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QB situation not a distraction for Edwards

Chiefs coach Herman Edwards insisted Wednesday that the team's uncertain QB situation will not be a distraction, Elizabeth Merrill writes.

Originally Published: May 2, 2007
By Elizabeth Merrill | ESPN.com

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Day 2 of Trent Green's summer of discontent ended with Green walking off the practice field and laughing it up with the two quarterbacks who will try to take his job.

Had it not been for the shared reps, or the fact that Green one day earlier said he wanted out of Kansas City, Wednesday had the outward appearance that everything at Arrowhead Stadium was back to normal.

And then coach Herm Edwards spoke. With his voice reaching midseason decibels, Edwards said he's not trying to blow his veteran team up and that he'll be fair in evaluating a quarterback situation that has become a media circus and a sentimental tug-of-war.

"We're making a big deal out of nothing," Edwards said. "We're making a big deal out of competition. For me, it's competition. All that other stuff, I don't deal with.

"This team has been together for six years, for the most part. They won 53 games, made two playoff appearances, and lost both of them. Well, I've got to try and do things to make it better. I've got to create competition."

Green has been at the heart of the changes. He was asked to take a pay cut over the winter, and said Tuesday that the club has made it clear it's headed in a different direction. In February, Green and his agent were allowed to seek trade offers. They reached a deal in principle with Miami, where he has a chance to start and play for his old quarterbacks coach, Terry Shea.

Green said he feels awkward as he works out with teammates he doesn't expect to play with this fall.

But in the first couple of days of offseason workouts, Edwards hasn't seen any distractions.

"Are you kidding me? This is the offseason," he said. "We've had one practice and all of the sudden we think it's a distraction? It's not a distraction by any stretch of the imagination. We will have a starting lineup when we go to Houston, 46 guys will dress. And they'll be the best 46 guys, in my opinion, who can help us win games."

Green started 80 straight games before being knocked unconscious in the 2006 season opener against the Bengals. From there, it's been nearly a year's worth of questions about quarterback controversies and whether Green can return to the old form that carried him to three straight 4,000-yard passing seasons.

"I think it affected him," said Edwards, who took a jab at some media members who called for Damon Huard to replace Green and are now on the Green bandwagon. "But you're talking about last year."

Huard signed a three-year deal with the Chiefs this winter, all but sealing Green's fate. The club drafted Brodie Croyle last year, and Edwards has repeatedly compared him to Chad Pennington, his quarterback in New York.

Asked Wednesday if Croyle was ready to compete for the starting job, Edwards said he didn't know yet. It was only the second day of practice.

"You guys want an answer for opening day. I can't give you that right now," Edwards said.

"In life, there are always changes. For me, it's called growth. And sometimes people don't want to accept change because you get comfortable. This team can't get comfortable. It cannot. And I'm not going to let it get comfortable. That's my job."

Elizabeth Merrill is a senior writer for ESPN.com. She can be reached at merrill2323@hotmail.com.

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