I’m about half a day late to this dance, but that doesn’t mean I can’t celebrate. Herm Edwards is finally gone.
I want to point you to a post that I wrote on December 18, 2006 in which I called for his firing:
The Kansas City Chiefs are a poor excuse for a mediocre football team. And I blame Edwards. His poor game planning has single-handedly ruined one of the league’s most potent offenses over the last 5 years and turned it into a team that loses to THE CLEVELAND BROWNS.
So a mere two years later, I finally get what I’ve been asking for all along.
I’m not sure what took the organization this long to let him go. He had to know that the writing was on the wall, but I’m assuming that Edwards thought to himself, “If I get fired, I still get paid, but if I quit, I don’t.” I’ve never seen Herm as a quitter. He’s a decent guy, a man of faith and family and all that, but as a football coach, he is dismally underqualified.
We know that Herm can’t take all the blame for the disaster that is the Chiefs, but he should bear a large amount of the responsibility with his antiquated approach to offense and his inability to put together a defense. With Carl Peterson gone, the writing was really on the wall for a guy whose team was only better than Detroit, Oakland and St. Louis over the last two years and only had two wins in the last 25 games.
The rumor mill is abuzz with who will be the next head coach at 1 Arrowhead Drive. Chris Mortenson at ESPN is lobbying heavily for former Donkeys redfaced coach Mike Shenanigans. I hope for the love of God he is wrong. The Chiefs fan in me will always be conflicted cheering for that guy. I can’t figure out what the appeal of Shanahan is. This is a guy who melted down in the horrid AFC West this year, ultimately losing their last three games and the division to the Chargers who had started the season at 4-8.
If the Chiefs are looking to go with a proven coach, I’d prefer Bill Cowher (he claims he doesn’t want to coach this year, but I imagine he could be convinced). But honestly, if I’m Scott Pioli (or any general manager for that matter), I’m not paying these big salary coaches a dime. I’d rather go with a guy like Haley, the offensive coordinator from the Super Bowl-bound Arizona Cardinals. The time for these old coaches is over. Let’s get some new blood on the sidelines and see what they can do. It seems to be working out OK for Pittsburgh and Arizona, who both have first-time head coaches (Mike Tomlin and Ken Whisenhunt, respectively) at the helm.