I have never been more amazed at a poor coaching decision than I was on Sunday afternoon when Chief's coach, Herm Edwards, decided to take the ball our of Tyler Thigpen's hands in crunch time of the Chief's loss to the NY Jets.
There was a lot of positives that came out of the Chief's game on Sunday. The defensive line showed some life by getting pressure on Favre resulting in three picks off of Brett Favre. Then you have Tyler Thigpen. WOW! I don't think we could have dreamed of him playing better. Has there been a more impressive QB performance from a Chief since Trent Green in 2005? Sure, Damon Huard had some good games in 2006 but never one like Thigpen had on Sunday. Huard had Larry Johnson running wild in 2006 to help out. Thigpen didn't have a running game helping him out yesterday. He consistently made good plays that you expect out of veteran QBs, not out of a QB making his second start, in a road game, for a team with no confidence. He was accurate all day, had two great TD passes, spread the ball around to a lot of different receivers, made check downs, looked off the defenders, and brought a confidence that we could move the ball on any given possession (something that has been missing for almost 2 years). The defense made a huge play and scored a TD then made the Jets punt on the next possession giving the ball back to the offense that had been moving the ball all day long.
What happened next was absolutely amazing. Herm goes run, run run, on a three and out possession giving the ball back to Favre with about 3 minutes left. Everyone knew what would happened next and Favre didn't disappoint as he led yet another game winning drive. Why in the world did the thought even cross Herm's mind to take the ball out of Thigpen's hands when he had done nothing but move the chains all day long. Colby Smith hadn't run the ball well all day but Herm decided it was a good idea to give it to him on three straight plays (all to the left side mind you) when we desperately needed a first down or two to keep the ball out of Favre's hands. At the end of the game I was pleased that we had showed some encouraging signs...then I got really depressed b/c I realized this team will never be a contender with Herm Edwards as the coach. As much as Tyler Thigpen proved he deserves to be considered in our search for a franchise QB (we still need to draft a QB with our first pick to get some competition going but that's for another day and another blog) Herm Edwards proved that he has absolutely no idea how to win a football game. That's the opinion of this weatherman. What do you think?