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Column - Media Watch

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

Jan 06, 2007, 5:35:04 AM by Rufus Dawes - FAQ

The conclusion to a five-part series examining press coverage of quarterback Trent Green’s career in Kansas City.

Part I, II, III, IV


“I don’t think we need to get into a panic after one season of a guy basically getting knocked out over half of the year and then having to come back and play. Yeah, he doesn’t have the stats he had last year. But how can he? He missed a lot of games.“
Herm Edwards,, December 26, 2006 “Green doesn’t have the flashy game, the Howitzer arm, the fleet feet. And he doesn’t have the lore. He has never played in the Super Bowl. He has never even won a playoff game. But he has always had the numbers. Entering the season, Green was the eighth-best rated passer in NFL history. But this season it’s a different set of numbers. Thirty-six is his age. His record is 47-40 as a starter in Kansas City. But even more important is that this season, in seven games, Green has thrown seven interceptions against six touchdowns and compiled a 74.6 passer rating. These numbers are building the case on talk radio and on fan message boards that someone other than Green should be the Chiefs’ starting quarterback next season. Nobody on the Chiefs seems to be listening.“
Tully Corcoran, Topeka Capital-Journal, December 31, 2006

“This could be remembered as the year that the Chiefs fans pulled a lot of hamstrings leaping off the Trent Green bandwagon. Or maybe they just finally figured out that Green’s big numbers in recent years were the product of the system.“
Jeffrey Flanagan, Kansas City Star, January 1, 2007

“Trent Green wasn’t born with John Elway’s arm, Dan Marino’s release, Joe Montana’s touch or Michael Vick’s feet. Green has one gift. He’s as tough as any quarterback who’s played the game. I covered the beginning of his college career. I never imagined he’d develop into a Pro Bowl quarterback. After his 2001 Kansas City debut – the Tr-INT campaign – I had him pegged as a mediocre QB. In terms of leadership, the Chiefs haven’t had a leader on Green’s level since Marcus Allen retired.“
Jason Whitlock, Kansas City Star, January 1, 2006

“The guy is a warrior. People need to realize there are 25 other teams in the league who would kill to have Trent Green as their quarterback.“
Brian Waters, Kansas City Star, January 1, 2006

“Nobody likes to hear (boos). It’s tough. But I feel more for my family having to listen to it. That happened a little bit back in Bloomington senior year (at Indiana). It’s part of the position. At quarterback you can never get too high or too low because you have to try and maintain that demeanor.“
Trent Green, Kansas City Star, January 1, 2006

Summation: Second-rate quarterbacks may act great during easy victories over-second rate opponents, when it is easy to do so, but it is only the truly good ones who act great during difficult times and, as one writer wrote, “getting slapped around so many times forged a steely toughness” in Green both teammates and even the most critical media could appreciate.

And where the second-rate quarterbacks are always shaped, and prodded, and manipulated by the forces in and outside of the game, good ones find ways to bend those forces to their goals. Thus it has been for Green. He has instinctively understood the burdens Chiefs quarterbacks have had to shoulder; he appreciates the high seriousness of holding the position; he has grasped the proportions for being the leader of an offense from which so much is expected, but he has never openly sought acclaim, saying of his relative anonymity: “I actually prefer it.” It is a quality that anyone involved in the highly pressurized business of NFL football can admire.

And he has done all this with a humane detachment that, although not always endearing to a media that wants more flash from their quarterbacks, has never been anything but classy and polite.

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.