Professional athletes need to be positively coached. Gunther Cunningham was a good coach but his constant barrage of cussing and hollering eventually became ineffective. All the while Herm would stand on the sidelines smiling and shaking hands.

The buzz around Kansas City has been about the end of the Peterson and Edwards era.
Everyone obviously has an opinion about the downfall of a once-proud franchise. I believe Herm Edwards was doomed from the start. He tried to be a loyal soldier, but he was working uphill with little hope during his entire stay in Kansas City.
I believe the real problem was with Carl and his arrogant approach. Carl should have gone when Dick Vermeil retired. The rebuilding process should have begun at that time.
Scott Pioli and whoever he chooses to hire will have to dig out of the huge hole left by Peterson. Pioli is the right guy to run the franchise.
Edwards and his staff did a good job in last year’s draft. Branden Albert, Brandon Flowers and Brandon Carr are good young players. Glenn Dorsey also is a solid player who has been judged harshly by the media.
I did find it interesting that Tony Gonzalez, the best player on the team, indicated that Edwards was a player’s coach who expected players to work and prepare as professionals on their own. Players are obviously NOT the type of individuals who can function without guidance and direction and still be successful.
Professional athletes need to be positively coached. Gunther Cunningham was a good coach but his constant barrage of cussing and hollering eventually became ineffective. All the while Herm would stand on the sidelines smiling and shaking hands.
Hopefully Pioli will find a guy who will avoid both extremes. A coach can be firm and fair in a positive way but can also kick someone in the backside when it’s called for.
n I typically write about athletics, but the performance by Blue Springs High School’s Golden Regiment Band in the Inaugural Parade was outstanding. The discipline and dedication of the kids was remarkable.
I traveled with them to Washington, D.C., and they were on a bus (and unable to sleep much) for three of the five nights. They stayed out in the freezing cold for hours as they waited to march in the parade and were still expected to perform at a high level.
Many other bands had people drop out due to adverse conditions, but each and every one of the Blue Springs kids hung in there and performed like champs. High school activities are just as important to students as reading, writing and arithmetic.
n My quote of the week is from former major league outfielder, Reggie Smith: “Too much conversation. Too much talk. That’s one of the big problems for some teams. You’ve got to concentrate on what you’re supposed to be doing, and that’s playing ball. Less talk and more action.”