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Posted by: cbuschief - 11-02-2008, 05:10 AM - Forum: 65 Toss Power Trap - Replies (4)

Just a quick Hi to everyone. I've not been on the back up site for a while ....hense the slow log in to this site.
Chiefs rock!

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  Q & A with Herm Edwards
Posted by: warthog - 11-02-2008, 04:18 AM - Forum: 65 Toss Power Trap - Replies (3)

Posted on Sat, Nov. 01, 2008

Q & A With Herm Edwards

The Kansas City Star

Herm Edwards drops onto a couch in an office at Chiefs headquarters. The door is closed.There is plenty to explain, from the Chiefs' 1-6 record to the fact that this team doesn't seem to be much better than the group that went 4-12 last year. The Chiefs are younger, sure, but a loss today to Tampa Bay would put them on pace to finish with the worst record in franchise history. Today marks the middle of the season, a time for answers.

In a nearly one-hour interview, Edwards discussed whether the right staff members ? including himself ? are in place, the decision to stick with the rebuilding plan despite hard times, and his belief that quarterback Brodie Croyle's injuries changed the course of this season.

"We had a chance," Edwards says while sitting on that couch.

The Chiefs' third-year coach says progress is being made, and he understands that not everyone has a sideline view. He says the team has done mostly the right things in the first phase of the rebuilding project, and if things continue to go well, Kansas City will be in the playoffs by 2010. But for that to happen, the Chiefs will spend this offseason again looking for their quarterback of the future, figuring out Larry Johnson's prospects in Kansas City, and trying to add a second level to the foundation Edwards says the Chiefs are building this year.

But there's a long time between now and 2010. Edwards says he knows plenty can happen. This season has seen its share of turbulence, and it's only half finished. He admits he'd like for this season to someday be forgotten. But Edwards has seen an overhaul like this one work, when he was the assistant head coach for Tampa Bay when it rebuilt in 1996.

Edwards leans back.

"Let's do it," he says.

Q: This team is 1-6. Attendance is dwindling. There are times when it looks like the franchise is lost. How much responsibility do you take for that?

"I take responsibility in the fact that I'm the head coach. There's a certain direction that we decided to go, and we're headed in that direction. I wish we'd won some more games right now, but we haven't. We have nine games left."

Taking into account all the key members of this organization, from the top of the front office on down to assistant coaches ? and this includes yourself ? do you believe the proper personnel is in place?

"We'll evaluate all that. I think the guys we have are good coaches. We've got good people in the administration. I think the key is, everyone has to be on the same page. You can't have different agendas. When you have different agendas, the water gets muddy, and all of a sudden you go off on different tangents. Eventually, somebody has to say, 'This is what we're going to do.' "

If the second half of this season ends up being like the first half, a handful of wins and not a lot of visible progress, would you expect to be fired?

"I don't know. I don't worry about that. I never worry about things like that. I don't control that. All I can control is getting the players prepared, getting our team prepared, and going in the direction that we said we were going to go. That's what you do. You don't worry about the rest of this stuff."

Will there be a talk with Clark Hunt after this year about your future?

"Yeah, but we talk all the time, so that's not unusual. At the end of the year, you'll have another talk. Rightly so. You should."

As of this moment, do you think he is confident in you as the coach to continue this process?


As the season moves forward and the losses keep coming, it's hard for the average person to see progress. What do you see that has you convinced this team is not just younger, but better?

"I see guys gaining confidence. I think when you watch them play, sometimes not so much collectively but individually, they're gaining confidence. We just haven't done it collectively enough, and you've got to do it collectively if you're going to win games."

You've said the Chiefs would experience peaks and valleys this year. Through seven games, there have been far more valleys than peaks. Is growth coming more slowly than you thought?

"Yeah, in the fact that when you lose your quarterback, that hurts you. That gives you a little bit of sense of insecurity on offense. And then defensively, with six new starters, that kind of goes unannounced. There's been some guys that we brought in here, and we didn't actually look at them as starters. They've been pressed to start, especially at the linebacker position, because of injuries. "This is kind of like when we were in Tampa. It's really the same scenario. We didn't start off real well, and we finally got going, probably week nine, week eight; we ended up winning six games that year. It was tough, but we stayed with the plan. Eventually, it hits."

Did you prepare yourself for how bad a season this could be?

"You'd like to win more. You'd like to have more wins under your belt because that makes you feel better. But the process is the process. The hardest thing is living through it. This is the path that we decided to go through as an organization. For the most part, we've all stayed on the same page. Is it painful? Yeah, it's painful. But you're trying to build something for the long haul. I think when they look back at this football team, when it starts winning and it becomes a playoff team and all those good things happen, everyone will forget about this year."

Did the organization misread Brodie Croyle and his ability to stay healthy?

"I don't know that. We can all say that. You knew you were taking a little bit of a chance. You were hoping he was going to get through that. You're aligning your team and think you've got a quarterback that's got some talent ? and, yeah, he's got a lot of talent ? but his inability to stay healthy is tough."

How long can this team continue to move forward in this rebuilding movement without a franchise quarterback?

"You need a guy, there's no doubt about it. That's the key position in this league. You need a guy unless you have a great defense. We're trying to build a good defense. But you need a quarterback. You need a guy who can line up and play 16 games, a guy that can be consistent for you."

Then is this team treading water until you get that guy?

"You've got Tyler (Thigpen), and hopefully he's going to continue to play good. Maybe it's him. I don't know. And maybe it's Quinn (Gray). Who knows who that (franchise) guy is? He might be here on campus. Hopefully he's here on campus. Will we be looking for a quarterback in the offseason? Yeah, that's a true statement."

When you see the future of this football team, is Larry Johnson part of it?

"Right now, Larry Johnson is on this football team. He's a part of it. That's what you look at. You want to answer questions; you want to get an answer for a question that's very difficult to answer right now. I mean, it's not fair to anybody. He's a part of this football team."

Through all of this year's turmoil, what is one thing you'd like to erase?

"I wish the quarterback would've stayed healthy. We wouldn't be sitting here talking about playing Tyler Thigpen, who is our third quarterback. We wouldn't be having that conversation. We wouldn't have four quarterbacks on our roster."

So you believe this team would have an entirely different look right now if Brodie hadn't been hurt?

"Yep. I think you'd be more productive on offense. That's my opinion. I think we'd be further along offensively. When you get consistency at that position, it enhances your whole football team. The whole dynamic of your football team changes. That's no one's fault. We'd probably have some wins. But I can't worry about that."

What kind of goals have you set for this year, next year and beyond?

"This year is to continue to improve. Win some games down the stretch, and try to finish strong. Next year, you look at what you've done and try to build on that. When we did it in Tampa, we flipped it the next year and got in (the playoffs). Eventually, they won the Super Bowl."

When do you realistically think the Chiefs can become a playoff team? What's reasonable?

"I would say, if we keep drafting the way we draft and we keep staying with the plan, two years from now, we should be a really good football team, in my opinion."

Have all the right things been done up until now in regard to this project?

"For the most part. You can always look back and say, 'Well, we could have always done that.' You can always look back and say, 'Maybe if we had done that, done that,' and hey, that's easy to second-guess everything."

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  Chiefs/Bucs Score prediction thread
Posted by: warthog - 11-01-2008, 07:41 PM - Forum: 65 Toss Power Trap - Replies (11)

I'm picking 27-21 Chiefs.

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  Welcome Phillychief
Posted by: HG - 11-01-2008, 07:04 PM - Forum: 65 Toss Power Trap - Replies (1)

Glad your here. Sorry it took so long but Ive been gone all day.

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  Welcome Kingsanjohn
Posted by: HG - 11-01-2008, 07:03 PM - Forum: 65 Toss Power Trap - Replies (2)

Glad you made it

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  Welcome Jimmie
Posted by: Lady in Red - 11-01-2008, 12:34 PM - Forum: 65 Toss Power Trap - Replies (4)

Hello distant friend, glad you found us Big Grin

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  Official Post Whore Thread
Posted by: Unsmooth Moment - 11-01-2008, 10:33 AM - Forum: 65 Toss Power Trap - Replies (388)

Whats up?

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  Welcome KCChiefzfan
Posted by: HG - 11-01-2008, 08:33 AM - Forum: 65 Toss Power Trap - Replies (3)

Glad you made it

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  Xanman formally known as Xanman
Posted by: Xanman - 11-01-2008, 08:30 AM - Forum: 65 Toss Power Trap - Replies (6)

The new site looks great! very familiar. I am exited!

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  Chiefman -- Formerly Manengineer
Posted by: Chiefman - 11-01-2008, 07:57 AM - Forum: 65 Toss Power Trap - Replies (8)

Glad to see the final site up now. Hello to Everyone

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