After a disappointing early exit from the playoffs in early January 2007 Herm Edwards came up with what would prove to be a brilliant strategy: putting the Chiefs in to full-on rebuilding mode. Letting the veterans retire, move on, go where they must. Picking up a bunch of young players that are huge on potential and small on experience. Not over-investing in free agency until the new identity of the team comes to fruition. Yes, its pure genius. No other coach could have possibly had the moxie or intellect to pull this one off. Nobody but Herm could have done it. For this reason and no other Herm Edwards, whom many agree is below average at game planning and game management, deserves to continue to be the head coach during what will prove to be the most critical years of a reborn franchise.
Not just any franchise mind you, but a franchise whose ownership has made a statement as to just how dedicated they are to winning by making the single greatest hire of any NFL team in the 2009 season. A franchise with the second youngest roster in the NFL, plenty of cap space for free agent acquisitions, the 3rd overall pick in the upcoming draft. and perhaps the single greatest home field advantage in professional sports.
Fans have nothing to fear as the game planning shortcoming of Herms will most certainly be addressed. Chiefs new GM Scott Pioli will get Herm a team of crack assistants who can handle the planning for Him and game management will not be a problem as the team is certain to perform so solid that Herm will never have to worry about facing a tough decision in a close came with playoff implications. Oh and Herm will also ...BLOOOOAAAH……
Sorry, I had to go throw up.
I just couldn’t type it anymore. I was trying to fool myself again, just like I have been for the last ten years. Fool myself in to thinking that if we do a few things better that it will be enough to win consistently and win when it counts. Fooling myself because I think Herm is a really nice guy and I don’t want to feel bad if he loses his job, even though I know that if this opportunity for our team is mismanaged it will set us back another five to ten years.
“Winning is a habit, unfortunately so is losing. You don’t try to win some of the time, you try to win every time you go on the field.”
Does 6 wins and 26 losses over the last two seasons sound the right habit?
Sorry folks, I didn’t intend to be so long with the first part of this, but sometimes you just have to lay it all out in front of you and stare at it for a while.
There is so much at stake for the Chiefs. They have a great opportunity to finally be a serious contender, and for many yeas to come. How long has it been for the Chiefs, almost forty years? Just because Herm Edwards started the process doesn’t mean he deserves to be the one to finish it. Any coach would have done what Herm has done over the passed three seasons with the exception of completely blowing the few opportunities we did have to get in to the habit of winning. We absolutely can not afford to look back at what a coaching prospect has done and be satisfied, we have to figure out what a prospect is capable of doing with our opportunities moving forward.
Herm is a nice guy. I don’t get the impression Bill Belichick is a nice guy. Why would a complete train-wreck like Randy Moss seek to play for a tough guy like Belichick when he could play for any nice-guy coach he wanted? Answer; because athletes want to play for winners first and nice guys second. I'm not making a point about Randy Moss here, just about the desire to win.
In closing, I want to call out a plea to Mr. Clark Hunt and Mr. Scott Pioli in the hopes that by some miracle they read this;
Please gentlemen, you owe Herm Edwards nothing, you owe yourselves and the great fans of the Kansas City Chiefs nothing less than the highest and greatest use of the opportunities that lie in front of us. Please don’t go most of the way there and stop.
Please find someone who will get us in the habit of winning.