It wasn't long ago that Todd Haley and Scott Pioli stated that they wanted to improve the quality of the players on the team. Nice statement. Has a nice ring to it.
Too bad its complete BS.
We all know the story of Chris Chambers. He was Kansas City's biggest free-agent steal during the season last year. He also made more big plays in one season than any receiver in recent Chiefs history.
He's big, he's strong, and he's fast. He is also signable.
Chief fans have not seen a big play receiver like this since Otis Taylor and that saying alot. Rarely did he play a game with Dwayne Bowe, which made his statistics even more impressive because he consistantly drew double coverage.
Where would the Chiefs offense have been without him? With Dwayne Bowe in Haley's doghouse and Jamaal Charles not emerging until midseason they had NO offense.
The interesting point is this. Chambers has great hands and can block. Throw in the fact he's a big player with track speed and my question is simple.
What more do you want?
The official NFL league stats came out evaluating all WRs. As you know, Haley wants wide receivers who have great hands and can block. He had one in Chambers, but now is letting let him slip through his fingers.
They rated the top 107 wide receivers in football. Chris Chambers ranked fifth for best hands in the NFL. Top 5. Chambers had only one dropped pass all season.
His percentage of passes caught vs. dropped even surpassed players like Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin, who were also in the top 10, but finished behind Chambers in the rankings.
The other receivers were a different story. Mark Bradley was #106 in drop pass percentage. That was second only to Darius Heyward-Bey who now owns the title as the worst hands in the NFL. Nice job Al Davis.
Bobby Wade was at #97 and Dwayne Bowe #95. They, like Bradley, were among the worst in the NFL and combined for well over 20 drops. Devard Darling was just cut, but had he played, he would have ranked just as low.
So what's the deal here?
The Sporting News reported that among free-agent wide receivers, the Chiefs like Kevin Walter. The good news is he ranked third in the "hands" category which is great. The bad news? He's ranked #106 as a blocker.
If Haley cherishes blocking so highly why would he prefer the worst blocker in the league and pay more money on the open market to get him? That's providing they do get him.
Now of course, there remains the possibility that Chambers is asking for too much, but at 31-years-old and this team's propensity towards frugality, even in a capless season, that seems rather unlikely. If Kansas City gave him a fair offer he would stay.
So now they can add wide receiver to their long list of needs. At this point, what does this team not need?
I asked a poll question to most of you a month back about whether the Chiefs would re-sign Chris Chambers. Out of 134 votes, 88 percent said they would.
The clock is ticking people. It better happen in the next 24 hours. If not, shame on them.
Do you remember the movie "All The Right Moves" with Tom Cruise?
Pioli and Haley may be making all the wrong ones, and that's one movie I'd rather not see.