Second Time Wasn't Charm For Surtain

Chiefs' head coach Herm Edwards made it very clear to his players that the game in Miami wasn't going to be a cakewalk. He warned his players that of all the games on the November schedule, this one was absolutely one of the most difficult. It turned out that way as the Chiefs left south Florida with another loss.

Kansas City entered this game with five starters on the shelf. The defense was particularly banged up with linebacker Derrick Johnson and safety Greg Wesley sidelined. First-round draft choice Tamba Hali played despite the lingering effects of a hip pointer that clearly affected his ability to get to Dolphins quarterback Joey Harrington.

For one Chief in particular this game meant a little bit more. That was cornerback Patrick Surtain, a former Dolphin who was making his second start as a member of the Chiefs at his old stomping grounds.

But like the rest of his teammates, Surtain was disappointed by the loss. Despite the fact the Chiefs waltzed into Miami and won in a pre-hurricane game last year, they couldn't extend their winning streak on Sunday.

Surtain played 108 games for the Dolphins before being traded to the Chiefs prior to the 2005 season. He cost Kansas City a second-round pick, and for the most part he's paid dividends for the Chiefs.

Surtain is an All-Pro and he knows that a thin line divides winning and losing in the NFL. One play can change the game, and in the NFL there are no excuses for losing. Despite the fact the Chiefs didn't have their regular cast of starters, Surtain knows that the ones who did play only have themselves to blame for the 13-10 loss to the Dolphins.

"Injuries are not an excuse in this league," said Surtain. "We're all professionals. I think the guys who stepped in played well. The two young safeties stepped in and did a good job."

Surtain had a solid game, but nearly gave up a touchdown late in the first quarter. A great play by rookie safety Jarrad Page prevented a touchdown by Miami's Chris Chambers.

They say that a coach doesn't always know everything, but in this case, Edwards' pre-game speech warning his team about how good the Dolphins were despite a 2-6 record was on the mind of every player after the game.

"He made it clear," said Surtain. "This was going to be our toughest game in November. You have to give those guys credit. They played hard and got it done."

The Chiefs didn't, and Surtain's second Miami homecoming was not near as fun as it was a year ago. Top Stories