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Tribal Warfare
09-19-2010, 11:35 PM
Chiefs grind out 16-14 win over Browns (http://www.kansascity.com/2010/09/19/2235494/chiefs-grind-out-16-14-win-over.html)
By KENT BABB
The Kansas City Star

CLEVELAND | Forget perfection. Forget pretty. And forget big statistics.

That’s not the Chiefs’ style. And so far, sloppy is sensational — because Kansas City is 2-0 for the first time in five years.

Coach Todd Haley said after the Chiefs’ 16-14 victory Sunday — an unsightly, occasionally nauseating kind of thing — that this is the way his team will have to win. With defense, with special teams, and with luck. And maybe in spite of quarterback Matt Cassel, who still hasn’t shown that he’s a better quarterback than he was last season.

But so far in 2010, he’s a winner.

“It’s hard to win ballgames in the NFL,” said Cassel, who had fewer passing yards and more interceptions than Seneca Wallace, the Browns’ backup who started Sunday. “ ‘Whatever it takes’ is our mentality. If it’s sloppy, it’s sloppy. But at the end of the day, if we have a ‘W’ on the board, that’s all that matters.”

Haley said he came to terms with it weeks ago, that the Chiefs aren’t likely to dominate teams and will have to be sharper than their opponents. Players are beginning to understand now. Kansas City’s offense is perhaps the weakest part of a young and improving team, and it will occasionally need help.

Maybe more than occasionally.

On Sunday, cornerback Brandon Flowers helped bail out the offense with an interception that he returned for a touchdown. Kicker Ryan Succop did it with three field goals and by playing keep-away with the Browns’ terrific kick returner, Josh Cribbs. Kansas City kept Cleveland from scoring in the second half.

“The defense came out and helped us a lot,” running back Jamaal Charles said. “We played like a family.”

If that’s true, then Charles is looking more like a stepchild. The Chiefs’ young and talented rusher had half as many carries as Thomas Jones, and Charles didn’t touch the ball until the team’s third possession.

In Kansas City’s locker room, Charles acknowledged for the first time that he is the Chiefs’ backup running back. That Jones is the starter and that Charles has come to terms with his role.

“I don’t have any complaints,” he said. “Hey, man, as long as we win games around here, it doesn’t matter to me.”

Charles is saying the right things, and he appears to mean it, too. But the Chiefs can’t keep this up forever. Can they? If sloppy wins are charming now, what happens when all that slop turns on Kansas City and the defense or special teams has a bad day?

Haley didn’t explain Sunday when he was asked why Charles, who broke a 56-yard touchdown run last Monday against San Diego, hasn’t played more. He indicated that it was about the game plan and the Chiefs’ strengths against Cleveland.

“We have a clear-cut plan for how we want to start the game, how we want to do things,” Haley said. “Today was a grind-it-out type of day.”

There are likely to be more days like this ahead. Cassel was again inconsistent, and he misfired on passes more often than he was sharp. But the Chiefs have to live with him, because there’s no suitable Plan B — now or in the immediate future — if Cassel doesn’t improve in his second season as Kansas City’s starter.

He was picked off twice Sunday, and Haley said the Chiefs cannot afford turnovers. Not with this team, not the way it will have to play — disciplined and mostly mistake-free — if it plans to keep this unlikely winning streak rolling.

“Our margin of error is not going to be great,” Haley said. “We are a team that hasn’t won a lot of games, and that doesn’t happen by accident.

“We’re going to have to score in some unconventional ways.”

A team with utmost confidence in its quarterback doesn’t often have to rely on the unconventional, but Haley reiterated that this is where Kansas City is in its process to someday be a team that doesn’t have to play in the dirt to win.

But for now, the Chiefs are undefeated, and that’s more than most of the preseason’s Super Bowl darlings can say. Who needs a clean win, or a steady quarterback, or a rising star as the starting running back?

Not this 2-0 team.

“There are teams that won Super Bowls that had ugly wins,” Jones said. “If one part of the team is struggling a little bit, the other part steps up. We’re not really concerned if it’s an ugly win or a pretty win. A win is a win.”

Kansas City will take it however it can.

-King-
09-19-2010, 11:37 PM
You know...you don't have to post EVERY single article thats posted on the kcstar.

Bozo1970
09-19-2010, 11:38 PM
THE BROWNS ARE WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE

MikeMaslowski
09-20-2010, 12:18 AM
Could this be an elaborate plan to save Charles til the mid/end of the season? Maybe use up TJ til he's worn out? Could they know something we don't? Holy crap I hope so. How could everybody and their momma see this and the teams coaches not? We absolutely have to be wrong about Charles. We don't see every single play in practice.

Tribesman
09-20-2010, 12:45 AM
Could this be an elaborate plan to save Charles til the mid/end of the season? Maybe use up TJ til he's worn out? Could they know something we don't? Holy crap I hope so. How could everybody and their momma see this and the teams coaches not? We absolutely have to be wrong about Charles. We don't see every single play in practice.
And/or maybe it's because JC still is susceptible to fumbling (occasionally). With Cassel's 2 picks, add another turnover and today's outcome probably would've been much different.

KCtotheSB
09-20-2010, 12:58 AM
There are a lot of tits in this topic. I approve.

Tribesman
09-20-2010, 01:01 AM
There are a lot of tits in this topic. I approve.

ROFL That was great

Sweet Daddy Hate
09-20-2010, 01:41 AM
Chiefs grind out 16-14 win over Browns (http://www.kansascity.com/2010/09/19/2235494/chiefs-grind-out-16-14-win-over.html)


“The defense came out and helped us a lot,” running back Jamaal Charles said. “We played like a family.”



That's the stuff. Right there.:clap:

tyton75
09-20-2010, 09:39 AM
I think its simply they wanted to run between the tackles more than run to the outside.. who would you rather have smashing it up the middle?

I wouldn't want to see Charles running between the tackles all that much..


now, whether its a good strategy is another issue

PunkinDrublic
09-20-2010, 09:41 AM
Babb grinds out another bland uninsightful column.

ChiefsNow
09-20-2010, 09:45 AM
THE BROWNS ARE WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE

If ya wanna crown em, crown em lol

Sweet Daddy Hate
09-20-2010, 11:02 AM
Babb grinds out another bland uninsightful column.

Did you really expect anything less?