Chiefs Go Right Back To Role As NFL's Worst Team from KC Star
The world moves fast. Maybe that's callous. But the NFL is big business. Everyone is judged on performance, and now, two games removed from Jovan Belcher's murder-suicide, the focus is back to the Chiefs' place as the most disappointing team in the NFL.
They lost 30-7 to the Browns here on Sunday. That'sthirty. To seven. To the Browns...
...Jamaal Charles sliced through and then outran the Browns' defense for an 80-yard touchdown on the Chiefs' first play from scrimmage. The Chiefs ran 51 more plays without any more points.
Chiefs Fall Apart Against Browns After Bowe Leaves from KC Star
If their 30-7 loss to the Browns proved anything to the Chiefs on Sunday, it's that they're getting a great bargain paying about $9.5 million to Dwayne Bowe this year.
Their offense was operating quite nicely with Bowe in their lineup in the opening minutes. The Chiefs scored one touchdown and should have scored again on their next possession, failing only when the offense bogged down inside the Cleveland 5 and they missed a short field goal attempt.
The game unraveled for the Chiefs when Bowe left their lineup for good late in the first period with injured ribs.
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He was booed every time he touched the ball. Browns fans at one point chanted an obscenity at him.
The rude reception given to Chiefs running back Peyton Hillis on his return to Cleveland didn't catch him by surprise.
"I was prepared for it,'' Hillis said. "I didn't know how bad it would be.
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Charles Breaks Loose: RB
Jamaal Charlesran for an 80-yard touchdown on the game's first offensive play. His 80-yard touchdown run is tied for the fifth-longest rushing play in team history. Charles set the record for longest rush from scrimmage in Chiefs history with a 91-yard touchdown run at New Orleans (9/23) in Week 3 of this season. It is his second longest rush of the season. It was his fourth rushing touchdown of the year.
The ball was in Chiefs strong safety Eric Berry's hands for an instant. But Cleveland tight end Benjamin Watson knocked it from Berry's grasp, spoiling the interception.
The ball was nearly in Chiefs rookie free safety Tysyn Hartman's grasp in the end zone, but as Hartman leaped high for it, he couldn't quite come up with his first NFL interception.
That's how it's been for the Chiefs' defense all season.
Chiefs' Special Teams Struggle All Day from KC Star
The Cleveland Browns were set up to block Dustin Colquitt's second-quarter punt. It was only by sheer accident that Cleveland rookie Travis Benjamin returned Colquitt's punt 93 yards for the pivotal play in Sunday's 30-7 victory over the Chiefs.
That was the kind of day the Chiefs had on special teams. All phases of the Chiefs' kicking game let them down on Sunday -- placements, kickoffs, punt coverage and the return game.
What happened to Romeo Crennel's new-found daring attitude on fourth down when he ordered a field goal in the first half when the Chiefs, leading 7-0 faced fourth down at the Cleveland 3?
Kicking a field goal for a 10-0 lead was the right move. If the game were scoreless or 3-0, going for it would have been the right choice. And having watched Brady Quinn's third down pass nearly get intercepted only reinforced Crennel's decision to kick. Who thought Ryan Succop would miss a 27-yarder?
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Defensive end Juqua Parker emerged from the trainer's room and headed to his locker singing a tune - one that might sum up the current Browns.
"We're not gonna take it," Parker said, repeating the chorus to Twisted Sister's 1980s hard rock anthem. "We're not gonna take it ... anymore."
The Browns are tired of losing.
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The return came after Benjamin and Josh Cribbs traded places, with Cribbs bolting up to the line of scrimmage to try to block the punt and Benjamin dropping back to return it. The switch foiled the Chiefs and they let Benjamin sprint up the left side, with only the punter ultimately standing in his way. Cribbs took care of that.
"The punter saw me about to come and he opened the gate like, 'I ain't got nothing to do with that,' " said Cribbs.
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After getting gashed for the first 5 minutes of the game, the defense locked down the Chiefs and did not allow another point. They were aided by injuries to Dwayne Boweand Jamaal Charles but the Browns have a tendency to knock players out of games. The Chiefs were trying to be more physical and get inside the Browns' heads early on but it obviously did not work. TJ Ward said, "actions speak louder than words and when those pads get to poppin' you find out who is really tough." I guess we found out.
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After going up 7-0, the Browns scored 30 straight points to stave off the best of intentions by the Chiefs. Still you have to give Cleveland credit too because they made the plays after the Charles run and the Chiefs, on both sides of the ball, didn't make any.
So what are we as fans left to think?
All this loss shows is that the Chiefs are no better now than they were before their spirited victory a week ago. What we saw on Sunday at Cleveland was a team that looked disorganized on both sides of the ball and one that wasn't coached very well either.
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Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn and the offense responded by driving from their own 21 all the way to the Cleveland 4-yard line. A 47-yard toss from Quinn to Dwayne Bowe was the key play.
But the drive stalled there, and then Ryan Succup inexplicably missed a chip-shot, 27-yard field goal, the ball bouncing off the left upright and costing the Chiefs a rare two-score advantage.
The miss, early as it was, seemed to almost instantly deflate the Chiefs, who never recovered.
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"...I hear the name of (Chiefs pro personnel director) Ray Farmer and I like him. He's a great guy, but no one wants anything to do with the Kansas City Chiefs right now. ... I know how they run it. It's way too mechanical. They want robots in the front office, not evaluators. It's important to have a system and to make scouting a science as much as you can, but this business is about having a gut feel and calling it like you see it. I don't want a robot scouting for me."
Chiefs Worried Dwayne Bowe Has Two Broken Ribs from CBS Sports
Not a lot has gone right for the Chiefs this year, and it's possible their offense could become even more lethargic if their fears about wideout Dwayne Bowe are confirmed.
Per CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora, Kansas City is worried that the wide receiver has a pair of broken ribs.
Postgame Analysis: Browns 30. Chiefs 7 from CBS Sports
But the Browns won anyway because quarterback Brandon Weeden continued to develop his rapport with wide receivers Greg Little and Josh Gordon. They succeeded using trickery usually embraced by Kansas City offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, they made huge plays on special teams and the pass defense tightened significantly after a slow start.
And it didn't hurt that the self-destruction that has defined the Chiefs' season was spotlighted again on Sunday.
Wrap-up: Browns 30, Chiefs 7 from ESPN
Turnover problem getting better: Quinn wasn't good, but the Chiefs are more careful with the ball than when Matt Cassel was the starter. The Chiefs have committed four turnovers in the past five games after committing 29 turnovers in the first eight games. Cassel was a big reason for the turnovers.
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Charles was his usual amazing self, with 18 carries for 165 yards, but no football player can win a game all alone. And other than Charles, the Chiefs don't have much.
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