Old Pals Not Forgotten: Browns Host K.C.

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The Cleveland Browns beat the Kansas City Chiefs 30-7.  Click here for details.

CLEVELAND — ‘Tis the season for giving.  When the Chiefs (2-10) visit Cleveland to bang heads with the Browns (4-8) on Sunday, many current Kansas City players and coaches more than likely won’t be exchanging holiday greetings with the home team. 

Peyton Hillis, Brady Quinn, Abe Elam, Shaun Smith, along with coaches Romeo Crennel and Brian Daboll, all once sported the orange and brown. 

Crennel was shown the door after the 2008 campaign, after going 24-40 in four seasons as Browns field boss. 

Offensive coordinator Daboll exited with Eric Mangini after 2010.  Daboll’s offensive style was arguably thought of as vanilla and lacked big plays. 

The focus for the Chiefs within the last two weeks wasn’t about their disappointing record or rumors of off-season changes, it’s based on the handling of emotions following the Dec. 1 murder-suicide involving K.C. linebacker Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend. 

K.C.’s first challenge was a success, as they beat Carolina 27-21 behind Quinn last Sunday, just one day after the tragedy. 

“I can only imagine what Romeo (Crennel) and his staff and the players — I guess I don’t want to imagine what they went through there, but you can see what happens when a group of guys bind together for some reason. They played an outstanding football game and won,” head coach Pat Shurmur explained.  “When you play football games, everybody’s got a chance to win and I’m sure they’re going to come in here ready to play. We play these games on Sunday, but there’s some real life tragic stuff happening around us all the time. It’s very thought-provoking and sad in some ways, but we have to keep moving forward and keep trying to do the right thing.”

The steadily improving Browns are aiming for their third consecutive win and are coming off an offensive showcase last week in their road win at Oakland. 

Brandon Weeden and the ‘O’ picked apart the Raiders for a season-high 475 yards.  He finished the game 25-36 for 364 yards including a beautiful 44-yard strike to a streaking Josh Gordon. 

Fellow rookie Trent Richardson added another 72 on the ground including the clinching 3-yard touchdown score late in the fourth quarter.  He has 827 yards and 7 rushing touchdowns with four games left in his inaugural season. 

“When you see young players doing things in this league, because you expect them to and you know that they’re not anywhere near how good they can be, then yeah, I think that’s good. I look forward to seeing these guys have good careers, very productive careers, hopefully all of them here in Cleveland,” Shurmur added.  “Last year, our team looked a lot different than it does this year and we’re finding a way to improve. We’ve got some impact players on this football team now that we didn’t have two years ago. That’s a good thing.”

Kickoff was at 1 p.m. from Cleveland Browns Stadium.  FOX 8’s P.J. Ziegler will have complete highlights and post-game interviews from the locker tonight on FOX 8 News at 10. 

The Browns close out their home season schedule next Sunday as Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins visit.

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