Wednesday Herm Edwards made a bad decision. It’s as simple as that. Edwards, shunning what backup QB Damon Huard has done for the Chiefs over the past two plus months, handed the starting QB job back to Trent Green.
Under Huard, the Chiefs went 5-3, and despite a tough loss to the Dolphins in Florida on Sunday, Huard was still playing well, throwing for 1,824 yards, 11 TD’s and just one interception. His 97.6 QB rating was third in the AFC and 5th overall in the league. In a league where success is only as good as you are right now, how can you possibly sit a guy that has lead your team to five wins in 8 games, and only thrown one pick in those 8 games? Huard was not exactly going to win an MVP, but his play along with the running of Larry Johnson, are the two main reason why things in Kansas City didn’t go south real quick.
Huard played the team player card on Wednesday – “All along, coach Edwards made it clear that Trent was the starting quarterback,” Huard said. It doesn’t matter what Edwards said, he may have said it two months ago, he may have said it two days ago – the facts are simple. If the Chiefs want to make a serious playoff run in 2006 – their best shot to win is with Damon Huard. The 36-year-old Green is going to be very rusty the first game or two, and with it may come critical losses as the Chiefs battle the Raiders and Broncos at home over the next two weeks.
After Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins, this team cannot afford anymore setbacks if they want to make a push to the playoffs. I just don’t get why now, with things in motion for that playoff run, that Edwards would break up the teams chemistry with making a QB switch. We’ll see how it all plays out, but from the outside looking in – it’s a bad move at a bad time.