TTTTTTTTTThe Brian Waters scandal. I just wanted to say that to get your attention. At first I was mad at the HC for saying what he said but since then I re-read the article and the more I start to think about the integrity of the article and Brian Waters in general. I love the guy, don't ge me wrong. He's a great player and a great human being in general but he had to think that what he was doing with all new HC and GM wouldn't fly with them. I'm talking about walking in unannounced and expecting to know their secrets. The secrets that they are desperatly trying their hardest to contain and doing A VERY GOOD JOB at it. All people deserve some sort of respect as human beings until they prove other-wise. Haley goes by the military philosophy that you have to prove your worth to the team before I take acknowledge your existance. I had it in boot-camp and Haley seems to be going off the same thing. Sure, he's happy about Cassel, but it doesn't mean that he's not going to give Thigpen a chance if he seems to pan out better during training camp.
In boot camp it's a team oriented thing. If you're a loner then you won't make it. You're not a leader until told other-wise and even then you'll have people telling you what to do. You need to prove that you deserve respect by hard work and disipline (sp?) other-wise you're out on your ass. Can you see a resemblance of that to the new K.C. Chiefs regime at 1 Arrowhead Drive? It's almost eeiry in a way, but I think that it's best for the players and the team in general. Then, when the players work their asses off proving that they have what it takes and the respect is given it feels much more rewarding and when given as a group or team it's not just self-pride but team pride that radiates through and you would do anything in your power without fail to make sure your team succeeds. That's the military way and, from what I've seen, the "Patriot" way. It will now become the Cheifs way and I can't wait for that. Brian may be hurting on the inside but it will heal and life will move on. Move on towards the better. There's no where else to go but up from here.
The LB issue seems to be getting lighter and lighter all the time as it drifts closer and closer to draft day...like the changing of the seasons from winter to summer, the spring can be a beautiful and happy, yet very terbulant time in the NFL off-season with cutting players, trades, signing FA's and the draft. Luckily for us we haven't really cut players that we can't possibly play without, or let go into FA. But with the FA, trades, and draft itself it's turbulant because we don't know what is going on. And with that we start making our own plans and seeing how many people can get behind those plans on a mock list of things to do during the off-season to lead our team to victory. Would they work? Would they fail? That's unknown. Pioli, Haley, and Hunt have their own plan in mind and that is, "we are not at liberty to say" plan. It sounds like the military about Area 51. A lot of the mock drafts that we have devised on here have the LB core being reconstructed with FA's and the draft and that our draft is primarily focused on defense. Others have said that we should go offensive from the line out with our #3 pick. Let me tell you what I would do.
I know...I had a long introductory paragraph before getting to the point but now I can finally say what is actually on my mind without all this long-winded speaches. I say with our #3 pick in this years draft we go with defense. I know, you're shocked. Why do I have to go against the grain and choose defense? First off, sarcasm goes hand in hand with my personality. Second, if we want to win games and be more secure in our winning for years to come then our #3 pick should be one that can help anchor our defense. I am going with Aaron Curry for the fact that he does have TREMENDOUS talent at the LB position, from ILB to OLB and since we picked up Vrabel we now have a strong LB that can teach a young, strong LB the fundamentals of the game, hard work, a game winning ethic, and a warrior-like tenasity to never give up on a play. That is something I see in A LOT of NFL teams but not as much on the Chiefs. DJ has had sperts of it, Jared Allen had that but now gone, and Pollard shows that in spurts too...but we someone that can do every time, every down, hardcore, rip-your-head-off type of defensive player that can make a RB and/or QB nervous about playing. Much like teams would do against Pit or Balt.
The offensive line is important. I would never say it isn't. This isn't a "come with me to the dark side" type of post. Just a simple sharing of my thoughts and explaining so you can understand why I stand with defense. I want you to explain your thoughts weather defense or offense, share your thoughts and why you choose whatever it is that you choose.