[Kansas City.com] Mere hours after Herm Edwards hinted that change could be coming on defense, he was emphatic Wednesday about his faith in a certain high-priced linebacker.
Kendrell Bell will start Sunday against the Chargers, Edwards said.
And if Edwards has anything to do with it, Bell won’t be made the scapegoat in the Chiefs’ recent defensive slide.
“He’s come a long way from last year to this year in my estimation,” Edwards said.
“I just think the expectations on him were so high when he came in here, and it’s not fair. People are putting it on him. It’s not on him; it’s on everybody.”
Edwards said the recent collapse isn’t one player, it’s a collection of missed tackles and miscommunication.
“It’s no so much (Bell) as it’s us defensively,” Edwards said. “Just playing with more consistency. We’ve got to take the ball away. We’re not taking the ball away, that’s the bottom line. We’ve given up too many big plays in the last couple of weeks, and you can’t do that. That was kind of the Achilles’ heel last year.”