So in a season that has had very little highs and what seems like a never ending supply of lows, we’ve got another possible one to pass along. Pro Football Weekly has a piece out today about how upset Chiefs fans are with the team and how they want both Pioli and Crennel fired. Midway through the piece they dropped this little nugget:
A source told PFW that CB Brandon Flowers, who signed a six-year, $49.3 million deal last September, has been telling teammates in the locker room that he would give back all his new money just so he could leave the team.
Now, let me start by saying that I was surprised by that quote. Not surprised that Chiefs players, especially the few that are actually pulling their own weight would be frustrated and fed up with the losing, but surprised that a high character player like Flowers would be walking around the locker room saying things that would be perceived as so hopeless to his teammates. Cue this quote that followed from Derrick Johnson:
“I haven’t heard him saying that,” Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson told PFW. “Brandon Flowers isn’t a problem guy — let’s just get that out there.”
“His locker is right by mine. He’s one of our better players on defense. I didn’t know he said that. He does his talking on Sundays on the field. That’s all we ask of him.”
That sounds more like the Flowers that we know. I’m not sure what to think about this. Anytime there is a media report that sounds fishy that is attributed to an “unnamed source” it should raise red flags. That having been said, elite level players got to be elite because of their competitive spirit. Playing on a team that gets obliterated week in and week out will eventually test the loyalty of any good player. Players want to win, and the harder a guy works the more he’s going to feel like he’s entitled to play for a winner. Flowers is under contract regardless, so its not like the Chiefs are in danger of losing him. However, if their best players develop this kind of an attitude it would be a MAJOR problem with motivation and with resigning future players.
So what do you think, is Flowers THAT unhappy or does this report smell like an unfounded rumor?