Haley has followed much the same path as Payton. Both worked for Bill Parcells in their formative years as coaches, including 2004-05 in Dallas, where Payton was offensive coordinator and Haley was a passing-game coordinator/wide-receivers coach.
Both were offensive coordinators in Super Bowl losses — Payton with the Giants in 2000, Haley with the Cardinals last season. Payton took over as head coach in New Orleans in 2006; Haley went to Arizona as offensive coordinator in 2007 before coming to the Chiefs last season.
“It’s going to be very unpredictable,” Hunt said. “We haven’t been through a year like this when we had this set of rules. On the one hand, there’s no salary cap, which would lead you to believe there will be a lot of activity. Logic would tell you that. But there are all these restrictions on who’s a free agent and which teams can participate in free-agency.
“A lot of teams, the Chiefs included, are having to look at it from a lot of different angles. The rules we’ve had don’t apply.”
After some 45 minutes of listening to NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith’s saber rattling, talk of an owner lockout in 2011, a season ahead without a salary cap and the plight of retired players, The Capitalist left the room with his blood pressure jacked up and incredulity dripping from every pour.
“These guys are nuts,” The Capitalist said. “They get 60 percent of the NFL revenue and they think that’s their right? Where is their risk? The owners assume all the risk.”
I reminded The Capitalist that the football players more than any other team sport, risk their bodies in playing the game.
“Many Missouri football fans simply can’t afford to attend NFL games yet are forced to subsidize the league through their state and local taxes,” Holsman said.
“It isn’t asking much of a league that benefits greatly from taxpayer subsidies to guarantee that scheduled television broadcasts of home games won’t be blacked out due to failure of the team to achieve a sellout.
“For the millions of dollars Kansas City, St. Louis and Missouri taxpayers have poured into the Chiefs and Rams, they deserve something in return.”
Join the Kansas City Chiefs at their annual Draft Day Party on Thursday, April 22nd at the Chiefs Indoor Practice Facility located at the Truman Sports Complex. This is your chance to meet and greet current and former Chiefs players, with special appearances by the Chiefs Cheerleaders and KC Wolf. This year, the first round of the draft has moved into prime time on Thursday night.
Doors will open at 4:00 PM with “Voice of the Chiefs” Mitch Holthus providing commentary along with Chiefs players and personalities throughout the evening. The draft begins at 6:30 p.m. (Central) live from New York, with the Chiefs scheduled to make the fifth overall selection in the draft. Don’t miss the excitement of the Chiefs 2010 Draft Day Party.