A disturbing reality of the National Football League is the lack of loyalty that exists at all levels, from the suit-wearing brass in the luxury boxes, all the way down to the players on the field.
Organizations are not loyal to struggling coaches, and coaches who perform well are not loyal to their organizations, eager to land a better gig.
Organizations cut players prior to the completion of their contracts, and players fail to fulfill those contracts by requesting to restructure their deals or by asking to be released or traded.
The NFL is the most popular and powerful entity in professional sports, yet there seems to be no accountability at any level.
The Kansas City Chiefs have had a recurrent and disturbing theme over the past several seasons, and frankly as a fan, I'm tired of hearing it.
I understand that professional sports is a business. I understand these players have a limited time frame to "get mine." I understand players who have paid their dues want a chance to win.
What I don't understand is why someone in this organization doesn't grow a pair, and stop the madness.
Jared Allen wants out, fine. Let's cripple our only hint of a pass rush and set back the building of a defense a few years. Sure, Allen would not have re-signed here and the draft picks were nice, but wow, did this get the snowball to hell started in a big way.
Tony Gonzalez does not want to be part of a re-building project, fine. Let's eliminate the one constant in our passing game for our new $14 million quarterback, just to play nice guy and let Tony try to win a championship. We owed it to him, right?
Larry Johnson wants out...no wait a minute, nobody wants him anymore. Maybe he can just stay and collect a paycheck no one else will write.
I sure am glad Brian Waters could grace us with his presence at mini-camp. He gets his poor little feelings hurt because no one would take the time to sit down and talk with him. Can this guy get over himself? I still remember him boo-hooing about playing second fiddle to the greatest guard to ever play for the Chiefs in Will Shields.
Mike Vrabel wishes to express his "rights" to not attend voluntary workouts, simply because the collective bargaining agreement says he can. Hey Mike, way to step up and be a leader for the young guys. Glad we brought you in here to be a veteran, show these guys how to win, and set an example of how to play the game.
If this organization continues to cave and show weakness, we will continue to lose the building blocks of our franchise. Let's face it, Kansas City is probably not at the top of free-agents' wish lists when it's time to get paid. Not enough media hype, nothing to do with all that money, and not exactly a recent track record for winning.
I hope and pray this franchise is able to right itself in a quick manner. If not, any up and coming stud we have will likely try to bolt out of here as soon as he has the chance, ala Jared Allen.
Building from the ground up is a nice thought, and a few teams have managed to succeed by developing their own players. The one ingredient they've had that we haven't, is being able to win.
Would Allen have wanted to leave if we were a true contender? Would LJ and Waters have kept their mouths shut and play ball if it meant winning a championship? Would Tony still be the face of our franchise?
Or...did Coach Vermeil have it right. Bring in the veterans for a big run and if it don't happen, blow it up and start over.
The sad reality in this discussion is that I, along with you, will be right here backing the Chiefs with never-ending passion and loyalty, that is never returned to us.
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