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Kansas City Chiefs Notes, Quotes 2008-09-30

Kansas City Chiefs Notes, Quotes 2008-09-30
--RB Larry Johnson got things on the right track offensively when he bolted off right guard for 65 yards -- the longest run of his career -- on the Chiefs' second play from scrimmage.

"I think that run opened everybody's eyes that we could move the ball," said Johnson, who later added runs of 34, 17 and 16 yards on his way to his 198 total.

"We got back to what we do best, which is running the football," Johnson added. "The history of me against the Broncos is that we've been able to run the football."

--Rookie CB Brandon Flowers fell 2 yards short of scoring the Chiefs first defensive touchdown since last Sept. 30 -- a 50-yard fumble return by Tyron Brackenridge in a win at San Diego -- when he was stopped after returning a fumble 37 yards to set up a second-quarter touchdown.

"The monkey was on my back, and I just couldn't get there," Flowers said with a chuckle. "But the offense did a good job punching it in. I think they appreciate us getting the ball down there."

--LB Derrick Johnson talked in the days before the Denver win about feeling badly that he was still not making in his fourth season the kind of big plays expected of a former first-round draft pick.

He broke out against Denver with a forced fumble and a lunging interception, one of two against Jay Cutler.

"I was really surprised I caught it," Johnson said of the third pick of his NFL career.

He felt more comfortable in blowing through a gap to drop Brandon Marshall on an end-around. Johnson forced a fumble Flowers returned to the 2 to set up a Kansas City touchdown.

"It looked like I was back in college at Texas," he said, remembering how he once routinely blew up plays in the opposing backfield, something he's done too rarely in Kansas City.

--Tony Gonzalez admitted he was disappointed to have fallen 3 yards short of passing Shannon Sharpe's NFL record for career receiving yardage by a tight end. Gonzalez had he hoped to pass Sharpe's 10,060 record Sunday at home before his family members and fans against Sharpe's former team.

Gonzalez, not wanting to ruin the mood of a rare victory, declined to talk to reporters Sunday. By Monday, though, he let his feelings out.

"I'm disappointed. That would have been a great way (to beat the record)," he admitted. "For whatever reason my number wasn't called much, but if the team wins ...

"Sure, our running game was working, but I was a little surprised. They pay good money for me to go out and make plays and help this team win. You just have to have a good attitude about it and try to help the team win.

"I'll still get the record, but I'm a little disappointed. No, highly disappointed. I wanted to do it at home, against the Broncos, against our rivals, in front of my family. I'm a little upset, but I'll get over it."

It wasn't as if Gonzalez was a non-factor, but he didn't catch his first pass, extending his consecutive-game string to 119, until the third quarter. He later made a leaping TD grab of a jump-ball pass between two defenders to give KC a 23-13 lead with 12:40 remaining. He closed in on the record by bulling for 23 yards on a third-and-6 play that set up a Chiefs field goal and restored a 26-16 lead with 3:49 remaining.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "If we lost again, this team was going to start falling apart. That's what I was thinking." -- LB Derrick Johnson, on the importance of snapping a 12-game losing streak extending back to 2007.

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: September 30, 2008

Derrick Johnson Name: Derrick Johnson
Position: LB
Age: 25
Experience: 4 years
College: Texas
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