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Column - Media Watch

DAWES: What's Up with Coverage of KC's QB – Part III?

Jan 04, 2007, 1:21:05 PM by Rufus Dawes - FAQ

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

Part I, II


“The primary area of concern is an offense that still hasn’t found a consistent rhythm.“
Ivan Carter, Kansas City Star, October 6, 2003

“He’s in his third season in Kansas City, and the fans haven’t figured out whether they love him or hate him.“
Bob Lutz, Wichita Eagle, October 13, 2003

“It’s a matter of being ahead (in games). Last year we were chasing so much. When you look at the last few games…we’re holding a two-touchdown lead or more (in the fourth quarter) so everything’s changed, everything is different. You don’t need to take as many risks; you don’t need to spread the offense so much.“
Trent Green, Kansas City Star, October 15, 2003

“There had been some concerns as to whether Green could get the passing game cranked up, but he silenced the doubters.“
Pete Prisco,, October 24, 2003

“We’ve had a great start. But we haven’t done anything yet.“
Trent Green, Topeka Capital-Journal, October 27, 2003

“They have a quarterback who throws the ball accurately.“
Butch Davis, head coach of the Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Star, November 9, 2003

“For those Chiefs fans who constantly hold it against the franchise because it’s never drafted and developed a quarterback, may I present Trent Green as evidence to refute that statement.“
Bob Gretz,, November 12, 2003

“So far this season, he’s winning hearts and minds in Kansas City and could be the one to eclipse even (Len) Dawson’s popularity if the Chiefs win the right number of games.“
Adam Teicher, Kansas City Star, November 16, 2003

“You know, I’m starting to believe Trent Green is the mastermind of the Kansas City Chiefs’ high-powered offense.“
Jason Whitlock, Kansas City Star, November 24, 2003

“After being derided by fans and media in 2001, when he led the NFL in interceptions in his first full season back” (he became) “the yin to (Priest) Holmes’ yang,” (doing) “everything Dick Vermeil hoped”…guiding (a) complex offensive machine to the top of many NFL categories, including points per game” (and) “top five in passing yards, TD’s and rating.“
Doug Tucker, Associated Press, November 14, 2003; B. Duane Cross,, January 26, 2004

“The word around Kansas City is that Green’s having a Pro Bowl season.“
Mark Cunnette, Cincinnati Enquirer, November 15, 2003

“I have no problem being the guy that leads the team and does my thing on the sideline. I learned a lot of and don’t have to be out front, and I’m very comfortable doing what I do.“
Trent Green, Cincinnati Enquirer, November 15, 2003

“People respect him on our football team and you trust him under pressure and he doesn’t need all the game and glory put on him or directed toward him. He’s just all the qualities I like in a quarterback.“
Dick Vermeil, St. Joseph’s News-Press, November 25, 2003

“If Green wouldn’t permit himself even an inner smile, others gloated for him….getting slapped around so many times forged a steely toughness.“
Adam Teicher, Kansas City Star, December 1, 2003

Summation: At some point in every season, the image of a player takes shape in the news and by and beyond the halfway mark of 2003, Green’s began to take on a new significance. Using a combination of hard evidence and gut feeling, reporters arrive at a consensus on the features of a major player’s personality that are most important. Green had been “brutally hammered, pummeled and shaped” by media for his first and second years in Kansas City but working with characteristic quietness and dedication – qualities that endeared him to his head coach and his teammates – he had become a team leader and buttressed any complaints the media might have.

Quarterbacks may do many things, but they do not have the luxury of complaining or blaming others, or eluding responsibility, no matter how damaging it is in all its dimensions. Green had never done that, even in the lowest moments. And when he finally began to receive some overdue recognition, the media couldn’t help but notice that “if Green wouldn’t permit himself even an inner smile, others gloated for him.”

Part IV 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.