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Dolphins Move to 2-0 in Preseason with 11-10 Win

Cobbs scores 

By Andy Kent
Special for MiamiDolphins.com

KANSAS CITY – Maybe it was by design, but Trent Green’s return to Kansas City was handled rather quietly Thursday night, with no player introduction and no major fan reaction surrounding his first series with Miami’s offense.

He did receive a nice a nice ovation while he was in the tunnel prior to taking the field and for Green, who spent six seasons with the Chiefs, he soaked in as much of the aura as he could.

“The whole thing, from traveling into the stadium to going out for pregame warm-ups and then looking across the sideline and seeing the guys I spent a lot of time with the last six years, it was definitely different,” said Green, who turned 10 on Thursday. “I caught up with a few guys (like tight end Tony Gonzalez and quarterback Damon Huard), asking how each other is doing, how families are doing, just the general stuff.”

There was a smattering of boos from the paid crowd of 70,217 when the 37-year-old stepped under center in the second preseason game for both teams, and then some cheers as Miami went three and out. They would see him just one more time in Miami’s 11-10 win on the Dolphins’ next possession, and Green nearly delivered what he could not in last Saturday’s preseason opener against Jacksonville – a touchdown.

It was rookie John Beck who engineered a game-winning drive for the second week in a row, taking Miami 73 yards on seven plays late in the fourth quarter with his team down 10-3. This time the second-round draft pick out of Brigham Young capped it off by running in the two-point conversion after Patrick Cobbs’ 7-yard touchdown run.

“I keep telling him he’s got a nice little string going here,” Green said. “I’m happy for him. I’ve been in that position and I know the pressure and the anxiety that you put on yourself, and you want to do well. For him to come up big for us the last couple of games, I know that’s exciting for him.”

But Green’s best drive drew plenty of interest early on. Following a missed field goal from 37 yards by Chiefs kicker Justin Medlock, over at its 37 and come out with four wide receivers (Derek Hagan, Ted Ginn Jr., Chris Chambers and Marty Booker). Green gave the inside handoff to Ronnie Brown who picked up 12 yards on a nice run.

Brown stopped for a yard on the next play, then Green on the play-action fake completed a pass to Brown for 10 yards and a first down.

Running the no-huddle, Brown gained four yards behind an unbalanced line. Jesse Chatman came in as the lone back and Green threw high for Booker for a gain of two.

On 3rd-and-2, Brown ran into the pile and was stopped, but kept his feet going and got seven yards for the first down to the 30.

Brown bounced off a tackle on first down for a minimal gain, but a false start on left tackle Vernon Carey pushed it back five yards to the 35. Brown off left tackle sprinted for six yards back to the 29, setting up 3 rd-and-9. Green found Martin over the middle to the Chiefs’ 10 but Martin had to dive for it and leave his feet.

Brown was stopped for no gain, making it 2nd-and-goal. Then a delayed hand-off went nowhere as Brown lost a yard back to the 11.

Miami called a timeout on 3rd-and-goal, and then with an empty backfield, Green hit Chatman for a gain of 8 down to the 2. Head Coach Cam Cameron chose to go for it on 4 th-and-goal and Chatman was dragged down from behind by Kansas City’s Jared Allen for a loss of one, allowing the Chiefs to take over.

“There’s still a lot of time between now and the season to where (Trent) can continue to get more and more comfortable with the people around him,” Cameron said. “Any quarterback will tell you the more you’re with people the more comfortable you’re going to be, and he’s getting more comfortable with David Martin and Ronnie and Jesse and Derek Hagan and Chris and Marty Booker and all of those guys. He’s getting a little bit better everyday.”

Cleo Lemon, who celebrated his 28th birthday Thursday, entered the game at quarterback for Miami with 2:48 left in the first quarter with the ball at his own 47 and handed off to Brown for a short gain, and then hit Martin for four yards to make it 3rd-and-3. With three tight ends in the offense, Lemon connected with Chambers for 12 yards and a first down to the 38.

Going no-huddle again, Brown shedded a few tacklers on his way to a 22-yard gain all the way down to the 16.

Brown skipped out to the left for gain of four to the 12 and on the next play, Lemon hit Reagan Mauia for no gain on the last play of the first quarter.

Trying to confuse the Chiefs with misdirection, Brown was stopped for no gain, setting up Feely for a 31-yard field goal that he nailed right down the middle for a 3-0 lead, the Dolphins’ only lead of the game.

The scoring drive consumed 3:31 and covered 40 yards in eight plays.

Second-year quarterback Brodie Croyle from Alabama gave Chiefs fans plenty to cheer about as he looked sharp on his first drive of the game, driving the offense 70 yards on eight plays to the go-ahead touchdown.

He hit his first pass for nine yards to Michael Allan and then he found Sammie Parker for 11 yards and a first down. Then he hit Jeff Webb on a quick slant for seven yards to the 43.

Kolby Smith ran three yards for a first down to the 40 and then Croyle connected with Allen at the 20 in front of safety Yeremiah Bell for 20 yards. Linebacker Donnie Spragan was beat on the coverage.

Smith was tackled for a loss by Lehan and Chase Page, and on 2nd-and-11 Smith couldn’t hold onto the throw from Croyle. On 3 rd-and-11, Croyle, with time, found a wide open Hannon for the 21-yard score as safety Courtney Bryan lost him in coverage. Medlock’s kick made it 7-3 in favor of KC with 3:43 left in the half.

After the ensuing kickoff, Chatman was stuffed for no gain on first down, and then out of the shotgun, Tamba Hali beat Anthony Alabi around the right end and knocked the ball loose from Lemon. Keyaron Fox recovered the fumble at the Miami 22.

On 2nd-and-7, Croyle lofted one into the corner of the end zone for Wilson and it was an easy interception for Michael Lehan, giving the Dolphins a reprieve at the 20, but the score remained 7-3 at the half.

“I was just kind of sitting over there looking and looking because we were in three-deep coverage and I’m like, ‘Is this really coming to me?’ and it was,” Lehan said. “I don’t know what month it is but it was an early Christmas present for me.”

Medlock, who missed another field goal from 37 yards, made it 10-3 with a 34-yarder, and then Beck performed his heroics.

On first down from the 27, Beck threw a nice pass to Kerry Reed for a 17-yard gain out to the 44. After Patrick CObbs ran for a first down, Beck hit Courtney Anderson for a 25-yard gain to the 19 as Anderson made a nice one-handed grab of a ball thrown a little bit too high.

After a short run by Cobbs and a sneak by Beck, Cobbs went untouched into the end zone from seven yards out to make it 10-9. Beck faked the handoff on the two-point conversion, rolled out and could not find an open receiver so he ran it in, but the Chiefs challenged the ruling on the field but the call stood, drawing boos from the Arrowhead faithful and costing the Chiefs a timeout.

“I’m just glad that in the end nothing could be overturned and it counted,” Beck said. “It was really important for me to get in the end zone and I felt like there were other things on that drive that were really big. Patrick Cobbs did a great job of breaking some tackles and getting some extra yards and his runs I felt were key in keeping that drive going.”

Linebacker Edmund Miles prevented a comeback by the Chiefs by ripping the ball out of Derrick Ross’ hands and linebacker Jim Maxwell recovered the ball.

Gibran Hamdan entered the game at quarterback and managed to kill off most of the clock to preserve the win.


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