[Topeka Capital-Journal] Damon Huard took the podium, probably for the last time Wednesday.
He talked about being the backup quarterback, then being the starting quarterback. He said he appreciated Chiefs coach Herm Edwards honesty throughout the season. He said he was grateful for the opportunity to start eight games for the Chiefs while Trent Green was out with a concussion.
But there is still that feeling.
“I have believed I am a starter in this league,” he said, “and good enough to be a starter in this league, no question. But my role has been a backup the last few years. Now I got this opportunity to start. I have no idea what the future holds.”
It’s that feeling that keeps a guy like Huard, who until this season hadn’t really played in five years, going to practices, hoping for a shot.
He may get it this offseason. Huard’s run as Chiefs starter ends with him having thrown 11 touchdown passes and just one interception in 8 1/4 games. He is the No. 5-rated quarterback in the NFL and his current one-year contract expires at the end of this season.
“He did everything that he could do,” Edwards said. “He did everything required and maybe more than what people would anticipate. I think it was good for him, it was good for this football team in the way that he performed and I think that his status as a back-up quarterback goes way up.”
The above was Edwards’ answer to a question asking if there was anything Huard could have done to save his job. The short answer: Not really.
“Everybody wants to play and I have said that over and over here,” Huard said. “Coming into this year everybody understood that Trent Green was your starting quarterback and Damon Huard was your backup. Do I want to play? Yeah. But Trent Green is the staring quarterback, and I am going to back him up.”