The news that has been on everyone’s minds here at Arrowhead Addict the past week has been the release of Brandon Flowers. It has created almost as much separation between thoughts as the debate of extending Alex Smith’s contract. However, I’m not here to stir the pot. In fact, while talking about my thoughts on his release would make for an easy article, I’d rather explain why the release is the furthest thing from my mind.
Reid and Dorsey had a very successful first season together. That is one thing that we all typically agree on, and for that reason I give them the benefit of the doubt when it comes to decisions they make. Now, I know that people are going to skim this next part and go straight to the comments saying “Pioli and Haley had a good first year too, you must love them too!” And in all honesty, I wasn’t too disappointed with the Pioli and Haley combo at first.
But, even after their 10 win season, I didn’t trust them their decisions. I was happy with the wins, but I was skeptical of both of them. When it comes to Reid and Dorsey, I don’t feel the uneasiness, which is why I’m holding off judgment on this.
Looking back on it, Reid and Dorsey were able to pick up our arguably best corner for a lot of last season, Marcus Cooper, very late in the process. I’m not saying we’ll find another solid cornberback like Cooper again this season, but so far Reid and Dorsey have made good personnel decisions. I say that we let this play out in the season and see how things turn out. If our secondary gets absolutely shredded week in and week out, I’ll be towards the front of the pack bringing up cutting Flowers. However, until I see that, I’m going to give this some time.
It’s the middle of June. We have all been craving a football, and savor every juicy piece of information we get from voluntary and mandatory practices, and every quote we get out of minicamp. But the fact of the matter is, it is still the middle of June. Football news isn’t plentiful at the moment, and that has caused everyone to overanalyze Flowers’ release, myself included. From people praising the cap space we cleared to people trashing the move, the release has been a hot topic for nearly a week, and yet we are still a long ways away from the start of the season.
What I’m trying to say is, I understand your pain. I miss the roar of the Sea of Red on game days at Arrowhead, the smell of barbecue while tailgating, and the general excitement of football season. I can’t wait to scout out the teams ahead of us, to keep tabs on injuries around the AFC West and to cheer against the Donkeys, Raiders, and Chargers each and every week. The problem with that is that we still have a long way to go, so we tend to drain the few pieces of info we get to death.
Brandon Flowers was a great player for us. He offered consistency on both the outside and in the slot, which is hard to find out of any corner in the NFL. Personally, I was angry when I first heard the news. I felt like Flowers gave us leadership and experience on the defensive side of the ball, and that he’d play a key role in developing both Marcus Cooper and Phillip Gaines. I understood that the move cleared cap space needed to resign both Justin Houston and Alex Smith, which is very important, but I was still angry.
Basically, we’ve got to give this move time to play out. As annoyed as I was, we all have to remember that it is the middle of June and things could shape up a lot differently by the time the regular season rolls around. Until then, enjoy summer. Show off your patriotism and support Team USA as they play the other football. Rejoice in the fact that the Royals are on a 10 game winning streak and are going to leave Detroit in first place. And for my fellow Game of Thrones fans, just know that “Football is coming”.