Know your Chiefs – Clyde Edwards-Helaire

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Clyde Edwards-Helaire was born on April 11, 1999, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  He attended Catholic High School where he competed in football and track and field.  When he was 14 years old he met with an attorney and had his name legally changed to add the Helaire.  Clyde Edwards is his biological father and Helaire was added to honor his stepfather, Shannon, who was basically his father while his biological father served time for a drug-possession charge.  His mother, Tonge, felt it was important for both to be part of his life.

He was the first freshman in Catholic High School football coach Dale Weiner’s 29 years to play on the varsity team as a freshman.  He was named the MVP of the 5A State Championship game his senior year.  He was rated a four-star recruit and chose to play college football at LSU.

His freshman year was spent mostly on special teams.  His sophomore year he ran for 658 years and returned 17 kicks for 416 yards.  He became the starting running back his junior year.  He announced that we would forgo his senior year and enter the draft in 2020, where he was selected by the Chiefs in the first round.

In 2018, he was involved in a fatal shooting, where he and LSU linebacker Jared Small were in a truck trying to sell an electronic device to Kobe Johnson.  Johnson pulled a gun out and demanded all their belongings.  One of the players pulled their own gun and shot Johnson several times.  They called the police and stuck around and fully cooperated.  It was determined to be self-defense and no charges or arrests were made.

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upamtn
09/13/2021 2:38 pm

wonderful college career … still not thrilled with is pro career thus far

Chief-Blinders-On
Reply to  upamtn
09/13/2021 4:17 pm

I think the kid is going to put it together. He did just have an ankle injury and I think this game will get all the Chiefs working towards being a bit better, it was too close.

I think CEH is one of the most talented players on our roster and I think he’ll give you reasons to be more thrilled. We’ll see!

BleedingRedAndGold
Reply to  Chief-Blinders-On
09/13/2021 4:27 pm

You have hit on another aspect that’s relevant, CBO. Playing catch-up for 3/4ths of the game is not conducive to going heavy on the run game, it’s more the opposite, so there’s another item complicating evaluating his performance yesterday. So is the play-calling, and likely there are other things involved that affected his performance.

Besides, this team isn’t built to produce RBs with great stats, as the NFL’s mostly no longer schemed that way. It’s a pass-first league, with only a few exceptions to that. If you’re working in standard, but taking all your measurements in centimeters without bothering to convert them, your results are going to be skewed badly. Both are workable measuring systems, but when you employ the wrong units of measure, however valid, your results will be junk.

Chief-Blinders-On
Reply to  BleedingRedAndGold
09/13/2021 4:38 pm

He had a 9 yard run and a 29 yard catch. He didn’t fumble! He didn’t lose nor win the game. I think with a little more work the OL he’ll figure out a rhythm.

I’m not ready to give up on him in week 1. He’s too talented.

BleedingRedAndGold
Reply to  upamtn
09/13/2021 4:18 pm

Of course not, but he’s been behind the normal development curve, plus hasn’t had a good OL to open up holes for him, yet. That looks to be coming, but it wasn’t there yesterday, and so we have yet to see a game where he could literally show normal progression. Sunday was just the first entry into an entirely different dataset, you can’t use last year to say much of anything about CEH, just yet.

You cannot process highly unusual data and call it usual, even if – especially if – you use the usual process. Last season was not usual. Give the kid a fresh slate, don’t pass judgement on him at all until there’s a more usual context backing up more usual statistics/analysis, that’s my policy.

gonzangkc11
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Reply to  upamtn
09/13/2021 4:31 pm

1000% agree!

Chiefs needs to give more rep’s to GORE (mini-Priest)…..backup RB Williams is tapped out

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