Edwards On The Defense

Chiefs coach Herm Edwards bristled slightly Tuesday when fielding questions on what some reporters deemed to be the conservative nature of Kansas City's once-potent offense in the 23-10 season-opening loss to Cincinnati.

"This is the same offense the fans here saw the past five years, we just didn't play well enough," Edwards said of the unit that gave up seven sacks and managed only 289 yards after leading the NFL in total yards the past two seasons.

"Our first play was a reverse, and we (later) faked a punt," Edwards added. "That's conservative? Are you kidding me?

"I didn't change this offense, but maybe I ought to," Edwards added sardonically.

"I can get into three tight ends and still score only 10 points. If we're going to get only 10 points at home and I'm getting my quarterback (Trent Green) killed, maybe I ought to change it."

Edwards' "play for three" reputation reared its ugly head on Kansas City's second possession. After a mixed attack set up a third-and-5 situation at the Bengals 11, the Chiefs came out in a running formation and Larry Johnson was stuffed.

Edwards said the play was a result of miscommunication -- offensive coordinator Mike Solari having been given the down-distance as third-and-2 -- but the play still drew Edwards his first round of boos at Arrowhead.

Not that any of that will change his basic approach.

"People say I'm conservative, but I saw a guy last night (San Diego's Marty Schottenheimer) run the ball 48 times and throw 11 and win 27-0 (over Oakland on Monday). I know that guy, I coached with him. If people want to see conservative, OK with me."

-- QB Trent Green, after spending two nights at a Kansas City hospital with a severe concussion sustained in the third quarter of the opener against the Bengals, was to be discharged Tuesday. He will not play Sunday against the Broncos at Denver, and the Chiefs have no timetable for his return.

-- QB Damon Huard will be the Chiefs starter against Denver, as Kansas City has no immediate plans to seek a veteran replacement while Trent Green is recovering from a concussion. Huard started games for Miami in 1999 and 2000, but had seen no significant time since then before completing 12 of 20 passes for 140 yards and a TD to Tony Gonzalez after replacing Green in the third quarter of the Cincinnati opener.

-- QB Casey Printers heard a "no decision yet" comment Tuesday when Herm Edwards was asked if the former Canadian League standout would be activated off the practice squad during the time starter Trent Green is down with a concussion.

-- RB Larry Johnson saw his string of 100-yard games snapped at nine when he was held to 17-68 in the season opening loss to Cincinnati. But Johnson also caught 5 passes for 80 yards to give him 148 yards from scrimmage.

--TE Tony Gonzalez, frustrated after catching only two TDs passes all of last year, got his first with a slick grab between two Cincinnati defenders of a fourth-quarter pass from Damon Huard, It was part of his 10-81 receiving day.

-- WR Eddie Kennison caught a 14-yard pass on KC's second possession against Cincinnati, then was blanked the rest of the way.

--WR/KR Dante Hall caught five passes, but averaged only six yards on regular offense. He also muffed a punt late in the first quarter that Cincinnati recovered to set up a field goal.

-- CB Lenny Walls played extensively in the KC nickel against the Bengals. That's a spot usually taken up by Benny Sapp.

-- CB Ty Law played almost exclusively at right cornerback against Cincinnati after having played on the left side most of his career. Patrick Surtain played on the left in the opener.

-- MLB Kawika Mitchell continues to show improvement as a cover LB in the Cover Two scheme. He dropped deep into coverage to deflect a Carson Palmer pass.

-- DE Tamba Hali was credited with three solo tackles as part of his seven total in his first NFL game against Cincinnati.

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