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  • Chiefs 24, Rams 7

    Chiefs 24, Rams 7
    Monday, August 23, 2004


    By Nick Wagoner
    Staff Writer


    KANSAS CITY-It was a night of varying news for St. Louis against the Chiefs on Monday. The bad news was the final score: 24-7. Kansas City dominated the first half; outgaining St. Louis 200-68 on its way to defending the Governor’s Cup it won in 2003. The loss dropped the Rams to 0-2 in the preseason. The Chiefs improved to 1-1.

    Kansas City coach Dick Vermeil said he was pleased with the performance of his starters on both sides of the ball. “We’re very happy to see that we shut out a very good offensive football team in the first half,” Vermeil said. “I thought our offense for the most part did an excellent job. We’re playing very good football right now.”

    On the other side, Rams’ coach Mike Martz took the blame for his team’s performance. “I did a very poor job of getting this football team ready to play this preseason game,” Martz said. “I own this one. We came out here and flopped around and acted like we didn’t know where we were and that’s a coaching issue. Always is, always will be.”

    The good news was the return to health of one of the Rams’ most promising young receivers. However, things reached a low early in the first half. While Curtis was returning to form, one of the Rams’ top performers last season was going in the opposite direction. The worst news of the night came midway through the second quarter when cornerback Travis Fisher fractured his right arm. Fisher, who was expected to be one of the opening day starters after a breakout 2003 season, will miss the majority of the season. Fisher suffered the injury on a normal play in the second quarter. As he wrapped his arm, it broke. He will need to have a plate inserted and surgery will happen in short order.
    Fisher said he was disappointed in the injury.“

    The starting offense played a majority of the first half, with the exception of running back Marshall Faulk. Quarterback Marc Bulger, working with a patchwork offensive line, had little time to throw, finishing the half with 67 yards on eight-of-15 passing. Faulk played 13 snaps, gaining 16 yards on six carries with a long gain of 11. He exited after the Rams’ third possession and his longest run.

    Kansas City linebacker Shawn Barber intercepted Bulger’s pass on first-and-10 from the Kansas City 40 and took it to the end zone to give the Chiefs an insurmountable 24-0 lead at halftime. Barber said the interception was essentially giftwrapped for him. “I was in the right place at the right time,” Barber said. “I was able to read the quarterback on that play.”

    The Chiefs first score came on running back Priest Holmes’ 2-yard plunge. The 10-play drive last 4:58 and went 76 yards. Holmes did most of the work, gaining 39 yards of offense. Kansas City scored again two possessions later on a 1-yard touchdown scamper by Derrick Blaylock to make it 14-0. Blaylock replaced Holmes on the drive and, along with second-year back Larry Johnson, did most of the work on the 55-yard drive. Johnson, after running into Green on second-and-nine from the St. Louis 23, broke a 14-yard gain off right tackle to set up Blaylock’s touchdown.

    A 13-play, 57-yard drive resulted in Morten Anderson’s 28-yard field goal to give Kansas City a 17-0 edge. Leonard Little picked up a sack on third-and-5 to thwart the drive short of the endzone. The Rams started the second half much better than the first, as they promptly marched 64 yards on 12 plays, capped by rookie Steven Jackson’s first NFL touchdown. The solid play continued throughout the second half, especially by the defense. St. Louis limited the Chiefs to just 57 yards in the final two quarters.

    Receiver Kevin Curtis made a pair of nice catches with gains of 23 and 14 yards. Jackson took Chris Chandler’s handoff six yards off left tackle for the score on a well-executed draw. Jeff Wilkins’ extra point made cut the deficit to 24-7.
    Curtis turned in one of St. Louis’ best performances of the game, catching five passes for 86 yards. Curtis, who had missed practice time in the past two weeks with shin splints, showed no ill effects.

    Martz said Curtis looked fine, but needs playing time more than anything at this stage. “He needs to play,” Martz said. “That’s why you go through these things. You put these guys specifically in these positions in the preseason that have not played so that they learn.”

    That would be all the points St. Louis would score, though. They marched into Kansas City territory a few more times, but could not cash in. The biggest problem to the slow start came at a position that has been the Rams’ biggest point of emphasis in training camp, the offensive line.

    The starting line faced a steady stream of Kansas City blitzes and had trouble stopping the relentless pass rush. The group started only two of its returnees from last year and one of them (center Andy McCollum) played a different position. That lack of cohesiveness made it difficult for Faulk to find holes and Bulger to have time to throw. Martz said that is the biggest question mark on the team right now and it will be addressed in short order. “We’ve got an awful lot of work to do on our offensive line,” Martz said. “That first group will be fine when we get everybody in place.”

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  • RamDez
    Chiefs take Governor's Cup from Rams
    by RamDez
    Chiefs take Governor's Cup from Rams
    By Doug Tucker
    Associated Press
    08/23/2004

    Kansas City Chiefs running back Priest Holmes (31) is chased down by linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa (50) during the first quarter.
    (Orlin Wagner/AP)

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The NFL's highest-scoring offense is clicking. Pressure is sure to increase on Kansas City's woeful defense to get its act together, too.

    Trent Green hit 10 of 12 passes, and Priest Holmes averaged 5.2 yards on six carries Monday night as the first-team offense scored on two of its three possessions in a 24-7 exhibition victory over St. Louis.

    The offensive starters, who led the NFL in scoring each of the past two years, also scored on two of their three possessions against the New York Giants last week in their preseason opener.

    "I thought offensively we played very well," said Green, who was 10-for-12 for 94 yards. "It was good to see a good mix of run with the pass."

    Adding to a bad night for the Rams (0-2) was starting cornerback Travis Fisher's broken arm.

    Fisher, who tied for the team lead last year with four interceptions, was injured in the first half. He also tied for the NFL lead with 205 yards in interception returns in 2003.

    Holmes had 31 yards on six carries and scored on a 2-yard run for a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.

    On the Chiefs' third possession, Derrick Blaylock scored on a 1-yard dart around right tackle. Larry Johnson set up the TD with a 14-yard run after bumping into Green and nearly fumbling the handoff.

    The Chiefs' defense, which finished 29th in the league last year and has undergone a drastic scheme change under new coordinator Gunther Cunningham, shut out the Rams' regulars and even got involved in the scoring.

    "I'm very pleased for our defense," Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil said. "We've made some progress."

    With 1:07 left in the half, linebacker Shawn Barber stepped in front of Arlen Harris, intercepted Marc Bulger's pass and returned it 60 yards for the touchdown, putting the Chiefs (1-1) up 24-0.

    "I was in the right place at the right time," Barber said. "We were just trying to play the whole field and be very aggressive. Sometimes you can put the quarterback in an awkward position and he thinks things are open that aren't open."

    Bulger was 8-for-15 for 67 yards and got sacked three times behind the Rams' patchwork offensive line. Marshall Faulk, playing more than normal this early in the preseason, carried six times for 16 yards.

    Faulk's understudy, first-round draft pick Steven Jackson of Oregon State, scored on a 6-yard run with 7:29 left in the third quarter.

    Each team's defensive reserves dominated their offensive counterparts in a sloppily played second half.

    Morten...
    -08-24-2004, 02:13 AM
  • RamDez
    KC keeps Governor's Cup with rout of Rams
    by RamDez
    KC keeps Governor's Cup with rout of Rams
    By Jim Thomas
    Of the Post-Dispatch
    Tuesday, Aug. 24 2004

    KANSAS CITY - Quarterback Marc Bulger looked skittish and out of sync in the
    pocket. The Rams' defense forgot to pack its pass rush; it remained in storage
    Monday somewhere at Rams Park.

    Even with Kansas City's second-team offensive line in the game, the Chiefs
    played road-grader on the Rams' defensive front seven. If that weren't enough,
    starting cornerback Travis Fisher appears to be out for the season with a
    fractured right forearm he suffered in the first quarter.

    Other than that, things went absolutely peachy for the Rams in a 24-7 loss to
    Kansas City in the Governor's Cup game at Arrowhead Stadium. Sure it was the
    preseason. But based on what took place in the first half - when the regulars
    for both teams were on the field - the Rams should be charged with two losses.
    It was that bad.

    "The bottom line is we didn't do our job tonight," Bulger said. "I didn't do my
    job and I'm not going to make any excuses. Preseason or not, to lose like that.
    ... I guess it was a little embarrassing."

    Well, more than a little.

    "All I can think about is how bad a performance we had, especially our first
    defense and the guys who play early," defensive captain Tyoka Jackson said.
    "That's not good enough. It's simply not good enough."

    The Chiefs went 76 yards on their first possession for a touchdown. They
    marched 55 yards on their third possession for another TD. By the time the Rams
    even crossed midfield, Kansas City had a 17-0 lead.

    And even that venture in Chiefs territory turned out sour. Because on a
    second-and-10 play from the Chiefs 40, a Bulger pass intended for Arlen Harris
    against a blitzing KC defense was intercepted by linebacker Shawn Barber.
    Barber returned the ball 60 yards for a TD, giving the Chiefs a 24-0 lead with
    1 minute 8 seconds to play in the first half.

    Outgained 200 yards to 68 in the first half, the Rams would have boarded a
    plane and returned to St. Louis right then if allowed. Unfortunately for the
    Rams, that wasn't an option.

    "I did a very poor job getting this football team ready to play," coach Mike
    Martz said. "This is my fault as a head coach. We came out here and flopped
    around and acted like we didn't know where we were.

    "And that's a coaching issue. Always is. Always will be. You can blame the
    players, but that's my responsibility. That won't happen again. We'll make sure
    these guys are ready to play."

    Even when things appeared to go right, they went bad for Rams, now 0-2 this
    preseason and losers of...
    -08-24-2004, 02:15 AM
  • Nick
    Rams Come Up Short Against Chiefs
    by Nick
    Rams Come Up Short Against Chiefs
    Saturday, August 26, 2006

    By Nick Wagoner
    Senior Writer

    KANSAS CITY - The Rams' first-team offense and defense struggled at times Saturday night at Arrowhead Stadium. The offensive reserves put up a spirited comeback, but fell short again in the team's 16-12 loss to the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday night.

    The Rams fall to 1-2 in the preseason and Kansas City improves to 1-2. The Chiefs also reclaimed the Governor's Cup after a one-year absence.

    Quarterback Marc Bulger said earlier in the week that the Rams simply wanted to leave the game healthy. Of course, they also would have liked to break through and get at least one touchdown somewhere along the way.

    That didn't come to fruition as the Rams' starters played the entire first half and part of the third quarter and came up with just a Jeff Wilkins' 48-yard field goal on four first-half possessions.

    The first-team failed to convert a golden opportunity early in the third quarter. Many assumed the starters would play just the first half before calling it a night. But after failing to do much of anything in the opening half, the starters got two more chances in the third quarter. With all of the starters except running back Steven Jackson and left tackle Orlando Pace in the game and Kansas City's backup defense, the Rams' special teams created an excellent scoring chance.

    After a three-and-out on the first attempt, the Rams were given their best chance at a touchdown in the preseason when safety Oshiomogho Atogwe stripped receiver Nate Curry on a punt return and recovered at Kansas City's 22.

    It appeared the Rams finally broke through on third-and-3 at Kansas City's 15 when Bulger hit receiver Kevin Curtis in the end zone. It was called back, however, when left guard Richie Incognito was given his second 15-yard penalty of the game, this time for an illegal chop block.

    Bulger was sacked on the next play for a loss of 9 and the Rams were forced to punt once again. Despite the absence of star receivers Torry Holt (bruised sternum) and Isaac Bruce, whom the team was just taking precautions with, the offense failed to get into any kind of rhythm.

    The Rams' first offense posted 100 yards of total offense in its time Saturday night. Bulger was seven-of-11 for 78 yards with no touchdowns and an interception. Running back Steven Jackson ended his night at halftime with 22 yards on 10 carries.

    Kansas City opened the game by marching down the field on a methodical 14-play drive that featured nine carries for 37 yards and a touchdown by running back Larry Johnson. That score gave the Chiefs a 7-0 lead they would not relinquish.

    After Wilkins' field goal, Kansas City followed that with an impressive drive on its second possession that saw a pair of former Rams finding a...
    -08-26-2006, 11:02 PM
  • Nick
    Chiefs hold on to beat Rams 16-12
    by Nick
    Chiefs hold on to beat Rams 16-12

    NFL.com wire reports

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Aug. 26, 2006) -- After two miserable outings, Herm Edwards and the Kansas City Chiefs had two goals in mind -- play well, and win.

    They'll have to be satisfied with one out of two.

    Trent Green directed scoring drives on the only two series he played, and the Chiefs did manage to snap an eight-game preseason losing skid with a 16-12 victory over the offensively frustrated St. Louis Rams.

    But, impressive it was not. The Chiefs (1-2) drew 10 penalties for 81 yards and the second-team offense did very little.

    "Obviously, we won the game," said Edwards, who made his Arrowhead Stadium debut as the Chiefs' head coach. "It was very, very sloppy, though. You lose games the way we played. We were very lucky in the fact the defense played decent."

    Green and most of Kansas City's first-team offense played only the first two series and got a touchdown and the first of Lawrence Tynes ' three field goals.

    The first-team offense of the Rams (1-2) failed to score a touchdown for the third straight game, although one TD pass was brought back because of left guard Richie Incognito's penalty.

    Larry Johnson, whose 1,750 yards rushing set a team record last year, carried nine times for 37 yards in a 14-play, 67-yard drive with the opening kickoff.

    He got the touchdown on a 2-yard run and spent the rest of the night on the bench in a baseball cap. In three preseason games, Johnson has 20 carries for 75 yards and Edwards said that would be all he has until the season opener on Sept. 10 against Cincinnati.

    His value was apparent on the second drive. Green passed the Chiefs to a first-and-goal from the 2, but backup Dee Brown lost four yards on two carries and then Jordan Black 's offsides penalty made it third-and-goal from the 11. Tynes kicked a 28-yard field goal, his first of three in the second quarter.

    Green played two series and looked sharp while going 8-for-10 for 100 yards.

    "I thought our first team guys did fairly well," Edwards said. "They moved the ball."

    Marc Bulger, the Rams' starting quarterback, was 7-for-11 for 78 yards and one interception, but he did not have his top two wide receivers, Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce. They got their only TD on Gus Frerotte 's 54-yard pass to Jerome Collins, who got free on a crossing pattern with 1:09 left in the third.

    "If we were playing Denver here and we didn't score, then let's talk about it," said Bulger. "But it's the preseason. Who cares? I'm not worried about it and I don't think the rest of the guys are."

    Remy Hamilton, the backup kicker, missed the extra point after the Rams' TD but a few minutes later connected on a 47-yard field goal.
    ...
    -08-26-2006, 11:04 PM
  • RamWraith
    Little goes right for Rams against Chiefs
    by RamWraith
    First-string offense still has not found its way into end zone
    News-Democrat
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The dress rehearsal was a glitch-filled disaster for the St. Louis Rams.

    Lawrence Tynes kicked three field goals in the second quarter as the Chiefs beat the Rams 16-12 Saturday in an NFL preseason game.

    The game was supposed to be the Rams' tune-up for their regular-season opener Sept. 10 against the Denver Broncos at the Edward Jones Dome.

    However, the Rams (1-2) showed that they still have a lot of things to iron out heading into their final preseason game against the Miami Dolphins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Dolphins Stadium.

    The Rams' first-string offense has yet to produce a touchdown in the preseason. The offensive starters saw their most extensive playing time of the preseason against the Chiefs (1-2), logging six possessions that resulted in a field goal, three punts and two turnovers.

    "The negative plays tonight were our nemesis," Rams coach Scott Linehan said. "We had a couple of penalties that pushed us out of scoring drives, and then we gave the ball away.

    "I was happy with what our ones were doing in the preseason regardless.... We were doing a pretty good job of taking care of (the ball), and tonight we had a couple of turnovers. When you do that, you're not going to win."

    The Rams appeared to score a touchdown on a 15-yard pass from Bulger to Kevin Curtis early in the third quarter, but the play was wiped out by a 15-yard penalty on left guard Richie Incogntio for chop blocking.

    "I think we could have used those seven points coming out of the gate in the second half," Linehan said. "That's a lesson to be learned. I'm glad it's a preseason game."

    The Rams were playing without wide receivers Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce. Holt was unable to practice all week because of a bruised sternum, while Bruce is being rested for what Linehan called "camp legs."

    The Rams, wearing their white jerseys with their white pants for the first time since the preseason in 2001, moved the ball into Kansas City territory on their first possession.

    Linehan gambled on fourth-and-one at midfield, and it worked as Bulger completed a 28-yard pass to tight end Aaron Walker.

    However, the drive stalled after an unnecessary roughness penalty on Incognito.

    Kicker Jeff Wilkins, making his first appearance of the preseason, booted a 48-yard field goal.

    That was the lone highlight of the first half for the Rams, who had only 22 rushing yards and committed two turnovers in falling behind 16-3.

    The Chiefs, who have featured the No. 1 offense in the NFL the last two years, put together long scoring drives on their first two possessions.

    Running back Larry Johnson had nine carries...
    -08-27-2006, 09:02 AM
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