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Column - Media Watch

DAWES: What's Up with Coverage of KC's QB- Part IV?

Jan 05, 2007, 1:25:25 PM by Rufus Dawes - FAQ

Fourth in a series examining media coverage of quarterback Trent Green’s career in Kansas City.

Part I, II, III


“There’s been some passes that I haven’t seen in about 20 years and that guy was Dan Fouts.“
Gunther Cunningham on QB Trent Green’s play, Kansas City Star, June 13, 2004

“The bigger issue is whether Green’s play in May and June will translate into a bigger season than last year, when he operated the league’s highest-scoring offense and wound up alongside Indianapolis’ Peyton Manning and Tennessee’s McNair as the AFC’s Pro Bowl quarterbacks.“
Adam Teicher, Kansas City Star, June 13, 2004

“If he doesn’t insult the local restaurants or belittle his teammates’ abilities as a couple of recent Chiefs-quarterbacks-turned-town-villains once did, he has a chance to win that special place in the fans’ hearts. Trent Green has committed no such mistake, meaning he still has a chance…it’s easy to forget how much was heaped on him when he was acquired in a trade with St. Louis.“
Adam Teicher, Kansas City Star, August 8, 2004

“In a town angry at the Chiefs’ defense for its whopping playoff failure, Green threw the entire team under the bus, saying the offense was as much at fault for the loss to Indianapolis. It was one of those gestures that was appreciated by his teammates and perhaps defused a burning topic that had the potential of carving an irreparable divide right down the middle of the team.“
Adam Teicher, Kansas City Star, August 8, 2004

“I think everybody has to shoulder that responsibility.“
Trent Green, Kansas City Star, August 8, 2004

“He’s one of the guys you listen to.“
Eric Hicks, Kansas City Star, August 8, 2004

“The Chiefs quarterback has come a long way since the days of Tr-INT.“
Scott Dochterman, St. Joseph’s News-Press, September 12, 2004

“I’ve always been a little bit more of a lead-by-example guy. I’m not a big in-your-face, rah-rah kind of guy. I’ve tried to be more encouraging. I’ve talked to more guys whether it be offense, defense or special teams. I’m just trying to be more supportive in working the locker room, working the practice field.“
Trent Green, Kansas City Star, October 1, 2004

“Manning blinked and Green didn’t, and the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Indianapolis Colts 45-34.“
Kurt Caywood, Topeka Capital-Journal, November 1, 2004

“The Chiefs have been able to mine the occasional good season from one of their quarterbacks in 29 post-(Len) Dawson years. Joe Montana, Steve Bono, Elvis Grbac, and Bill Kenney all played in a Pro Bowl, too. Some Chiefs quarterbacks had individual skills as good as or better than those of Green, Montana was an unparalleled leader. Rich Gannon had thorough knowledge of the offense. Grbac had the big arm. Steve DeBerg was tough as they come. None was the complete package or did it for the Chiefs over the long haul like Green. So he’s got the numbers, the leadership skills, the confidence he needs and the undying support of his team.“
Adam Teicher, Kansas City Star, November 7, 2004

“(Len) Dawson hasn’t been shy about criticizing the Chiefs quarterbacks – namely Green’s predecessor, Elvis Grbac – when they haven’t gotten the job done. (Dawson said) Green is the real deal.“
Len Dawson, Kansas City Star, November 7, 2004

“This year’s different because we’re a veteran team. We’ve got nine guys (on offense) who are over 30. From a defensive standpoint, we’ve got more young guys on that side, but you have a new defensive scheme…the off-season is going to present a number of issues of what direction the organization decides to head and what direction the coaching staff decides. A lot of that will be decided in the next six weeks. If guys look at it differently, they’ll be fooling themselves.“
Ivan Carter, Kansas City Star, November 28, 2004

“When the love is handed out for quarterbacks at the end of the season, Trent Green should get some thrown his way.“
Ivan Carter, Kansas City Star, December 20, 2004

“He was cut in San Diego, then in Canada and underwent four knee surgeries – only to become the league’s most efficient quarterback over the past three seasons. The one-time football vagabond has been chief engineer of one of the NFL’s most prolific offenses for three years in a row…an active streak of three straight seasons with a 90.0 passing efficiency rating. That’s better than any other quarterback, including Peyton Manning and Donovan McNabb.“
Doug Tucker, Associated Press, December 22, 2004

“We look for role models in all different walks of life. I don’t know if Trent realizes the affect he had on so many people in Washington. All the coaches and players recognized Trent for a guy who would be a heck of a player when given the opportunity.“
Former Redskins head coach Norv Turner, Associated Press, December 22, 2004

Summation: Trent Green was without doubt the most reliable purveyor of ideas and in the long history of quarterbacks the team has had only Len Dawson could be said to outrank him when it came to answering questions or being glib and pointed in presenting responses to media queries. When asked about the team gathering momentum from a win over Baltimore on the eve of a bye week, Green answered frankly, “What momentum? We’ve only won one game. To create momentum you need to start stringing (victories) back-to-back-to-back.”

In throwing for 389 yards and realizing a 143.8 QB rating in a win over the Colts, he battled, if dimmed only slightly, the aura of Peyton Manning. But Green’s all-pro status from the previous year could not be characterized as a fluke to even his doubters. In Vermeil’s eyes, Green remained “unnoticed but not unappreciated, especially here in Kansas City,” according to one news report.


“They told Trent Green to take a vacation. He came back looking like the star of a workout video. Some guys make it easy on Chiefs offensive coordinator Al Saunders.“
Elizabeth Merrill, Kansas City Star, July 26, 2005

“He is just so competitive. He believes so much in his role and this job, and some of that is the quarterback is a tough guy. He is. That’s one of the things that make him so great.“
Al Saunders, Kansas City Star, July 26, 2005

“The Kansas City Chiefs are on the clock. Their quarterback is 35. If there’s any urgency to win, it’s because the league’s best offense a year ago is aging…the message is clear: the Chiefs must win now.“
Clark Judge,, August 15, 2005

“Since there is no quarterback controversy and Dick Vermeil hasn’t cooperated and created the running back controversy the media was so hoping for, Green’s health becomes topics No. 1, 2 and 3.“
Bob Gretz,, August 31, 2005

“The question Chiefs fans want to know now is: Can Green play effectively with this mesh thingie in his leg? Does he worry that a hard hit on his left leg could end his career?“
Rick Dean, Topeka Capital-Journal, September 3, 2005

“Will Green, who’s been on blood thinners, rebound fast enough to play?“
Elizabeth Merrill, Kansas City Star, September 5, 2005

“In any other year, the Chiefs would have been delighted that Trent Green was hanging around Peyton Manning, Brett Favre and Kurt Warner in the NFL passer ratings. The problem is that this year, those other guys are in the middle of the pack. The Chiefs’ quarterback is, again, off to a slow start.“
Adam Teicher, Kansas City Star, September 30, 2005

“Quarterback Trent Green doesn’t need to average all the available data to grade the Chiefs offense after the first quarter. “We’re 2-2, so that’s a C,” Green said. “It’s all based on record. If we were 3-1, that’s a B. If we’re 4-0, we’re an A. Right now, a lot of people are a C.“
Rick Dean, Topeka Capital-Journal, October 14, 2005

“The focus on this fiasco was Green. And there’s no hiding it: After three fairly golden seasons, Green is having a troubling year.“
Joe Posnanski, Kansas City Star, November 14, 2005

“I’m not going to throw anyone under the bus.“
Trent Green, Kansas City Star, November 14, 2005

Summation: As Green reached his fifth year in Kansas City he could look back with some satisfaction on how his image had changed or, perhaps, how he was now taken for granted. In the media’s eyes, the offense’s focus had lived not so much on the strength of his play but on the offensive line, a celebrated unit that occupied much of the media attention during the 2005 season.

Conclusion to series tomorrow

The opinions offered in this column do not necessarily reflect those of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Prodigiously well-researched, informative and opinionated, Rufus Dawes examines media coverage of the Chiefs occasionally throughout the year.