Tag:Herm Edwards
Posted on: September 30, 2011 11:52 pm
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Allen still feels slighted by his time in KC

AllenPosted by Josh Katzowitz

When Vikings defensive end Jared Allen faces off against the Chiefs in Kansas City this Sunday, he won’t have great memories of his departure from there the last time.

That’s because he started his career with the Chiefs, who drafted him 2004 but then traded him to Minnesota in 2008 for the draft picks they eventually would use to select Branden Albert, Jamaal Charles and DaJuan Morgan.

At the time, Allen was coming off his career-high 15 ½ -sack season, but he and then-general manager Carl Peterson couldn’t come to an agreement on a new contract. So, Allen made it clear that he wanted out, and he got what he wanted.

But Allen is obviously still fueled by the end of his tenure in Kansas City, and he lashed out at Peterson, who’s no longer in pro football, this week when discussing it.

After he was asked why he wanted to leave Kansas City, Allen said (via the Kansas City Star), “His name was Carl Peterson. You can write that in caps. Obviously I guess I had a problem with (owner) Clark (Hunt), too, because he chose Carl over me.”

The main problem was that Allen feels like Peterson lied to him. And apparently it still stings.

“When everything went down there,” Allen said, “I didn’t appreciate being lied to. I was told I’d be getting a (contract) extension and everything and the way things played out…

“My biggest thing was, ‘Listen, I never lied to you guys. I show up and I bust my tail for you. Please don’t lie to me.’ After so many times of hearing they’re going to take care of you and they don’t and hearing the words Carl had to say about me, it’s tough to give it your all for somebody like that.”

CBSSports.com sent Peterson an e-mail requesting comment, but the message was not returned. Instead, we’re left to record what former Chiefs coach Herm Edwards said.

“You never like to trade good players, especially guys that can rush the quarterback,” Edwards told the paper. “He’s a unique player. But there are times where you’re forced to do it. In the situation we were in, I don’t think we had any possibility of signing the guy. He felt like he wanted to move on and we were trying to rebuild. We needed players. It worked out well for Minnesota. It worked out for the Chiefs. They got some more players.”

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Posted on: September 16, 2011 6:01 pm
Edited on: September 17, 2011 11:04 pm
 

Chiefs give CB Brandon Flowers contract extension

The Chiefs lock up another young player in CB Brandon Flowers. (US PRESSWIRE)
Posted by Ryan Wilson

Cornerback Brandon Flowers was part of that Chiefs' 2008 draft class that was going to revitalize an organization that had lost its way in midway through the Herm Edwards era. Fresh off a 2-14 season, the team landed Glenn Dorsey, Branden Albert, Flowers and Jamaal Charles with the first 73 picks. And Friday, Kansas City rewarded Flowers with a contract extension which, according to NFL Network's Andrew Siciliano, is for five years and $50 million, with $22 million guaranteed.

That's a nice haul for the fourth-year player. Unfortunately, the Chiefs are more than a good young cornerback away from defending their AFC West title in 2011. The team looked completely unprepared for the Bills (!) in Week 1, and they'll face the Lions Sunday, an outfit with plenty of offensive firepower and a defensive tackle that Kansas City coach Todd Haley doesn't know how to stop.

Flowers joins linebacker Derrick Johnson and rush linebacker Tamba Hali as Chiefs denders landing new deals in recent years; on the other side of the ball, the club has locked up Charles and Dwayne Bowe.

So while there were few positives to take from the Buffalo game (the best Haley could come up with: nobody quit), it's not like the organization isn't trying to retain its young players and build around them. Things seemed to be going well a year ago; Haley led the Chiefs to the division title and the playoffs in his second season, and quarterback Matt Cassel appeared capable of managing the offense.

In retrospect, a ridiculously easy schedule coupled with the Chargers' annual slow start made the Chiefs one of the pleasant surprises of 2010. But it also may have set them up to fail in 2011. Yes, we're only one week into the season, so there's much football to be played. And though Kansas City may not have all the pieces in place to compete right now, by signing Flowers, Johnson, Hali et al to long-term deals, there's clearly a plan for the future. That doesn't do much for fan morale right now, but it could be worse: you could be the Colts.

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Posted on: June 29, 2011 3:08 pm
Edited on: June 29, 2011 3:26 pm
 

Herm Edwards speaks at NFLPA rookie symposium

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Herm Edwards was an NFL coach for eight seasons with the New York Jets and the Kansas City Chiefs. He's probably best remembered for his motivational skills, even if he wasn't particularly well versed in the nuances of clock management. So it makes perfect sense that he would speak to the 155 rookies at the NFLPA's rookie symposium.

If you're looking to get pumped up for the final few hours of work, this should do the trick.



Some highlights:

"When this thing comes to fruition -- and it will -- they're going to kick the ball off, you're going to go to training camp. If you're not ready to go physically? That's on you. Don't blame the lockout. Don't blame the commissioner. Don't blame De Smith. When you go to training camp, nobody wants to know about 'Well, we missed 20 practices because we didn't get OTAs' -- we don't care. Nobody cares."

"It really doesn't matter when you got drafted. I was not drafted. I was a free agent. Played for 10 years, men. Never missed a game, never missed a practice. I was ready to go when they kicked the ball off. Make sure you're ready to go."

"Sometimes talent can be a curse. You got so much talent you don't live up to it. … One thing about talent. You didn't earn it, God gave it to you. … Let's get that straight. It ain't like you went somewhere and worked out and got some talent. … You got talent. But does the production meet the talent? … Because if you're not a productive player, then it becomes a curse."

Now go out and Terry Tate somebody.

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Posted on: April 15, 2011 2:07 pm
Edited on: April 15, 2011 2:10 pm
 

Pioli would pick Tyson Jackson again

T. Jackson has been rather average in his career so far (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

This will be the third draft for Chiefs GM Scott Pioli and coach Todd Haley since the two landed in Kansas City, and though the teams, without question, have improved (a 10-6 record last year as opposed to a 2-14 mark in 2008 is pretty dramatic, I’d say), there are still some questions about their decision-making on draft day.

Particularly when it comes to discussing 2009’s No. 3 pick Tyson Jackson – who hasn’t exactly played like a superstar the past two seasons and who was No. 5 in my Top Ten list (with a Twist) of overpaid players.

But in a predraft news conference, Pioli said he’s not ready to give up on his defensive lineman.

"I look back to that draft and I would say that I think we do have a good player in Tyson Jackson," Pioli said, via Arrowhead Pride. "I know the jury is still out. We need to see that. I think everyone in our organization is pretty confident still that Tyson is going to be a good player."

Would he pick the same player again if he had it to do over again? Absolutely, he said. Absolutely.

Of course, Pioli and the rest of the Chiefs organization didn’t have as much time on the 2009 draft preparation following Herm Edwards' firing and GM Carl Peterson's retirement after the season, cutting down the opportunities to see college players for Pioli and his organization. Now, though, Pioli says the club is coming together as a unit when it comes to scouting future players.

"I think if you're going to be good consistently,you have to continue to evolve and improve and get better in everything you do, "he said. "It's not just on the field. It's in player acquisition, the draft, free agency and managing the entire operation."

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