“I’m at the point where I’ve just quit looking for Chiefs news because I’m just so disgusted with the entire situation,” Black said. “I’m not reading Chiefs news, I’m not watching the NFL Network.
“I’m at the point where I’m beyond frustrated. I realize (the labor dispute) is all a part of business, and I certainly empathize with both sides in wanting to get a fair deal. But in the end, they’re still fighting over a $9 billion or $10 billion industry, and I’m just disappointed and disillusioned by the whole thing.”
It happens every year. For whatever reason, some players drop out of sight only to come back and make an impact the next season. Some are coming back from injury, while others were simply buried in the depth chart or on the practice squad.
These Chiefs didn’t see much action in 2010, but were in the middle of storylines and/or position battles less than a year ago. Could one of them re-emerge to play a contributing role in 2011?
“Whoever handles this situation the best once we get back to football — which I’m counting on — will have an advantage,” Haley said. “We’ve got to be one of those teams. That’s been our focus. We really haven’t been caught up in anything else. Whether that’s hard or easy for some guys, that’s what I’ve tried to keep pushing. We need to do our best job of coaching this year in this situation.
“We’ve got a great group of coaches, and I feel like we’ve done a good job in getting ready for all scenarios. When the whistle blows, we’ve got to be ready to go.”
Patrick Allen is VP of Content for the FanSided Network. He also serves the managing editor of the network's very first site, Arrowhead Addict. Originally from Ohio, Patrick is a Chiefs fan first and a Browns fan second (I know!). He also pulls for the Buckeyes, Indians and Cavs. Guinness is thinking of naming him the most miserable sports fan of all time. @rpatrickallen