Well, you know, I love Art (Modell). … I’d been there nine years, 41/2 as an assistant and 41/2 as a head coach. I tend to be a little bit too hard on myself if you will. The scenario was similar to the one in Kansas City, where I decided it was time to step down there. I think you’ve got a shelf life as a head coach in professional football and a shelf life particularly relative to being with one team and all. I prefer to look at the time that we were there. I remember my first full season there and we started off slowly.
Consider two – Steve DeBerg and Steve Bono. In 1990 at the age of 36, DeBerg had the best season of his lengthy career, with a 96.3 passer rating and 23 TD passes and 4 INTs in 16 starts. The Chiefs made the playoffs in that ’90 season. Five years later, Bono started 16 games for the only time in his 14-year career, leading the Chiefs into the ’95 playoffs with a career high 79.5 passer rating thanks to 21 TD passes and 10 INTs.
Kansas City, which won the division last season at 10-6, has had only a smattering of players work together. Quarterback Matt Cassel has tried to organize some throwing sessions with the receivers, including first- round pick Jonathan Baldwin. Of the Kansas City draft class, Baldwin figures to be shoved into the lineup the quickest to give Cassel another target and to try to take some of the pressure off Dwayne Bowe , who is coming off his first Pro Bowl selection.