“My enthusiasm for the draft has been crushed and squashed for the last three weeks by what the Chiefs are doing. I was convinced that the era of drafting offensive linemen and missing the playoffs in Kansas City were over. Boy was I wrong!”
Kevin Kietzman, after the Chiefs chose Eric Fisher with the first-overall pick in the NFL’s 2013 draft, 810 AM
GH: It remains to be seen if the Chiefs’ draft will help right their floundering franchise or continue down the drain under the new John Dorsey and Andy Reid regime. But unlike KK, who now seems to piss and moan about every move made by every local team, player, coach, front office or traffic cop – I am going to go into the Chiefs 2013 season hoping this city’s football team is on the mend.
“I hear the fans (at Arrowhead) are amazing. I hear they’re behind you 100%.”
Eric Fisher, on his new team, ESPN
GH: Eric “Sickening & Disgusting” Winston might disagree.
“If Fisher is truly can’t miss, this will work out just fine in the end but Reid and Dorsey looked a little overmatched overall. The book on Reid in his final years in Philly was that the game was slowly passing him by. His first draft in K.C. won’t do anything to dismiss those concerns.”
John McMullen, NFL writer for The Sports Network, Miami Herald
GH: The Chiefs’ draft looks about as sexy as Andy Reid. We all understand that sexy sells tickets. Reid is hoping wins sell even more.
“Luke Joeckel says he’s got a chip on his shoulder because he went number two (in the draft)? That’s got to be a pretty small chip!”
Jayice Pearson, 610 AM
“This is a good football team now. Better than they were when they were 2-14.”
Steve Mariucci, on the Chiefs under Andy Reid, NFL Network
GH: That is not a high bar, Steve. Let’s hope the Chiefs are a LOT better than 2-14 in 2013.
“(Andy Reid) is a lot funnier guy than people know it – isn’t he Moose? He doesn’t show it. I think he’s relaxed. I think he’s looking forward to that adventure over there (in Kansas City) to build that team.”
Mike Mayock, while discussing the Chiefs’ head coach with the NFL Network’s draft experts, NFL Network
“He’s got the first pick with that talented team? I’d be relaxed too!”
Marshall Faulk, responding to Mayock’s comments about Reid, NFL Network
“I think the Chiefs did the right thing in drafting a left tackle. I was on top of that bandwagon all along. You’re filling, in my opinion, your biggest position of need.”
Matt Miller, of BleacherReport.com, 810 AM
GH: With Branden Albert on the roster, how is this one of the Chiefs’ biggest needs? I think Albert’s bad back and Mitch Holthus’ loud voice killed the Chiefs’ chances of trading him on draft day. I don’t think Albert is a solution for anybody. Read on.
“It’s a mess, dude.”
Matt Miller, when asked what will happen if the Chiefs are unable to trade Branden Albert, 810 AM
GH: Miller said the Chiefs should stick Fisher in as their left tackle and not worry about Albert’s ego. Fisher is a 10-year solution and Albert is a one-year problem.
“I’m still of the belief that somebody missed the boat!”
Kevin Kietzman, on Geno Smith being left undrafted in the first round, 810 AM
GH: Someone missed the boat alright. I believe that is KK I spy floating adrift in his dinghy built for one.
“You can’t see what’s going on here but Clark Hunt winked at me.”
Kevin Kietzman, after asking the Chiefs’ owner if they would be taking Eric Fisher with their first pick, 810 AM
GH: How great would KK’s interview with Hunt been if he had followed up Hunt’s wink with this comment… “My enthusiasm for the draft has been crushed and squashed for the last three weeks by what the Chiefs are doing. I was convinced that the era of drafting offensive linemen and missing the playoffs in Kansas City were over. Boy was I wrong!”
“I think he’s put that behind him.”
Andy Reid, on the Chiefs’ third-round pick, Travis Kelce, being suspended by the NCAA for an entire season after testing positive for marijuana, 810 AM
GH: With Andy Reid’s history in dealing with his own troubled sons, he may not be the best judge of that.
“I’m a different breed kind of player. If I had to name one guy (top compare his game to) Jeremy Shockey, just the way he plays with passion and energy. I think that would be an awesome comparison.”
Travis Kelce, 810 AM
“We think we can help him with that. We think we can help him a lot with that.”
Andy Reid, on the fumble issues the Chiefs’ third pick Knile Davis experienced at Arkansas, 810 AM
GH: Is there anything less attractive in a running back than a fumbling problem? Davis will have a difficult time in the friendly confines of Arrowhead if he doesn’t hold onto the pig.
“He can skedaddle. He’s 230 pounds.”
Andy Reid, on Knile Davis, 810 AM
GH: ArrowheadPride.com readers gave the Kelce pick their lowest approval rating (49%) of all the Chiefs’ draft picks. He has problems staying healthy and he fumbles – two really heavy pieces of baggage to tote around in the NFL. What I didn’t like is that Davis pointed to Arkansas’ coaching changes and having to learn new offensive systems as part of his problems. He just doesn’t sound like a quality pick to me, despite his size and speed.
“I thought they reached quite a bit for Knile Davis instead of going with someone more proven. There’s just a lot going on with this kid where he never really maximized his potential.”
Matt Miller, 810 AM
“I give the Chiefs an ‘A’ (for their draft). There’s something unusual about what they’ve done – but I’m an easy grader. Overall, I like the tight end that they drafted. He looks athletic.”
Gary Lezak, 810 AM
GH: You know Jake Gutierrez already has grabbed that “tight end” sound bite for a Lezak drop.
“Hey, Dad! The Chiefs were in the first Super Bowl????”
My Youngest Son, as he watched as episode of Pawn Stars where they had an artifact from the Chiefs/Packers game
GH: Yes, son. The Chiefs were once a great and dominant franchise here in the nation’s heartland. Could they be again? Sure. But the questions are will they be great and when? See you in St. Joseph, MO for camp in late July.
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