Chiefs: Outspoken Or Understated?

Who are the 2013 Kansas City Chiefs? What’s the real personality of this team?

The Kansas City Chiefs have no one like Ray Lewis on their roster. I’m not talking about Ray Lewis, the on-the-field master of his position, I’m talking about Ray Lewis, the off-the-field vocal leader.

For the Chiefs to be successful in 2013, don’t they need someone to step up and be a player’s spokesperson slash inspirational leader?

Most successful teams have that outspoken personality who often gives a team their real, or at least perceived, identity. The 85 Bears had many amazing personalities but, Jim McMahon stands out as bold and unique as does linebacker Mike Singletary. That pretty much describes those Bears teams. While Joe Montana was leading those 49ers teams of the 1980s it was Ronnie Lott and Ricky Watters who were providing them with some “character.”

Many teams don’t want their players speaking out, which runs counter to what’s going on with social media like Twitter, Tagged, YouTube, LiveJournal and the Facebook.

When Todd Haley came to town four years ago and essentially emasculated the Bowe Show, he took away a basic identity, which not only gave Chiefs fans an entertaining way to relate to the team but, I thought Bowe’s fearlessness was galvanizing for his teammates.

One presidential term later and where is the Bowe Show now? He’s having a resurrection of sorts, because this regime is not stifling it’s players and they’re being given room to breath.

So, is there a personality who will surface as a natural team leader for the 2013 Kansas City Chiefs?

If you’ve heard Derrick Johnson interviewed he’s actually a soft spoken individual. The same goes for many players on the defensive side of the ball like Eric Berry or Brandon Flowers. In fact, Tamba Hali is described as a man who leads with his actions and not his words. Ask sports writers if they rush to get a quote from Hali after each game? He’ll never be confused with Jared Allen.

So, the vocal leader seems more likely to come on the offensive side of the ball.

Eric Winston was released this off season along with his free flowing opinions. Dwayne Bowe has already informed the world that he should lead the league in receptions. Jamaal Charles is letting NFL Network audiences know that he gets chills when he thinks about Andy Reid’s offense and what a perfect match it is for him. He’s also touting the possibility of rushing for 2,000 yards.

With the personal loss Charles and his family went through last December during the Jovan Belcher situation, he has the right to be as much of a spokesperson as he so chooses.

This off season we’ve seen Branden Albert speaking out. He has been on AM Live but mostly to talk about his contract situation with the Chiefs this off season. Still, it was encouraging to see and hear him expressing himself publicly.

We Chiefs fans haven’t seen a lot of Chiefs players expressing themselves publicly in the past four years.

Sports writers like to interview QBs so, Alex Smith has been quoted frequently this off season but, you may have noticed, he’s also a soft spoken kind of guy. Somehow I don’t expect to see him leading a pre-game chant ala Drew Brees.

Dick Vermeil didn’t stop his players from voicing their opinion and he placed no bars over his own mouth. This team could use some “take the diapers off” headlines. Vermeil knew how to touch on the heart of an issue and wasn’t afraid to make his feelings public. That was refreshing compared to the Sounds of Silence we’ve been hearing around One Arrowhead Way in recent years.

Herman Edwards was supposed to be a “players coach.” Ultimately, what that may have meant, is that he allowed them to do whatever they wanted. Whereas, Vermeil commanded a certain amount of respect, Edwards simply had the best personality on the team which inadvertently became a disguise for his shortcomings as a coach. That all appeared to be working out fine for him, until the wins began to dwindle.

They say that a team takes on the personality of their coach. First of all, Andy Reid looks like he’s removed any anxiousness about speaking publicly, which players under Scott Pioli were strictly governed by. Secondly, Reid is a personable, jovial type when he’s coaching… always ribbing players and showing an interest in their personal lives. His approach sets everyone at ease and players gradually develop a kinship and loyalty they don’t often develop with other coaches. That’s why many coaches love coaching for him too.

In other words, Andy Reid has set the players on his team free to be themselves. Now, the only question that remains is… who will step up and give this team that distinctive personality of it’s own?

What do you think Addict fans? Who will step up and speak out this year?

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  • Stacy D. Smith

    We have a handful of guys who can be fiery and vocal. Branden Albert, Tamba Hali, Eric Berry, Derrick Johnson… There are guys who’ll say what’s necessary, when it’s necessary. I’m not sure a single player’s needed for that role. I think that can be a shared effort.

    Alex Smith seems to be comfortable leading the team though. Thus far, they all seem to be following.

    • Carlos Nevarez

      They haven’t been though…
      But I don’t agree with the premise that every good team needs a “preacher” to motivate everyone into a frenzy. I think if you’re good enough and you lead by example that you don’t need to be loud.
      I think it was Mardy Gilyard who said in An interview that the Chiefs were HUMBLE and hungry, when asked to describe the team’s personality.
      Humble.
      That says a lot to me about the guys in this team.
      Our problem isn’t the lack of a team motivational speaker, its a lack of nastiness. That salty fight till the whistle (and maybe a little longer) spirit that keeps you going when your down by 14 at the half. And i know eric berry and tamba are exceptions but we need more of that all over the place, and to me, pick ups like Fisher, Kelce, Commings, Johnson and Robinson are moves in that direction.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        How do we know how vocal these players have been?
        All we know is that we’ve heard little from the players in the media. We don’t have field or lockerroom access.
        I’m not sure there’s a specific formula. Plan well and execute. Everything else is just a bonus.

        • ladner morse

          I don’t think we’ll really know how vocal some players on THIS team will be until training camp rolls around… when fans have a little more access to the team on a daily basis. Then we’ll see who’s willing to say what. Until that time I get the feeling many players are still transfixed by the old Pioli shroud of silence that’s been hanging over the team for 4 years.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I think you’re right. It’s the offseason so there hasn’t really been much to be vocal about.

  • Chris Tarrants

    I don’t know if it will happen right out of the gate but Nico was a vocal leader in college and he could be the leader of the defense for years to come, on offense I can see Alex grabbing the bull by the horns when he becomes comfortable and realizes that this is HIS team

    • Jim Harper

      I complete agree with you Chris. Possibly as soon as next year or the year after at the latest Nico will be the fire on defense. On the offensive side of the ball I can also see Fisher taking on that role just like Nico. His reputation as a mauler can pump up some people. But one thing is perfectly clear to me and that is that this is Alex Smith’s team and these Chiefs will follow him anywhere! Also rest assured that DBowe will get his 2 cents in too!

      • Troy Utt

        My Grandfather always told me that “actions speak louder than words!” Leaving me to believe that Alex Smith will continue to earn the respect, thru his actions on the field just as he did in SF! The reports from OTA’s already reflect a much changed attitude, which is evident in the teams swagger… Besides that I personally could care less & actually prefer that we never have a Ray Lewis (anyone like him) as I despise everything & anything that man represents, right down to his “squirrel dance!”
        WAR CHIEFS!!!

        • Jim Harper

          ROFL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • ladner morse

          So… I take it you don’t like Ray Lewis?

          • Troy Utt

            Ummm…Did I make it that obvious? LOL

        • elly violette

          My Mother used to tell me, “Never talk to strangers.” So, I guess I better get off of this site! :)

    • elly violette

      Nico might be vocal… but who knows if he’s going to be any good yet.

  • Ameridude

    Personable is a commonly misused word to describe someone’s personality. It is, in FACT, a word used to describe someone’s looks as it literally means good looking, or handsome. Can’t say I share your enthusiasm for Andy Reid’s asthetic value.

    Regarding the article…I fail to see the need for a lot a sh-t talkers and self-promoters. The game of football is what entertains me…not a bunch of conceited, loud mouths trying to draw attention to themselves with meaningless antics and boisterous verbiage.

    • ladner morse

      I never have liked Chad Johnson, Terrell Owens or Ray Lewis either… nor that type of player who shoots their mouth off… but that’s not the point I was attempting to make here. I’m asking if there is someone on the Chiefs current roster who will fill the void that currently exists…. a team leader on the field AND off? One who is willing to step up to the microphone and say what needs changing… and that someone would be a player not a coach. A player who is personally willing to take the lead in the accountability department.

      • micah stephenson

        Lol. Lol. I liked CJ, TO and Rar Ray. I love the celebrations and the trash talk.

        • elly violette

          I don’t appreciate the trash talk… but I like the celebrating.

        • Kisersosay

          Somehow that does not suprise …..LOL

      • Jim Butler

        I’m not so sure airing the Chiefs dirty laundry in public is a good thing, there are better, more professional ways to handle that, a team leader/leaders that will hold themselves and others accountable for their action on and off the field is another thing and a good thing to have, but leader doesn’t have to jump to the microphone every time someone sneezes, GEAU CHIEFS !!!!!!!!!!

    • Jordan

      It’s not necessarily about the action itself when a coach or player self promotes, talks shit, or makes a bold prediction. Football is just as much a mental game as it is physical. If you can get in the heads of your opponent by saying a few words then I say absolutely go ahead. I’m a former high school player and I played for a coach who stifled the entire team mentality to essentially: be a gentleman off and on the field. Mild celebrations, trash talk, personalities were discouraged. When you make big plays and your punished for getting excited it takes the fun out of the game. If I’m watching a team and the get a little rough and rowdy and show raw emotion with a deep passion for the game that’s great football. A team with an attitude and some mental toughness those are the greats. Holstering the personalities on the team begins to demoralize a team to an extent.

      • ladner morse

        Jordan… well said. I have also thought the same thing about not limiting the celebration so much. Why can’t there be a celebration “area” to the side of each end zone. Celebrate there for a couple minutes if you like… but the game can go on that way and those who worked so hard to get to the place where they could actually score in a big league game can take their moment in the sun.

        • berttheclock

          I hate to see the Zealots of the game take over to keep the game “Pure”. Worst case is with the NCAA where Jake Locker and the Dub were punished for his scoring and, merely, tossing the ball skyward. That punishment ended up putting the extra point kicker back 15 yards and he missed the very important kick.

          • ladner morse

            Perfect example. A tiny little celebration doesn’t hurt the game.. it enhances it. Especially for those playing the game.

          • elly violette

            So, what process does the league have to go through to change something like that?

          • ladner morse

            The NFL Competition committee would probably have to loo at it and make a recommendation to the owners which they would then vote on at an off season winter meeting. Sometimes the owners create a cadre of coaches and owners to study an issue (like when they were trying to decide who low to hang the new fangled screen slash scoreboard in Dallas new stadium) for a year or so. The a recommendation is usually made and the owners vote to adopt or not.

    • Jim Butler

      I agree, GEAU CHIEFS !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Patriot42

      Why don’t we just let the game’s action speak for its self.

    • Kisersosay

      Not so fast on the FACTS there Ameridude…..”Pleasing in Personality or Appearance”….”Having a pleasant appearance and manner” . Just so you know the dictionary disagrees with you on that one.

      • Ameridude

        hahahahahahaha….on-line dictionary, huh? Great sourse!!! The wonderful, ever-changing English language. Originally personable’s ONLY definition was “good looking, handsome”, but English has always been able to adapt to the users. If enough people use it incorrectly, well, we’ll just change the definition.
        If you don’t believe me I would be more than willing to show you my oxford english dictionary. Nice try, though.

        • Kisersosay

          Oh, I didn’t realize that we were going off the 1500′s definition. Wonder how many words in the current world we live in today would even be in that dictionary…..BTW you may want to look up the spelling of “Source” in your Oxford Dictionary…pretty sure it does not have two s’s. Either way the times they are a changing…I am going with the commonly known definition of looks and manner in our current world. But say Hello to Sir Robert Peele for me….

          • Ameridude

            Remain ignorant…it’s your choice….A H

          • Kisersosay

            Ah the truth comes out….this whole debate started because you tried to reprimand the masses for the perceived misuse of a word. A way of trying to show how much more intelligent you are than the masses. However resulting to name calling when losing a debate is certainly not an intelligent thing to do. Fail.

        • Kisersosay

          “Having a pleasant appearance and manner” is in FACT from an online dictionary. The Oxford online dictionary. You might want to look it up. I am sure it is updated from your old world hard bound copy.

  • berttheclock

    Thankfully, the reign of Il Pioli and Haley and their “Loose Lips Sink Ships” ended.

    • elly violette

      I’m happy Pioli is gone too. Plus, I’m very positive about the changes that Andy Reid and John Dorsey are making.

  • berttheclock

    Hmmm “Sound of Silence” – Now, if only they could get Simon to rewrite “Homeward Bound” and change it to “Super Bowl Bound”. “Super Bowl bound, I wish I was, Super Bowl bound, I wish I was……………….”

    • ladner morse

      EXCELLENT!

      How about “Talking to the Moon” by Bruno Mars.

      I know a Super Bowl’s out there,
      Somewhere far away,
      I want you back,
      I want you back.

      • elly violette

        How about “New York, New York”… since the next Super Bowl is there. Right?

  • Carlos Nevarez

    I think a lot of comings we picked up were chosen in part for their fiery demeanor. I think that’s part of the reason we took Eric Fisher over Joeckel. Nico Johnson looks Like he has the potEntial to become Vocal leaders along with Sanders Commings. If you remember a lot of the guys had questionable backgrounds too. Cause they knew coming in that the Chiefs had no heart in 2012 and that it needed to be fixed as bad As any depth chart issues.

    • ladner morse

      Yea… I like the players who the Chiefs have picked up this off season… on the whole… but the question I have is whether or not any of them is capable of expressing themselves with a “Primal Scream” that says….. I’m the best — be afraid. That is essentially what happens in the animal kingdom and I’m not sure the Chiefs have anyone who can do that right now… or yet.

      • elly violette

        What do you mean by primal scream?

        • ladner morse

          I think it was something that originate in from Primal Therapy but to me it represents a moment of conquest when the alpha male screams from the gut to proclaim their conquest. It may sound a little cave man-ish… but you can see it happen on the NFL field of play over and over again when a player makes a great play.

          • ladner morse

            Plus… we’re probably not going to hear that on the practice field.

  • KCPauly

    I think AS has become good enough and comfortable enough, after being in the league this long that he understands that he needs to be a team leader, and I think he will take on that roll gladly, Also the Bowe Show should be in full production again, and I think, D.Poe got a little nasty in him too which being around for a year now will encourage him to speak up a little, personally I hope this team has turned the corner and ALL Chiefs will begin to bring a TEAM swagger to One Arrowhead, and we all know winning begins with believing that you will win every time you step on the field and also I hope the fans will have swagger and mouths to make Arrowhead the most feared place for opponents to ever enter, I like the read Laddy, Go Chiefs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • elly violette

      I agree that winning strats with believing your going to win long before you hit the field. That’s probably why Morse is looking out for the players who are going to be vocal.

  • Jim Butler

    I say let them do the talking on the field with wins before ANYONE runs their mouth, GEAU CHIEFS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • ladner morse

      Yes but, take Dwayne Bowe for example. He has come out and said he thinks he can lead the league in receptions in this offense. Then take JC who has said he could run for 2,000 in this offense. Don’t you think that because those players have said these things that it might make some teams prepare differently for the Chiefs… at least in terms of schemes, alignments or coverages? Any time you can make teams do what you want them to do… they become more predictable… and then different parts of the field open up for other players on the Chiefs offense.

      • Jim Butler

        yea you have a point and confidence is good, but bragging rites have to be earned, I am happy to see the confidence back in KC with the team and coach and very excited to see them play, but my point is there need to be some wins to back up the wind, I am confident the wins will come this year, GEAU CHEIFS !!!!!!!!!!!

        • elly violette

          So… what comes first? The Chicken or the Egg? Do players have to prove it first and then they get to boast or do they need to boast to help their performance?

          • Jim Butler

            Good question????????? GEAU CHIEFS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Kisersosay

            If they need to boast to help their performance then we have the wrong player(s)…..

  • David Fritch

    I think Houston could be the future personality of this defense. Also my favorite players have always let their actions speak for them. Adrian Peterson, Polamalu, Priest Holmes, Leon Sandcastle…..

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