There was a ton of stuff published this week so we thought we would pick out some of the best pieces of the past week for you to read just in case you happened to miss them.
MONDAY: “Keep Calm And Chief On” by Lyle Graverson
Stop and think about this for a second. I’m going to list some offseason moves from last season and I want you to think about how much excitement there was when they happened compared to how much value you think we got out of that signing last season.
The Chiefs sign Dunta Robinson
The Chiefs sign Sean Smith
The Chiefs sign Geoff Schwartz
The Chiefs sign Akeem Jordan
The Chiefs sign Donnie Avery
The Chiefs re-sign Dwayne Bowe
The Chiefs sign Marcus Cooper
If I was ranking these in order of “buzz” in Chiefs Kingdom at the time that they happened I would go: Bowe, Robinson, Smith, Avery, Schwartz, Jordan, Cooper
Looking back on what KC got for their investment last season I would rank them in order of value as: Cooper, Schwartz, Jordan, Smith, Bowe, Avery, Robinson
The order isn’t completely reversed, but pretty darn close.
TUESDAY: “Free Agency & The Draft: Two Sides Of The Same Coin” by Stacy D. Smith
The key to long-term success is player evaluation and a good balance of both free agency and the NFL Draft. If you rely solely upon either tool, and have trouble effectively scouting collegiate and professional talent, you run the risk of an extensive stay in the cellars of the NFL. Six of one makes you the Detroit Lions of the recent past. Half-a-dozen of the other makes you the Washington Redskins of the past ten years. Neither team has anything meaningful to show for their draft and free agency efforts.
WEDNESDAY: “Chiefs And Free Agency: A Mirage Made In Heaven” by Laddie Morse
Look at this offseason more as… Frodo’s frolic to Mordor and back. In other words, enjoy the journey: the good, and what appears to be the bad. Why? Because it’s not only great entertainment but because both John Dorsey and Andy Reid deserve that kind of support.
FRIDAY: “Debbie Downer Says, “Reid And Dorsey Have A Plan” by Kenny Cember
The point is, would you have given any of these guys deals this large to stay in Kansas City? I know I wouldn’t have. Geoff Schwartz and Jon Asamoah are worth two to four million a year, Tyson Jackson is worth no more than three to four million a year and McCluster, in my opinion, is worth no more than two million a year. These guys are not major players on this team. We still have our main players under contract.
SATURDAY: “The New League Year” by Laddie Morse
Sometimes I ask myself questions about “Why the Chiefs did this” or “Why the Chiefs did that” when the answer is right in front of me. I’ve been re-training my ears to listen more closely to Andy Reid and John Dorsey more carefully as time goes by. Sometimes I’m looking for them to take action, when it’s become apparent to me that at times their “inaction” is the action that speaks louder than words.