AFC West: Whitney Charles

Wrap-up: Browns 30, Chiefs 7

December, 9, 2012
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A look at another Kansas City Chiefs loss:

What it means: The Chiefs couldn’t find a way to win their second straight game after a horrific tragedy that has affected the team. The Chiefs beat Carolina last week a day after starting linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend, Kasandra M. Perkins, and then killed himself in front of key figures of the team's brass. Belcher's memorial service was Wednesday and many in the organization attended Perkins’ funeral in Austin, Texas, on Saturday and then flew to Cleveland. The Chiefs were flat Sunday and they fell to 2-11. They are on pace for the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. It was a lousy return to Cleveland for several Chiefs including head coach Romeo Crennel, offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, quarterback Brady Quinn and running back Peyton Hillis. Hillis was booed loudly because of the rocky ending of his time in Cleveland last year.

Big day for Charles: Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles had 165 yards on 18 carries, including an 80-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage. Charles was among those at Perkins’ funeral. Charles has had at least 107 yards rushing in the past three games. He has 1,220 rushing yards this season.

New streak: Last week the Chiefs scored a touchdown on their first drive of the game for the first time since Dec. 2010. Charles' touchdown made it two straight games that the Chiefs have scored a touchdown on their first drive.

Quinn not effective: A week after being the AFC Offensive Player of the Week, Quinn struggled. He completed 10 of 21 passes for 159 yards and tossed an interception.

Bowe hurt: Star Kansas City receiver Dwayne Bowe left the game with an injury to his ribs and did not return.

Turnover problem getting better: Quinn wasn’t good, but the Chiefs are more careful with the ball than when Matt Cassel was the starter. The Chiefs have committed four turnovers in the past five games after committing 29 turnovers in the first eight games. Cassel was a big reason for the turnovers.

What’s next: The Chiefs play at 3-10 Oakland in a game that will have draft-choice implications.
Saturday, Jamaal Charles was in Austin, Texas for the funeral of a family member, ending an incredibly sad and confusing week.

Sunday, in Cleveland, Charles did what he does best. He ran 80 yards for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage to give the Chiefs a 7-0 lead over the Browns.

Charles and several other members of the Chiefs’ team flew to Cleveland on Saturday after attending the funeral of Kansandra M. Perkins. Perkins, 22, was murdered by her boyfriend Jovan Belcher, a starting linebacker on the Chiefs, last Saturday. Belcher then went to the team’s facility and killed himself. The team went to a memorial service for Belcher on Wednesday.

The tragedy was especially difficult for Charles. Perkins was the cousin of Charles’ wife, Whitney. Charles and his wife introduced Belcher and Perkins.

For Charles to be able to even suit up in the past two games is an accomplishment. For him to excel, is special.

In other AFC West news:

CBS Sports reports the Raiders won’t suffer financial issues if they cut linebacker Rolando McClain, He is eligible to return to the team Monday. If he is not cut, the belief is McClain may be inactive for the final three games of the season and then cut in the offseason.

The Chiefs released offensive lineman Hayworth Hicks and promoted wide receiver Josh Bellamy from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.

Brady Quinn responded for Chiefs

December, 3, 2012
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Brady Quinn had the best Total QBR season of any Kansas City Chiefs quarterback in the past five seasons Sunday in an emotional 27-21 win over the Carolina Panthers.

Quinn was efficient, patient and timely in his first win as a starting quarterback in three years.

Good for Quinn and it gives him momentum for the rest of the season. Still, it is a long shot that he'll be in the mix to be the starter next season. But if he keeps this up, he could make a case to at least stick around and compete.

Meanwhile, Jamaal Charles and his wife Whitney released a statement about the murder-suicide committed by linebacker Jovan Belcher. Belcher killed his girlfriend, 22-year-old Kasandra M. Perkins and then killed himself Saturday. Whitney Charles and Perkins were cousins and Jamaal Charles and Whitney Charles introduced Perkins to Belcher.

In other AFC West news, catching up on a travel day:

An unnamed Denver Broncos player told CBS Sportsline that Tim Tebow is not an NFL quarterback. This is news? That’s why Denver traded him. That game is over.

Denver coach John Fox said Monday that he doesn’t think the ankle injury suffered by linebacker Wesley Woodyard on Sunday is serious. He may have a chance to play Thursday night at the Oakland Raiders.

Former Kansas City and Oakland cornerback Stanford Routt will reportedly work out for the Houston Texans after being cut by the Chiefs last month. He went from a starter to a player on the street for a month and counting.

The Buffalo Bills cut middle linebacker Kirk Morrison on Monday. He did not play at all this season. Morrison was traded to Jacksonville in 2010 after Oakland drafted Rolando McClain with the No. 8 pick.

Now with McClain having one game of a team suspension to serve and him possibly not playing for the team again, could Morrison be a possibility in Oakland for the rest of this season? The Raiders seem happy with Omar Gaither for the time being and Morrison did not play for this Oakland regime. Since he hasn't played yet thi season, I don’t see him as a priority.

 

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