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Chiefs QB on getting different defensive looks in games

Posted by Chris Brown on November 20, 2008 – 4:46 pm

More than once Trent Edwards has made mention of how opposing defenses when they play the Bills have been dramatically different than what he has prepared to face based on film study during the week leading up to the game. It’s part of why he believes he’s been struggling so much of late and he mentioned it again Wednesday.

“The hardest thing that is happening to me – this happened early in the season, and it’s happened the past couple of games – is that I’m preparing for defenses that we’re not really getting on Sundays or Monday night and they didn’t really bring the defense that we thought the Browns played against the Broncos,” said Edwards. “That’s what we’re practicing out here on the practice field all week and then we’re facing an entirely different defense.”

So during Kansas City QB Tyler Thigpen’s conference call this week he was asked if he experiences the same problem with opposing defenses being a first-year starter. Here’s his answer.

“Every defense is probably going to put one or two new wrinkles in a week,” said Thigpen. “But they’re still going to stick to their base. You can’t switch your whole defense up week to week. I think our coaches have done a real good job these last four weeks of preparing us and getting a bead on the defenses and putting us in the best possible situations.”    

Thigpen and Edwards have been going in different directions in terms of performance on the field of late. Edwards has 3 TDs and 8 INTs in his last four games including a passer rating of 52.6.

Thigpen has 8 TDs and 1 INT in his last four games and a passer rating of 96.9.


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