INSIDE SLANT: Green May Sit Longer

Chiefs quarterback Trent Green still isn't ready to return from his Week 1 concussion. On Tuesday Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach indicated that Huard might get the nod as long as he keeps winning.

But as the weeks go on, the question begins to morph from "When will Green return?" to "Does it matter?"

In backup Damon Huard, the Chiefs have the No. 2-rated quarterback in the NFL, a guy who has thrown just one interception all season (a tipped ball at that) against 11 touchdowns and has become more assertive with each passing week.

"He's been fantastic," Chiefs coach Herm Edwards said. "For the guy to win five games for us - two on the road - it's just ... He made some big-time throws again (Sunday)."

It's no longer a lock that Trent Green will take back the job when he is healthy enough to return, which he said he could be ready to play in another two weeks.

In the meantime, the Chiefs have a quarterback who is on fire.

"It's not like when he does it anymore you say, well, 'Wow,'" Edwards said. "You say, 'This is the way he's playing.' He's got the hot hand right now. If we can just hold onto that hand, just keep dealing them out."

NOTES, QUOTES:
--Under his jersey Sunday, DE Jared Allen wore a white T-shirt with defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham's face screen printed on the front. Surrounding the face was a soft, golden glow. "This is my guardian angel," Allen said.

--Since 1995, the Chiefs are 30-18 in interconference play and 4-0 this season, with wins over St. Louis, Arizona, San Francisco and Seattle. Kansas City's only AFC win was over San Diego, the two AFC losses coming against Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.

PLAYER NOTES:
--OT John Welbourn returned to the Chiefs lineup after serving a six-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. He allowed two sacks in limited duty Sunday after the Chiefs activated Welbourn when OT Kevin Sampson went down with a foot injury.

--OT Kyle Turley admitted Sunday to weighing just 265 pounds. Turley claimed 285 pounds and gaining at the beginning of training camp.

--TE/FB Kris Wilson caught his second touchdown pass of the year Sunday, though he came out of the backfield for this one. Wilson, a tight end who is playing fullback for the injured Ronnie Cruz, caught his first TD pass from a flanker position.

--WR Dante Hall, who had minus-one punt return yards against the Rams, is the NFL's No. 8 punt returner with a 10.9 average. He is 22nd in kickoff returns, averaging 22.3 yards per return.

--WR Samie Parker, a supposed deep threat whom the Chiefs have mostly thrown quick-hitters this season, had a 43-yard grab Sunday on a flag pattern off play action. It was his longest reception of the season.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL:
CHIEFS REPORT CARD VS. RAMS
PASSING OFFENSE: B-plus -- Not many yards (148), but not many were necessary. The Chiefs made the big passing plays when they needed them, and you can never complain about a three-touchdown, no-interception day.

RUSHING OFFENSE: A-plus -- Larry Johnson averaged 6.4 yards per carry behind a weakened offensive line and had a game-changing 45-yard run, his longest of the season, on the Chiefs' first possession.

PASS DEFENSE: D-plus -- Anytime a guy pops for 354 yards, you've had a bad performance in the secondary, though, protecting a big lead, the Chiefs were willing to concede passes underneath their zone.

RUSH DEFENSE: B -- Early in the game, when the carries mattered most, the Chiefs bottled up Rams RB Stephen Jackson. He busted some long carries on them late in the game, but he had been mostly reduced to a pass receiver at that point.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B -- Nothing of note happened on special teams, other than a dancing, juking minus-one-yard punt return by Dante Hall. The highlight was Dustin Colquitt dropping two punts inside the Rams five-yard line.

COACHING: B-plus -- The Chiefs finally appeared to trust QB Damon Huard on the road, allowing him to go deep. A strange play call on third-and-nine from Kansas City's own three-yard line worked out, as Johnson broke a 45-yard run off right guard.

Warpaint Illustrated Staff contributed to this report.

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