“It’s a fun time if you have a job. It’s not a fun time when you’re a guy who doesn’t have a job.” – Herm Edwards
Before we leave the subject of “The Genius of Defeat” forever, it is appropriate that we give him credit for his multiple accomplishments in a short three-year tenure in K.C. In only his first season with the Chiefs in 2006, Herm made the playoffs with a 9-7 record. This was at least partially due to five teams squandering victories to lesser teams on the last game of the season, a lunar eclipse and an outbreak of salmonella food poisoning in Denver. They responded with one of the worst showings in playoff football history, not getting a first down in the game until the third quarter.
Since that time, Herm “The Genius of Defeat” Edwards has been consumed with writing motivational speeches, writing a book and filling the airwaves and Internet with memorable quotations. Below is the top ten of what has become a plethora of great Hermisms…
10. “If you’re looking for credit for a job well done, go to the bank.”
9. “We’ve got a bunch of guys. We’re OK. Only one guy can carry the ball at a time, so we’ll be OK.”
8. “I’d say 85% of it is done now.” (Herm on how close the Chiefs are to competing following the season)
7. “I can’t tell you what happened. I haven’t watched the tape yet.” (after a loss)
6. “The only good thing about this — it’s only one season. It’s not a bunch of seasons.”
5. “Hey Rook, get me some Krispy Kreme doughnuts. I like em Hot Hot — Hot!” (from HBO’s Hard Knocks)
4. “I kept asking my wife about 1 o’clock. We won right?” (after the first Denver Broncos game last season)
3. “You do what’s best for your team…throw passes and get (the quarterback) killed. Are you kidding me? For what? That’s ridiculous.”
2. “When we score seven points, I’ll say we’re slow starting. If we score 21 points, I’ll say, whoa, we scored a lot of points. 30 points. That isn’t even a football game. That’s Arena Football.”
1.“This is what’s great about sports. This what is the greatest thing about sport is You play to win the game. HELLO? You play to win the game. You don’t play to just play it. That’s the great thing about sports. You play to win, and I don’t care if you don’t have any wins you go play to win. When you start to tell me it doen’t matter, then retire. Get out. Cause it matters.”
His team might not have gotten the job done on the field, but he definitely got the job done when it came to post-game soundbites. He doesn’t want to be a defensive coordinator, but what about a stand-up comedian? I think we’ve found Herm’s next job.
The above quotes are taken from a variety of sources, including:
- You Play to win the Game – Leadership Lessons for Success on and off the Field by Herman Edwards with Shelly Smith Amazon.com
- The Kansas City Star
- Think Exist
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