[Kansas City.com] One day after a pathetic performance bounced his team from the playoffs, Herm Edwards promised offensive changes for the Chiefs in 2007.
Edwards said he couldn’t be specific about many of the changes because they are still to be decided. But he indicated they would probably include a different scheme – and maybe a new starting quarterback.
They won’t include a new coordinator. Edwards said Mike Solari would continue in that job no matter what type of offense the Chiefs use.
Edwards also said defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham and the rest of his assistant coaches would be welcome to return next season.
“We didn’t handle their speed real well,” Edwards said.
“We have to take a hard look at ourselves. You have to be realistic and ask yourself if we’re really capable of (successfully running their current system). I want to make sure of one thing: Whatever type of system we run, young players have to be able to play. They can’t wait a year or two to get on the field. I don’t want to be in a situation where young guys who have some talent can’t play because the system is too complex.”
“There are some things we do very well. There are things we can do even better. That’s what I’m talking about here: How do we do these things better? It’s not a laundry list of things. These are just things that allow us to get the football to the right players.”
Edwards said the Chiefs would keep their power running game centered on Larry Johnson and a play-action passing game. But they will simplify by cutting back on the number of plays and their complexities.
Those changes would be aimed toward making things easier for younger players. Edwards wouldn’t identify those players he would like to play more next season, but he may have been talking about rookie wide receivers Jeff Webb and Chris Hannon and perhaps even rookie quarterback Brodie Croyle.
“I just know it has to be player-friendly,” Edwards said. “It has to be something that young players at all positions can play. I want to give the quarterback even more ability to change some things at the line of scrimmage. I want him to have the ability to get to anything we have right now.”
Edwards wouldn’t address the issue of whether Trent Green would return as the starting quarterback. Green’s play dropped off significantly this season after he missed eight games because of a concussion.
“That’s not even something we’re discussing right now,” Edwards said. “There are a whole lot of other things we have to do as far as the program before we start worrying about player situations. That’s second on the agenda.”