The popular conception might be that Sunday’s game is the Raiders against Marcus Allen, but Kansas City Chief Coach Marty Schottenheimer isn’t buying that.
Although there will be a lot of emotion flowing when Allen, a Raider for 11 years, is on the field, Schottenheimer has no plans to expand the role of his running back.
“We’re not going to make any conscious effort to do that,” Schottenheimer said. “Harvey (Williams) is going to start.”
Nor does Schottenheimer plan on talking to Allen about keeping his emotions under control.
“Marcus understands that,” Schottenheimer said. “I wouldn’t insult Marcus by suggesting he wouldn’t understand the importance of all that.”
Allen has discovered the importance of the Raider-Chief rivalry in Kansas City.
And it’s a big change from what it was in Los Angeles.
“We didn’t really say the Chiefs were the team we were pointing for,” Allen said of his Raider days. “But I have found out that, to the Chiefs, the Raiders are a big deal. This is a game they really look forward to playing.”