[Kansas City.com] Chiefs coach Herm Edwards may have had a change of heart in the Damon Huard-Trent Green quarterback issue.
For several weeks, Edwards maintained that Green, a five-year starter, would regain his position once he returned from an opening-day concussion. Now, Edwards is not so sure.
Edwards hadn’t counted on Huard leading the Chiefs to five wins in seven starts, and on Tuesday he cited the “chemistry” created by Huard’s play as a factor in perhaps keeping him in the lineup on a permanent basis.
The Chiefs, who play at Miami this week, have won three straight, rolling up 30 or more points in wins over San Diego, Seattle and St. Louis. Huard, who hadn’t started an NFL game since 1999, is the second-rated passer in the NFL, having completed 64.5 percent of his passes with 11 touchdowns and just one interception. Only Peyton Manning (106.0) has a better passer rating than Huard’s 105.2.
Green has been cleared to practice for the past two weeks, and he even dressed last Sunday at St. Louis in another step in his recovery.
Green, 36, hopes to be cleared to play when the 5-3 Chiefs face Oakland on Nov. 19, which would end 10 weeks of inactivity. But the Chiefs winning five of the last six games under Huard, 33, may keep Green on the bench.
Asked directly whether Green will start once he’s cleared, Edwards said: “At this point, I don’t have to make that decision. Is it a hard decision? Yeah, it’s a hard decision.”
“I know what Trent Green is, I know what he brings to the table, I know what he’s done in the past. I know he’s a heck of a quarterback, a great leader for this team and very, very successful for this team, and those are the things you weigh.”