The future of Chiefs head coach Herm Edwards is certainly up in the air after the Chiefs end their dismal season with a 16-6 loss at Cincinnati. The Chiefs defense finished with one sack for a total of 10 on the season, the fewest since the NFL records sacks as a stat in 1960.
The worst season in their 49-year history ended with another disjointed performance under Edwards, who fought for his job in the postgame, urging the franchise to continue it’s rebuilding mode. His rookie-filled team has lost 23 of its past 25 games and has at least one major change ahead.
General manager Carl Peterson is leaving after 20 years with Kansas City. His successor will have a say in whether the Chiefs replace Edwards, who insists that the team’s future isn’t as glum as it looks and that he’s planning to continue like he’ll be part of it.
On the other end, it may be the end for Larry Johnson. I hope it happens. He can take his whining and night club antics somewhere else. The running back who signed a five-year contract extension before the 2007 season decided that he no longer fits in Kansas City. He carried the ball just 10 times for 18 yards Sunday, finishing the season with 874 yards in Kansas City’s spread offense.
"It has everything to do with the environment," Johnson said. "The city is tired of me, and the organization and I have run our course together. It’s time to move on for me. There could be 100 changes. It’s time for me to go."
The Chiefs had the ball five times in the first half and managed only two first downs, and didn’t get closer than the Bengals’ 37-yard line until their final drive, which ended with Tony Gonzalez’s 5-yard touchdown catch with 2:20 left.
After the game Gonzalez, who wanted to be traded before the week six deadline said, "You look at what Atlanta, Miami and Baltimore did and there’s no reason we can’t do the same," Gonzalez said. "But if a new GM comes in and wants to start over, the last thing I want to hear is rebuild. I’m in my 13th year, and I still enjoy the game."
Gonzalez’s touchdown was his 10th, the most by an NFL tight end this season.