Zach did a pretty damn good job breaking down the Jared Allen situation, but I want to elaborate on the topic a bit now that I have the chance. Here’s my thing — Jared better watch who he pisses off. Remember, during those first four games there’s going to be a pretty good player filling in for him in Turk McBride. What if our Kansas City Chiefs are 3-1 after four games and Turk is doing his best Dwight Freeney impersonation? Does Jared expect to waltz right in against Jacksonville following the suspension and automatically receive starter’s snaps? He’ll be lucky to even receive 60-75% of the starter’s snaps if Turk is playing that well.
That’s not even factoring in the conditioning factor. Jared better show up in shape, because if he has to play himself into shape he won’t see as many snaps. If he doesn’t see as many snaps he likely won’t put up gaudy stats. Sub-par stats would be a major problem for a guy seeking a big contract next off-season. But hey, that’s not our problem. In fact, if he’s bolting anyway and Turk is playing well, I’d prefer that Jared split the snaps with him. Why should we help Jared land that big contract? If he’s going to leave no matter what, then why not give his potential replacement, Turk, a significant number of snaps as well?
Now Jared Allen should play quite a bit, because he’s way too talented to shelf completely. I just don’t think we should reward the guy for two DUIs, a ridiculous contract demand and a serious lack of loyalty. Playing Jared this season is a must if the Chiefs want to compete, but we have to prepare for the future as well. In the wake of Jared selling his house (Staying with a friend? Probably just some broad he’s shacked up with.) and saying he’s gone, it’s crystal clear that Turk McBride is the future. Hopefully, Herm Edwards and Gunther Cunningham will keep that in mind throughout the duration of the 2007 season.