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Posnanski: Edwards Makes it Okay

EDWARDS MAKES IT OK

by Joe Posnanski of the KC Star
Posted on Mon, Jan. 01, 2007

LOS ANGELES | Yes, you see that dateline correctly. Yes, it means that when the miracle was happening, I was 34,000 feet off the ground listening to the man next to me snore. Yes it means that during the luckiest sports break to happen in Kansas City since a certain umpire called a certain runner safe, I was eating stale pretzels and watching some airline movie where Nick Nolte plays a crazy person. Thatís method acting.

Letís be honest: I didnít think there was any chance that the Chiefs would make the playoffs. No chance. Thatís why I hopped on the flight to the Rose Bowl in the first place. And my doubts were not just because of the crazy odds ó the Chiefs had to win, three other teams playing for their playoff lives had to lose, the earth had to swallow Mike Shanahan, nickels had to turn into dimes, Tim Allen had to win an Oscar for his Santa Clause reprise and so on. No, I didnít think this was going to happen because remarkably good things like this never seem to happen in Kansas City sports.

And thatís why, in my mind, thereís no doubt who made this miracle happen.

All the credit in the world must go to Herm Edwards.

There are a lot of things you can say about Edwards. He is passionate, and he is cautious. He is inspiring, and he is not always the best with the game clock. Heís an amazing speaker, but sometimes when he finishes talking you realize he really didnít say anything at all.

Above everything else, though, he is one word. Herm Edwards is lucky.

You think Iím kidding. But Iím not. Herm Edwards is one lucky son of a gun, and he has been just about all of his natural born life. Sure, it was Herm Edwards who, at a college all-star game, became friends with a young quarterback from Minnesota named Tony Dungy, a relationship that would shape his life. Yes, it was Herm Edwards who recovered the fumble in the last seconds and returned it for a touchdown in the Miracle of the Meadowlands. Yes, it was Herm Edwards who was the master of the interception, who always seemed to be in the right place at the right time.

And as a coach? Lucky? Wow. Take a look: 2001: First year as Jets coach. New York makes the playoffs on the last day in Oakland when Jets kicker John Hall makes a last-minute, 53-yard field goal. This was after a terrible snap, by the way.

2002: New York makes the playoffs on the last day by winning and then having a New England team playing for nothing come from back from an 11-point deficit in the final 5 minutes to beat Miami in overtime.

2004: New York needs only to beat St. Louis in the final game of the season to make the playoffs. The Jets lose that game, but a Pittsburgh Steelers team playing for nothing (and playing its third-string quarterback) went into Buffalo and won to send the Jets to the playoffs again.

The man is just lucky, and he wears that luck everywhere he goes. What is his favorite saying, after all? ďItís OK!Ē he says, stretching out the Oh-kayyyyyyyy. ďIt will be OK! Weíll be OK!Ē He says things will be OK because he believes it ó because in Edwardsí life things do turn out OK in the end. His life is like a Perry Mason episode. No matter how bad it looks, the real murderer confesses and he walks away with the girl.

Now weíve seen it. Well, you saw it. Iíve seen the replays. The Chiefs hold on to beat Jacksonville, thanks to three touchdowns from Larry Johnson, who now has carried the football so many times they are legally married in 21 states. OK, thatís one.

A New England team playing for nothing pounds Tennessee. Thatís two. A Pittsburgh team playing for nothing beats Cincinnati in a wild overtime game, one where Pittsburghís Jeff Reed made the tying field goal with 1 minute left and Cincinnatiís Shayne Graham misses a 39-yard, game-winning field goal with 8 seconds left.

Youíve got to be kidding me here. Anyway, thatís three.

And then finally, four, the coup de grace, the wonder of wonders, miracle of miracles, San Franciscoís Joe Nedney makes a 36-yard field goal in overtime that lifts San Francisco ó the same San Francisco team the Chiefs blasted 41-0 ó over Denver in Denver. This was the one game that even Chiefs president/CEO/general manager/happy guy Carl Peterson dared not dream about.

ďWeíre not counting ourselves out,Ē he had said earlier in the week. ďBut obviously, it would take something strange.Ē

Lots of strange things happened. Why? This stuff just wouldnít have happened had Gunther Cunningham been coach. No offense, Gunís a good man, but heís not charmed like Herm Edwards. Few are.

Now, the Chiefs have a chance to go to Indianapolis and break that cityís heart for a change. When you look at that Coltsí run defense ó one of the worst in NFL history ó you know itís not impossible.

Yes, finally, the Chiefs were lucky. Itís Herm. Iím telling you. Of course, there are people who donít honestly believe one person is any luckier than others. Some of those people will be watching the playoffs on television.
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Old 01-01-2007, 01:19 AM   #2
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Nice-better to be lucky than good. If Herm someone manages to go to Indy and beat the hated Dolts-he will endear himself to this city like no other.

The Dolts have a few asswipings we owe them-and on Sat the pay up.
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Complete home run article by Joe Po. One of his best ever.
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Didn't the weirdness start last week when KC was given second life by the Bengals flubbing the tying PAT?
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Old 01-01-2007, 01:29 AM   #7
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by Joe Posnanski of the KC Star
Posted on Mon, Jan. 01, 2007


And then finally, four, the coup de grace, the wonder of wonders, miracle of miracles, San Franciscoís Joe Nedney makes a 36-yard field goal in overtime that lifts San Francisco ó the same San Francisco team the Chiefs blasted 41-0 ó over Denver in Denver. This was the one game that even Chiefs president/CEO/general manager/happy guy Carl Peterson dared not dream about.


Jo Po must read the Planet, Fraz said basically the same thing here several hours ago...

http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/showp...51&postcount=5
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Didn't the weirdness start last week when KC was given second life by the Bengals flubbing the tying PAT?
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