Now It's Herm's Offense

After Herm Edwards cleaned out his offensive coaching staff Tuesday, there was a lot of talk about zone blocking schemes and an emphasis on running the ball. The message was clear - the offense is changing at Arrowhead.

The 2007 season was doomed from the beginning. Early on in training camp you knew this offense was going to struggle, and you could see it clear in KC's first preseason game at Cleveland. Deep down, head coach Herm Edwards had to know this was going to be an ugly season.

In firing Solari, Edwards admitted the organization made a mistake by maintaining a hold on its aging offensive philosophy. When he took over the job in January of 2006 Edwards knew this offense wasn't getting any younger, but still signed on to keep it and did what he could.

Last winter after a playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts, it was glaring the offense was broken beyond repair. Edwards wanted change, but it didn't happen. He wound up stuck with a run-down philosophy, some aging offensive linemen and two quarterbacks separated by a decade of experience.

Those pieces failed to produce, and the end result was a 4-12 season and an offense that ranked among the lowest in point production in team history. That's a lot of history. So what happens now?

Edwards' philosophy now is pretty simple. He needs to find someone who can orchestrate a balanced offense that's efficient in both the passing and running games.

Edwards said this week he'd like to build an offense around a zone-blocking scheme that moves Brodie Croyle out of the pocket. The Chiefs will need a new offensive line coach to implement that, and there are rumblings Edwards may persuade Alex Gibbs to return to the Chiefs. At the same time, Edwards doesn't want to undermine his new offensive coordinator, and Gibbs left Kansas City an unhappy coach during the Schottenheimer era.

It's unclear who Edwards will choose from what has become a long list of candidates, but in the end it will make this football team better and will have a rippling effect on the defense and special teams.

Say what you want about Edwards coaching style, but nobody can ever question his willingness not to panic and to implement change when there is little doubt there were no other options.

Chiefs Notes:

- Offensive Coordinator Update:

The list of OC candidates continues to grow, at least from a national perspective. A few NFL insiders have indicated the coordinator position in Kansas City is a hot job. We've already discussed the names of Eric Price, Bill Callahan, Cam Cameron, Mike Shula and Jeremy Bates. Other names have surfaced like Mike Martz and Brian Billick. The latest rumor out of a Nebraska TV station last night indicates that Callahan has emerged as the leader.

However, from what we've been told, the only timetable for the Chiefs is finding their new coordinator before the Senior Bowl in Alabama later this month.

Though Cameron's name recently appeared on the Chiefs' radar, our source inside the organization told Warpaint Illustrated that Miami's former head coach isn't likely to get an interview with the Chiefs.

After some initial conversations it appears the Chiefs are narrowing their choices. Jacksonville Jaguars quarterbacks coach Mike Shula and UTEP offensive coordinator Eric Price appear to be the current frontrunners. Callahan will interview for the position in the near future.

- Kansas City's scouting department will be watching the Orange Bowl tonight and are keying on a couple of Kansas Jayhawk teammates - Junior cornerback Aqib Talib and offensive tackle Anthony Collins.

Neither has delcared for the draft, but a source at KU said both players, who are best friends and will make the decision together, are leaning toward making themselves available this April. Talib is expected to go mid-first round while Collins is projected to go in the early to mid-second round.

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