When looking at the talent on the Kansas City Chiefs such as Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe, Ravens safety Bernard Pollard points to a key figure who is no longer there for that success.
As Pollard, who played for the Chiefs from 2006-08 under his former head coach, analyzed the quality of that roster he couldn't help but credit Edwards. Edwards, now an NFL analyst for ESPN, was coach during the same span that Pollard was there.
Bowe was drafted in 2007 in the first round and was the third overall receiver chosen.
Charles was taken in the third round the following year behind the likes of Ray Rice (Ravens), Kevin Smith (Lions), Felix Jones (Cowboys), Jonathan Stewart (Panthers), Matt Forte (Bears), Chris Johnson (Titans) and Rashard Mendenhall (Steelers).
"That's what Herm wanted," Pollard said. "When you look back at a lot of players they have, Herm drafted a lot of those men that are key athletes on that team."
Charles is second in the NFL in rushing with 415 yards. He's averaging 5.8 yards per carry with two touchdowns. He gained 233 yards against the New Orleans Saints in a 27-24 comeback win in overtime for the Chiefs.
Charles also leads the league in yards from scrimmage with 512 just ahead of Rice at 491.
Preventing him from reversing field for big runs concerns the Ravens.
"We just got to hit him, tackle him. We can't allow him the big runs," Pollard said. "Jamaal is another freak athlete.
"He's going to hit his hole, one cut and he gone. We all know his sprinting background. We know he can run. We got to hit that. We got to hit him. It's going to be fun being able to see him."
Just not if Pollard has to chase him from behind.