The world moves fast. Maybe that’s callous. But the NFL is big business. Everyone is judged on performance, and now, two games removed from Jovan Belcher’s murder-suicide, the focus is back to the Chiefs’ place as the most disappointing team in the NFL.
They lost 30-7 to the Browns here on Sunday. That’s thirty. To seven. To the Browns.
That’s the Browns, who entered the weekend 27th in offense and 23rd in defense. The Browns, who haven’t beaten anyone this thoroughly since 2003. The Browns, who have a general manager most fans assume is out the door and a coach many of them hope is out the door.
The issues now are whether he will play next week against the Raiders in Oakland and how the Chiefs, whose offense struggles even with their best receiver in the lineup, can expect to score any points if he doesn’t.
“Dwayne Bowe is one heck of a player,’’ quarterback Brady Quinn said. “He’s a tremendous teammate. He’s a warrior out there and he will fight for you doing whatever he can.
“We’ve got to move forward. But he’s a guy you obviously want to have on your team.’’
The rude reception given to Chiefs running back Peyton Hillis on his return to Cleveland didn’t catch him by surprise.
“I was prepared for it,’’ Hillis said. “I didn’t know how bad it would be.
“It comes with the territory. It’s something you have to face up to. It was disheartening to hear it. I respect the fans. The Browns have good fans.”
Things didn’t go better on Sunday for any of the other ex-Browns now with the Chiefs in a 30-7 defeat. Romeo Crennel, Cleveland’s head coach from 2005 through 2008, couldn’t find a way to make his current team competitive.
Trent Richardson rushed for a pair of touchdowns on Sunday, as the Cleveland Browns defeated the Kansas City Chiefs, 30-7, at Cleveland Browns Stadium.
Richardson finished with 42 yards on 18 carries, while Brandon Weeden was an efficient 17-of-30 passing with 217 yards for the Browns (5-8), who have won three straight games.
Kansas City quarterback Brady Quinn, who spent his first three NFL seasons in Cleveland after the Browns selected him with the 22nd overall pick in 2007, struggled against his former club, throwing for just 159 yards with an interception on 10-of-21 passing.
Romeo Crennel inherited his sense of discipline from his father, a career military man. His patience, kindness and generosity came from his mother, who often had to raise young Romeo and his four siblings like a single mother while her husband was stationed overseas.
Those values have come to define Crennel’s reputation throughout his career.
“The majority of people own them, you know, especially in the places that they’re legal,” Chiefs linebacker Brandon Siler said last week. “People don’t go out and shoot other people. Most of the time they’re for self-defense or sport. Yeah, people own guns, but did you ever hear him say anything about harming someone with a gun? No.”
Chiefs defensive tackle Shaun Smith bristled when asked about a “gun culture” in professional sports, and said players that carry them usually do so for protection.
“Just because we’re in the NFL, that doesn’t make us no different,” he said last week. “You never know when someone would try to rob you or whatever. … I’ve worked hard to get where I am. I’ll be damned if I’d let someone just take it away from me, period.”
Eight days removed from unthinkable tragedy, one week following an Arrowhead victory and just off the banks of Lake Erie, the Kansas City Chiefs sought their second-consecutive win this season but fell to the Cleveland Browns 30-7 on Sunday.
The day looked very promising for Kansas City. On the team’s first drive, RB Jamaal Charles silenced the Cleveland crowd by dashing 80 yards for the score and an early KC lead, 7-0.
Kansas City’s defense forced the Browns to punt on their first possession, putting the ball back in the hands of Chiefs QB Brady Quinn, who led the Chiefs on an eight-play drive to Cleveland’s three-yard line. One penalty later forced Chiefs K Ryan Succop into a 27-yard FG attempt, which hit the left upright and fell to the ground no good, perhaps a foreshadow of an afternoon that wasn’t meant to be.