Chiefs head coach Herm Edwards and Texans head coach Gary Kubiak will both make their debuts on the sidelines with their respective clubs in Saturday’s contest at Reliant Stadium which serves as the preseason opener for both squads. Kansas City posted a 10-6 record a year ago in Dick Vermeil’s final pro campaign, while Houston is coming off a disappointing 2-14 campaign under Dom Capers.
Edwards returned to Kansas City as the Chiefs head coach in 2006 after previously serving as a scout and assistant coach with the club in the ’90s. He originally joined the club in ’89 as a minority fellowship coach. Owning 27 years of NFL experience as either a player, coach or a scout, Edwards spent the past five seasons as head coach of the N.Y. Jets, becoming the only coach in that franchise’s history to lead that squad to the postseason on three difference occasions.
Kubiak enters his first season as an NFL head coach after spending the past 11 seasons (’95-05) as the offensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos. Edwards and Kubiak both own the distinction of serving as NFL players before embarking on their coaching careers. The Chiefs head coach enjoyed a 10-year career as a cornerback with Philadelphia (’77-85), Atlanta (’86) and the L.A. Rams (’86), while Kubiak served as a quarterback for Denver (’83-91).
Although Chiefs RB Larry Johnson will likely see only brief duty in Saturday’s contest, he registered a remarkable performance in his last visit to Reliant Stadium. Johnson set a Chiefs single-game rushing record with 211 ground yards and two TDs in a 45-17 win (11/20/05).
Up next for the Chiefs is a contest at the N.Y. Giants (8/17) that will be televised nationally by FOX. The Texans travel to face the Rams in a preseason outing at St. Louis (8/19). The Chiefs will depart training camp in River Falls, Wisconsin on August 18th and will resume their preseason practice schedule in Kansas City on August 19th.
The road team has won all three road games of the brief Chiefs-Texans regular season series that Kansas City leads by a 2-1 count. In the most recent meeting between the two teams, Kansas City claimed a 45-10 victory at Houston (11/20/05) as RB Larry Johnson racked up a franchise single-game record 211 rushing yards, surpassing the previous mark of 200 yards established by RB Barry Word vs. Detroit (10/14/90).
The Chiefs won their inaugural regular season meeting with the Texans by a 42-14 count at Reliant Stadium (9/21/03) in a game that featured a 73-yard punt return TD by Houston native WR Dante Hall and a pair of rushing scores from University of Texas alum RB Priest Holmes. The Texans won the only regular season outing between the two clubs at Arrowhead by a 24-21 score (9/26/04) as a 101-yard INT return by Texans CB Marcus Coleman changed the momentum of the game in Houston’s favor.
Kansas City claimed a 19-9 victory vs. Houston (8/17/02) in the only previous preseason meeting between these two AFC franchises. That game also marked the Texans initial visit to Arrowhead Stadium. The next scheduled regular season meeting between these two teams won’t occur until 2007 when KC is again slated to visit Houston.
The Chiefs have won their last four contests played in the city of Houston. In addition to road wins against the Texans in 2003 and 2005, KC claimed a pair of victories at the Astrodome vs. the Oilers – a 20-19 regular season victory (9/1/96) and a 28-20 triumph in an AFC Divisional Playoff Game (1/16/94).
IMPORTANT PRESEASON DATESDate
August 17 Kansas City at N.Y. Giants 7:00 PM (CT) August 18 Chiefs Depart Training Camp in River Falls, WI August 26 Kansas City vs. St. Louis 7:30 PM (CT) August 29 Roster Cutdown to 75 Players by 3:00 PM (CT) August 31 Kansas City vs. New Orleans 7:30 PM (CT) Sept. 2 Roster Cutdown to 53 Players by 3:00 PM (CT)
PRESEASON GAME #1
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (0-0)
HOUSTON TEXANS (0-0)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 12, 2006
7:00 PM (CENTRAL)
RELIANT STADIUM – HOUSTON, TEXAS
KCTV-5 (CBS in Kansas City) – Roger Twibell, Jayice Pearson and Rich Baldinger.
KCFX-FM (101.1) – Mitch Holthus, Len Dawson, Bob Gretz and Bill Grigsby.
KANSAS CITY VS. HOUSTON
REGULAR SEASON SERIES (2-1)
9/21/03* W, 42-14 KC: Dante Hall, 73-yard punt return TD.
L, 21-24 HOU: M. Coleman, 101-yard INT TD.
11/20/05* W, 45-17 KC: L. Johnson, 211 rushing yards.
*At Reliant Stadium
2005 FINAL STATS AND NFL RANKINGS
TEXANSTotal Offense ... 387.0 (1) 253.3 (30) Rush Offense ... 148.9 (4) 113.5 (15) Pass Offense... 238.1 (6) 139.8 (30) Total Defense... 328.1 (25) 364.0 (31) Rush Defense ... 98.1 (7) 143.9 (32) Pass Defense ... 229.9 (30) 220.1 (24) Turnover Ratio... +8 (8) -8 (25t) Pts./Game... 25.2 (6) 16.3 (26t) Opp. Pts./Game... 20.3 (16) 26.9 (31)
THE HEAD COACHES
EDWARDS VS. THE TEXANS
Herm Edwards and Gary Kubiak have never met as NFL head coaches. Edwards produced a 2-0 mark against the Texans in regular season play with both of those victories coming at Reliant Stadium.
DATE RESULT OPP. COACH
10/19/03 W N.Y. Jets 19, HOUSTON 14 Dom Capers 12/5/04 W N.Y. Jets 29, HOUSTON 7 Dom Capers
HOME TEAM IN ALL CAPS
ACCORDING TO COACH HERM . . .On his “team” philosophy:
“Just because they hired a defensive head coach everyone thinks I’m going to change the offense. I’m not trying to change the offense. There is a certain way you’ve got to play. The defense has to go out there and stop them and the offense has to believe when we have that kind of lead we can run the ball and the game’s over. We’ve got to play the clock a little better and protect each other.”
“You look at the playoff teams, their defenses are pretty good and help them win on the road. You have to have a defense that can go in there and slow down an offense on the road because then you can keep the game close and smart teams win close games.”
On the 2006 Chiefs:
“This team is a good football team. This is not a team that hasn’t won. This team has won. We just haven’t been in the playoffs enough and that’s the hurdle we are facing now. That’s something we have to strive to be more consistent that way. I think this team has a lot of gifted players. Look at the number of Pro Bowl players they had last year. Maybe not on defense, but hopefully that’s going to change. I would assume that’s going to change.”
“I think sometimes we jump ahead too far. We worry about Super Bowls, but you can’t win a Super Bowl unless you win your first games. You might luck into one every once in a while and have a great season, but most of the time you have to be a consistent playoff football team. That’s what this team needs to become. We need to become a consistent playoff team. We have to get to the playoffs.”
SHIELDS CAN SET KC’S GAMES PLAYED MARK IN 2006Chiefs 11-time Pro Bowl G Will Shields has played in 208 regular season games in a Kansas City uniform. He needs to see duty in just five more contests to surpass K Nick Lowery (212) for the most contests played in franchise annals. In 2005, Shields became just the fourth player since the AFL-NFL merger in ’70 to own a streak of 200 or more consecutive starts. Green Bay QB Brett Favre (212 games) is the only player with a longer active starting streak than Shields’ mark of 207 straight contests.
LONE STAR CHIEFS
Chiefs Founder Lamar Hunt – who resides in Dallas – always has a fondness for native Texans on the club’s roster. Currently there are 11 Chiefs players who prepped or played collegiately in the state:
Player High School College
T Jordan Black Dallas Christian HS in Mesquite Notre Dame DT Ron Edwards Klein Forest HS in Houston Texas A&M WR Dante Hall Nimitz HS in Houston Texas A&M RB Quentin Griffin Nimitz HS in Houston Oklahoma RB Priest Holmes Marshall HS in San Antonio Texas CB Chris Johnson Pinetree HS in Longview Louisville LB Derrick Johnson Waco HS in Waco Texas CB Marcus Maxey Navasota HS in Navasota Miami (Fla.) RB Derrick Ross Huntsville HS in Huntsville Tarleton State G Brian Waters Waxahachie HS in Waxahachie North Texas DE Jimmy Wilkerson Pewitt HS in Omaha Oklahoma
TEXAS NATIVES IN THE CHIEFS HALL OF FAMESix members of the Chiefs Hall of Fame were born in the Lone Star State, giving Texas by far the most Chiefs Hall of Famers of any state. Player Birthplace College Of Note
DL Jerry Mays Dallas SMU Six-time AFL All-Star C/LB E.J. Holub Schulenburg Texas Tech Five-time AFL All-Star WR Otis Taylor Houston Prairie View A&M KC-best 57 TD recs CB Emmit Thomas Angleton Bishop KC-best 58 INTs RB Abner Haynes Denton North Texas 8,447 comb. net yds LB Sherrill Headrick Waco TCU Five-time AFL All-Star
NFL Head Coach:
NFL Coach Overall:
AFC West Exp:
11 Years (DEN)
NFL Playing Exp:
Texas A&M (’83)
Gary Kubiak was named the second head coach in Texans
history on January 26, 2006, returning to his hometown of
Houston, Texas. He served his initial NFL coaching stop as
quarterbacks coach of the San Francisco 49ers (’94), guiding
Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young to a Super Bowl XXIX
victory. He served as offensive coordinator with Denver under
head coach Mike Shanahan (’95-05). In 11 seasons, Kubiak was
part of a Broncos squad that produced seven postseason trips
and earned two Super Bowl titles.
Kubiak originally entered the NFL as an eighth-round draft
pick of the Denver Broncos in ’83. He spent his nine-year career
in Denver as a backup to Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway
and was part of three Super Bowl teams.
Born August 15, 1961, in Houston, Texas, Kubiak began
his coaching career at his alma mater of Texas A&M (’92-93),
where he coached former Chiefs RB Greg Hill. Kubiak was an
All-Southwest Conference pick at Texas A&M where he led the
SWC in completions (181), percentage (55.9), yardage (1,948),
touchdowns (19) and total offense (1,885) as a senior.
NFL Head Coach:
NFL Coach Overall:
Overall NFL Exp:
NFL Playing Exp:
San Diego State (’77)
Herm Edwards was named the 10th head coach in Kansas
City history on January 9, 2006. He rejoined the Chiefs after a
five-year stint (2001-05) as head coach of the N.Y. Jets.
Edwards guided the Jets to three postseason berths, the most of
any coach in that franchise’s history. Edwards originally joined
the Chiefs as a recipient of the NFL’s Minority Coaching
Fellowship in ’89. He later served as a scout (’90-91, ’95) and
also coached defensive backs for Kansas City (’92-94).
Born in Fort Monmouth, NJ on April 24, 1954, Edwards
served as Tampa Bay’s assistant head coach/DBs coach under
Tony Dungy from ’96-00 before taking over as the head
coaching reins of the Jets.
Edwards concluded his college career as a DB at San
Diego State in ’76 and signed as a rookie free agent with
Philadelphia (’77-85). In 135 career starts with the Eagles, he
established a franchise record with 38 INTs, and started in
Super Bowl XV. Edwards concluded his NFL playing career
seeing duty in seven games for the Rams and Falcons in ’86.
He then coached DBs at San Jose State (’87-89) prior to his
arrival in the NFL ranks with Kansas City in ’90.
THE 2006 CHIEFS
The Chiefs are coming off a 10-6 record in 2005 and are seeking to return to the postseason for the first time since 2003. Herm Edwards enters his sixth season as an NFL head coach, his first guiding the Chiefs. Gunther Cunningham is his second stint as KC’s defensive coordinator after rejoining the club in 2004. Mike Solari enters his 10th season with the Chiefs and was promoted to offensive coordinator in the off-season.
Kansas City continued to bolster its defensive unit in the off-season with several more notable additions. In addition to former Pro Bowlers already on the roster such as LB Kendrell Bell, CB Patrick Surtain and S Sammy Knight, the Chiefs added five-time Pro Bowl CB Ty Law as a free agent on July 24th. The Chiefs secondary was further solidified with a pair of promising young players in S Bernard Pollard (D2-06) and S Jarrod Page (D7-06). After tabbing LB Derrick Johnson (D1-05) last season, the Chiefs also went defense with their top selection in this year’s draft in DE Tamba Hali (D1-06). LB Kawika Mitchell (D2-03) serves as the club’s defensive signal caller and appears poised for even bigger things after posting a team-high 135 tackles in 2005. DE Jared Allen (D4b-04) had a team-best 11.0 sacks and owns 20.0 sacks in his first two seasons.
The core of Kansas City’s record-setting offensive unit remains intact. Two-time Pro Bowl QB Trent Green headlines an experienced group that includes arguably the finest guard tandem in the league in 11-time Pro Bowler Will Shields and two-time Pro Bowler Brian Waters. C Casey Wiegmann is also one of the league’s top players at his position. Running behind that offensive front is Pro Bowl RB Larry Johnson, who established a franchise record with 1,750 rushing yards in 2005, including nine straight 100-yard games to close out the year. Johnson also racked up 20 rushing scores in 2005 and totaled an incredible 2,093 yards from scrimmage on the season to rank second in the league. Seven-time Pro Bowl TE Tony Gonzalez continues to produce at a consistent rate and is the franchise’s all-time leading receiver, while WR Eddie Kennison has registered back-to-back 1,000-yard campaigns.
Kansas City’s specialty units are headed by Mike Priefer. The Chiefs boast one of the league’s top young kicking tandems in K Lawrence Tynes and P Dustin Colquitt (D3-05). TE Kendall Gammon earned a Pro Bowl berth for his long-snapping exploits in 2004, while WR Dante Hall has earned a pair of Pro Bowl berths as a return man.
Chiefs President CARL PETERSON served as President of the USFL’s Stars while the Texans special teams coach JOE MARCIANO
(’83-85) was the TE/special teams coach. Marciano (’86-95) served as a coach for New Orleans during KC VP of Personnel BILL KUHARICH’s
(’86-00) tenure with the Saints … Houston DL coach BOB KARMELOWICZ held the same position with the Chiefs (’97-05) … Texans assistant DBs coach MARTIN BAYLESS played in 75 games (43 starts) for the Chiefs (’92-96), recording 405 tackles (134 solo), 3.0 sacks, six interceptions for 52 yards and returned a fumble for a 60-yard TD … Houston assistant DL coach TRACY SIMIEN appeared in 109 games (84 starts) in seven seasons (’91-97) with KC, producing 595 tackles (397 solo), 4.0 sacks (-32.0 yards), four INTs for 20 yards and six FRs. He also played in eight postseason contests (six starts), registering 33 tackles (24 solo) … Houston President of Business Operations JAMEY ROOTES
(’93-99) served as President of the MLS Columbus Crew franchise operated by the HUNT FAMILY … Houston CB DEXTER McCLEON
played in 40 games (27 starts) in three season (2003-05) with KC, recording 132 tackles (107 solo), 10 INTs, 23 PDs and three FRs … Chiefs WR coach and HOF receiver CHARLIE JOINER was selected in the fourth round of the ’69 NFL Draft by the Oilers … KC scout BRUCE
LEMMERMAN coached for the Oilers from ’84-85 … Texans scout LARRY BRYAN worked in the Chiefs personnel department (’88) … Chiefs WR
DANTE HALL is a native of Houston, TX, prepped at Nimitz (TX) HS and played collegiately at Texas A&M … KC LB DERRICK JOHNSON is a native of Waco, TX and is an alum of Waco HS. He is a product of the University of Texas … KC T JORDAN BLACK is a native of Garland, TX … Chiefs DT RON EDWARDS is a native of Houston, TX and prepped at Forest HS. He played collegiately at Texas A&M … Chiefs RB QUENTIN GRIFFIN is a native of Houston, TX and prepped at Nimitz HS … KC CB
MARCUS MAXEY prepped at Navasota HS in Navasota, TX … Texans DBs coach JON HOKE tutored the defensive backs at Missouri (’94-98) … Houston CB DEMARCUS FAGGINS played collegiately at Kansas State … Houston T SETH WAND is a native of Springfield, MO and played at NW Missouri St … KC WR SAMIE PARKER and Houston RBs coach CHICK HARRIS both attended Long Beach Polytechnic (CA) HS.
THE 2006 TEXANS
QB David Carr was the first overall selection in the 2002 NFL Draft. He owns a 17-43 record as the Texans starter. RB Domanick Davis (D4-03) has accumulated 3,195 rushing yards and 23 TDs in three seasons. RBs Antowain Smith and Vernand Morency work as reserve ball carriers. Veterans Gs Steve McKinney and Chester Pitts (D2b-02) as well as Ts Ephraim Salaam (UFA-JAX) and Zach Wiegert anchor the offensive front along with and C Mike Flanagan (UFA-GB). Longtime Steelers TE Marc Bruener returns for his 12th NFL season. Former Pro Bowl WR Andre Johnson (D1-03) and three-time Pro Bowler Eric Moulds give the Texans a pair of talented pass catchers.
Houston’s defensive line is headlined by 2006 number one overall draft pick DE Mario Williams and former Eagles DE N.D. Kalu (UFA-PHI). Veteran NT Seth Payne and DE Robaire Smith (UFA-TEN) stabilize the interior of Houston’s defensive front. Former Dolphins LB Morlon Greenwood led the club with 144 tackles (87 solo) and LB Shantee Orr paced the club with 7.0 sacks. LBs Antwan Peek (D3a-03) and DaShon Polk could also see time. CB Dunta Robinson (D1a-04) had six INTs in 2004 and works with CB Phillip Buchanon, who joined Houston in a 2005 trade with Oakland. Second-year SS C.C. Brown (D6-05) and the Texans 2005 interception leader S Glenn Earl (D4-04) return.
Eighth-year veteran K Kris Brown handles the kickoff and placement duties. P Chad Stanley has placed 120 punts inside the 20-yard line since 2002, tops among all NFL punters. Second-year WR Jerome Mathis (D4-05) was named to the AFC Pro Bowl roster as a kick-return specialist after ranking second in the conference with a 28.6-yard kickoff return average as a rookie. Mathis and Buchanon split the punt returns duties in 2005.
S William Bartee (Achilles), TE Aaron Golliday (hamstring), CB Alphonso Hodge (shoulder), RB Priest Holmes (head/neck), CB Marcus Maxey (knee), DT Junior Siavii (knee) and DT Stephen Williams (foot) are all on Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) and have not practiced during training camp. G Brian Waters (foot), CB Lenny Walls (hamstring) and WR Scott McCready (shoulder) have all missed significant practice time at camp.
RADIO AND TV
The Chiefs Fox Football Radio Network, anchored by KCFX-FM (101.1) in Kansas City, carries all Chiefs games. Eight-time Kansas Broadcaster of the Year, Mitch Holthus, is in his 13th year handling the play-by-play duties, while Hall of Fame QB Len Dawson adds color commentary with reports from Bob Gretz. The KCFX pregame show begins at 6:00 PM (CT).
Veteran sportscaster Roger Twibell calls the action, while former Chiefs CB Jayice Pearson (’86-92) provides the color commentary on KCTV-5 with sideline reports from former Chiefs T Rich Baldinger (’83-92).
2005 HOUSTON TEXANS
Rushing Yards D. Davis
Punt Ret. Avg. Buchanon
KO Ret. Avg.
-2005 KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
Rushing Yards L. Johnson
Punt Ret. Avg. Hall
KO Ret. Avg.
POSITION-BY-POSITION NOTESby Brad Kuhbander
OFFENSIVE PLAYER NOTES
Kansas City returns two of its top three signal callers from 2005, including two-time Pro Bowler Trent Green who has started 80 consecutive games for the club dating back to 2001. Green ranks eighth in NFL history with an 88.3 career rating, a figure that is also the top mark in Chiefs annals. Damon Huard enters his third campaign with the Chiefs and served as the club’s third QB the last two seasons. Brodie Croyle (D3-06) and Casey Printers are in their first NFL training camp with the Chiefs.
QB TRENT GREEN
• Has started 80 games with KC, completing 1,599 of 2,579 passes (62.00%) for 20,117 yards with 111 TDs and 76 INTs for an 88.3 rating.
• Elected to his second Pro Bowl in 2005 to become the first QB in Chiefs history to earn two Pro Bowl berths.
• Connected on 317 of 507 passes for 4,014 yards with 17 TDs and 10 INTs for a 90.1 rating a year ago.
• His 20,117 yards passing with the Chiefs are the second-best mark in team history, trailing only Dawson (28,507).
• Ranks first in team history with an 88.3 passer rating, 62.00 completion percentage, 256 20+ yard completions, a 7.80-yard average gain and 23 career 300-yard passing days.
• His 111 TDs with KC are the third-highest total in Chiefs history.
• Has started 80 straight games, the longest streak by a QB in team history.
• Has led the Chiefs to 44 wins, the second-most by a starting QB in team history behind Dawson (94).
• His 20,117 passing yards since joining KC in 2001 rank second in the NFL behind only IND QB Peyton Manning (20,902).
• Is the only QB to own an active streak of four consecutive seasons with a 90.0+ passer rating and is only the third player in league history to accomplish that feat.
• The club is 18-8 when he records a 100.0+ rating (min. 20 attempts).
• Has thrown for 4,000+ yards in three straight seasons, becoming the fourth quarterback to accomplish that feat, joining SD’s Dan Fouts (’79-81), MIA’s Dan Marino (’84-86) and IND’s Peyton Manning (’99-04). QB DAMON HUARD
• Has played in 38 games (six starts) with MIA (’97-00), NE (2001-03) and KC (2004-05), connecting on 170 of 289 attempts (58.8%) for 1,691 yards with, nine TDs and eight INTs, good for a 74.3 rating.
QB BRODIE CROYLE
• Joined the Chiefs at the club’s third-round draft choice (85th overall) in the 2006 NFL Draft.
• Completed 488 of 869 passes for 6,382 yards with 41 touchdowns and 22 interceptions for a 128.4 rating in 38 games (26 starts) at Alabama. QB CASEY PRINTERS
• Spent three seasons (2003-05) with the CFL’s British Columbia Lions.
• Played in 45 games (20 starts), completing 457 of 712 throws for 6,763 yards with 45 touchdowns and 16 interceptions for a 107.0 rating.
Larry Johnson (D1-03) enters the season as the club’s starting running back after compiling 1,750 rushing yards a year ago to earn his first Pro Bowl invitation. RB Michael Bennett was acquired in a trade from New Orleans on August 2nd. Bennett earned a Pro Bowl berth with Minnesota after gaining 1,296 yards in 2002. FB Ronnie Cruz is the leading candidate to start at the fullback position. RB Dee Brown was in camp with the Chiefs in 2005 and spent the final eight weeks on the roster. RB Quentin Griffin spent parts of three seasons with Denver. Other players in the backfield with previous NFL camp experience include: McKenzi Smith and J.R. Niklos. De Arrius Howard and Derrick Ross are a pair of rookie free agents on the roster.
RB LARRY JOHNSON
• Has played in 32 games (12 starts) in three seasons with KC.
• Has 476 carries for 2,416 yards (5.1 avg.) with 30 TDs and 56 receptions for 623 yards (11.1 avg.) with three TDs.
• Named to his first Pro Bowl, the first running back drafted by the Chiefs to earn that honor since RB Christian Okoye following the ’91 season.
• Won the 2005 Derrick Thomas Award as the Chiefs MVP, becoming the fifth running back to win the award.
• Rushed 336 times for a franchise single-season record 1,750 yards (5.2 avg.) with 20 TDs and added 33 catches for 343 yards with a TD.
• His 1,750 rushing yards ranked first in the AFC, while his 2,093 yards from scrimmage led the AFC and were second in the NFL.
• His 1,351 rushing yards and 1,627 yards from scrimmage were the highest marks in NFL history by any player in games played on or after November 1st.
• Has recorded nine consecutive 100-yard rushing games, the longest active streak in the NFL and his 10 overall 100-yard rushing days a year ago were the highest single-season total in Chiefs history.
• Scored a team-high 126 points to become just the third non-kicker in Chiefs history to eclipse the 100-point plateau in a season.
• Rushed for a team single-game record 211 yards at Houston (11/20/05) and 201 yards vs. Cincinnati (1/1/06) to become the first back in Chiefs history to record two 200-yard rushing days in a season.
• The Chiefs are 10-3 when he has a 100-yard rushing game and are 8-2 when he scores two or more rushing TDs.
• Was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Month for November and December/January, becoming the first player in the NFL to win back-to-back accolades since ’98 when both N.Y. Jets QB Vinny Testaverde and Denver RB Terrell Davis pulled off the feat.
• Ranks 11th in Chiefs history with 2,416 rushing yards, needing 1,283 more yards to bypass RB Marcus Allen (3,698) for fifth.
RB MICHAEL BENNETT
• Was acquired in a trade from New Orleans on August 2nd.
• Played in 64 games (49 starts) with Minnesota (2001-05), rushing 713 times for 3,174 yards (4.5 avg.) with 12 TDs and catching 126 passes for 1,040 yards (8.3 avg.) with five scores.
• Was elected to the Pro Bowl in 2002 after producing 255 carries for 1,296 yards (5.1 avg.) with five TDs and 37 receptions for 351 yards with a TD. FB RONNIE CRUZ
• Has played in 14 games for the Chiefs, catching one pass for 15 yards. RB DEE BROWN
• Has 109 carries for 381 yards (3.5 avg.) with four TDs and 20 receptions for 109 yards with two TDs in 29 career games (three starts) with CAR (2001-02), PIT (2003), CLE (2004) and KC (2005).
• Also has 26 kickoff returns for 496 yards (19.1 avg.). RB QUENTIN GRIFFIN
• Played in 16 games (five starts) in three seasons with Denver (2003-05).
• Carried the ball 179 times for 656 yards (3.7 avg.) with two TDs, caught 18 passes for 129 yards (7.2 avg.) with a score and four kickoff returns for 52 yards (13.0 avg.).
RB J.R. NIKLOS
• Played in St. Louis in 2002 and with the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe for two seasons (2005-06).
RB McKENZI SMITH
• Is in his third training camp with the Chiefs after entering the NFL as a rookie free agent with Kansas City in 2004.
Eddie Kennison had recorded back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons after leading the team with 1,102 receiving yards with five TDs a year ago. Samie Parker (D4-04) emerged as the club’s second receiver in 2005, producing 36 catches for 533 yards with three TDs. Two-time Pro Bowl return man extraordinaire Dante Hall returns as the club’s third receiver. The Chiefs wide receiver contingent also includes Craphonso Thorpe (D4-05), Darrell Hill, NFLEL veterans Nate Curry, Jeris McIntyre and Scott McCready, rookie Jeff Webb (D6b-06), as well as rookie free agents Kyle Brown and Chris Hannon.
WR EDDIE KENNISON
• Has played in 152 games (129 starts) in his 11-year NFL career, recording 482 receptions for 7,384 yards (16.2 avg.) with 37 TDs.
• In five seasons with the Chiefs, has played in 67 games (61 starts), catching 255 passes for 4,269 yards (16.7 avg.) with 20 TDs.
• Started 16 games in 2005, ranking second on the team with a career-high 68 catches for 1,102 yards (16.2 avg.) and five TDs.
• Recorded his second consecutive 1,000-yard receiving season to become only the second player in team history to record back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons. WR Carlos Carson accomplished the feat in ’83-84.
• Joined Charlie Joiner, Irving Fryar, Don Maynard and J.T. Smith as the fifth WR in NFL history to record his first consecutive 1,000-yard seasons in his ninth and 10th NFL season or later.
• Was third in the AFC and 10th in the NFL with 17 catches of 20+ yards.
• His 1,102 receiving yards ranked fifth in the AFC. WR DANTE HALL
• In 82 games (10 starts) with KC he has touched the ball 631 times for 10,694 yards (16.9 avg.) with 17 TDs.
• Has returned 307 kickoffs for 7,437 yards (24.2 avg.) with a team record six TDs and 161 punts for 1,642 yards (10.2 avg.) with four TDs. Also has 119 catches for 1,411 yards (11.9 avg.) with seven scores.
• His 7,437 career kickoff return yards and 307 kickoff returns each rank first all-time in team history.
• Ranks first in franchise history with six kickoff returns for TDs and 10 total special teams TDs.
• His 17 career TDs have come from an average of 75.0 yards, the second-longest distance in NFL history (minimum 10 TDs).
• Produced 2,183 combined net yards in 2005 to join RB Marshall Faulk (’98-01) as the only other player in NFL history to top the 2,000-yard barrier in four consecutive seasons.
• His 10 career kick return TDs are third in NFL history. He needs three more to pass RB Eric Metcalf (12) for second.
• Has averaged a kick return (kickoff or punt) TD once every 8.2 games.
• His six career kickoff return TDs are tied with RBs Ollie Matson, Gale Sayers, Travis Williams and Mel Gray for first in NFL history.
• Ranks first in Chiefs history with 10,694 combined net yards. WR SAMIE PARKER
• Has played in 16 games (nine starts), catching 45 passes for 670 yards (14.9 avg.) with four TDs.
• Had 36 receptions for 533 yards (14.8 avg.) with three TDs in 2005. WR CRAPHONSO THORPE
• Played in 48 games (21 starts) at Florida State, catching 123 passes for 2,153 yards (17.5 avg.) with 18 TDs.
WR JERIS McINTYRE
• Is in his third training camp with the Chiefs after originally entering the NFL as a rookie free agent with the club in 2004.
WR NATE CURRY
• Caught 18 passes for 222 yards (12.3 avg.) with a TD and returned 14 kickoffs for 391 yards with a league-leading 27.9-yard average for the Hamburg Sea Devils of NFL Europe in 2006.
WR DARRELL HILL
• Spent three seasons with TEN (2002-04), playing in 33 games and recording 29 special teams tackles.
WR JEFF WEBB
• Entered the league as the second of two Chiefs draft picks in the sixth round (190th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft.
• Played in 44 games (30 starts) at San Diego State, catching 234 passes for 2,890 yards (12.4 avg.) with 20 TDs.
Six-time Pro Bowler Tony Gonzalez (D1-97) is arguably the best player at his position in the NFL and is KC’s all-time leading receiver with 648 catches and 7,810 yards. He has 56 career touchdown catches and needs seven more to top TE Shannon Sharpe (62) for the most TD receptions by a TE in NFL history. Jason Dunn possesses the size of an offensive tackle and is a key element of the club’s rushing attack. Kris Wilson (D2b-04) is a versatile performer who can line up in a variety of formations. Other tight ends in camp include Aaron Golliday, rookie FA Robert Docherty and Adam Johnson, who can also long snap.
TE TONY GONZALEZ
• Ranks first on the Chiefs all-time receiving chart with 648 catches and 7,810 receiving yards.
• Is just the third tight end in NFL history to establish himself as his franchise’s career leader in receptions, joining Cleveland’s Ozzie Newsome (662) and Denver’s Shannon Sharpe (815).
• Is third in NFL history among TEs with 648 career catches and is fourth with 7,810 receiving yards.
• His 56 career TDs are the third-highest total by a TE in NFL history, needing seven more to bypass Sharpe (62) for first.
• Has caught a pass in 84 consecutive games for the longest streak in team annals and the fifth-longest by a TE in NFL history.
• Ranks fourth among TEs in NFL history and third in Chiefs annals with 15 career 100-yard receiving days.
• Had 78 catches for 905 yards (11.6 avg.) with two TDs a year ago.
• Has started 111 straight games, the fifth-longest streak in Chiefs history. TE JASON DUNN
• Has played in 129 games (43 starts) with PHI (’96-98) and KC (2000-05), catching 75 passes for 861 yards (11.5 avg.) with 11 TDs.
TE KRIS WILSON
• Has played in 17 games (one start) for the Chiefs, recording three receptions for 33 yards.
The Chiefs boast one of the best blocking units in the league, a group that features a pair of Pro Bowlers and is highly regarded for its versatility, dependability and mobility. G Will Shields (D3-93) has been to 11 Pro Bowls and enters his 14th NFL campaign owning a streak of 207 consecutive starts. G Brian Waters earned his second consecutive Pro Bowl berth as a left guard in 2005 and has opened 71 straight games at that position. A four-time USA Today All-Joe team selection, C Casey Wiegmann is one of the league’s most underrated performers. Free agent T Kyle Turley has been working with the starting unit at left tackle while T Kevin Sampson (D7-04) is listed as the starter at right tackle. T Jordan Black (D5-03) started six games at LT and four at RT in 2005 while T Will Svitek (D6a-05) will provide depth at the position. C/T Chris Bober started two games at right tackle a year ago and is the club’s top reserve at center behind Wiegmann. Other veterans on the roster include: T Thomas Barnett, G Peter Heyer, C Johnathan Ingram, G Tyler Lenda and T Jeremy Parquet (D7b-05).Rookies on the offensive line include: G Steve Franklin, C Rudy Niswanger and G Tre Stallings (D6a-06).
G WILL SHIELDS
• Has started 207 consecutive games, the second-longest active streak in the NFL, trailing Green Bay QB Brett Favre (221).
• His 207 consecutive starts is the third-longest streak in NFL history since ’70, trailing only OL Bruce Matthews (229) and QB Brett Favre (221).
• Has played in 208 consecutive games since being drafted with Kansas City’s third-round pick (74th overall) in ’93.
• His streak of 208 consecutive games played is the longest string in franchise history since ’68.
• His 207 starts are the most in team history since ’68.
• Selected to his 11th consecutive Pro Bowl in 2005, the highest total and longest streak by any player in franchise history.
G BRIAN WATERS
• Has played in 86 games (72 starts) with KC.
• Was selected to his second Pro Bowl in 2005, joining G Will Shields to become the first guard duo to make back-to-back Pro Bowls since Cowboys guards Nate Newton and Larry Allen in ’95-96.
• Earned All-Pro honors from AP and The Dallas Morning News.
C CASEY WIEGMANN
• Has opened 79 consecutive games with KC dating back to 2001.
• Named to the All-Joe Team by USA Today in 2005 for the fourth consecutive season.
T KYLE TURLEY
• Joined the Chiefs as a free agent on June 13th.
• Was a first-team All-Pro selection in 2000 with New Orleans.
• Has started 95 games with NO (’98-02) and STL (2003-04). T JORDAN BLACK
• Has played in 32 games (14 starts) in three seasons with the Chiefs.
• Started six contests at LT and four at RT in 2005. C/T CHRIS BOBER
• Has played in 75 games (35 starts) with the NYG (2000-03) and KC (2004-05).
T KEVIN SAMPSON
• Has played in 10 games (one start) in two seasons with KC. T WILL SVITEK
• A member of the Frankfurt Galaxy squad that won World Bowl XIV in NFL Europe this season.
T JEREMY PARQUET
• Played in 44 games (39 starts) for Southern Mississippi.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER NOTES
The Chiefs return all of their top performers on the defensive front from 2005 and have a strong rotation of players at both defensive end and defensive tackle. DE Eric Hicks ranks fifth in franchise history with 44.5 career sacks. DE Jared Allen (D4-04) led the club with 11.0 sacks as a year ago to give him 20.0 sacks in his initial two NFL seasons. DE Tamba Hali (D1-06) was named the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year in 2005 at Penn State and was the club’s first-round pick this year. DE Carlos Hall will provide depth at the end position. DT John Browning (D3-96) is the senior member of the defensive line and owns 27.5 career sacks. DT Lional Dalton and DT Ryan Sims (D1-02) form the starting defensive tackle tandem. DE Jimmy Wilkerson (D6-03) is a versatile performer who can play at both the tackle and end positions. DT James Reed joined the Chiefs after spending the previous five seasons with Herm Edwards with the N.Y. Jets. DT Ron Edwards signed as an UFA from Buffalo this off-season. Veteran Junior Siavii (D2a-04), NFLEL veterans Arrion Dixon, Clint Mitchell and DE Zach Ville, as well as rookie FA DT Stephen Williams are also battling for playing time.
DE JARED ALLEN
• Has played in 31 games (25 starts), registering 115 tackles (75 solo), 20.0 sacks (-112.0 yards), 51 QB pressures, two FRs, seven FFs and seven PDs.
• His 20.0 sacks in his initial two NFL campaigns trail only LB Derrick Thomas (30) in the Chiefs record book.
• Led the defensive line and was fifth on the team with a career-high 76 tackles (49 solo) with a team-leading 11.0 sacks (-65.0 yards).
• Also had a career-high 54 QB pressures, two FRs, a team-high seven FFs and seven PDs.
DE ERIC HICKS
• Since joining the Chiefs in ’98 as a rookie FA he has played in 112 games (104 starts), recording 565 tackles (278 solo), 44.5 sacks (-293.0 yards), 185 QB pressures, five FRs, nine FFs and 15 PDs.
• Ranks fifth in team history with 44.5 career sacks and needs 7.0 more to pass LB Mike Bell (51.0) for fourth.
• Ranked second on the defensive line and sixth on the team with 69 tackles (46 solo), including a team-high 12 behind the line in 2005.
DT LIONAL DALTON
• In 110 games (55 starts) with BAL (’98-01), DEN (2002), WAS (2003) and KC (2004-05) he has produced 236 tackles (151 solo), 8.0 sacks (-59.0 yards), 45 QB pressures, four PDs, one FR and three PDs.
• Recorded a career-high 46 tackles (23 solo), a sack (-7.0 yards) and 19 QB pressures in 2005.
DT RYAN SIMS
• Has played in 43 games (36 starts) in his first four seasons in the NFL.
• Has 138 tackles (70 solo), 5.0 sacks (-22.0 yard), 35 QB pressures, one FR, one FF, one INT and a PD.
DT JOHN BROWNING
• Has played in 121 games (96 starts), registering 478 tackles (294 solo), 27.5 sacks (-157.5 yards), one INT, 157 QB pressures, four FRs, three FFs and eight PDs.
• His 27.5 career sacks rank ninth in Chiefs history and he needs 2.0 more to bypass DT Dan Saleaumua (29.0) for eighth.
DE TAMBA HALI
• Joined the Chiefs as the club’s first-round draft choice (20th overall) in the 2006 NFL Draft.
• Played in 47 games (34 starts) at Penn State, totaling 179 tackles (84 solo), 14.0 sacks (-87.0 yards), three QB pressures, a FR, two FFs and an INT.
• Named first-team All-Big Ten and the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year in 2005.
DE CARLOS HALL
• Played in 59 games (33 starts) with TEN (2002-04) and KC (2005), recording 228 tackles (139 solo), 14.5 sacks (-58.5 yards), 48 QB pressures, two FR, four FFs and nine PDs.
DE JIMMY WILKERSON
• Has played in 43 games (two starts) with KC, producing 69 tackles (38 solo), a half of a sack (-4.5 yards), 32 QB pressures, four PDs and a FR.
• Had a career-high 35 tackles (23 solo) and 25 QB pressures in 2005. DT JUNIOR SIAVII
• Has played in 26 games, amassing 27 tackles (15 solo), a sack (-9.0 yards), six QB pressures and a FR.
DT RON EDWARDS
• Played in 48 games (24 starts) in five seasons (2001-05) at Buffalo, producing 114 tackles (72 solo), 7.0 sacks (-42.0 yards), 23 QB pressures, a FR and four FFs.
DT JAMES REED
• Saw action in 80 contests (17 starts) with the N.Y. Jets (2001-05), compiling 176 tackles (109 solo), 6.0 sacks, four FRs and four PDs.
The Chiefs linebacker unit returns intact in 2006 led by Kawika Mitchell (D2-03). Kendrell Bell enters his second campaign as the starter at ROLB. Derrick Johnson opens the season at LOLB after winning the club’s Derrick Thomas Award as the team’s top rookie or first-year player in 2005. Keyaron Fox (DD3-04) and rookie FAs Nick Reid from Kansas and Brandon Guillory also work at ROLB. Boomer Grigsby (D5a-05) and William Kershaw are battling for time behind Mitchell. Rich Scanlon and Kris Griffin will battle for playing time at LOLB.
LB KENDRELL BELL
• In 63 games (58 starts) for PIT (2001-04) and KC (2005) has recorded 329 tackles (260 solo), 19.5 sacks (-148.0 yds), one FR, four FFs, an INT and six PDs.
• Amassed 68 tackles (48 solo), 1.5 sacks (-3.0 yards), a PD and a FF a year ago with KC.
LB KAWIKA MITCHELL
• Has appeared in 43 career games (34 starts), registering 245 tackles (181 solo), 3.0 sacks (-14.0 yards), three FRs, an INT, 23 QB pressures and 20 PDs.
• Started all 16 games a year ago, leading the team and producing a career-high 135 tackles (100 solo), 2.0 sacks (-14.0 yards), 12 QB pressures, 14 PDs, an INT and a FR.
LB DERRICK JOHNSON
• Finished third on the team with 110 tackles (87 solo), 2.0 sacks (-14.0 yards), nine PDs, 10 QB pressures, a FR and two FFs.
LB KEYARON FOX
• Has played in 14 games, tallying two tackles and 10 special teams stops. LB BOOMER GRIGSBY
• Played in 16 games a year ago, totaling 19 special teams tackles.
• Appeared in 44 games (40 starts) at Illinois State, producing a school-record 580 tackles (325 solo), to go along with 13.0 sacks (-77.0 yards), six FRs, five FFs, seven PDs and 14 QB pressures.
LB KRIS GRIFFIN
• Missed the final eight games of the 2005 season with a hamstring strain. LB RICH SCANLON
• Has played in 22 games with KC since joining the Chiefs as a rookie FA in 2004, recording 34 special teams tackles.
• Led the club with 29 special teams stops a year ago.
CB Patrick Surtain was traded to Kansas City from the Dolphins in 2005 and earned a pair of Pro Bowl berths with Miami. S Sammy Knight mans the strong safety spot and is tied for the most takeaways in the NFL since ’97. S Greg Wesley (D3-00) made the transition to free safety from strong safety a year ago and led the team with six interceptions. The Chiefs added five-time Pro Bowler CB Ty Law as a free agent on July 24th. CBs Benny Sapp and CB Lenny Walls also own extensive game experience. Veteran CBs Julian Battle (D3-03), Alphonso Hodge (D5b-05), Chris Johnson and NFLEL veteran Justin Perkins will also battle for playing time. Rookie CB Marcus Maxey (D5-06) and AFL Defensive MVP Jerald Brown are also in the defensive backfield. Rookie Ss Bernard Pollard (D2-06) and Jarrad Page (D7-06) are battling NFLEL veteran S Scott Connot for playing time. S William Bartee (D2-00) has not practiced with an Achilles injury.
CB PATRICK SURTAIN
• Has played in 123 games (97 starts) for MIA (’98-04) and KC (2005), producing 465 tackles (366 solo), 6.5 sacks (-47.0 yards), 33 INTs (355 yards) with two TDs, 105 PDs, five FRs and three FFs.
• Dating back to 2000, only S Darren Sharper (40) has registered more INTs than Surtain (29) and CB Deltha O’Neal (29).
• Had 67 tackles (52 solo), four interceptions, nine PDs and one FR in 2005. SS SAMMY KNIGHT
• Has played in 142 games (137 starts) with NO (’97-02), MIA (2003-04) and KC (2005), registering 980 tackles (663 solo), 7.0 sacks (-41.0 yards), 37 INTs for 606 yards with two TDs, 84 PDs, 12 FRs with a TD and 12 FFs.
• Dating back to the ’97 campaign, no NFL player has recorded more takeaways (50 – 37 INTs, 13 FRs) than Knight or S Darren Sharper (50 – 45 INTS, five FRs).
• Was second on the club with 118 tackles (76 solo), 2.0 sacks (-15.0 yards), two INTs, 10 PDs, a FR for a 80-yard TD, two FFs and four QB pressures. FS GREG WESLEY
• Has played in 89 games (88 starts) with KC, recording 600 tackles (411 solo), 6.0 sacks (-39.0 yards), 26 INTs for 503 yards, four FRs, nine FFs, 18 QB pressures and 15 special teams tackles.
• Had 96 tackles (58 solo) and six INTs for 106 yards in 2005. CB TY LAW
• Has played in 157 games (149 starts) with NE (’95-04) and NYJ (2005), totaling 714 tackles (607 solo), 4.0 sacks (-27.0 yards), 46 INTs for 778 yards with seven TDs, 155 PDs, four FRs and three FFs.
• Tied for the NFL lead with 10 INTs in 2005 to earn his fifth Pro Bowl invite. CB BENNY SAPP
• Has played in 31 games (four starts) since joining the Chiefs as a rookie free agent in 2004, recording 45 tackles (39 solo), four QB pressures, an INT, nine PDs, two FFs and 19 special teams tackles.
CB LENNY WALLS
• Saw action in 43 games (20 starts) in Denver (2002-05), totaling 105 tackles (92 solo), an INT, 28 PDs, a FR and two FFs.
CB ALPHONSO HODGE
• Played in 46 games (35 starts) at Miami (Ohio), recording 147 tackles (103 solo), 8.0 sacks (-48.0 yards) and 24 PDs.
S WILLIAM BARTEE
• The seven-year veteran has played in 87 games (31 starts), amassing 226 tackles (177 solo), 3.5 sacks (-28.5 yards) and 30 PDs. Also has 56 special teams stops.
CB CHRIS JOHNSON
• Has played in 14 games (one start) with GB (2003-04) and STL (2005), tallying 25 tackles (22 solo).
S BERNARD POLLARD
• Joined the Chiefs as the club’s second-round draft choice (54th overall) in the 2006 NFL Draft.
• Appeared in 36 games (35 starts) at Purdue, registering 254 tackles (164 solo), a sack, four INTs, nine PDs, two FRs and two FFs.
S JARRAD PAGE
• Was a seventh-round pick by KC in the 2006 NFL Draft.
• Played in 49 games (45 starts), recording 249 tackles (169 solo), a sack, nine INTs, 23 PDs, four FRs and four FFs.
CB MARCUS MAXEY
• Saw action in 46 games (15 starts) at the University of Miami, posting 75 tackles (40 solo), two INTs, seven PDs and two FRs.
SPECIALISTS NOTESK LAWRENCE TYNES
• Has handled the placement duties in 32 games for KC, converting 44 of 56 FGs and 102 of 105 PATs for 234 points.
• Connected on 27 of 33 FGs and 44 PATs for 125 points in 2005. P DUSTIN COLQUITT
• Played in all 16 games as a rookie a year ago, punting 65 times for 2,564 yards (39.4 gross, 35.2 net), landing 27 inside the 20 and five touchbacks. TE KENDALL GAMMON
Chiefs 45, Texans 17
November 20, 2005 • Reliant Stadium • 70,481
KANSAS CITY . . . 10
0 14 — 45
HOUSTON . . . 7
0 — 17
– Tynes 35-yard field goal (7-52, 4:00).
– L. Johnson, 23-yard run (Tynes kick)
– Mathis, 99-yard kickoff return
– Kennison, 26-yard pass from Green
(Tynes kick) (4-71, 1:28).
– L. Johnson, 1-yard run (Tynes kick)
– Warfield, 57-yard INT return (Tynes kick).
– Davis, 3-yard run (Brown kick)
– Brown, 22-yard field goal (9-72, 4:44).
– Kennison, 7-yard pass from Green
(Tynes kick) (12-51, 7:04).
(Tynes kick) (6-33, 3:08).
First Downs . . . 14
Total Net Yards . . . 259
Rushes/Net Yards. . . 19/78
Net Passing . . . 181
Pass Attempts/Completions . . . 36/19
Had Intercepted . . . 1
Times Sacked/Yards. . . 1.0/1.0
Punts/Average . . . 4/40.3
Penalties/Yards. . . 6/43
Fumbles/Lost . . . 4/2
Possession Time . . . 23:02
– L. Johnson 36-211, 2 TDs; Green 1-11;
Brown 2-8; Collins 2-(-2); Kennison 1-(-2).
– Davis 13-57, TD; Carr 3-18; Johnson 1-5;
Stanley 1-0; Wells, 1-(-2).
– Gonzalez 9-98; Kennison 4-57, 2 TDs;
Parker 2-23, TD; Wilson 1-16; D. Hall 1-11;
Brown 1-9; Johnson 1-6.
– A. Johnson 6-50; Gaffney 5-35; Davis 3-53;
Bradford 3-20; Armstrong 1-14; Rivers 1-10.
– Green 19-29-220, 3 TDs, 1 INT.
– Carr 19-36-182, 0 TDs, 1 INT.
– Sanders 1-29.
– K. Brown (22).
Needing a win to keep pace with the rest of the AFC for
the playoff hunt, the Chiefs put together an impressive effort in
Houston. Kansas City exploded out to a 31-7 halftime lead with
scores from both sides of the ball before closing out a 45-17 win
over the Houston Texans.
RB Larry Johnson led the Chiefs offensive stampede with a
huge night. Johnson established a Chiefs single-game rushing
record with 211 yards on 36 carries for the night. With a
15-yard fourth-quarter carry, the third-year back eclipsed RB Barry
Word’s previous mark of 200 yards established vs. Detroit
(10/14/90). Kansas City’s defense also came up big, holding
Houston to just 259 total yards and forcing three turnovers.
The Chiefs opened up the scoring on their first possession of
the game and didn’t let up until they had posted a season-high 45
points. After K Lawrence Tynes got the scoring barrage started
with a 35-yard field goal, Johnson began going to work on his
record-setting evening. Taking advantage of the NFL’s
lowest-ranked rushing defense, Johnson scored on an impressive
23-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter for a 10-0 lead.
Despite being dominated in total yardage (131-24) through
the first quarter, the Texans managed to hang around thanks to
a 99-yard kickoff return TD from rookie WR Jerome Mathis.
The Kansas City quick-strike offense of the past few years
re-emerged midway through the second quarter. In just a
three-minute span the Chiefs jumped out to a 24-7 lead thanks to a pair
of quick touchdowns by Kennison and Johnson. First, QB Trent
Green capped a four-play, 71-yard drive by finding Kennison on
a 26-yard TD pass. The 12th-year passer completed 19 of 29
passes for 220 yards with three TDs on the night.
On the ensuing possession, Chiefs S Greg Wesley jarred the
ball free from WR Andre Johnson, allowing CB Eric Warfield to
scoop up the Texans fumble at the Houston 43-yard line. Four
plays later, Johnson found the end zone for the second time with
a one-yard dive, vaulting KC to a 24-7 lead late in the first half.
Just as the Texans were trying to mount a late first-half
scoring drive, Warfield intercepted a pass and returned it 57
yards for a touchdown and a 31-7 halftime advantage.
Houston drew within 31-17 with 10 unanswered points in the
third quarter. A CB Lewis Sanders INT set up a three-yard TD
run from RB Domanick Davis. After a Kansas City punt, Houston
strung together another drive, resulting in a 22-yard field goal
early in the fourth quarter. That would be the end of its rally.
Kansas City stomped out the Texans comeback hopes
by pounding out, 12-play drive that ate 7:04 off he clock and
resulted in Kennison’s second touchdown of the night, a
seven-yard pass from Green. The Chiefs weren’t done yet. Green
would find WR Samie Parker on a six-yard scoring strike to cap
the runaway 45-17 win.
• TE Tony Gonzalez became the first tight end in NFL history
to register eight consecutive seasons (1998-05) with 50 or more
• K Lawrence Tynes extended his streak of games with a
made FG to 13 consecutive games, the second-longest streak
in franchise history.
• KC’s defense permitted Houston to convert just one
third-down conversion on 11 attempts.
Chiefs 37, Bengals 3
January 1, 2006 • Arrowhead Stadium • 77,211
CINCINNATI . . . 3
0 — 3
KANSAS CITY . . . 3
7 — 37
– Tynes, 39-yard field goal (11-65, 5:38).
– Graham, 49-yard ﬁ eld goal (6-43, 3:31).
– Tynes, 24-yard ﬁ eld goal (11-64, 5:45).
– L. Johnson, 49-yard run (Tynes kick)
– L. Johnson, 14-yard run (Tynes kick)
– L. Johnson, 20-yard run (Tynes kick)
– Tynes, 23-yard ﬁ eld goal (5-58, 2:55).
– Brown 8-yard pass from Green
(Tynes kick) (5-49, 2:51).
First Downs . . . 10
Total Net Yards . . . 161
Rushes/Net Yards. . . 22/37
Net Passing . . . 124
Pass Attempts/Completions . . . 32/18
Had Intercepted . . . 2
Times Sacked/Yards. . . 1.0/6.0
Punts/Average . . . 7/49.4
Penalties/Yards. . . 6/50
Fumbles/Lost . . . 0/0
Possession Time . . . 27:18
– L. Johnson 26-201, 3 TDs; Brown 1-2;
– R. Johnson 10-18; Perry 8-10; C. Johnson 1-6;
Kitna 1-3; Perry 1-0; Luchey 1-0.
– Kennison 7-151; D. Hall 5-61; Gonzalez 5-59;
L. Johnson 2-21; Brown 2-14, TD;
Richardson 1-22; Parker 1-16.
– C. Johnson 4-55; Houshmandzadeh 3-29;
Schobel 3-22; Perry 3-9; Stewart 2-16;
Perry 2-0; R. Johnson 1-(-1).
– Green 23-29-344, 1 TD, 0 INTs.
– Kitna 13-24-76, 0 TDs, 2 INTs;
Palmer 5-8-54, 0 TDs, 0 INTs.
– Knight 1-12; Surtain 1-4.
– Tynes (39) (24) (23).
On the day that head coach Dick Vermeil publicly announced
his retirement, the Chiefs responded with a going away present.
With his five-year run as head coach in Kansas City coming to an
end, Vermeil’s players honored him the best way they knew how,
by routing the Cincinnati Bengals 37-3 in the season finale.
As the final seconds ticked off the clock on a bittersweet
day and season, the 10-6 Chiefs were understandably filled
with complex emotions. A 35-21 Pittsburgh victory over Detroit
eliminated the Chiefs from the playoff picture, however the
victory over Cincinnati seemed like an appropriate way to send
off Kansas City’s head coach.
The Chiefs and Bengals alternated field goals in the early
going as K Lawrence Tynes staked the Chiefs to a 6-3
second-quarter lead. The floodgates then seemed to burst wide open as
Kansas City would rattle off 31 unanswered points en route to a
runaway win. The Chiefs posted gaudy numbers on both sides
of the ball, piling up a season-high 537 total yards of offense and
giving up a season-low 161 yards to Cincinnati.
With a nine-yard carry late in the second quarter, RB Larry
Johnson etched his name in the Chiefs record book as the
franchise’s single-season rushing yardage leader, surpassing
RB Priest Holmes’ mark of 1,615 yards in 2002. Just for good
measure, Johnson followed that up with a 49-yard TD gallop on
the very next carry. In taking a 13-3 lead, the Pro Bowl runner
also eclipsed the 100-yard barrier for the ninth consecutive game,
tying as the third-longest streak in NFL history. Johnson finished
his remarkable season with 1,750 rushing yards and 20 TDs.
Moments later Chiefs S Sammy Knight would pick off the first
of the Chiefs two INTs on the game. The INT from QB Jon Kitna
– who had replaced Pro Bowler Carson Palmer after one quarter
– gave Johnson another chance to bring the sellout Arrowhead
crowd to their feet. From the 14-yard line Johnson took a toss
left and spun out of a tackle attempt from DE David Pollack near
the sideline. He then reversed his field and accelerated toward
the other sideline, picking up a block from QB Trent Green on
his way into the end zone to grab a 20-3 lead at the half.
Johnson and the Chiefs weren’t even close to be finished.
On the opening possession of the second half an 18-yard pass
to WR Eddie Kennison helped push Kansas City into scoring
possession. With the crowd chanting “Lar-ry, Lar-ry,” Johnson
scored his third TD of the game, following blocks from T Willie
Roaf and WR Marc Boerigter on a 20-yard sweep around the left
end. The third-year ball-carrier finished with 201 yards, topping
the 200-yard mark for the second time on the season.
Tynes would add his third field goal of the game, raising the
Chiefs lead to 30-3 late in the third quarter. The final blow came
when Green capped off a brilliant afternoon by hitting RB Dee
Brown for an eight-yard touchdown pass.
• TE Tony Gonzalez caught a pass for an 84th consecutive
game, bypassing WR Stephone Paige (83 games) for the
longest receiving streak in Chiefs history.
• RB Larry Johnson’s 201 rushing yards were the
second-highest single-game total in franchise history.
• WR Eddie Kennison became the second player in Chiefs
history to register back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons,
joining WR Carlos Carson (’83-84).
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS / WEEK 17 / THROUGH SUNDAY, JANUARY 1, 2006
WON 10, LOST 6 * RUSHING No. Yds Avg Long TD 09/11 W 27- 7 New York Jets 78,014 L. Johnson 336 1750 5.2 49t 20 09/18 W 23-17 at Oakland 62,273 Holmes 119 451 3.8 35t 6 09/26 L 10-30 at Denver 76,381 Green 35 82 2.3 13 0 10/02 L 31-37 Philadelphia 78,742 Kennison 7 43 6.1 23 0 10/16 W 28-21 Washington 78,083 Brown 7 21 3.0 7 0 10/21 W 30-20 at Miami 68,350 Richardson 6 20 3.3 8 0 10/30 L 20-28 at San Diego 65,750 D. Hall 7 11 1.6 7 0 11/06 W 27-23 Oakland 79,033 Wilson 1 6 6.0 6 0 11/13 L 3-14 at Buffalo 72,093 Collins 2 -2 -1.0 -1 0 11/20 W 45-17 at Houston 70,481 TEAM 520 2382 4.6 49t 26 11/27 W 26-16 New England 78,025 OPPONENTS 383 1570 4.1 65t 11 12/04 W 31-27 Denver 78,261 * RECEIVING No. Yds Avg Long TD 12/11 L 28-31 at Dallas 63,432 Gonzalez 78 905 11.6 39 2 12/17 L 17-27 at New York Giants 78,625 Kennison 68 1102 16.2 55 5 12/24 W 20- 7 San Diego 75,956 Parker 36 533 14.8 49 3 01/01 W 37- 3 Cincinnati 77,211 D. Hall 34 436 12.8 52t 3 K.C. Opp. L. Johnson 33 343 10.4 36 1 TOTAL FIRST DOWNS 347 292 Holmes 21 197 9.4 60t 1 Rushing 138 84 Horn 18 187 10.4 50 0 Passing 182 189 Richardson 9 68 7.6 22 1 Penalty 27 19 Boerigter 8 119 14.9 38 0 3rd Down: Made/Att 91/213 78/206 Dunn 5 53 10.6 24 0 3rd Down Pct. 42.7 37.9 Wilson 3 33 11.0 16 0 4th Down: Made/Att 10/16 7/19 Brown 3 23 7.7 9 1 4th Down Pct. 62.5 36.8 Cruz 1 15 15.0 15 0 POSSESSION AVG. 32:09 27:51 TEAM 317 4014 12.7 60t 17 TOTAL NET YARDS 6192 5249 OPPONENTS 325 3862 11.9 78t 25 Avg. Per Game 387.0 328.1 * INTERCEPTIONS No. Yds Avg Long TD Total Plays 1059 971 Wesley 6 106 17.7 51 0 Avg. Per Play 5.8 5.4 Surtain 4 57 14.3 53 0 NET YARDS RUSHING 2382 1570 Knight 2 12 6.0 12 0 Avg. Per Game 148.9 98.1 McCleon 2 0 0.0 0 0 Total Rushes 520 383 Warfield 1 57 57.0 57t 1 NET YARDS PASSING 3810 3679 K. Mitchell 1 0 0.0 0 0 Avg. Per Game 238.1 229.9 TEAM 16 232 14.5 57t 1 Sacked/Yards Lost 32/204 29/183 OPPONENTS 10 196 19.6 40t 1 Gross Yards 4014 3862 * PUNTING No. Yds Avg Net TB In Lg B Att./Completions 507/317 559/325 Colquitt 65 2564 39.4 35.2 5 27 62 0 Completion Pct. 62.5 58.1 TEAM 65 2564 39.4 35.2 5 27 62 0 Had Intercepted 10 16 OPPONENTS 69 3155 45.7 40.0 5 19 61 0 PUNTS/AVERAGE 65/39.4 69/45.7 * PUNT RETURNS Ret FC Yds Avg Long TD NET PUNTING AVG. 65/35.2 69/40.0 D. Hall 42 6 276 6.6 52 0 PENALTIES/YARDS 115/890 90/805 Kennison 1 1 17 17.0 17 0 FUMBLES/BALL LOST 23/13 33/15 TEAM 43 7 293 6.8 52 0 TOUCHDOWNS 46 38 OPPONENTS 23 21 179 7.8 47 0 Rushing 26 11 * KICKOFF RETURNS No. Yds Avg Long TD Passing 17 25 D. Hall 65 1560 24.0 96t 1 Returns 3 2 Horn 3 31 10.3 11 0 * SCORE BY PERIODS Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT PTS TEAM 68 1591 23.4 96t 1 TEAM 85 136 79 103 0 403 OPPONENTS 83 2053 24.7 99t 1 OPPONENTS 51 110 76 88 0 325 * FIELD GOALS 1-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ * SCORING TD-Ru-Pa-Rt K-PAT FG S PTS Tynes 1/ 1 8/ 8 12/13 4/ 8 2/3 L. Johnson 21 20 1 0 0 126 TEAM 1/ 1 8/ 8 12/13 4/ 8 2/3 Tynes 0 0 0 0 44/45 27/33 0 125 OPPONENTS 0/ 0 7/ 9 6/ 7 6/ 8 1/2 Holmes 7 6 1 0 0 42 Tynes: (41G,38G,32N)(31G,46B,39G,42G)(28G) Kennison 5 0 5 0 0 30 (38G)(20G,38G)(30G,51G,52G)(34G,20G)(27G,47G) D. Hall 4 0 3 1 0 24 (35G,44N,43N)(35G)(25G,20G,33G,47G)(34G)(41N) Parker 3 0 3 0 0 18 (19G)(52N)(39G,24G,23G) Gonzalez 2 0 2 0 0 12 OPPONENTS: (28B)(29G,50N)(30G,51G,25G,46N) Brown 1 0 1 0 0 6 (40B,44G,37G,26G)()(33G,23G)()(32G,49G,48G) Knight 1 0 0 1 0 6 (28N,31N)(22G)(29G)(22G,40G)(34G)(41G,35G)() Richardson 1 0 1 0 0 6 (49G) Warfield 1 0 0 1 0 6 Boerigter 0 0 0 0 0 2 TEAM 46 26 17 3 44/45 27/33 0 403 OPPONENTS 38 11 25 2 33/33 20/26 0 325 2-Pt. Conversions: Boerigter, TEAM 1-1, OPPONENTS 2-5
SACKS: Allen 11, Hicks 4, Sapp 2.5, Browning 2, D. Johnson 2, Knight 2,
K. Mitchell 2, Bell 1.5, Dalton 1, C. Hall 1, TEAM 29, OPPONENTS 32
* PASSING Att Cmp Yds Cmp% Yds/Att TD TD% Int Int% Long Sack/Lost Rating Green 507 317 4014 62.5 7.92 17 3.4 10 2.0 60t 32/ 204 90.1 TEAM 507 317 4014 62.5 7.92 17 3.4 10 2.0 60t 32/ 204 90.1 OPPONENTS 559 325 3862 58.1 6.91 25 4.5 16 2.9 78t 29/ 183 82.3