Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Do not underestimate the Kansas City Chiefs. Seriously.

Posted By on Wed, Nov 12, 2008 at 9:12 PM

click to enlarge Vilma running

Photo by Jonathan Bachman


I made an off-hand comment a couple of posts ago about how you can expect the Saints to beat the Chiefs this week and then continue their win-lose-win-lose trend all the way to an 8–8 finish. Well that written before the end of the Kansas City-San Diego game where the Chiefs made a valiant effort at a comeback before coming up short.


Also, that was forgetting the fact that the Chiefs are coached by Herm "You play to win the game" Edwards and, despite the fact that he has a losing record all-time as a head coach and that his team is 1–8 this year, he still knows how to motivate players. Just ask Jonathan Vilma.


"He likes to treat the players as adults," Vilma said about his first two years in the league under Edwards. "We would appreciate that, he wouldn't get too high on the wins or too low on the losses. Even with a tough season, he still coached us the same, we still practiced the same, we game planned the same. Even when we didn't have a shot at the playoffs, he still kept that focus."


Vilma knows what it's like being on winning and losing teams under Edwards. In his first year in the league, Vilma and the Jets went 10–6 and lost in the second round of the AFC playoffs. Their next year, the team went 4–12 and had a seven-game losing streak. This year, Herm Edwards is coaching a pretty dismal Chiefs team that's in the middle of a five-game losing streak. Despite that, Vilma said that the Chiefs are still a dangerous team.


"If you look at their past three or four games, they have been in it," he said. "They've had some huge leads, gave them up somehow. Against Tampa Bay they were up three scores and lost somehow and the same thing with the Jets, they should have won that game. That shows me that they're not giving up, the coach is not giving up and they're going to come out and play."


All that said, the Saints have much more on the line than the Chiefs do. As Drew Brees said today: "This is as close to a must-win as it gets." Brees, despite a general consensus in the New Orleans media contingent that the Saints aren't much better than their record, also made a sobering point about where the Saints stand.


"We're past the point where we're saying we should be 6–3," he said.


The Saints, however, are seemingly not past the point where they still believe that they can turn this entire season around with one late winning streak. But right now, it's all a matter of beating a lowly Kansas City team just to get back to .500.


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