Whoooo! It’s game day Addicts! I know the short week is bad for the players but it feels like just the other day we were running Philip Rivers and Norv Turner straight out of Kansas City! Let’s hope that more prime time games are in our future when the flex schedule comes out.
Today the Chiefs travel to my old stomping grounds in Cleveland, Ohio. This game is high stakes for me because if the Chiefs fail to get the job done, I’m going to hear it from old man Allen who is an avid Browns fan.
I’ll have my official prediction later but until then, here is your Morning Fix!
Romeo Crennel is the Chiefs’ defensive coordinator. He’s quiet, measured and unafraid to put his arm around a player and tell him how he can do better. He is a football coach, but that does not define him. Crennel is intense sometimes, but it’s so rare that players are more likely to chuckle at the sight than shrivel in fear.
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Jamaal Charles’ 56-yard touchdown run came at exactly the right time to lift the Chiefs from their early doldrums against San Diego. But the rest of the night, the running game was of little help. With Charles, Thomas Jones and Dexter McCluster, the Chiefs have a number of ways to make it work. The Browns appear to have improved their run defense, though the Chiefs get a break if injured nose tackle Shaun Rogers doesn’t play.
“We’re so businesslike, get-it-done oriented that we don’t care,” Arenas said of any rotation on returns. “We just want to bust it out. We’re different return guys. Dex is very speedy, and I can break tackles. We both possess a lot of great things.”
And right now, there is no doubt that Charles gives the Chiefs the best chance of winning, especially as long as Chiefs offensive coordinator Charlie Weis is still “fixing” the quarterback.
Charles is the offense’s Ferrari, and the Chiefs are using him like a Buick. Their chance at turning a surprise start into something more significant is directly tied to how much they rely on Charles.
Haley and Weis can point to the conditions and score in justifying Charles only getting 11 carries last week. There’s no such excuse this week, especially against a Browns defense that gave up 119 yards rushing last week — and 154 to Charles last season.