Green Could Make Chiefs History on Sunday

Trent Green is on the brink of breaking any number of Chiefs team records – the most significant, the single-season passer efficiency mark (101.9) of Hall of Fame QB Len Dawson during the 1966 AFL Championship season that preceded Super Bowl I.

But while Green and his offensive teammates have reason to feel good about the 15 or more team records and some 10 individual marks that could fall before the season ends Sunday in San Diego, they also are having to answer annoying questions about just what those glossy numbers mean in the dim light of the team's 7-8 won-lost record.

"If you look at the big picture and the history of the offensive players who have come through this organization, it means a lot," Green insisted. "But in terms of this season, it would be better if we were getting ready for the playoffs and setting those records.

"But at some point in time we should be pretty proud of the things we've been able to do," Green added. "Once we separate ourselves from the season, whether it's in this offseason or five or 10 years from now, this is something we'll be able to look back on and realize that the offensive run we've had over the last three years has been a pretty special run."

In needing a fifth-straight season-ending victory just to avoid a non-losing season, the Chiefs will have some individual motivations to help them along.

One is TE Tony Gonzalez's bid to set the single-season reception record for tight ends. Ben Coates (New England, 1994) has the record at 96. Gonzalez has 88 now.

He came close in 2000 when he went into the finale with 88 grabs and finished with 93 -- third-most in league history for tight ends. His teammates would like to see him get the record, which is attainable considering that Gonzalez had a 8-105 day in the first game with the Chargers this year and was 11-124 just last week against Oakland.

"It would be nice to say you were out there when Tony Gonzalez broke his record (nine short of the NFL single-season reception record for tight ends), or that you played when Priest (Holmes) broke the NFL touchdown record (27 last year)," said FB Tony Richardson.

Sure, but as for what that means ultimately?

"If we can keep the core of those guys together, it gives us hope for what the future can be around here," Richardson said. "It shows that we're on the right track." Top Stories