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Charles’ long run allowed the Chiefs to put together one of their best rushing performances of the season, yet they were not able to consistently move the ball on the Buffalo side of the field. They ran the ball 13 times on the Bills side of the 50-yard line and gained just 35 yards, or 2.7 yards per carry. On their own side of the 50, the Chiefs ran 13 times for 117 yards, or nine yards per carry.
The former Kent State quarterback was a one-man wrecking ball in the Browns 13-6 victory last Thursday night (yes, I said “Thursday” – Cleveland is the Chiefs third-straight opponent to come off a long week of prep). Cribbs totaled 200 total yards on 13 touches a week ago, while the Cleveland offense gained just 255 yards as a group.
“Ryan I like a lot. I think he’s got the demeanor you want from a kicker. He’s calm, cool and collected and doesn’t seem to get rattled real easy. An example would be at the end of the half extra point where we were running out of time and he looked like he was hurried a little bit. We had to call a time out and I said, ‘sorry, I didn’t mean to freeze my own kicker.’ But he said he was going to call time out anyway because he felt hurried. Pretty calm cool collected guy now. He’s got the right body, is strong and I think he’ll get stronger. I think the kickoffs have got to continue to improve especially playing here after the weather gets back.”
The Kansas City Chiefs will have their hands full with Cribbs who enters Sunday’s contest coming off arguably his best game of the season. Listed as a receiver, Cribbs lined up in the wildcat formation on multiple occasions rushing the ball eight times for 87 yards.
I don’t have any doubt we’re making progress,” said Haley, a member of the New York Jets staff with Mangini from 1997-99. “It’s tough when you look at the record and see that. I just go on what I see on a daily basis, during the game, after the game, certain responses by players, desire of the players to get better. We’re making progress.