|Edwards says Chiefs aren't getting a break in the way Packers' schedule sets up|
|Written by Admin|
|Tuesday, 30 October 2007 11:26|
A popular theory circulating around water coolers in Kansas City says the schedule-makers, finally, are doing the Chiefs a favor bringing the Green Bay Packers (6-1) to town this Sunday, six days after playing an overtime game at Denver on a Monday night.
That's a road game following a Monday night road game. Plus, the Chiefs (4-3) are coming off their bye week. Shouldn't they be rested and refreshed while the Packers are dragging their shoulder pads in the dust?
If so, fans say, it's about time KC caught a break in a year it's playing two of the first three and two of the last three on the road, and also having to play two teams coming off byes.
Not necessarily, Edwards said Tuesday. He remembers having a road game following a Monday night road game when he was with the New York Jets and says it was no problem.
Besides, he added, the Packers are 6-1 after an uplifting victory against Denver that infused them with confidence and momentum.
``The way they won that (Denver) game, they would prefer to play today,'' Edwards said. ``They want to play today: `We're hot right now. Let's keep going.'
``When you start winning like that, you can't wait to start playing again. It's a feeling you know as a coach. When you get that feeling in your locker room with your players, it's fun coaching then. It's always fun coaching, but it's a lot easier then. The players run the deal: `Hey, we're going good. We're humming. We got the stick in our hands.'''
Edwards said the way Green Bay has been playing, there's little chance the Packers will be weary when they kick off in Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday, with the Chiefs trying to make it six straight over them dating back to a 21-3 victory in Kansas City on Nov. 22, 1987.
``It sounds like they're tired. But they're 6-1,'' he said. ``What are they going to be tired about? Winning? They've been winning. They aren't going to be tired, I promise you that.''
While players and coaches alike were taking the weekend off, Edwards holed up in the film room at Arrowhead and studied every play the Chiefs have run in their first seven games. He said he saw both good and bad he hadn't noticed before.
``There are some guys you expect more out of, and you wonder why they're not playing up to their ability,'' he said. ``Then you have to ask, are you asking this guy to do something that he's not capable of doing? That's the whole key. I always put it back on coaches. You always put it back on the coach: this guy is underachieving. Why? If you're asking them to do something he can't do, you have to eliminate that.''
He also admitted there were position groups not been performing as well as expected. Again, he refused to be specific.
``Some guys you're pleasantly surprised, some guys you're a little bit disappointed in because of the fact you know they can play better,'' he said. ``How can you help them play better? That's the whole key. It's not about degrading guys and embarrassing guys. It's more, `This is where this guy is and how can we help this player play better?'''