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    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 nine of their past 10 exhibition games. Late in the
    second quarter, for example, Kevin Aldridge and Jackson combined for a sack of
    Chiefs backup quarterback Todd Collins on third down. But Jackson was called
    for roughing the passer - for a helmet to helmet hit. After the first down by
    penalty, Kansas City kicked a field goal for a 17-0 lead. It was that kind of

    The frustration level for the Rams was never more obvious than on the last play
    from scrimmage in the first half. A third-and-24 attempt over the middle by
    Bulger sailed out of the reach of wide receiver Torry Holt and fell incomplete.
    Isaac Bruce was in the vicinity, and he reacted by kicking the ball downfield -
    almost hitting back judge Keith Ferguson.

    Not even the preseason debut of Marshall Faulk helped Monday. Faulk played the
    first three series of the night before giving way to rookie Steven Jackson.

    "Give credit to the Chiefs," Martz said. "That's a fine football team. They're
    in top form right now. We're not there, by any stretch of the imagination.
    We're a long ways from where we need to be to start this season, but we'll get

    Playing the entire first half, Bulger was eight for 15 for 67 yards, finishing
    with a passer rating of just 37.4. He was sacked three times.

    The Rams started a patchwork offensive line that included a gimpy Grant
    Williams (ankle) at left tackle, an overweight Chris Dishman at left guard, and
    an untested Scott Tercero (prior NFL experience: 1 preseason game) at right
    tackle. Franchise tackle Orlando Pace remains AWOL in a contract impasse. And
    right tackle Kyle Turley remains sidelined with a bad back.

    On Monday, the blocking at the point of attack didn't appear all that bad, but
    the Rams couldn't handle the Kansas City blitz in the first half. In his second
    tour of duty as Chiefs defensive coordinator, Gunther Cunningham blitzed early
    and often, and the Rams couldn't handle it.

    Keeping the Rams Nation Talking

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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

    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.

    -08-24-2004, 01:13 AM
  • RamDez
    Chiefs 24, Rams 7
    by RamDez
    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...
    -08-24-2004, 01:14 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, 10:02 PM
  • Nick
    Chiefs hold on to beat Rams 16-12
    by Nick
    Chiefs hold on to beat Rams 16-12 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, 10:04 PM
  • RamDez
    Rams Recap: Nightmarish game for Bulger, makeshift line
    by RamDez
    Rams Recap: Nightmarish game for Bulger, makeshift line

    Post-Dispatch Online Sports Columnist

    Online Columnist Jeff Gordon

    When a team hasn't won a Super Bowl in a while, it has to chase whatever trophy is out there.

    So the Kansas City Chiefs went hard after the Governor's Cup -- again -- on Monday night at Arrowhead Stadium. The result was a one-sided 24-7 preseason victory.

    This was the Gunther Cunningham Show. Back in the saddle as Chiefs defensive coordinator, Cunningham threw the (play) book at the Rams and made them look foolish.

    The Rams couldn't run or pass the ball in Kansas City. Their makeshift offensive line buckled in the face of constant pressure.

    Quarterback Marc Bulger had a nightmarish game. He suffered sacks, threw an interception the Chiefs returned for a touchdown, fumbled the ball and missed a variety of throws he normally makes.

    Before the last of the first-teamers got off the field, the Rams trailed 24-0. Twenty-four to nothing!

    Adding injury to insult, the Rams lost starting cornerback Travis Fisher to a broken arm. Ouch.

    All in all, not a whole lot of positives came from this crummy exhibition of football.

    Here's our Rams Recap:


    * It was great to see running back Marshall Faulk back on the field running and catching the football. It's too bad he didn't get any blocks during his brief playing stint.

    * The Chiefs tried to pick on cornerback Kevin Garrett with a deep ball early in the second quarter, but he maintained blanket coverage. Later in the quarter, they tried to go over the top of him for a touchdown -- but failed.

    * Say, the Rams actually got a sack! Defensive end Leonard Little took down back-up quarterback Todd Collins late in the second quarter. That led to the Chiefs settling for a field goal after reaching the red zone.

    * Running back Arlen Harris helped in the first-half damage control, recovering a Bulger fumble with 38 seconds left in the second quarter.

    * Fighting for a job, second-year receiver Kevin Curtis made a nifty adjustment on a Chris Chandler throw and caught a 23-yard pass. Then he ran a nice slant pattern to catch a 14-yard pass. He continued catching passes in garbage time.

    * Rookie running back Steven Jackson finally got the Rams into the end zone, running in on a nice misdirection play. He continued pounding out decent yardage into garbage time, showing much-desired toughness on inside runs.

    * Also in garbage time, Rams defensive linemen Tyoka Jackson, Anthony Hargrove and Brian Howard poured in and hassled Collins.

    * Rookie Jeff Smoker got to throw the ball around the field in the fourth quarter, showing a bit of his long-range...
    -08-24-2004, 01:13 AM