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Old 09-10-2007, 02:46 PM  
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Anyone who reads this column knows Iím a big fan of Chiefs head coach Herm Edwards. Today, you might expect me to urge patience (itís okaaaaay!) or offer excuses as to why his team floundered around the field at Reliant Stadium for the better part of 60 minutes Sunday.

Prepare to be shocked.

The truth is, there are no excuses. Edwards is far from perfect, and his fatal flaw was exposed by Gary Kubiakís energetic young bunch of Texans.

The Chiefs did not look ready to play. Edwards didnít have his team prepared for the regular season opener, and more often not, the same has been true every year heís coached an NFL team.

Letís take a look at Hermís history in season-opening games.

2001 Ė The New York Jets host the Indianapolis Colts, who blow them out 45-24.

2002 Ė The New York Jets visit the Buffalo Bills, and win, 37-31.

2003 Ė The New York Jets visit the Washington Redskins, and lose, 16-13.

2004 Ė The New York Jets host the Cincinatti Bengals, winning 31-24.

2005 Ė The New York Jets travel to Kansas City, where they get blown out, 27-7.

2006 Ė The Kansas City Chiefs lose their quarterback and the game, 23-10, to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Counting Sundayís debacle, thatís seven openers, a record of 2-5, and an average margin of defeat of 15 points. As Herm might say ďthatís not good.Ē

I believe, more often than not, Hermís teams arenít as prepared as they could be to open the regular season. Itís the only explanation for his consistent slow starts.

A year ago, the Chiefs tried to run the Dick Vermeil offense against the Bengals and failed miserably. It was soon thereafter scrapped (and wisely, I might add), but Edwards should have realized far sooner Ė in preseason Ė that his team had no hope of running a sophisticated passing attack with an emaciated Kyle Turley and future NFL sack king Jordan Black playing offensive tackle.

The gameplan the Chiefs ran most of last year? The one featuring heavy doses of Larry Johnson, bored fans, three yards and clouds of dust? It should have been installed from the beginning.

This year, the Chiefs seemed to want to almost apologize for their 2007 Cro-Magnon football attack in the opener. They came out throwing, dropping quarterback Damon Huard back on 13 of the gameís first 20 snaps.

When Eddie Kennison yanked a hamstring on the first play, the Chiefs should have abandoned their ďweíre sorry for giving Larry 400 carriesĒ campaign. Iím not suggesting Johnson should have received 35 carries against the Texans, but with a quarterback who had barely played in preseason, and an inexperienced wide receiver corps, the Chiefs should have split 40 carries between Johnson and Michael Bennett.

The Chiefs werenít prepared to run ďAir Herm.Ē When they fell behind, the Texans realized it, and the gig was up. ďAir HermĒ led to a Jeff Webb interception (the NFL should start crediting receivers with picks) that negated a chance for Kansas City to grab a field goal at the end of the first half, and a fumble by Kris Wilson that put the game out of reach. It also tired out KCís defense.

I was shaking my head over a number of odd things Sunday. I saw the Chiefs call a pass that involved two run fakes on third-and-12. I saw Ty Law release a streaking Andre Johnson to a safety making his first career NFL start. Kansas City's defensive gameplan should have revolved around doubling Johnson most of the game. Houston's other "playmakers" in the passing game are no-names.

Who looked prepared in Houston on Sunday? The Texans. Kubiakís squad gameplanned extensively in the preseason. That little empty backfield formation they ran against the Chiefs? If you watched Houstonís exhibition games, you saw it quite often.

Because of Hermís propensity to field unprepared teams early in the regular season, the Chiefs might never win a division championship. They might never gain a bye or home field advantage in the playoffs. Itís difficult to win a Super Bowl as a Cinderella wild-card team every year. A good story, perhaps, but difficult.

Look, the Chiefs are a better team than the one that showed up in the season opener. Itís clear the offensive line is improved (Damion McIntosh looked like a poor manís Willie Roaf in that #77 jersey), and Dwayne Bowe appears to be ready to contribute immediately. But the better team might not show up until itís too late.

With Chicago looming this weekend, an 0-2 record looks likely, and a trip to sunny, All-Pro laden San Diego lies further down the road. Can the Chiefs rebound from a 1-3 start? At least Herm has experience on his side in this scenario.

Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez said ďnobody knows who the Kansas City Chiefs areĒ after KCís fourth preseason loss.

Next year, it might help if the Kansas City Chiefs knew who the Kansas City Chiefs were in Week 1.
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Old 09-10-2007, 02:51 PM   #2
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Hah Sh*t! I bet they lose the home opener to the Vikings, have you seen thier Defense?
Their run D is awesome, pass D not so much. Doesn't help us at all, just sayin...
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Old 09-10-2007, 02:53 PM   #5
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Their run D is awesome, pass D not so much. Doesn't help us at all, just sayin...
All i can say from the title no shit? The chiefs looked unprepared. Thats a captain obvious.
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Hah Sh*t! I bet they lose the home opener to the Vikings, have you seen thier Defense?
Have you seen their offense? AP had over 185 total yards on the road in Atlanta's noisy dome.
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The guy won me over. I flew off the handle when he was hired.
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