When the Kansas City Chiefs hit the field on Sunday to take on the Baltimore Ravens, they will do so with a lot of players drafted by former coach Herm Edwards. The ESPN analyst told The Star he’s happy to see the team winning and he attributes the progress of his former players to how they were handled as rookies.
“We weren’t afraid to let them play,” Edwards said. “We knew there was going to be some heartbreak. We knew there were going to be some things they didn’t get because they didn’t have experience. That’s the hardest thing. You want them to have experience, but the only way to get it is to let them play.
“Some of the guys we drafted were really young. We suffered through all of that. We were so young, and we had no veterans to hold on to. We lost some games in the fourth quarter because we just ran out of gas.
“Now all of a sudden a lot of those guys are in their third season and they’ve figured this football thing out. When you’re young and you’re asked to play right away, that’s a burden. A lot of those guys had to mature as they played. They made errors. It wasn’t because of (a lack of) talent. It was because of inexperience.”
As Todd Haley has said pretty much every day, the Chiefs are made up of young, developing players and most of them have come through in a big way this season. Their early experience certainly played a big part of that, but so does now having select veterans surrounding them on both sides of the ball and special teams.
While I am happy to give Edwards credit for bringing the players to Kansas City, the new coaching has played a huge role. Obviously Haley, Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel deserve a large portion of that, but we shouldn’t overlook having a guy like Emmitt Thomas around Brandon Flowers and Brandon Carr or Maurice Carthon working with Jamaal Charles.
I’m not sure history in Kansas City will ever be kind to Edwards, but you the fact that so much talent came to the Chiefs during his time as coach is something that he will always hang his hat on.