Herm Edwards: Chiefs Aren't Giving Up

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Herm Edwards talked to the media on Wednesday about the team's change at quarterback, how it doesn't mean the Chiefs are giving up on this season, how injuries have effected the Colts, and much more!

On the up-and-down start and how the team has progressed or not progressed...

"Defensively, we've improved some from last year, and offensively, we're struggling. There's no doubt about it. We made a change at quarterback this week after our game against Denver, so Brodie Croyle is going to be our starting quarterback. But we've struggled. We've struggled with scoring points in all phases. We're struggling there, but we just feel like Brodie, we need to find out about him to see if he's going to be the future quarterback here. So he's going to be playing this week and hopefully the rest of the year he's going to be the guy."

On the change at quarterback being because he knows what he has in QB-Damon Huard and wanting to see what he has in Croyle...

"Yes, and there are some other young guys, Rudy Niswanger is one of our offensive linemen that we're playing. We're basically trying to play most of our young players. That's what we're trying to do at this point. We're in a little bit of a transition period with this football team, really trying to re-vamp it and go in a direction similar to what Indy has done with youth. That's where we're at right now and that's what we're trying to do."

On going with youth not meaning he has given up on this year...

"No, heavens no. We're still competing trying to win games. There's no doubt about that. That's never an issue. That's never even a thought. I think you have to let young players play, and we have. Our last two drafts, nine of those players that we've drafted are either starting or playing for us this year. So that's a good sign."

On RB-Priest Holmes being a good story...

"Yes, he did a great job. You talk about a guy who had been out a year-and-a-half and is really going to play more for us now with Kolby Smith, the kid we drafted from Louisville, another runner that we kind of like. But Priest went in last week and carried the ball almost 25 times and did a good job of running. That's a heck of a story. You're talking about a guy that people thought was going to retire. We actually thought he was going to retire. He called like a week before training camp and said he wanted to make a go of it, so we gave him that opportunity, worked for three months, finally got activated and now he's playing."

On RB-Priest Holmes, while being inspirational, he wants results and prove he can play...

"No doubt about it. He's a very motivated guy, very, very proud guy. If he didn't think he could play, he would not have tried to make this comeback happen. He definitely wants to be a good player."

On K-Dave Rayner...

"Dave's done a good job for us. Obviously, he was (in Indianapolis), then he was in Green Bay, we picked him up here (this season) and has done a pretty good job. He has a strong leg. He's starting to learn how to be a better field goal kicker. I just think he has an upside. He's a guy that we brought in and he's done a pretty good job for us."


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On even though Colts Head Coach Tony Dungy is not using injuries as an excuse, if injuries have impacted how the Colts have played...

"Oh, no doubt about it. When you're missing the weapons they're missing…and Tony's never going to do that, he's not that kind of guy. He expects those guys, whoever is going to play is going to play. But it affects you, there's no doubt about it. When you lose big-time players, they've lost some key players, but to their credit, a lot of bad things happened to them last week and they found a way at the end and almost won the football game. So that says a lot about the character of that football team and what those guys are about."

On how the loss of DE-Dwight Freeney impacts the Colts defense...

"Obviously, you're talking about one of the best defensive players in football. He's an impact player, there's no doubt about it. But they'll rally, that's what they do. They're playing very good defense, and they'll rally. They shut San Diego out in the second half. Really, San Diego didn't do too much against them in the second half. They scored on special teams and the one interception got them into scoring position, but their defense is going to play and they're playing very well."

On the Colts secondary and their tackling...

"There are some guys that can tackle in practice and they tackle that bag because it doesn't hit you back and it doesn't hurt, but then all of a sudden when you're out there and you know what it feels like to hit a guy, there are certain guys that are willing to do that. And I think you know that when you draft players, too. For that scheme, that system that they're running, you have to have good tacklers, in the secondary, the linebackers and your corners, because they're in space a lot. It's a zone defense and you know you have to have more than one guy running to the football, and you have to have skillful guys that are willing to tackle. So when you draft guys sometimes, he's not the biggest player, not the fastest player, but he's a football player. He throws his body around, he's willing to tackle, and they have a bunch of guys on their defense like that when you watch them. And that's how that defense is built."

On DB-Bob Sanders...

"A special player, no doubt, a special player. Very good against the run and he can play in the deep half coverage situations. I think he's kind of like the guy that really gets those guys excited about the way he plays. They use him similar to how we used John (Lynch) back in Tampa, he's in the box some. They don't try to fool you a whole lot, they just play very fundamentally-sound football. They have guys that run to the football. They try to get you in those third-and-longs so they can just come after you with their front four, and they do a great job. They're a very disciplined defense, don't give up a lot of big plays, and have an offense that can score points. So when they have that combination working, it's hard (for an opponent) to be successful."

On if QB-Peyton Manning throwing six interceptions is an aberration or if he sees something the defense is doing...

"I look at that and say, ‘Well, there are no more cookies in that jar. He probably won't throw another one until next year. He threw all of those cookies out, he's done.' I look at that, and I told our guys don't even think about it. You've seen something that you won't see again, so don't worry about it."


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