Chiefs Notes: Holmes In A Class By Himself

RB Priest Holmes' record-setting two-TD day against Chicago was even more significant given the determination of a good Bears defense not to let him get the 26th and 27th TDs that broke Marshall Faulk's record for single-season touchdowns.

"It was pretty clear to everybody that they were overplaying the run," said quarterback Trent Green. "We were laughing about it a little bit, saying if we ran some bootlegs or nakeds we'd really have something. But it was important to get (Holmes) as many opportunities to get the record as we could."

QB Trent Green, who was booed often when throwing a league-high 24 interceptions in 2001 in his first season with the Chiefs, was voted the Derrick Thomas Award, symbolic of Kansas City's Most Valuable Player, by his teammates Monday. Priest Holmes won the award the previous two years, but his teammates turned to Green this year after posting a 24-12 TD-to-interception ratio and throwing for just more 4,000 yards. Kansas City also scored a club record 484 points, breaking last year's record of 467.

B Kawika Mitchell and DE Jimmy Wilkerson were named co-winners Monday of the Mack Lee Hill Award that goes to the Chiefs' rookie of the year. In a split vote by their teammates, Mitchell -- a second-round draft pick who started six games at the tough Mike backer position in Mike Maslowski's absence -- shared the award with Wilkerson, a lightly regarded end who fell to the sixth round after leaving Oklahoma after his junior year.

QUOTE TO NOTE:
"With my personality type, you just don't know if you can do it better next year. Very few people can appreciate this grind. It's a wonderful grind, but it's a draining one. And as you get older, you can pretend you've got a lot left, but sometimes you're only kidding yourself. If I feel that I can help this organization be better than it was this year, chances are I'll keep on doing what I'm doing." -- Dick Vermeil, at age 67, discussing the factors that will make him decide whether to return to the Chiefs for a fourth season in 2004 after his three-year contract expires after the current season.


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