Oakland Raiders' Former Tight End Kevin Boss Disses Team: 5 Reasons He's Wrong
A few months ago, after spending just one season with the Oakland Raiders, tight end Kevin Boss was cut from the team and found a new home with the rival Kansas City Chiefs. Apparently, he's harboring some bad feelings toward the Silver and Black, but instead of taking the high road, he decided to slam the team.
According to NFL.com, Boss told KCSP-AM Radio in Kansas City, "I just know now that I'm on the better side of the rivalry. ... It's been a great transition and it's really been a blessing in disguise to have been moved on to greener pastures."
Here is a look at five reasons Boss might just eat those words this season.
Boss Replaces Zach Miller
In 2011, Kevin Boss joined the Raiders to replace Zach Miller. The loss of Miller was a big disappointment and a bit of a shock to the Raider Nation. But Boss seemed to be a good fit and the solid tight end the team needed last season.
Unfortunately, he didn't fulfill his potential in Oakland. Boss was injured during the 2011 preseason and missed the first two games, playing in 14 matchups as a Raider with 11 starts. His stats were the lowest since his rookie season with the New York Giants, scoring three touchdowns and catching just 28 passes for 368 yards.
These facts alone are enough to make me believe that Boss may be a little delusional about joining the "better team."
Kansas City Chiefs' 2011 Record
What was the Kansas City Chiefs' record in 2011? They finished at 7-9. The Oakland Raiders finished the season at 8-8.
Who was the better team last year?
Oakland Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs: Christmas Eve 2011
Which team won in the last battle between the Oakland Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs on Christmas Eve in 2011?
That's right, the Raider Nation received a Christmas present that day when Oakland defeated Kansas City, 16-13.
In that heart-pounding game, we can at least partially credit receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey and his amazing 53-yard reception from quarterback Carson Palmer, which set up the winning field-goal kick for Sebastian Janikowski.
I don't recall Boss having any impact in that game. Perhaps he was secretly pining for the "better team."
Drama in 2011
Boss seems to think everything should just be peachy when it comes to football. When it comes to greener pastures, you know the saying: "The grass always seems greener on the other side."
Boss hasn't been a part of the Chiefs' franchise for very long, but I do believe he'll quickly find out who has the greener grass in the AFC West.
In 2011, the Raiders lost a number of key players to injuries. Quarterback Jason Campbell suffered a season-ending broken collarbone in Week 6, putting the team in a rather desperate situation. The following week, one of the best running backs in the NFL, Darren McFadden, suffered his season-ending foot injury, while Carson Palmer headed onto the field in Oakland just days after signing with the team.
In addition, the Raiders' iconic owner, Al Davis, who had served as general manager for decades, passed away five weeks into the season.
Yes, there was a lot of drama in 2011, and it may be a little surprising that the Raiders were even able to achieve an 8-8 record considering all that happened.
The odds are, the number of injuries and emotional stresses the team had to face in 2011 won't be repeated in 2012.
A New Winning Era
The drama that happened in 2011, and many of the problems the Raiders have faced in recent years, are in the process of being resolved with the new management in place.
General manager Reggie McKenzie was hired in January and given the difficult task of taking the team back to its winning ways.
Sorry to disappoint you, Boss, but the Chiefs are likely to be bottom-dwellers in the AFC West once again.
McKenzie and head coach Dennis Allen have brought the much-needed discipline back to the team, requiring every member of the franchise to give the game 100 percent.
The Raiders are truly on the brink of a new era, and Boss may be on the downside of his career.