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Kansas City Chiefs Strategy and Personnel 2008-10-29

Kansas City Chiefs Strategy and Personnel 2008-10-29

--RB Larry Johnson will face formal charges for a bye-week incident in a Kansas City club in which he allegedly spit on a woman and threatened her boyfriend. It was the second club-related incident for which Johnson was charged in a two-week period. Though deactivated by the Chiefs for the Titans and Jets games, he faces a possible NFL suspension.

--DE Tamba Hali got this first sack of the season -- only the fourth all year by the Chiefs -- when he shifted back to the defensive left end position he played in his first two seasons in Kansas City. Hali had been moved to right defensive end this season to replace traded NFL sack leader Jared Allen.

--QB Tyler Thigpen's 110.9 passer rating against the Jets was the Chiefs' highest of the season. Damon Huard's team best was a 100.3 in Kansas City's only win, against Denver.

--CB Brandon Flowers had the first two interceptions of his career when he picked off Brett Favre twice in Kansas City's 28-24 loss to the Jets. His second was the most memorable, as he returned it 91 yards for the fifth-longest interception return in Chiefs history. It gave Kansas City a 24-21 lead with 7:48 left.

--TE Brad Cottam had his first NFL catches with four receptions for 34 yards in the loss to the Jets.


PASSING OFFENSE: A -- Tyler Thigpen hit 25 of 36 passes for 280 yards and two TDs with no interceptions in just his second NFL start. He took four sacks but wisely did not make interception-prone throws under pressure. Tony Gonzalez made a vintage between-defenders grab of a second-period touchdown pass, and Mark Bradley had a great catch on an 11-yard TD just before halftime when replay confirmed that he'd gotten both feet inside the end line, overruling the on-field call.

RUSHING OFFENSE: D -- Larry Johnson's second consecutive deactivation was felt here, especially when Kansas City tried to run out some clock and couldn't in the final five minutes. Jamaal Charles' 25-yard run was the biggest part of the mere 80 yards rushing, and it was costly, as Charles went out with an ankle injury and didn't return.

PASS DEFENSE: B-plus -- The Chiefs didn't get the stop they needed on Favre's last touchdown-producing series. But his winning TD toss required a circus one-handed catch by Laveranues Coles, who was tightly covered at the goal line by Dimitri Patterson, playing for the injured Pat Surtain. Still, picking off Favre three times, with Brandon Flowers grabbing two interceptions and taking one back for a touchdown, was a big-time performance by the young Chiefs defense.

RUSH DEFENSE: D -- The Chiefs once again gave up the one huge running play, a 60-yard TD dash by Leon Washington, who was never touched, and their 32nd-ranked rushing defense ended up yielding 135 yards and a 5.6 yard average.

SPECIAL TEAMS: D -- P Dustin Colquitt was inactive with a groin injury, and replacement Steve Weatherford punted for only a 41.3-yard gross and a 28.3 net. The coverage team missed three shots at Washington on his 37-yard punt return in crunch time that set up the Jets for a 46-yard, game-winning TD drive. Rookie Connor Barth nailed his first NFL kick, a 30-yarder.

COACHING: C -- Credit offensive coordinator Chan Gailey for installing a mini-spread offense that put replacement quarterback Thigpen in his college comfort zone. Coach Herm Edwards will catch hell for not throwing the ball, especially when his running game was going nowhere, on the three-and-out series that preceded New York's drive for the game-winning touchdown. But he'd have caught hell, too, if he'd been unsuccessful while throwing. Such is the nature of failing to get a first down when you absolutely have to have one to kill the clock in the final five minutes of a tight game.

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: October 29, 2008

Ron Edwards Name: Ron Edwards
Position: DT
Age: 29
Experience: 8 years
College: Texas A&M
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