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Merlin's Magic: Veteran Pickup Winner and Loser


Now that we have gone through the OTA’s and minicamp, it’s time to take some stock. Specifically, I want to focus on the veteran acquisitions. This offseason strikes me as deja vu. I remember when the Chiefs hired a head coach with a tough reputation. He concluded that the Chiefs needed some vets that knew how to win in the NFL. Todd Haley? No, it was Marty Shottenheimer. When Marty arrived in KC, he signed Marcus Allen, Ron Jaworski and Mike Webster. Todd Haley is following a similar plan. It’s a good idea and it can work. Todd wanted to bring in some vets to show the young Chiefs how to prepare as well as instilling a winning mentality. At this point, I am ready choose my off-season winner and loser among those new veteran players.

The big winner is: Matt Cassel. Yes, I know I have been hard on Matt and I am still not sold on him as a NFL QB. However, he has earned my respect for the way he has conducted himself this off-season. He has done just about everything right. He has set a good example in terms of preparation and leadership. He gets my kudos for that. Matt had tough competition for this award. Mike Goff and Zach Thomas have also been big additions in the locker room.

My big loser is Mike Vrabel. Mike as been the polar opposite of Matt. While Matt has lead from the weight room, Mike has set the proper veteran example by not being here. Sorry Mike, you can’t lead from the couch at home. It’s very understandable to be upset going from a perennial playoff team to at team that excels at drafting in the top five of the draft. Sorry Mike, that’s life in the NFL. It is not to early to wonder if Pioli made a mistake in trading for him.

OK Addicts have at it. Any other new pickup excite you? Disappoint you?