The campaign starts here and it starts now. Special teams coach Mike Priefer is an incompetent nincompoop. He needs to be fired ASAP. He won’t be , but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t call for his head.
Let’s look at this chumps greatest hits with the Chiefs:
- Drafting Justin Medlock with a fifth-rounder. The move’s UCLA ties have King Carl written all over it, but I’m sure he played a part.
- Bringing in and not only keeping Eddie Drummond on the roster last season for its entirety, but insisting on playing him as our returner.
- Bringing in and not only keeping Dave Rayner on the roster for most of last season, but insisting on playing him as our kicker.
- Kicking to Devin Hester last year, costing us the Bears game. He obviously hasn’t learned his lesson, as evidenced by kicking to Ted Ginn Jr., who’s basically Devin Hester Jr.
- Bringing in B.J. Sams and seriously contemplating heading into the season with him as our return man.
- And now, inexplicably cutting Jay Feely–a proven commodity at kicker who was released by the Dolphins simply because he wasn’t a Tuna guy–roughly 24 hours after he touched down in Kansas City.
Point blank–Feely got a raw deal. His agent breaks down the situation. From The Kansas City Star:
“We’re shocked, baffled, disappointed,” said his agent, Glenn Schwartzman. “It was not our understanding that they were just going to give the job to Jay. We in no way thought that. We knew he would have to win the job.
“While no one promised him the job, we were under the impression he would be given a better opportunity to win it. If they’re going to base it off two days of kicking, they probably shouldn’t have signed him. It makes no sense to make a decision about Jay without letting him kick in the preseason game.
“Had we known he wasn’t even going to get that chance, we never would have signed with the Chiefs.”
Feely arrived in Kansas City on Monday and kicked almost immediately. He received little chance to warm up with snapper J.P. Darche and holder Dustin Colquitt.
They had been working with Novak and Barth for months.
“So Jay didn’t have a great day (Monday), understandably,” Schwartzman said. Feely was 10 of 15 Monday.
“It was just an OK day, and I guess that’s what they based their decision on. They felt the other guys kicked better in the two days. We appreciate the Chiefs bringing him in and letting him kick. He will kick somewhere in the league this year and kick well.”
It’s just unfathomable that he wasn’t given the opportunity to get over his jet lag, get used to his holder and snapper, and, most importantly, actually kick in Thursday’s games. Anyone who thinks there was a level playing field in this kicker competition is nuts. This just makes no sense to me. Why not cut Nick Novak, a journeyman kicker who has impressed nobody thus far, and let rookie Connor Barth and proven vet Feely duke it out?
I honestly hope he makes the Chiefs pay for our stupidity by kicking well for someone else. Not only is this clueless, it is classless. Carl Peterson, Herm Edwards and especially Mike Priefer, you blew it again. People wonder why I don’t believe in these clowns and their rebuilding project. I wouldn’t hire Priefer to coach Pop Warner. Regardless of their “explanation” for this, Priefer’s atrocious special teams units have been a joke. Because of that, he needs to be shown, er, shoved out the door.