Great, free agency kicks off and the only Chiefs news is that our second best player wants a one-way ticket out of the Plaza of the Plains. Just wonderful.
This is what I think happened. I think Brian Waters tried to pull a little power play and test out the new management, and the new management wasn’t having it. Like Scott Pioli has said about Larry Johnson, if you’re currently under contract then you’re a Chief and there’s nothing else to talk about. Period. That’s why I think Pioli wouldn’t meet with him.
I also think The Pioli Trinity is fully united. Looks like Haley sided with the Pioli, as well as Clark Hunt, and not the disgruntled veteran on this one. Good to see that those guys are on the same page — they’ll need to be for this thing to work.
It also looks like Waters got offended, got angry and had his camp dish some dirt up on Pioli and especially Haley. Hell hath no fury like an All-Pro elder statesman scorned, I suppose. Waters may have been the head honcho in the old locker room, but this is a new era. Apparently, Pioli wasn’t about to let the veteran push him around. Good for him — that would have set a bad precedent. These guys need to know that there is a new sheriff in town. Again, I have no inside knowledge of the situation and all of this is purely speculation, but that’s my initial read.
From the Jason Whitlock, Kansas City Star:
Chiefs Pro Bowl guard Brian Waters asked the organization Thursday to release or trade him this offseason, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
Waters asked for his release two days after a brief meeting with new head coach Todd Haley and after being told by first-time general manager Scott Pioli that he had no interest in meeting with Waters, the source said.
Waters, according to the source, was offended and shocked by the arrogance of Haley and Pioli. Waters’ meeting with Haley and follow-up phone conversations confirmed in the nine-year vet’s mind that the negative reports about Haley that he heard from Arizona Cardinals players while at the Pro Bowl were accurate, according to the source.
I hate to jump to conclusions here, but Brian Waters is making good money and Hunt has imported the best available football brain trust in football in Haley and Pioli. The Chiefs remain committed to Waters and have renewed their commitment to winning. What is there to talk about, Brian? Can’t you make up your own mind, our do some of the alleged “guys from the Cardinals” have to do it for you? And I’m sure Haley does seem like a bit of a prick to him. After all, Chiefs players have been babysitted and coddled by Dick Vermiel and Edwards for most of the decade. Those days are over.
For now, I will give B-Dub the benefit of the doubt because he’s been a great player, a model citizen and a consummate pro ever since arriving in Kansas City. I think we owe him that much. At the same time, it’s hard to see how he is right on this one. Personally, I don’t think he is with the information I’m getting right now. We’ll keep an eye on this.
Oh, and 22 players off the street probably could win two games. Haley has a good point there. Then again, 22 players off the street with Harm coaching? Yikes. That sounds like a Hollywood comedy in the making.