Green Low-Key About K.C.

The return of Trent Green to Kansas City this Thursday night will be an obvious focal point for the media, both local and national, but Green says it's simply not that big a deal to him. That's because, even though he enjoyed his six years in Kansas City, he's much more concerned about the Dolphins these days than going back to Arrowhead Stadium.

"We're just looking to make improvement on the first game and continue to make strides to get ready for the opener," Green said Tuesday. "Obviously it adds a little more drama going back to K.C."

As of Tuesday afternoon, the only indication we had that Green was going to start against his former team came from Coach Cam Cameron saying that he planned on using the same rotation he used in Saturday night's preseason opener against Jacksonville, which had Green starting, followed by Cleo Lemon and John Beck.

This comment refuted an Internet report suggesting it would be Lemon starting and playing the entire first half and Green replacing him in the third quarter, a reversal of what was done against Jacksonville.

Regardless, you can expect Green to get a nice reception whenever he gets into the game on Thursday because he was a popular player during his Chiefs tenure.

"I really don't want to get too caught up in thinking what that's going to be," he said. "I'm just going to let it happen, and we'll see. I had a great six years there and enjoyed it. My family enjoyed it. It was a great experience for us as a family, and I'm just happy to be down here."

Green was asked on Tuesday whether he feel disrespected by the Chiefs because they asked him to take a pay cut in February, giving him permission to talk to other teams after he declined.

"No, I don't feel disrespected, having been in the league long enough and understanding how it works," Green said. "They decided to go in a different direction. They wanted to get younger. Like I said at the time, I didn't agree with the decision, but I understood the decision. I just wanted an opportunity to go somewhere and play and felt that I still had some good years left playing, and I wanted that chance."

The feeling all along in Miami has been that Green will be the starter, although he didn't help his cause in the preseason opener if indeed there is a competition between him and Lemon.

In his one half of work against Jacksonville, Green completed only 6 of 15 passes for 64 yards with one interception In his defense, he was operating behind an offensive line that features three rookies for most of the first half -- Samson Satele, Drew Mormino and Julius Wilson, who entered the game in the first quarter after Vernon Carey sustained a minor knee injury.

With Green at quarterback, the Dolphins only were able to manage 64 total yards and four first downs in the first half.

Needless to say, Green is looking for more against the Chiefs.

"We're hoping to make improvement from week to week and get ready for the opener," Green said. "Understand that this is the preseason and we are growing. We are a group of new guys on offense and a lot of young guys, so it's going to be a growing process."

And that process is what Green wants to concentrate on. That's why last week he declined an interview request by HBO, which wanted to talk to him about his return to Kansas City for its show "Hard Knocks," which chronicles life at the Chiefs training camp.

"I chose not to be a part of that because that'll just add more drama to that whole thing," Green said. "I'm here now, I'm a Dolphin. I want to try building relationships in this locker room and building the offense the way I know how and the way the team knows how, the way Cam wants it installed. There's a lot of things we've got to do here, and I don't want to get too caught up in what happened the last six years."


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