stride for 6. By listening to the player interviews afterward and also taking into account what I saw today, JaMarcus is still 3rd String, behing Gradkowski and Frye, BUT, today he earned the game ball and he should be proud of his teammates for helping him out on the last drive and also proud of himself.
Potent Quotables - Raiders 20 - Broncos 19 - Mile High Report
"I give the Raiders credit. We knew coming in, it would be a good, tough-fought hard division game, similar to the first one. They certainly did more than we did at the line of scrimmage. They took advantage of the opportunities down low in the red zone, we struggled to do that. Any time you have to kick field goals in a game it's going to be close, it's going to be costly in the end. They made a few more plays than we did and I give the coach credit. And their staff, they did a nice job and had a good game plan and I give them credit, we have to go back to work."
First, the game. This game ranks up there with the Giants game for me. It's an opponent of equal talent, and a lot of times in the past the Chargers have lost to teams that are just as good as them by not doing the little things. This season, through plenty of adversity (namely, injuries), the team has continued to do the little things that keep you in the game and give you a chance to win the game at the end. Because of that, today's first Bolt might be the most well-deserved one ever.
Maurice Leggett (almighty31) on Twitter
im ready for a change
still somewhat shocked my KC chiefs lost 2 cleveland browns.no offense2 Ohio friends but my lord I didn't think we were as bad as the browns
#KCChiefs special teams & defense looked totally gassed against #Cleveland. Haley's General Patton style has this team closing with no fuel.
How could the Chiefs lose to the poor ol' Browns in Arrowhead...
Hey ESPN i dont want to hear anymore about the Browns historic day. Im a Chiefs fan for crying out loud