Itís going to be hard to build team chemistry with Trent Green hanging at one end of the locker room nailed to a cross.
Herm Edwards might want to ask for a raise. You could argue he has the toughest job in coaching this offseason.
Herm is trying to move the Chiefsí franchise in a new, youthful, defensive, winning and boring direction. Heís overhauling the roster, installing a wishbone offense and auditioning quarterbacks three plays at a time.
While Herm works his magic, his most important player (Larry Johnson) is preparing for a major contract dispute with Carl Peterson, Hermís best defensive player (Jared Allen) is still fuming about his contract dealings with Peterson, and Hermís most trusted leader (Trent Green) is trying to disgrace Peterson into making a trade with the Miami Dolphins.
Yep, Tuesdayís OTAs ó otherwise known as ďoffseason turmoil announcementsĒ ó got off to a delicious start. You canít blame Herm if heís longing for his glorious New York days when all he really had to worry about was getting a fifth-string quarterback ready to face the New England Patriots.
Working around King Carlís messes is one of the most underappreciated skills in all of professional sports. Marty Schottenheimer quit in disgust. Gunther Cunningham lost his mind. Dick Vermeil found the whole process beneath him.
Herm? We donít know how heíll handle it, though weíre going to find out shortly.
The early signs are troubling. On Tuesday, in order to make good on the false promise King Carl made to Green about a fair QB competition, Herm rotated his four quarterbacks ó Green, Damon Huard, Brodie Croyle and Casey Printers ó three plays at a time.
Herm spent all offseason proclaiming his love of Croyle and promising to get younger. Peterson gave Huard a new contract, asked Green to take a pay cut and then told Green to find a team willing to make a trade.
And now here we are at the end of May, and the Chiefs want to play musical quarterbacks. Itís a silly, directionless game that Green justifiably has no interest in playing.
Thatís why he held a 23-minute news conference/crucifixion after the workout. He did everything except say heíd been scarred for life by the half-truths he believes Peterson and Edwards have told, and Green came dangerously close to calling Peterson a nappy-headed, leather-coated GM.
Man, it was ugly. Green stood in the bowels of Arrowhead Stadium and said he desperately wants to play for the Miami Dolphins. The problem for Peterson and Edwards is that all the players in the locker room seem to agree with Green. They believe Green is unfairly being held hostage by the front office.
For six years the players in that locker room have put their faith in Trent Green. He rewarded that trust with courageous play, unwavering loyalty and rock-solid leadership. Green is beloved and respected in Kansas Cityís locker room.
Other than Will Shields, who retired, Green is the last guy the Chiefs need hanging from a cross while Herm is trying to move the team in a positive, new, boring direction.
Good cop/bad cop doesnít work in professional football. Herm canít love away all of Petersonís bad business dealings. The players need to feel the love all the way from the top of the organization.
That does not mean the players have to be coddled. It just means itís dangerous to have your rank-and-file players believe that the teamís president/general manager is mistreating the player they respect the most.
The Chiefs should cut Trent Green or trade him today. End of story.
The organization looks weak, mean-spirited and clueless every day they hold on to Green and continue the QB charade. If Croyle is the man, he doesnít need to play musical QBs with Green casting a shadow this summer.
How does musical QBs help Croyle develop?
Green doesnít want to be here. Heís mentally checked out on Kansas City. He wants to go to south Florida and reunite with Cam Cameron. Another day of ďoffseason turmoil announcementsĒ is very harmful to the 2007 Chiefs. Each day Hermís job gets more difficult.
Itís time for Clark Hunt to step in and tell King Carl this is unhealthy for the franchise and not the way the Chiefs are going to treat six-year, loyal employees. And while Clark has the King on the phone, he might want to tell the King to clean out his office, too.