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Kansas City looks a lot better than Washington right now

8/13/2001

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Marty Schottenheimer must have been
wishing he'd stayed in Kansas City.

Chiefs fans were probably glad he left.

With their new quarterback looking sharp and their new running
back averaging almost 10 yards a carry, the Chiefs blanked
Washington 20-0 Sunday night in the debut of new coach Dick
Vermeil.

Thoroughly spoiled was the Redskins' debut of Schottenheimer, the
Chiefs' coach from 1989-98.

The Chiefs had 412 total yards to just 99 for the Redskins, who
were without their starting quarterback and both starting defensive
ends. It was Kansas City's first preseason shutout since 1992.

"I don't think I'm embarrassed by any effort," Schottenheimer
said. "This football team worked hard tonight. The football team
we played was better than us."

Vermeil, lured out of a one-year retirement, saw both good and
bad.

"I was very pleased with our execution in every phase of the
game," he said. "We're also aware that the Redskins came in
without their starting quarterback and without some of their
starting defensive people."

The Redskins had only 32 net yards as the Chiefs took a 20-0
halftime lead.

Trent Green was 6-for-11 -- including one drop -- for 97 yards and
one touchdown. Priest Holmes averaged almost 10 yards on three
carries, including a darting, weaving 17-yard run that helped set
up Todd Peterson's 23-yard field goal.

On the Chiefs' next possession, Green completed a 33-yarder to
Mikhael Ricks and then found Derrick Mayes, who beat Donovan Greer
on a 29-yard scoring pass.

"When you bring in a new offense as complex as this one, it's
great to see guys in the right place, and the protection I had,"
Green said. "I can't say enough about those first three series we
ran. I thought the guys played real well."

Dante Hall, fighting for a job as Chiefs punt returner, made it
17-0 three minutes into the second quarter with a 92-yard touchdown
return. Taking the ball on his own 8, Hall weaved almost untouched
through a scattered-out mass of would-be tacklers.

Near the 10, Justin Skaggs got a hand on Hall's ankle, but he
kept his balance and went into the end zone.

"I just went out and had some great blocking and was able to
make some moves," he said.

Backup quarterback Todd Collins hit three third-down passes
during a 16-play, 70-yard drive later in the second period. Rookie
free agent Lawrence Tynes capped it with a 22-yard field goal.

Peterson had an attempt blocked by
Ifeanyi Ohalete, a rookie defensive back from Southern California.

Redskins rookie Sage Rosenfels found Darnerien McCants for 33
yards to the 5 on third-and-9 late in the fourth period. But Andre
O'Neal preserved the shutout by breaking up Rosenfels' pass on
fourth-and-4.

"We just didn't perform out there today," Washington wide
receiver Michael Westbrook said. "I can take responsibility for
some of that. I'm a playmaker and I didn't make any plays today.
Not doing anything in 12 different plays, there's no excuse on my
part."

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