Chiefs offense finds help from unusual contributors

posted Dec 19, 2011, 7:38 AM by William Baldini
Chiefs offense finds help from unusual contributors By ADAM TEICHERThe Kansas City Star

The Chiefs knew they would need some help from some unconventional sources if they were going to find enough offense to beat the high-scoring Green Bay Packers Sunday.They received enough of that help to beat the Packers 19-14 at Arrowhead Stadium. Tight end Leonard Pope had two catches for 72 yards. Tight end Anthony Becht and wide receiver Terrance Copper each had two catches for 20 yards.Copper started in place of Dwayne Bowe, who coach Romeo Crennel said was held out of the starting lineup for violating a team rule.Fullback Le’Ron McClain had his busiest day of the season with four receptions and four carries.“That’s the way it developed because if they are covering some of those other guys, somebody’s open and the quarterback was able to get the ball to the open people,” Crennel said.Bowe played most of the game, catching four passes for 49 yards. But he didn’t play until the last snap of the opening drive of the game, which ended with Ryan Succop’s 19-yard field goal.“Dwayne Bowe had a medical situation with his family that he felt like he needed to attend to and he didn’t follow the proper procedures or protocol in getting that done, so I told him he wasn’t going to start,” Crennel said.“He did not miss a practice.”Pope and Becht entered the game with 20 catches between them. Each delivered Sunday in a clutch situation.Pope had catches of 39 and 33 yards, each setting up a field goal. Becht’s 16-yard catch in the fourth put the Chiefs at the Green Bay 5 and set up Kansas City’s only touchdown, a 1-yard Jackie Battle run.“I thought our tight ends showed up,” quarterback Kyle Orton said. “I don’t know if (Crennel) expected them to catch that many passes, but they were open and they did a great job.”Becht was cut twice by the Chiefs this season and was inactive for three of the nine games in which he’s been with the Chiefs.“I wasn’t just happy to be here,” Becht said. “I tried to help out when I can. I wasn’t dressed out for a few games, which was cool. It was one of those deals when I had to be ready when they needed me.”

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