After three years of suffering through bad coaching and poor game decisions, I finally thought in January we were rid of Herm Edwards. I soon realized that he again landed on his feet with his dialect and coach speech, this time bagging a job at ESPN. Nevertheless, I felt he would be far away on the East Coast — out of sight, out of mind. Wrong!
Last week, I was on vacation in New York. On the way to the airport, guess who made an appearance on ESPN Radio? Yes, the Hermster. Next, while waiting at the airport I was watching the TV and but again who appeared – the Hermster. Later that week, I was walking in Times Square and was just outside of the ESPN Zone, and guess who appears — the Hermster.
Our situation with Herm Edwards reminds me of the movie What About Bob. You have one party who is dying to get rid of somebody. In the movie it is a psychiatrist trying to dump Bob Wiley (Bill Murray). In real life it was the Jets trying to pawn off Herm. Both were successful. The shrink catered to noted psychiatrist Dr. Leo Marvin’s (Richard Dreyfuss) ego and convinced him that only he was good enough for this “special” client. Meanwhile, the Jets somehow duped the Chiefs into thinking that we were better than they were, that they too were “special.” That Herm Edwards could do in K.C. what he couldn’t do in New York — take his team to a Super Bowl.
Now, even during our Chiefs summer vacation, we are stuck with the lingering effects of Herm. Herm’s poor decisions and draft input still haunt us. It’s like he’s down the hall, jumping up and down on the bed, acting like he has Tourette’s. Herm still drives Chiefs fans up the wall, but I have a feeling the rest of our NFL family, save Jets fans, get a kick out of him.
Our first example of where Herm lead us down the wrong path is the 2006 draft. In that draft, Herm selected a good college player in Tamba Hali, but a player who did not have the measurables of a first-round pick. Now, the Chiefs are in a quandary on how to handle Tamba; he’s too small to be a DE in the 3-4, and he is probably too slow to be an outside linebacker in the scheme as well. I predict he will not be with the Chiefs next year.
The second pick in that draft, Bernard Pollard, was another example of Herm’s placing the emphasis on being a good college player while ignoring the measurables. Mr. Pollard is a good player and a great special teams player, but probably not worth a second-round pick.
The third pick in that draft was the most glaring of Herm’s mistakes — Brodie Croyle. Croyle was a talented quarterback at Alabama, but had an injury-riddled career. Even back in high school, he always had difficulty staying on the field. Yes, Mr. Edwards, history does repeat itself!
The following year he reached on the picks of defensive lineman Tank Tyler and Turk McBride in the third and second rounds, respectively. Add those two ingredients to Hali and Herm’s beloved Glenn Dorsey, and you get the worst defensive line in NFL HISTORY (fewest sacks).
Just like my vacation, the Hermster’s presence is everywhere. Unfortunately, it will take years to cleanse and purge his presence from this franchise. Perhaps Dorsey will pan out, although I feel he is undersized for the 3-4 and is another example of Herm picking good college players who have already peaked. Herm took the safe road in the NFL Draft, and it resulted in ending his Chiefs coaching career and possibly his NFL one as well. Now, just like in the movie What About Bob, the Chiefs will have to take “baby steps” to distance themselves from the Herm Era.