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Tribal Warfare
12-01-2008, 01:20 AM
Chiefs buzz: Thigpen’s mistakes don’t bother Edwards
(http://www.kansascity.com/sports/chiefs/story/916002.html)
Thigpen’s mistake doesn’t bother Edwards

Chiefs coach Herm Edwards said he liked how quarterback Tyler Thigpen responded after a third-quarter interception led to an Oakland touchdown.

“I like what he did,” Edwards said. “I don’t like that he threw the interception, but he came back. That was the key.”

Thigpen overthrew tight end Tony Gonzalez, and Chris Johnson picked off the pass and returned it to the Kansas City 1. The Raiders scored on the next play and tied the game at 10-10.

Edwards said he was impressed by how Thigpen finished the game without being hesitant about throwing into coverage. Thigpen was 15 for 22 for 162 yards. It was, however, his first game without a touchdown pass since taking over as the Chiefs’ starter five weeks ago.

Hali in the lineup

The Chiefs were fearful late in the week that they would have to play without starting defensive end Tamba Hali, who has a sore ankle. Hali skipped practice Thursday and Friday.

Hali started and played most of the game. Alfonso Boone started at the other end but was soon replaced by Jason Babin, who was the Chiefs’ best pass rusher.

• Middle linebacker Pat Thomas practiced most of the week after missing recent games because of a sore hamstring. Thomas wound up on the inactive list, but his replacement, Rocky Boiman, made one of the game’s biggest plays.

He pried the ball loose from Oakland’s Justin Fargas in the fourth quarter. The Chiefs went on to kick a field goal and expand their lead to 20-10.

He looks familiar

You’ve got to have a good memory and detailed knowledge of the Chiefs’ roster, but Oakland cornerback Johnson once played for Kansas City. Johnson went to camp with the Chiefs in 2006 in Edwards’ first season as coach.

The Chiefs wound up releasing Johnson before the start of the season, and he never played in a regular-season game for them.

Johnson moved into Oakland’s starting lineup when the Raiders released DeAngelo Hall in October.

Nervous time

The Chiefs led by 10 points midway through the fourth quarter but never felt confident about the win until the final seconds, when they were able to kill what was left of the clock by having Thigpen take a knee three times.

The Chiefs had fourth-quarter leads earlier this season, but other than in their win against Denver weren’t able to finish.

“I didn’t feel secure until we took the victory formation,” guard Brian Waters said.

The Raiders kicked a field goal with 2:55 left, slicing their deficit to 20-13, but the Chiefs ran out the clock. They converted on third down on Thigpen’s 12-yard pass to Dwayne Bowe and in the process made Oakland burn its three timeouts.

The Raiders couldn’t stop the clock again, and Larry Johnson got another first down on the next play by rushing for 15 yards. The Chiefs then went to the victory formation.

First in a long time

Rookie cornerback Maurice Leggett’s 67-yard fumble return for a touchdown was the Chiefs’ first special-teams score since safety Bernard Pollard blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown against Jacksonville on Dec. 31, 2006.

This and that

•The Chiefs allowed a season low in points and yards, holding Oakland to 13 points and 271 total yards. The Raiders had 300 yards rushing 11 weeks earlier in a 23-8 win at Arrowhead.

•Tight end Tony Gonzalez played in his 186th game with Kansas City, tying former kicker Jan Stenerud for the fourth most in team history. Gonzalez had eight receptions Sunday, extending his streak to 127 consecutive games with at least one catch. This is his sixth consecutive season with at least 70 receptions. His 110-yard performance Sunday was his 26th game with triple-digit yardage, the most in NFL history among tight ends.

•Kicker Connor Barth hit two field goals Sunday and remains perfect in eight attempts since rejoining the Chiefs, with whom he spent training camp and the preseason before Kansas City cut him.

•The Chiefs’ 16-play touchdown drive in the fourth quarter was the longest this season. It lasted 9:24, also a season-high.

TEX
12-01-2008, 02:00 AM
But I wonder if Edwards' mistakes bother Thigpen?

Kerberos
12-01-2008, 08:24 AM
You’ve got to have a good memory and detailed knowledge of the Chiefs’ roster, but Oakland cornerback Johnson once played for Kansas City. Johnson went to camp with the Chiefs in 2006 in Edwards’ first season as coach.

The Chiefs wound up releasing Johnson before the start of the season, and he never played in a regular-season game for them.

Johnson moved into Oakland’s starting lineup when the Raiders released DeAngelo Hall in October.


Yet another blunder by the Chiefs. Makes you really think about our talent evaluation and coaching ..... OR LACKTHEREOF.

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