The key difference then is Eric Winston and Eric Fisher. Last year at this time we thought the KC Chiefs were lining up one of the best offensive lines in the game. Winston was a Pro Bowl-caliber player. Branden Albert was entering the all-important contract year. Donald Stephenson was a third round pick. There was a lot of optimism.
And then …. the Chiefs were terrible. That happened.
So why do I think the Chiefs are now better this year? A few reasons…
Branden Albert is in (another) contract year. Players generally play their best in contract years because they’re motivated by money (like everyone else in the world). Albert enters his second straight contact year and we suspect he will put on another solid year.
It was a win-win for both sides at the time; Bowe finally got his big pay day and the Chiefs retained their one and only proven weapon in the passing game. However, New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz received a six-year, $45.9 million contract with $15.6 million guaranteed according to Tom Pelissero of the USA Today, about $10 million less than Bowe in guaranteed money and overall.
People may question if Bowe is overpaid by comparison to Cruz, even though doing so is a bit like comparing peaches and nectarines—similarities exist, but they are very different.
Players are paid differently depending on their situations as much as their ability. Understanding the situations of the players and teams is important if we are going to understand why Bowe’s contract averages $3.55 million more per year than Cruz’s new contract.
Both of those games are far short of the secondary-ticket prices for Chiefs coach Andy Reid’s return to Philadelphia on Sept. 19. Tickets for that game are averaging $216, the 93rd most-expensive game of 258 NFL regular-season contests this season.
Denver is involved in a league-most four of the 10 most-expensive games, followed by New England and Pittsburgh with three each. The Manning Bowl, featuring Denver’s Peyton Manning vs. the Giants’ Eli on Sept. 15 at MetLife Stadium, is going for $505, followed by the annual Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady meeting on Nov. 24 at New England, which is fetching $498 a pop.
The cost would have been an estimated $700 million, an outrageous sum.
True, the Rams can’t leave St. Louis until after the 2014 season. But think ahead, and the prospect of Missouri losing one of its two professional football teams is not good news for the state or for Kansas City, in a couple of ways.
First, the Chiefs lose a natural rival. Granted, the teams aren’t in the same division or even conference. However, over the years, the clubs have played each other often, and their supporters look forward to the games.
Second, and more importantly, Kansas City and Missouri lose because they are knocked down a peg in the all-important battle for attention.
Being a major league city is important in this day and age, when sports consumes so many people and takes up so many of their entertainment dollars.
We continue our Chiefs Rookie Recap series, featuring interviews with each of the team’s eight 2013 draft choices, in order, addressing a summary of their OTA and minicamp experiences, expectations for this season and more.
The Kansas City Chiefs selected Kansas State fullback Braden Wilson with their second of two picks in the sixth round (204th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft in April. After drafting Wilson, Chiefs general manager John Dorsey explained the pick.
“Braden Wilson, he fits the type of person that Andy (Reid) wants as a fullback,” Dorsey said during his post-draft press conference in April.
“He’s going to line up and he’s going to try to take the guy out; he can catch the football. The way Andy has described the fullback position to me, how he wanted that filled, I thought it fit his makeup very well.”
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid went into more detail about selecting Wilson.
CHIEF’S OFFENSIVE ONSLAUGHT
Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson went on a veritable Twitter rampage in 2009, uttering a gay slur, insulting a fan and then trashing his coach, Todd Haley.
“My father played for the coach from ‘rememeber the titans.’ Our coach played golf. My father played for redskins briefley. Our coach. Nuthn.”
The Chiefs, not surprisingly, bid a quick adios to their troubled back.