Scout Chiefs Report

Even as he reiterated his confidence in Trent Green as his quarterback, Chiefs coach Herm Edwards says he'll make a change if necessary in a playoff game quicker than he might in a regular-season one.

Edwards, who openly admits that he coaches differently in the postseason than he does in the regular campaign, wasn't necessarily putting Green on notice. But neither should Green expect a long leash if he has another two-interception, one-fumble game like he did in last week's 35-30 win against Jacksonville.

Green, who has thrown for only seven touchdowns with eight interceptions since returning from the severe concussion in Week One that sidelined him for eight games, is 4-4 as a starter. His replacement, Damon Huard, was 5-3 as a starter with 11 touchdowns and only one pick. He led a touchdown drive last week against Jacksonville while replacing the dinged Green for one series.

Green will be the quarterback when the Chiefs play the wild-card playoff game in Indianapolis on Saturday, but he better be on top of his game, as he was in hitting 27 of 34 passes for 389 yards with three touchdowns and no picks when the Chiefs and Colts last played in a 45-35 Chiefs victory at Arrowhead on Oct. 31, 2004.

And if Green is struggling, as he clearly was against Jacksonville?

"When you get to a playoff game and there's no tomorrow, you do whatever's best for the team," Edwards said. "I'll do whatever I have to do. If somebody's struggling and you know you've got to do something different, you do it. That goes for any player who's struggling. You go to someone different."

It would help his decision too, knowing that his team has confidence in Huard should he need to play.

"Trent will be our starter and I anticipate him playing very well," Edwards said. "But the good part about this is, because (Huard) has been in the huddle before and won five games, we just kept rolling when he went in (against the Jaguars). No one got out of sync, we dialed up the same plays we called for Trent. The team never blinked."

"The players believe in him, and that's great when you can have a guy come off the sideline like Superman, throw on his cape and take you down the field. That's a good feeling to have."

PLAYER NOTES

--TE Jason Dunn's placement on injured reserve before the season finale with Jacksonville, back when the Chiefs' playoff prospects looked extremely bleak, puts the team in a bind for their unanticipated playoff game. Dunn was a sixth member of the blocking unit who played much of the game in the two-tight end formations. His back condition that will require off-season surgery has been bothering him for more than a month, but Dunn says he could have played on. Still, the Chiefs elected to put him, along with T Kyle Turley and LB Rich Scanlon on IR in part to activate three practice-squad members, one of them QB Casey Printers, and protect them from off-season raiding.

--QB Trent Green sustained a twisted ankle in the season finale win over Jacksonville and was forced to sit out a series, one in which backup Damon Huard led a touchdown drive. Green's ankle is still tender, coach Herm Edwards said Tuesday, but Green should be able to play against Indianapolis.

--RB Larry Johnson could be an even bigger factor in the Chiefs offense, if that's possible, against the Colts. In the 2004 meeting of the two teams at Arrowhead, Priest Holmes rushed for 143 yards on 32 carries, and reserve Johnson broke one run for 19. The Colts are dead last in rushing defense this year.

--TE Tony Gonzalez had a big game (8-125) in the last meeting between the Chiefs and Colts, a 45-35 victory in a shootout at Arrowhead.

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