Chiefs offensive lineman Rodney Hudson remembers the Senior Bowl process well. It was just one year ago that Hudson was heading out to practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium as a member of the South’s all-star squad.
The environment in and around Senior Bowl Week is one that Hudson knows better than most.
“I know a whole lot about it,” said Hudson, who is a native of Mobile. “I played in it last year and growing up as a kid I came up to this almost every year. It’s exciting.”
RB Isaiah Pead (Cincinnati) – Pead has an admiration for Jamaal Charles, brings big-play potential each time he touches the ball and is able to contribute in the return game. He also doesn’t seem to mind pickup up a block. Pead looks like a player who might fit in nicely with a team that uses a committee of backs.
WR Marvin Jones (California) – I wasn’t familiar with Jones until this week. He beat defenders deep, ran impressive intermediate routes, showed off a solid vertical leap and even added a diving catch. Jones made me want to learn more.
In many respects, their decision on whether to draft a running back could be a referendum on McCluster and how much the Chiefs believe they can reasonably squeeze from his 5-feet-8, 170-pound body.
“You have to be cognizant of his size and the limitations that size presents,” coach Romeo Crennel said. “But he also brings play-making ability. If you manage him well, you can get a lot of good plays out of him and not expose him too much to the rigors of that position.”
It’s a balancing act that hasn’t been simple for the Chiefs. After the Chiefs lost Charles for the season in the second game, McCluster by far supplied more runs of 10 or more yards than either Jones or Battle.
In something closer to English, this means that the Chiefs refuse to pay Haley because he was fired “for cause,” which means that the team believes there was some sort of wrongdoing or breach of his contract, which ran through 2012.
It’s not unprecedented, but it’s rare. The Raiders fired former head coach Lane Kiffin for cause, and the team eventually prevailed on the grievance filed by Kiffin with the league office.