Green's Bottom Five

Trent Green's first year as a Chief was not pretty. It would be easy to fill an entire column by simply discussing five games from that season alone. In the interest of fairness, we'll pick only one game from 2001. Here's the lowlights of Green's Chiefs career.

October 7, 2001 – Chiefs 6, Broncos 20

A week after torching the Washington Redskins, it all came crashing back down to earth for Green, who threw four interceptions in Denver – all of them credited to Broncos cornerback Deltha O'Neal, a first-year starter who had never intercepted a pass before facing Trent Green. The worst part of this game? The Chiefs were still in it late in the game.

Trailing 13-6 with 10 minutes left, Green had driven the Chiefs to midfield before he threw his fourth and final interception. O'Neal returned it 42 yards, setting up Denver's game-clinching touchdown.

Green's four interceptions killed drives all day long. The Chiefs converted just three third downs and only got on the scoreboard thanks to a Marvcus Patton interception and a miraculous 35-yard Tony Gonzalez reception in which he caught the ball while sitting on the ground. O'Neal would have picked five passes had he not dropped one just before halftime.

September 14, 2003 – Chiefs 41, Steelers 20

Credit everyone but Trent Green for this win. Beating Pittsburgh on this day was a testament to how great that 2003 team really was – because on this day, Green stunk. His longest pass of the day covered only 21 yards and the Chiefs sputtered early on offense, gaining only 17 yards on their first four possessions.

Kansas City opened the contest by falling behind 10-0 and 17-7 – thanks in part to a pick six thrown by Green on the second play from scrimmage and another interception three drives later, setting up a 33-yard Pittsburgh drive for a touchdown.

The Chiefs clawed their way back into the contest via Dante Hall's kick return heroics and Jerome Woods' own pick six just before halftime. Priest Holmes ended up saving the day with three touchdowns while Steelers quarterback Tommy Maddox ensured Green's mistakes didn't kill the Chiefs, committing three turnovers of his own.

January 2, 2004 – Chiefs 17, Chargers 24

An unsightly blemish on what was otherwise Green's best season as a Chief. While San Diego's Doug Flutie-led offense carved up KC's defense, Green threw four interceptions, three of which almost completely turned the game around.

The first came with the Chiefs driving, 20 yards from paydirt and threatening to take an early lead. The second again came deep in Chargers territory at the 29, after a San Diego fumble. Green threw deep immediately and was intercepted, blowing a chance to tie the game. The third interception of the day set up San Diego's game-clinching 39-yard touchdown drive, and the fourth was a desperation heave with time expiring.

Fortunately, the second four-pick day of Green's KC career didn't cost the Chiefs anything. A win would have only netted them an 8-8 record.

November 13, 2005 – Chiefs 3, Bills 14

Chiefs fans had long forgotten the 2001 season by this game, but Green's three-interception day at Orchard Park provided a reminder. Sacked six times (Jordan Black was in the lineup), relentless pressure from Buffalo's pass rush forced Green into poor decisions all day. He threw wild, high and late throughout the game.

Thanks to a Herculean effort from KC's defense, the Chiefs remained in the game. The Bills missed two short field goals after Green turned the ball over twice deep in Kansas City territory. His second interception set up Buffalo's second touchdown, however.

December 10, 2006 – Chiefs 10, Ravens 20

A week after tearing up the Browns with four touchdown passes, Green almost single-handedly threw a game at home against the Baltimore Ravens, throwing two interceptions and fumbling once.

The Chiefs trailed only 3-0 when Green threw his first pick, misfiring a third-down pass high to Eddie Kennison. Ed Reed set up Baltimore's second field-goal of the day.

The Chiefs still only trailed 6-0 later in the second quarter and had driven to Baltimore's 25-yard line after a spectacular 47-yard Larry Johnson run. Unfortunately, Green again shot the Chiefs in the foot, ending any chance of a score by throwing unwisely into quadruple coverage for Samie Parker.

The Ravens roughed up Green all day, sacking him five times. Green's final stat line (15/27, 178 yards) was actually better than reality after an 80-yard garbage-time march padded the numbers. A poor day all around.

Honorable Mention:

November 11, 2001
- Chiefs 7, Jets 27 - 16/31, 143, 3 INT.
Note: Only score came in garbage time.

December 28, 2002 - Chiefs 0, Raiders 24 - 15/32, 137, 1 INT.
Note: Mud. Lots of mud.

December 20, 2003 - Chiefs 20, Vikings 45 - 18/38, 224, 2 INT.
Note: Bad defense. Lots of bad defense.

September 12, 2004 - Chiefs 24, Broncos 34 - 16/32, 174, 1 INT.
Note: Another bad game in Denver.


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