“I would like somebody to show me since the new CBA has been announced, how this is not a disaster for the Kansas City Chiefs? Maybe disaster is too strong a word. Disappointment? I’m nervous. I expected them to have a solid free-agent campaign.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: Petro is not alone in his concern about the Chiefs’ lackluster moves in free agency to this point and the Chiefs’ chances for success this season. Read on.
“This isn’t good enough. Not yet, anyway, and probably not until next year. The reality is that this has the look of an interesting season, fun at times, but ultimately a big disappointment if you expect another AFC West championship. They’re just not good enough.”
Sam Mellinger, Kansas City Star
“I’m not saying the Chiefs are going to be terrible. I’m just saying that at this point I don’t think they’ve gotten any better.”
Mark Carman, 610 AM
GH: I think it is a bit early to call this 2011 version of the Chiefs not improved. The complete team won’t even be in camp until Thursday. We have no idea home much of an impact the 2011 draft class will have on this season. Better? Worse? Disappointing? I think I’ll wait to make any of those assessments.
“I have an interesting take on Chiefs free agency that u don’t want to miss tomorrow. We do that at 6. be listening to 610 sports.”
Bob Fescoe, Twitter
GH: I understand Fescoe’s need to promote his show – but he needs someone to help him with the task.
“I think we need a sounder when we think these people are lying.”
Carrington Harrison, after listening to an interview with the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator, Bill Muir, 610 AM
GH: Can we get a sounder for the talk show hosts as well?
“Nothing surprises me anymore. They were both players we attempted to resign.”
Scott Pioli, on trying to resign defensive linemen, Shaun Smith and Ron Edwards, 810 AM
GH: This was an interesting nugget to come out of Pioli’s interview with Steven St. John on Monday morning. The Chiefs didn’t just let Smith and Edwards go – they lost the two defensive linemen to other suitors. That would be a double bogey on Pioli’s scorecard.
“We’re not done with the defensive line. I’ll tell you that. We are by no means done!”
Scott Pioli, 810 AM
GH: Pioli likes to remind us that signing your own players is a big part of free agency. Yeah, but so is signing the other guy’s studs. It will be interested to see what plans he has in mind to assist in stopping the run and creating a pass rush this season.
“Who in the hell is going to provide all the sound bites from the locker room with no Shaun Smith and no Brian Waters?”
Steven St. John, 810 AM
“He’s a big-time film-study guy. He’s just a chemistry, make-up guy. He’s a guy who contributes to our locker room and he is a leader.”
Scott Pioli, on the Chiefs’ new nose-tackle, Kelly Gregg, 810 AM
GH: Let’s hope Gregg has a little Shaun Smith in him when it comes to sound bites. Any chance the Bowe Show returns to the stage?
“I would plan on (Tamba Hali) getting hurt – and no one works out harder than Tamba Hali. That’s my fear… that the Chiefs are being cheap. You’re going to have to overpay when a player gets to this point.”
Soren Petro, on the need for the Chiefs to sign Hali and get him into camp, 810 AM
GH: This negotiation between Hali and the Chiefs will get interesting. The Chiefs
desperately need Hali. I’m with Petro, Pioli will need to overpay on this one –
and Hali knows it.
“I think the best teams in the NFL are the ones that draft well and try to develop their own talent. I think that’s what Kansas City is trying to do.”
Matt Bowen, NationalFootballPost.com,
GH: Nick Wright and Kevin Kietzman are both hounding the Chiefs front office for being cheap. They perceive the Chiefs being $15-$20 million under the cap as an effort to be frugal at the cost of victories. I have never understood the correlation between spending in the NFL and winning in the NFL. Super Bowls are rarely bought. They’re more homegrown.
“To me, I’ve never been so sold on a team to win the Super Bowl than the Green Bay Packers.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: The free-agent mad Philadelphia Eagles are not impressed.
“I don’t think Jonathan Baldwin is going to catch more than three or four balls a game.”
Mark Carman, on the Chiefs’ first-round draft pick out of Pittsburgh, 610 AM
GH: Three or four balls a game would result in about 56 catches for Baldwin’s rookie season. I’m pretty sure that would be better than most rookie seasons.
“We just know that the ACC produces the best wide receivers and the Big East is the lowest.”
Aaron Schatz, of FooballOutsiders.com, 610 AM
GH: Schatz said he was surprised to hear from Carman and Harrington that the Chiefs project the former Pitt receiver, Jonathan Baldwin, as a starter. He said he expects Steve Breaston to outplay Baldwin and win the number-two receiver role for Kansas City.
“Ricky Stanzi strikes me as a guy who has a very low ceiling but a very high floor.”
Aaron Schatz, of FooballOutsiders.com, on the Chiefs’ rookie quarterback out of Iowa, 610 AM
GH: I like Stanzi. I like his NFL body and his Iowa roots. I just think he is a project…and I’m not so sure his floor is quite as high as Schatz thinks. He looks three years away from being NFL ready. He will be interesting to watch in the preseason.
“The Oakland Raiders are the Oakland Raiders. They suck!”
Jeff Passan, of YahooSports.com, 610
GH: Those sucky Raiders beat the AFC West champion Chiefs twice last season. I think the Raiders will be improved this season.
“If a stadium doesn’t get built (in LA), this city will have no teams. That’s what it’s all about these days. If they build a stadium in Los Angles, an existing team will come here
immediately. And then they’ll hold the Super Bowl here every three years. It
looks like the plan for a downtown stadium is on track right now.”
Al Michaels, Jim Rome Show
GH: Is LA finally getting their act together to build a downtown NFL stadium? If so, whose existing franchise do they poach? Carolina? Buffalo? Or a repeat invite to Al Davis’ band of mercenaries in Oakland?
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