The National Football League is a game of now, not a game of next year, or even the year after that. The window to win in this league is so narrow, that if you miss it, there is no for sure that you are going to be able to get it back without going though some pretty tough times along the way. That is why on Tuesday Kansas City Chiefs head coach Herm Edwards did not just hand the starting quarterback job back to Trent Green, and away from Damon Huard, who had lead KC to a 5-2 mark since being made the starter when Green was hurt.
The decision is not that much of a shock, but considering that there were many that felt that Green would just get the job back by default when he was 100 percent the decision takes a stand for what is right. Don’t get me wrong, Trent Green is a quality person and a quality quarterback, but to simply dismiss what Huard has done over the last seven weeks and hand the job back to Green would be a huge mistake.
Take the outing that Huard had last Sunday in St.Louis. Not the biggest numbers, 10-15 for 148 yards. But the numbers that follow – 3 TD’s and no picks, speak volumes of how well Huard has handled the Chiefs offense since taking over. Look at his numbers overall – 1623 yards passing, 11 TD’s and just one pick, to go along with a QB rating over 105. And your gonna sit this guy for a player that may take 2-3 games to get back with the speed and violence of the game? No way.
Edwards did not come right out and make the announcement that Huard was his man, but he made enough overtones to make it seem like that was the direction he was heading in. “I don’t want to talk about a decision I don’t have to make at this point in time becuase that’s not important,” Edwards said. “Trent’s not playing this week, Damon Huard is our starting quarterback.” Well said Herm, and if you want the team to continue to have success, you’ll keep stating those words for the next 8 weeks.