[Kansas City.com] The move received little fanfare outside of the Chiefs’ locker room, but make no mistake about its significance within.
The Chiefs this week took what they believe is their rightful spot in the top 10 in rushing yardage. They will be sixth heading into Sunday’s game against the Browns in Cleveland, just in time for the arrival of frosty air and right when they want their rushing game in top shape.
“We’ve worked on it and worked on it, and now we’re more consistent in what we’re doing,” guard Will Shields said. “That’s the key. Once you get consistent, you can make things happen.”
The Chiefs are no strangers to the NFL’s rushing top 10. They finished there in the last two seasons, in four of the last five and eight of the last 11.
Seldom have they been as challenged in getting there like this season. Between injuries on the offensive line and the eight-game loss of quarterback Trent Green because of a concussion, the running game was about as ugly as it could get early in the season.
The Chiefs dropped as low as 25th in rushing in mid-October after consecutive disastrous games in Arizona and Pittsburgh.
More line injuries forced even more shuffling of players. But through it all, the Chiefs retained a solid middle of their offensive line, one of the league’s top runners in Larry Johnson and in Herm Edwards a coach determined to run the ball.
So the Chiefs always had the sense that a running revival was inevitable.
“We’re all creatures of habit,” Edwards said. “Your habits create who you are. If you continue to work on certain things in the run game, you’re going to get better. We’re focusing on the runs we feel we’re good at, and Larry likes running. We’re not going to give up on it. We’re committed to it.”