I was day dreaming a few days ago about some of the players on the Kansas City Chiefs roster and their future with the team.
My thought centered around me thinking like Scott Pioli and Todd Haley, as in looking at the team from an outsider's perspective. When I did that, I came to the conclusion that there are probably a lot of Chiefs players that Pioli and Haley don't give a damn about but that as fans who have followed these guys for a couple of years, we think they're roster locks.
This is sort of related to the Bobby Sippio phenomena of 2007, where Chiefs fans put on their homer blinders and couldn't see past the fact that Sippio was in the Arena League and no other NFL team was interested in him. We saw the YouTube highlight video, the fact that he was Dwayne Bowe's cousin and we figured he's got to be pretty good, right?
Wrong. Sippio turned out to be exactly what he was- a street free agent who barely lasted on special teams. That is going to be the hard truth for some of our "favorites" on the roster now.
Here are the guys that I think Chiefs fans think are pretty decent but in reality they're as interchangeable as any free agent off of the street. Pioli and Haley probably haven't given these guys a second thought.
- C Rudy Niswanger
- WR Mark Bradley
- CB Maurice Leggett
- T Barry Richardson
- T Herb Taylor
I don't want to destroy any optimism surrounding these guys. I just want to mention that we lived and died with these guys through their first seasons with the Chiefs, through the drafts, so naturally as Chiefs fans they're more significant in our minds than they may be in the mind of an outsider.
My point is this- when a few of these guys are inevitably cut in the coming months, don't flip out. They weren't that good to begin with. Don't let your emotional attachment to a player cloud your judgement.
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