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    http://www.kansascity.com/sports/chi...ry/426649.html

    Chiefs’ Edwards fires offensive coordinator Solari, three others

    By ADAM TEICHER

    The Kansas City Star


    The Chiefs had their worst season rushing the ball in a non-strike year under Mike Solari (center), who was promoted to offensive coordinator by Herm Edwards in 2006.



    The first casualties of the Chiefs’ 4-12 season came Tuesday, when four assistant coaches, including offensive coordinator Mike Solari, were fired.The others fired were John Matsko (offensive line), Charlie Joiner (wide receivers) and James Saxon (running backs). Solari, Joiner and Saxon were remnants from the staff of former coach Dick Vermeil. Vermeil’s quarterback coach, Terry Shea, was fired last year.

    Dick Curl (quarterbacks) and Jon Embree (tight ends) were the only main offensive assistant coaches retained. Each joined the Chiefs two years ago when Herm Edwards was hired as head coach.

    “Herm did what he had to do,” Solari said. “We just didn’t get it done offensively. It just didn’t work out.”
    Edwards wasn’t available to comment, so it wasn’t immediately clear which way he would proceed with the offense. But Paul Hackett could become a candidate to be the coordinator.

    Hackett served as Chiefs’ offensive coordinator from 1993-97, when he left to become head coach at Southern California. The Chiefs made the playoffs in all but one of Hackett’s five seasons, but they scored only 47 points in his final four postseason games, all losses.

    Since leaving the Chiefs, Hackett also served four seasons as Edwards’ offensive coordinator for the New York Jets. He has been quarterbacks coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the past three seasons.

    The Chiefs scored only 226 points this season, the worst for a 16-game schedule in their history. They scored more than 20 points only once in their nine-game, season-ending losing streak, and that happened back on Nov. 4 against Green Bay.

    Solari joined the Chiefs as their offensive line coach in 1997 and served in that capacity under three different head coaches. He gained a reputation as one of the best line coaches in the NFL and was promoted to coordinator when Edwards joined the Chiefs in 2006.

    But the Chiefs, who had one of the NFL’s highest-scoring offensive teams for several seasons while Al Saunders was their coordinator, couldn’t continue the pace with Solari calling the plays. Scoring and yardage dropped dramatically in Solari’s first year and even more precipitously this season.

    Solari had never been an NFL offensive coordinator until Edwards took a chance on him. Solari indicated he would return to coach the line for another team next season.

    “If the opportunity arises to be a coordinator again someday, I might look at it,” he said. “But for the time being, I’m going to be an offensive line coach.”

    Joiner, a Hall of Fame wide receiver, and Saxon, who once played for the Chiefs, joined the Chiefs in 2001 as Vermeil was becoming their head coach. Matsko, a veteran line coach, joined the Chiefs when Edwards arrived.

    He presided over the decline of what was once one of the league’s best offensive lines. But this season, the Chiefs allowed 55 sacks, second in team history, and rushed for just 1,248 yards, lowest in team history other than the strike-shortened 1982 season.
    THAT quarterback is NOT a Pro Bowl quarterback. Never was and never will be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbedgood View Post
    Cam would be a great pickup as OC...and really could be a possible replacement for Herm down the line. Sure he went 1-15 in Miami, but I'm not sure who would do better there. He took a run down and injured team that was behind the 8-ball when it came to talent before the injuries...they lost Ronnie Brown, Zach Thomas, Chris Chambers and Trent Green this year, and yet continued to keep most of their games close.

    Cam kinda got a raw deal, with only getting one year and having little talent and a lot of injuries to deal with...additionally the GM didn't do him any favors with one of the shoddiest drafts I've ever seen. Ginn was bad at the 9th when the team needed a QB, but frankly there were about 8-10 defensive players that could've been justified long before an overrated, undersized WR with piss poor hands.
    Are you talking about the Chiefs or the Dolphins?

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    Quote Originally Posted by greg3564 View Post
    Are you talking about the Chiefs or the Dolphins?
    Both...football in general. I do think that Cameron is a much better coach than his short record reflects. He's a great OC that has already been shown, and he'll likely be employed within a week or so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rbedgood View Post
    Both...football in general. I do think that Cameron is a much better coach than his short record reflects. He's a great OC that has already been shown, and he'll likely be employed within a week or so.
    Agreed. Cam Cameron is a smart dude. If it wasn't for Cam, Marty and Norv wouldn't have gotten sandy eggo to the playoffs two years in a row. The decline of the chargers offense has already started with Cameron gone this year. It will continue to degrade until they fire Norv Turner. (If they don't fire him after losing to Tennesee in the playoffs that is!)

    I would really like the Chiefs to take a serious look at Cameron as OC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by m0ef0e View Post
    Agreed. Cam Cameron is a smart dude. If it wasn't for Cam, Marty and Norv wouldn't have gotten sandy eggo to the playoffs two years in a row. The decline of the chargers offense has already started with Cameron gone this year. It will continue to degrade until they fire Norv Turner. (If they don't fire him after losing to Tennesee in the playoffs that is!)

    I would really like the Chiefs to take a serious look at Cameron as OC.
    Herm isn't wise enough to hire a real OC, have they interviewed anyone yet???

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    Quote Originally Posted by hermhater View Post
    Anyone besides Herm.

    I would rather have Groucho Marx as our Head Coach.

    Even Harpo Marx too? He doesn't ever talk. But I guess he could still send in the play signals just fine! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by IlovetheChiefs View Post
    Even Harpo Marx too? He doesn't ever talk. But I guess he could still send in the play signals just fine! :)
    Not with the Pats around!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canada View Post
    Not with the Pats around!!

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    It'll be interesting to see who they hire as the new OC. Then we'll see if the play calling improves and if the problem was really Solari or if he was a scapegoat. I think some of the play calling issues fall on Herm as well. We'll get a chance to see if Herm's philosophy has improved any or if it's the same ol' Herm. :049-Skill06:
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    Quote Originally Posted by OTR Chiefs fan View Post
    It'll be interesting to see who they hire as the new OC. Then we'll see if the play calling improves and if the problem was really Solari or if he was a scapegoat. I think some of the play calling issues fall on Herm as well. We'll get a chance to see if Herm's philosophy has improved any or if it's the same ol' Herm. :049-Skill06:
    I doubt it will be interesting. I imagine it will be the most boring possible candidate that gets the job. That's how Herm likes his offense, very very boring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chief31 View Post
    I doubt it will be interesting. I imagine it will be the most boring possible candidate that gets the job. That's how Herm likes his offense, very very boring.
    A boring offense that can't win at home.

    That should boost ticket sales Carl.
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