Much can be said about the Kansas City Chiefs… one of the most influential and storied franchises in sports. One could say that their demise has not been due to a lack of direction or mismanagement. But to a decade of transition. Losing Mr. Hunt and Derrick Thomas sent this organization into a tailspin. A team cannot lose two men of that caliber and expect to move on easily. So there road has been a bumpy one.
This organization was almost my #2 pick, but one cannot forget the Carl Peterson Herm Edwards era. While Herm was a great players coach and was instrumental in bringing in some of the talent that still resides in Kansas City, his plan had taken too long to develop and kansas City fans are ready for the tides to change.
In come Scott Pioli and his coaching staff and I believe Kansas City is on their way to becoming the contender they once were.
“We’re taking it upon ourselves to be a good catching team,” wide receiver Chris Chambers said. “Nobody is always perfect. It’s a mindset. When you miss a pass, you have to get it out of your head and make the next one.”
Among Chiefs receivers and quarterbacks, it’s not considered polite to bring up last year.
“I’m tired of talking about all that. I’m tired of talking about dropped passes,” Chambers said. “It’s time to move on.”
Determined to do just that, the Chiefs have moved on several fronts.
Mark Bradley and Bobby Wade, who each had nine of the 48 drops, have cleaned out their lockers and made room for McCluster and fellow rookie Tony Moeaki.
McCluster, a quick and versatile second-round pick from Mississippi, appears ready to provide more speed at the wide receiver spot. Moeaki is being counted on at tight end, a position that’s been a virtual wasteland since perennial Pro Bowl selection Tony Gonzalez was traded to the Atlanta Falcons.
Eric Berry wants to show you his arms. This is important to him so, by definition, it is important to the Chiefs. He brings his family wherever he goes now, even here, where he grew up, where they’re already waiting.
He points to his arms. Look here.
“My brothers are tattooed on my biceps,” he says, “because they’re my strength.”
Next to his brothers’ names is “BERRY” on his right arm and “PRIDE” on his left. His mother is tattooed over his heart. His aunt on the other side of his chest. All around Chiefs camp and all around Atlanta people fall over themselves to say nice things about Berry.
His high school coach calls him the best human being he ever coached. The stories run together by now, about how he put off his commitment to Tennessee for more than a year so his teammates could be seen by more colleges, or how he helped his grandma cook Thanksgiving dinner between two practices a few days before the biggest high school game of his life, or how he was so modest his Spanish teacher didn’t even know he played football until seeing the all-state team in the newspaper.