Steve Breaston's absence from the field this season has been puzzling.
The cat is out of the bag on what has been going on with Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Steve Breaston. Recent quotes published in the Kansas City Star show the wideout’s lack of snaps this season may be due in part to a clash with management.
Crennel, when asked what Breaston needed to show to get out on the field, recently said,
“He needs to show that he has a great understanding of the game plan and he can execute the game plan. If he can do that, then he can be in uniform."
What exactly this entails is not quite clear. Breaston seemed to understand the offense well enough last season, catching 61 passes for 785 receiving yards, but has seen his role greatly reduced this year.
No other receiver has stepped up in his absence. Former first-round pick Jon Baldwin has disappointed, while both Terrance Copper and Jamar Newsome only started seeing meaningful snaps the last few weeks.
Breaston was quick to respond to Crennel’s comments saying,
“I don't think it's been expressed to me. I understand the offense. They may feel a different way then so be it. You can't fight city hall. I go out there and work. Maybe better understand the offense is not going out there and being a decoy and things like that. Maybe me wanting the ball and things like that, I get upset about that, but I understand this offense. Maybe I'll find out in the meetings what that really means."
When Breaston was asked if he would talk to Romeo Crennel about his (Crennel’s) quotes, he replied:
"I don't know. Like I said, he told ya'll that this morning so maybe I'll find out in the meeting. That's pretty difficult [inaudible]. I feel like I understand the offense and I feel I work hard. The way it's been going this year I'm not surprised though. It's disappointing."
That fact that he isn’t surprised sounds like bad news. Look for more news to come out after Breaston leaves Kansas City (likely after this season). For now, it appears the dysfunction at Arrowhead continues.