With the exception of Jarrad Page, (who has yet to sign his tender), all the Chiefs are accounted for. That is great news! Really it is. You can tell the atmosphere around “The New Arrowhead” is changing for the better. This new energy and commitment is bound to count for a couple of more wins, right? That is how I see it.
Prior to the recent OTA, it was assumed that Brian Waters and Mike Vrabel would not be in attendance. They usually never are. Last year their “no shows” made me upset, especially Vrabel’s. Why? Vrabel was new to the team, obviously unhappy about his trade, and his leadership and experience was needed to help the youngsters implement the new 3-4 Defense. This year; ehhh not so much. I was actually hoping he would miss the OTA. Why?
More after the jump.
I was hoping he would miss the OTA so that our younger players would get more time and attention from the coaches. Vrabel is a good, solid player nearing the sunset of his career. He has maybe one year left with the Chiefs (as evidenced by his one year deal). He is most probably not going to have a career year next year. He is a proud player who is not about to take a back seat to any young gun. I don’t blame him.
Excuse my cynicism, but if Vrabel had 100 tackles last year and 8 sacks do you think he would be at the OTA? I doubt it. Do you think Vrabel showed up to the OTA this year because Andy Studebaker “lit it up” while filing in for him last year? It’s possible. Do you think Vrabel is at the OTA because he is fighting to retain his starting position? I do. Giving him the benefit of the doubt he may be at the OTA simply because there is a change in the atmosphere at Arrowhead Stadium, and he wants to be part of it. That could be, and I hope it is, true. The fact is that it could be all of the above. But the simple truth is that his presence hinders the development of our younger OLBs. His presence is bittersweet. That is my two cents.
(By the way, the same could be said about Brian Waters).