Well Jay, rest easy because the Chiefs and Rams will play in the regular season, so there will be an awarding of the Governor’s Cup in 2010. As to why they decided to not play in the pre-season as well I’m not sure. They have done that before, most recently in 2006 when the Chiefs swept both games.
I’m going to bet that the Chiefs took one look at their opponents for the 2010 home schedule and immediately started campaigning with the league office to get some bigger names in the two pre-season home games. The Chiefs are having trouble selling tickets and when your home schedule features teams like Arizona, Buffalo, Jacksonville, San Francisco and Tennessee, along with the AFC West, that doesn’t help sales.
“I haven’t participated in the offseason program fully in five or six years,” Waters said. “That’s nothing new. I would never miss out on (offseason practice) because of displeasure with the team. I’ll be participating for sure in everything mandatory. Everything else will be my prerogative to choose if I’m going to be there.
“Those are not the tactics I would ever use if I had any displeasure with the organization. I’m the type of (person) that if I have a problem, I’ll go speak to the people I have a problem with.”
Waters was in Kansas City for the ceremonial opening of the Smashburger restaurant in Overland Park. Smashburger for the next week will donate a portion of its proceeds to Waters’ charitable organization, the 54 Foundation.
Participation in the offseason program is, by NFL rule, voluntary. The only mandatory offseason obligation required by a player’s contract is a three-day minicamp, which the Chiefs will have later in the spring.
Kansas City ended up with the 50th overall pick as a result of the deal that sent Tony Gonzalez to Atlanta last year, and will now have three much-needed selections in the Top 50. With the first of those (No. 5), the Chiefs could be taking a long look at safety Eric Berry (Tennessee), a player with a chance to have a Troy Polamalu/Ed Reed-type impact at the next level. The team could also target a game-ready tackle candidate, with several such players likely to go in the top half of the first-round. The middle rounds should see Kansas City paying some attention to a deficient front seven, especially the linebacker position. The Chiefs aren’t scheduled for a pick in the final 111 selections, with GM Scott Pioli having swung a couple of deals with his father-in-law, the Dolphins’ Bill Parcells (including one that yielded Kansas City offensive linemen Andy Alleman and Ikechuku Ndukwe), to take the Chiefs off the clock there.