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2013 Opponents Preview: Kansas City Chiefs

Posted Jul 17, 2013

As the 2013 season approaches, ClevelandBrowns.com looks at the Browns’ regular-season opponents. Today, we highlight the Oct. 27 road game at the Kansas City Chiefs.

Browns at Chiefs -- Sunday, Oct. 27 -- 1:00 p.m. ET

Storylines:

The Kansas City Chiefs are rebuilding under the direction of head coach Andy Reid, who replaced Romeo Crennel in the offseason after spending the previous 14 seasons (1999-2012) at the helm of the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Chiefs finished the 2012 season with a 2-14 record, placed last in the AFC West Division, scored the least amount of points and passed for the fewest yards. They also allowed the sixth-most rushing yards and eighth-most points in the NFL.

The last time Cleveland traveled to Kansas City and played in Arrowhead Stadium on Dec. 20, 2009, former Browns Joshua Cribbs and Jerome Harrison broke records in the team’s 41-34 victory.

Cribbs returned two kickoffs for touchdowns, one for 100 yards, and another, 103. He was the first Browns player and second-ever in the NFL to have two 100-yard kickoff-return touchdowns. The first touchdown gave him the NFL record for the most career kickoff-return touchdowns, and his 269 kickoff-return yards were a Browns record.

While Cribbs was scoring touchdowns on special teams, Harrison, the team’s starting running back, ran for a team-best 286 yards, 49 more than Jim Brown ran for against Philadelphia (Nov. 19, 1961), and the L.A. Rams (Nov. 24, 1957).

Stats:

The Chiefs were outgained 5,704 to 5,108 in total yardage, including a 3,533 to 2,713 disadvantage in the passing game, but held a 2,395 to 2,171 edge in the running game. Kansas City’s opponents averaged nearly one yard more per play than they allowed and forced 24 more turnovers.

The Chiefs struggled with consistency and injuries at the quarterback position as Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn both saw extensive time under center last fall.

Cassel completed 161 of 277 attempts for 1,796 yards and six touchdowns against 12 interceptions, while Quinn’s 112 completions went for 1,141 yards and two scores against eight turnovers. Cassel and Quinn were sacked a combined 40 times for 224 lost yards.

Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was the Chiefs’ top pass-catcher, hauling in 59 passes for 801 yards and three touchdowns, while running back Dexter McCluster added 52 receptions for 452 yards and one touchdown out of the backfield.

Running back Jamaal Charles led the Chiefs in rushing with 1,509 yards and five touchdowns on 285 carries, and added 35 passes for 236 yards and a score catching the ball out of the backfield.

Defensively, linebacker Derrick Johnson led the team with 125 total tackles, 110 solo stops and three forced fumbles. His 15 assists were the second-most on the Chiefs last season.

Cornerback Brandon Flowers registered three of Kansas City’s seven interceptions.

Transactions:

Key Additions: The Chiefs signed cornerback Dunta Robinson (from Atlanta), wide receivers Donnie Avery (from Indianapolis) and Mardy Gilyard (from New York Jets), quarterback Chase Daniel (from New Orleans), tight end Anthony Fasano (from Miami), in addition to extending punter Dustin Colquitt and wide receiver Dwayne Bowe.

Key Losses: Tight end Kevin Boss (released), wide receiver Steve Breaston (released), offensive lineman Eric Winston (released) and Cassel (released).

Draft: The Chiefs selected offensive players with their first three picks in the 2013 NFL Draft: offensive tackle Eric Fisher (first round), as well as tight end Travis Kelce and running back Knile Davis (third). Also, they added center Eric Kush and fullback Braden Wilson in the sixth round. Defensively, the Chiefs chose inside linebacker Nico Johnson (fourth), cornerback Sanders Commings (fifth) and defensive end Mike Catapano (seventh).

Familiar Faces:

Browns linebacker L.J. Fort (Waynesville/Waynesville High School) is a Missouri native and helped his high school win its first-ever state championship.

Browns wide receiver Travis Tannahill is a native of Overland Park, Ks. and played for coach Bill Snyder at Kansas State.

Defensive back Kenronte Walker played 25 games in two years at the University of Missouri (2011-12).

Browns special teams coordinator Chris Tabor earned his Master’s degree from Columbia (Mo.) College, and later coached at the University of Missouri (1997-2000), first as the offensive graduate assistant and then, the running backs and special-teams coach.

Tabor was the head coach of Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo. in 2001.

Browns tight ends coach Jon Embree held the same position with the Chiefs from 2006-08. Under his direction, tight end Tony Gonzalez was a Pro Bowler all three years and led all NFL tight ends with 268 receptions, which he turned into 3,130 yards.

Cleveland’s inside linebackers coach, Ken Flajole, coached the defensive backs and outside linebackers at Missouri from 1989-93.

Steve Gera, the Browns’ assistant to head coach Rob Chudzinski, is a native of St. Louis, and graduate of Missouri.

Special-teams assistant Shawn Mennenga played defensive back for Missouri in 1992. He later coached at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo., first as a graduate assistant in 1994, and later, the secondary coach from 1995-96.

Mennenga also served as the defensive coordinator (2001) and head coach (2002-04) at Culver-Stockton College, as well as the defensive coordinator at Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Ks. (1998-2000) and Fort Hays State University (2005-08) in Fort Hays, Ks.

Defensive quality control coach Daron Roberts held a similar position with the Chiefs in 2008. He also served as a volunteer coach in 2007.

Offensive line coach George Warhop was on the University of Kansas’ offensive staff from 1984-86. Strength-and-conditioning coach Brad Roll held a similar post with the Jayhawks from 1987-88.

Chiefs offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz is the older brother of Browns right tackle Mitchell Schwartz.

Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (Cleveland Heights/Cleveland Heights High School), free safety Bradley McDougald (Dublin), and quarterback Ricky Stanzi (Mentor/Lake Catholic High School) are Ohio natives.

Kelce and wide receiver Mardy Gilyard played football at The University of Cincinnati, while McDougald accepted an offer to play at The Ohio State University before going to the University of Kansas.

Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson played for the Browns in 2000.

Kansas City quarterbacks coach Matt Nagy spent two years with the Columbus Destroyers (2007-08) in the Arena Football League.

Chiefs statistical analysis coordinator Mike Frazier is a graduate of The College of Wooster in Northeastern Ohio.

History:

The Browns are 10-10-2 overall against the Chiefs, but 3-7-1 in games played at Arrowhead Stadium.

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