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Tribal Warfare
09-19-2010, 09:42 PM
Chiefs don’t let Cribbs hurt them this time (http://www.kansascity.com/2010/09/19/2235331/chiefs-dont-let-cribbs-hurt-them.html)
The Kansas City Star

Burned twice too often by Cleveland return specialist Josh Cribbs last season. Todd Haley wasn’t going to give him any chances to beat the Chiefs on Sunday.

So Haley had Ryan Succop hit short kickoffs and Dustin Colquitt punt away from Cribbs. The maneuvers cost the Chiefs a few yards in field position but no points in Kansas City’s 16-14 win over the Browns.

“The plan was no returns (for Cribbs),” Haley said. “They had to scheme to try to get him one at the end, and he had one early on a punt return. But what a job these two kickers did. They stepped up to the task in an unselfish way. They’re not worried about their own personal glory and they helped us win and that’s what I’m looking for.”

Cribbs scored on a 65-yard pass play when he got behind the Chiefs’ secondary. But as opposed to last year, when Cribbs returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in the Browns’ win at Arrowhead Stadium, he failed to affect the game on special teams.

Cribbs had one kickoff return for 19 yards and a punt return for 5 yards.

“They were going to give up field position in order not to let Josh have the chance to hit the home run,” Cleveland coach Eric Mangini said. “If you start with the ball on the 35 on most drives, that’s a pretty good situation.”

The Browns did little with that field position.

Haley’s plan was worth little without some nice execution by the Chiefs. Kick coverage was solid, but Succop’s high, short kickoffs made the whole thing work.

“That is so much harder to do than what people think,” Haley said.

Succop said he worked all week on the different type of kickoff. He wound up putting his five kickoffs about where he wanted to.

“Obviously you want to go out there and pound the ball,” he said. “That’s the first time I’ve really ever hit those mortar kicks. I’ve always been a guy who usually kicks deep. Obviously, with Cribbs and their return game, we felt like this gave us the best chance to win.”

Succop accounted for all of the Chiefs’ offensive points with his three field goals from 35, 26 and 23 yards. Kansas City’s only touchdown came on a 33-yard interception return by cornerback Brandon Flowers.

Succop didn’t attempt any field goals in last week’s game at San Diego but picked up where he left off from his strong rookie season of 2009.

Succop missed three of his eight field-goal attempts in the preseason, but all three failures came from more than 50 yards. Two of them hit the goalpost, so Succop wasn’t worried about a sophomore slump.

“Those were good kicks,” he said. “They were just a little unlucky.”

'Hamas' Jenkins
09-19-2010, 09:45 PM
Yeah, we just let him catch a 65 yard touchdown pass.

09-19-2010, 09:47 PM
Yeah, we just let him catch a 65 yard touchdown pass.

LOL you took the words right out of my mouth.

09-19-2010, 09:52 PM
Can we plz put all the KCStar articles in an official thread?


09-19-2010, 10:02 PM
Yeah, we just let him catch a 65 yard touchdown pass.

Haley has him on his fantasy team, so he couldn't shut him out altogedder

Just Passin' By
09-19-2010, 10:04 PM
Congratulations to the Chiefs. 2-0 for the first time since 2005. San Francisco at home gives them a realistic chance at a win, which would make them 3-0 going into the bye week. Good luck.