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04-18-2006, 01:41 AM
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/sports/14365450.htm

HANGING with HERM
Edwards likes to have things organized

By ELIZABETH MERRILL
The Kansas City Star

The day started 12 hours ago, before the roosters and Katie Couric, and Herm Edwards is resting in a swivel chair with one foot on his desk. But only for a minute. The NFL is a workingman’s game, move it or lose it, and Edwards has the Chargers game on his flat screen and two months from now on his mind.

Forty-five minutes ago, he was hunched down in a one-on-one blocking drill. Gotta do it on the grass, he says. Now he’s inside his immaculate office on the fourth floor at Arrowhead Stadium on Monday, gazing at his perfectly stacked papers, and someone asks Edwards whether he’s a neat freak.

“Take a look at the bathroom in there,” he says sheepishly.

A wooden door slides open, and somewhere, Martha Stewart is jealous. Five hand towels are neatly folded, and the floor sparkles. A fat, red scented candle by the sink gives off a whiff of sophistication.

The motif comes courtesy of his wife. The upkeep is totally Herm.

“When you sit in this chair,” Edwards says, “five things are going to happen that you didn’t anticipate. If you’re not organized, it sends you in a panic.

“I like things in order. Then you know where they are. You know what to do. There’s no indecision.”

Take a quick jaunt around the complex these days, and it’s obvious Edwards, in three months as Kansas City’s football coach, has done some major redecorating to put his stamp on the program. The pool table in the middle of the locker room is gone, and so are a handful of televisions that hung on the walls.

A sign says, “No cell phones.” A fresh coat of paint is being splashed in the players’ lounge, where a 6-foot NFL shield will soon be plastered on the wall.

Edwards has his hands in everything, even on this seemingly mundane Monday in mid-April. After an early-morning workout, he reads a Bible passage before dashing into a meeting. It’s from Job.

“One thing about Job is that he had a lot of patience,” Edwards says. “You go to Job this time of year because there’s a lot of things flying around.

“Be really patient today, partner.”

Nothing — be it rain, snow, or locked doors — keeps Edwards from his early-morning workout. One time in New York, when he was coaching the Jets, he scaled an 8-foot fence when his pass code didn’t work.

In Kansas City, Edwards usually arrives at the workout facility around 4:45 a.m., early enough that the Chiefs had to change their security system to accommodate him.

Dressed in a blue T-shirt, black shorts and Pumas, Edwards, who turns 52 later this month, still looks fit enough to play cornerback. He’s gathered his staff on the practice field Monday for their first clinic, a sort of Football 101 by position.

Each assistant will give a hands-on fundamentals lesson this week to the staff. It’s nerve-racking for some because they’re doing it in front of their new boss.

Tim Krumrie, an old-school defensive-line coach who looks as if he just stepped off the set of “The Longest Yard,” is unfazed. He picks up a one-man sled and tosses it like a rag doll. He barks a few expletives and tells everybody to listen because he has the floor. He has Edwards run through ropes and simulate a defensive tackle.

Krumrie, it seems, has always been fearless. Back in his playing days with the Bengals, he suffered one of the most gruesome football injuries ever televised. He shattered his leg in the Super Bowl against the 49ers trying to tackle Roger Craig. For six years, Krumrie played with a 15-inch steel rod in his leg.

He dives on the ground Monday, his long, moppy locks flying, and scoops up a fumble in front of a collection of middle-aged coaches.

“This is the baby right here,” Krumrie says as he holds up a football. “Never let it go.”

By 3 p.m., Edwards is back in the weight room, giving a tour. He points to a sign above the entryway that says, “Check your ego at the door.” On a wall next to the windows is another message:

“Your habits form who you are.”

In the next few months, two symbols will be tattooed on the Chiefs’ collective psyche — the NFL shield and the arrowhead logo. Both are everywhere on the complex now, from the floors to the walls to the windows.

The pool table in the locker room was removed, in part, because it was covering an arrowhead on the carpet. It also symbolized something that Edwards doesn’t want in his locker room.

“I don’t want guys to get comfortable,” Edwards says. “I really don’t. I think you have to have a feeling in your gut when you walk into this building of a little bit of anxiety. Because that keeps you alert. That keeps you alive. That keeps you wanting to get better.”

Ever since he was a kid, Edwards was never comfortable. He grew up the son of an Army sergeant and was an undrafted rookie cornerback at Philadelphia. Edwards gets uncharacteristically sentimental when he talks about the NFL shield. He says its stars and stripes represent America. He wants it painted everywhere to remind the players that they’re in an occupation that shouldn’t be taken for granted.

He likes the arrowheads because they represent team.

Edwards recently pulled out the list of locker spaces, traditionally assigned by position, and switched everything up. He moved the offense with the defense, the quarterbacks with the defensive linemen.

“You create team unity and (the idea) that we’re all in this together,” Edwards says.

“Generally, the defensive backs don’t hang around with the offensive line. Because they’re out of the way, you don’t think about that. Now all of a sudden, you sit next to a guy and he’s been on your team for five years and you’d be surprised. He may have some of the same things in common that you have.”

Three months ago, when Edwards was settling into Dick Vermeil’s old office, the place was so empty that it almost echoed. Now Edwards has added his own touch, albeit with a white glove.

He has a collection of mini-NFL mugs that are lined up perfectly on a shelf. He has three bobblehead characters — one of himself, one of his good friend Tony Dungy and one of Vermeil.

“Dungy and Dick,” Edwards says. “The two wise men.”

Edwards, who played for Vermeil in Philly, doesn’t want a few coats of paint to cover everything his mentor put together in five years. He’ll just do things a little differently.

He’s handed the team a schedule through June, and the players are bracing themselves for a more disciplined, regimented training camp. Edwards was already working on that schedule Monday. He likes to work at least two months ahead.

And on Monday, there was no slowing down. There are draft meetings and staff meetings and film to watch. Edwards hopes to hop into his Chiefs-red Chevy SUV and be out of the office by 7 p.m.

He grabs some of the neatly stacked papers. Be patient, partner.

DaWolf
04-18-2006, 01:50 AM
Good. The guys on this team have become too comfortable...

big nasty kcnut
04-18-2006, 01:57 AM
Time to get to work. Like my dad said today dick was too emotionally in this team. herm will shake things up right.

kcfanXIII
04-18-2006, 02:18 AM
you're kidding, there was a pool table in the locker room? let me guess, it was on the defensive side.

Rausch
04-18-2006, 02:25 AM
“Take a look at the bathroom in there,” he says sheepishly.

A wooden door slides open, and somewhere, Martha Stewart is jealous. Five hand towels are neatly folded, and the floor sparkles. A fat, red scented candle by the sink gives off a whiff of sophistication.

The motif comes courtesy of his wife. The upkeep is totally Herm.

“When you sit in this chair,” Edwards says, “five things are going to happen that you didn’t anticipate. If you’re not organized, it sends you in a panic.

“I like things in order. Then you know where they are. You know what to do. There’s no indecision.”

I don't see Herm as a Marty clone.

I read this and I think Gun.

Immediately.

And I think about what happens when all the pieces don't fit just right.

That's my worry. I see "Monk" cleaning the table the Gatorade sits on while some Denber RB crosses the white stripe after everything doesn't fit in the orderly, folded pile it's supposed to...

Deberg_1990
04-18-2006, 02:44 AM
[url]“I don’t want guys to get comfortable,” Edwards says. “I really don’t. I think you have to have a feeling in your gut when you walk into this building of a little bit of anxiety. Because that keeps you alert. That keeps you alive. That keeps you wanting to get better.”




I hope Hicks and Sims are listening.....

Rausch
04-18-2006, 02:51 AM
I hope Hicks retires and Sims IS listening.....

Much better...

HemiEd
04-18-2006, 04:20 AM
I don't see Herm as a Marty clone.

I read this and I think Gun.

Immediately.

And I think about what happens when all the pieces don't fit just right.

That's my worry. I see "Monk" cleaning the table the Gatorade sits on while some Denber RB crosses the white stripe after everything doesn't fit in the orderly, folded pile it's supposed to...

Agreed and I hope some of the Vets don't decide they liked it better the other way.

SNR
04-18-2006, 06:10 AM
I hope Edwards remembered to hide the player's fridge from Siavii when he got rid of the pool table...

Mecca
04-18-2006, 06:12 AM
Agreed and I hope some of the Vets don't decide they liked it better the other way.

Apparently they can find a new team if that's the case.

HemiEd
04-18-2006, 06:16 AM
Apparently they can find a new team if that's the case.

Sure sounds like it, I wish I had more confidence in the apparent rebuilding that is on the horizen.

jspchief
04-18-2006, 06:33 AM
I'm going to grow tired of Herm quotes pretty quickly. It's pretty evident he likes to hear himself talk.

Mecca
04-18-2006, 06:41 AM
I'm going to grow tired of Herm quotes pretty quickly. It's pretty evident he likes to hear himself talk.

I don't think it's any worse than alot of the stupid crap Vermiel said in his time here.

Atleast the "Country Club" atmosphere seems to be gone.

jspchief
04-18-2006, 06:46 AM
I don't think it's any worse than alot of the stupid crap Vermiel said in his time here.

Atleast the "Country Club" atmosphere seems to be gone.I think it's just coachspeak in general that I don't like. They don't talk like normal humans. It's like everything they say they try and inject some lesson or sermon or wisdom. It's just tiring, especially during a boring off-season where I'm starved for some real football discussion.

StcChief
04-18-2006, 06:54 AM
Good a son of an Army sargent with a mission is what the Chiefs need... Crack some skulls Herm.

Mecca
04-18-2006, 06:55 AM
Ok, I'll agree with that, it is annoying.

Kerberos
04-18-2006, 07:16 AM
I think it's just coachspeak in general that I don't like. They don't talk like normal humans. It's like everything they say they try and inject some lesson or sermon or wisdom. It's just tiring, especially during a boring off-season where I'm starved for some real football discussion.

WHAT .... and miss out on a good reading from the Book of JOB?

What are you an atheist? :D

J/K

I do think this team needs a swift kick in the AZZ. I too would like some more info other than "JOB was patient and so am I" crap.

.

morphius
04-18-2006, 07:20 AM
Well, it ought to be interesting to see how well all of the players buy into Herm's system. I like the idea of the coaches coaching to each other first, I have to question if that ever happened under Vermeil.

I'll be really interested on what his rest schedule is with the players, are they going to get the same couple days off a week win or lose? Are they going to get a week off before the bye even if they manage to lose the games going into it?

Mecca
04-18-2006, 07:32 AM
WHAT .... and miss out on a good reading from the Book of JOB?

What are you an atheist? :D

J/K

I do think this team needs a swift kick in the AZZ. I too would like some more info other than "JOB was patient and so am I" crap.

.

Maybe Herm will wear a John 3:16 shirt on the sideline.

Kerberos
04-18-2006, 07:39 AM
Maybe Herm will wear a John 3:16 shirt on the sideline.


Maybe he can quote Jules Winfield and not be merciful to those who attempt to poison and destroy his brothers and they will know his name is HERM when he lays his vengance upon them!

:D

.

Mecca
04-18-2006, 07:40 AM
Maybe he can quote Jules Winfield and not be merciful to those who attempt to poison and destroy his brothers and they will know his name is HERM when he lays his vengance upon them!

:D

.

ROFL

English Mother****er do you speak it!

chief husker
04-18-2006, 07:44 AM
I think it's just coachspeak in general that I don't like. They don't talk like normal humans. It's like everything they say they try and inject some lesson or sermon or wisdom. It's just tiring, especially during a boring off-season where I'm starved for some real football discussion.

I don't think you will hear much more than that right now. We all want significant sound bites, a true professional, a class in which I view Herm, won't give them.

I also like the discipline. Time to get tougher and it starts with the little things.

It is early and go ahead, color me a Chief's fan.

Count Zarth
04-18-2006, 07:56 AM
I am almost tempted to give Herm some points for the no cell-phone thing.

Baby Lee
04-18-2006, 08:00 AM
ROFL

English Mother****er do you speak it!
"What" ain't no country I know! Do they speak English in "What?"

Fried Meat Ball!
04-18-2006, 08:17 AM
What?

Mecca
04-18-2006, 08:22 AM
Say what again.......Say what again mother****er.

Baby Lee
04-18-2006, 08:29 AM
Say what again.......Say what again mother****er.
Someone with photoshop skills HAS TO put Jules' 'do on Hermie.

CoMoChief
04-18-2006, 09:28 AM
Much better...
ROFL

kaplin42
04-18-2006, 09:48 AM
"What" ain't no country I know! Do they speak English in "What?"

Since all the quotes are gone now, I will just say this is one of the best movies ever.

I am glad to see that HE is looking to kick some a$$. I'm just still worried about what players we have on our team.

go bowe
04-18-2006, 10:02 AM
I hope Edwards remembered to hide the player's fridge from Siavii when he got rid of the pool table...have you ever seen siavii out of uniform?

the man is not fat, he is just freaking huge...

my son hangs out with him sometimes and he's pretty big too, but with a lot of fat on top of his muscle...

junior is just a really really big person...

really...

NewChief
04-18-2006, 10:06 AM
This is the stuff that I'd been hearing about Herm that I liked. No individual pictures in the complex, no cell phones, no pool table, accountability all around. This sort of stuff gives me hope because he seems to be going in a different direction as far as the attitude and demeanor of the team.

On the other hand, when he starts talking about his game day strategy, I get worried. I'll be curious to see how it plays out. I think he's just what we need as far as attitude, but I think there's danger in the way he's going to manage the offense.

Cormac
04-18-2006, 10:06 AM
Tim Krumrie, an old-school defensive-line coach who looks as if he just stepped off the set of “The Longest Yard,” is unfazed. He picks up a one-man sled and tosses it like a rag doll. He barks a few expletives and tells everybody to listen because he has the floor. He has Edwards run through ropes and simulate a defensive tackle.

Far and away the best part of the article. If there is one thing the Chiefs D needed, it's Krumrie. Let's hope he can do the job. But he sure seems to talk the talk. He should have Siavii playing the role of tackling dummy on day one.

morphius
04-18-2006, 10:10 AM
On the other hand, when he starts talking about his game day strategy, I get worried. I'll be curious to see how it plays out. I think he's just what we need as far as attitude, but I think there's danger in the way he's going to manage the offense.

The thing that gives me hope is that Trent said that they are going to run the same offense. Toss that in with how conservitive Vermeil really was with 4th downs and the like, I have to guess that there are not going to be many changes on that side of the ball. Of course, we just have to wait and see.

NewChief
04-18-2006, 10:12 AM
The thing that gives me hope is that Trent said that they are going to run the same offense. Toss that in with how conservitive Vermeil really was with 4th downs and the like, I have to guess that there are not going to be many changes on that side of the ball. Of course, we just have to wait and see.

I think they'll run the same offensive scheme, but I also think we'll see a huge difference in situational playcalling this year. Not that that will necessarily be all bad--Lord knows that Al called some real doozies in his day--but I don't want to see us go too conservative.

Piper
04-18-2006, 11:25 AM
Time to get to work. Like my dad said today dick was too emotionally in this team. herm will shake things up right.

Only if he learned from his experience in NY. The word here was that guys signed into the weight room and never worked out. He's anything but a tough coach.

But hey, maybe he learned from that. He didn't seem to learn while he was here in NY.

But he loves those little signs...

Good luck with him fellas.

ct
04-18-2006, 11:28 AM
Tim Krumrie, an old-school defensive-line coach who looks as if he just stepped off the set of “The Longest Yard,” is unfazed. He picks up a one-man sled and tosses it like a rag doll. He barks a few expletives and tells everybody to listen because he has the floor. He has Edwards run through ropes and simulate a defensive tackle.

Far and away the best part of the article. If there is one thing the Chiefs D needed, it's Krumrie. Let's hope he can do the job. But he sure seems to talk the talk. He should have Siavii playing the role of tackling dummy on day one.

Totally agree!! Our underachievers on the D-Line need exactly this kind of coach.

slivo6
04-18-2006, 12:09 PM
Good a son of an Army sargent with a mission is what the Chiefs need... Crack some skulls Herm.


I remember the last son of an Army sergeant that was the Chiefs headcoach.....

penchief
04-18-2006, 12:19 PM
A wooden door slides open, and somewhere, Martha Stewart is jealous. Five hand towels are neatly folded, and the floor sparkles. A fat, red scented candle by the sink gives off a whiff of sophistication.

The motif comes courtesy of his wife. The upkeep is totally Herm.

“When you sit in this chair,” Edwards says, “five things are going to happen that you didn’t anticipate. If you’re not organized, it sends you in a panic.

Rausch, when I read this same thing you quoted, I thought he was talking about his toilet when he said, "when you sit in this chair five things are going to happen..........."

Count Zarth
04-18-2006, 12:24 PM
Hanging with Herm?

This makes it sound like Liz and Herm went down to the corner for a slice after playing some basketball.

You're my beeeeeest friend.....

*insert montage of fishing*

munkey
04-18-2006, 12:28 PM
Hanging with Herm?

This makes it sound like Liz and Herm went down to the corner for a slice after playing some basketball.

You're my beeeeeest friend.....

*insert montage of fishing*

Jealous?

Mr. Laz
04-18-2006, 12:54 PM
I read this and I think Gun.

Immediately...

crap ... so did i

KCChiefsFan88
04-18-2006, 02:45 PM
Wake me up when one Herm's decisions lead the Chiefs to a playoff win. I don't give a shit about him moving pool tables or TVs, etc. I wish the KC Star would stop writing these creampuff pieces and focus on the fact the Chiefs have done next to nothing to improve any aspect of the team during the free agency period.

I would venture to say that signing a free agent such as Ty Law would impact the team a little more than moving a dumb pool table

Coach
04-18-2006, 02:51 PM
Let's hope that Krumrie can be a good hire. I like his background, that he is an old-school guy.

the Talking Can
04-18-2006, 03:05 PM
I'm more excited about Krumrie than I am Herm. I hope Krumrie scares the pizza/ice cream/fried chicken/gravy/bbq right out of Sims.

Dave Lane
04-18-2006, 03:08 PM
I don't see Herm as a Marty clone.

I read this and I think Gun.

Immediately.

And I think about what happens when all the pieces don't fit just right.

That's my worry. I see "Monk" cleaning the table the Gatorade sits on while some Denber RB crosses the white stripe after everything doesn't fit in the orderly, folded pile it's supposed to...


Yep and rep...

dave

Rausch
04-18-2006, 03:39 PM
Someone with photoshop skills HAS TO put Jules' 'do on Hermie.

<-------He's try'n real hard ta' be the shepherd...