Albert Haynesworth, Darrelle Revis, Vincent Jackson, Marcus McNeill, Marshawn Lynch, Logan Mankins, and the list goes on and on. Everyday the headlines are dominated by these few individuals. Key word in that last sentence was individuals. Every single one of these players mentioned and some others not mentioned can play football, really good football in most cases. The type of football that we want to see here in Kansas City. After the jump I'm going to explain why each one of us Chiefs fans should be thankful for the players we have.
Let me start with the $100 million debacle that is Haynesworth. The guy gets a huge payday from the Redskins then immediately wants to start telling that organization how they are going to use him? Come on Haynesworth! Shut your mouth and get on the field. But wait, this morning now his agent and him are coming out and saying:
The two-time All Pro defensive tackle released a statement late Tuesday through Comcast SportsNet affirming his discontent with the team's new defensive scheme and declaring that he will "continue to work individually to prepare for training camp and the start of the 2010 season."
Funny how they throw in the "two-time All Pro" label there. Like it really carries any weight at all when you follow it up with the word "individually" in the same sentence. We all know that Albert just wants the sacks and personal glory of waking up Monday morning and watching himself on the highlight reels. What a shame, because what a "two-time All Pro" should be doing is leading the defense. Taking his 1/10th of a billion and shutting his mouth and doing whatever that organization tells him to do!
Next you have Darrelle Revis in New York. Who knows what is going on with this guy. Apparently he was dehydrated, then a hamstring, and then some blood work. We all know he is in the middle of a contract battle. But its this sentence here that gets me thinking:
"The hamstring," Revis said, "I kind of exaggerated that and went on with it."
Does Revis deserve a payday? That is up to the Jets franchise to figure out. Are they going to eventually shell out the money to make him happy, well you would think so in that kind of market. He does go on to say good things about the Jets and how he wants to be one forever, how he never wants to get traded, released, or cut but do you think he would be saying the same thing if he played for us? Or Detroit? Or St. Louis? I doubt it. I highly doubt it. I could guarantee that he would be up in arms trying to get out of here to some place that is going to give him his huge payday.
Ultimately Revis needs to stop with the games and get down to business. Get in camp and continue to "earn" your payday. He's going to get it but if one thing is going to stand in his way, that one thing is going to be him.
All of these players I have mentioned are great football players. I think in Buffalo Marshawn Lynch kind of understands the situation, and more than likely will get traded. He has made some good comments about missing football and missing his teammates which is something you want to see. But you really dont want to see this:
"I like to play football, whether it's here or whether it's somewhere else," Lynch said. "As long as I get to play football, I'm feeling great."
For some reason I can understand where Lynch is coming from. The Bills drafted C.J. Spiller and have Fred Jackson. The guy wants to play football and he wants to start. But what is wrong with keeping your mouth shut and just taking the starting job from both of them? Does he want to be traded to a team where he is going to automatically get the starting reps well of course, but in my opinion if you are so confident of yourself then you should just go out there and take the starting job, once again no one is holding him back but himself.
Overall I really think we should be thankful. Yes our organization is in a rebuilding mode. We only won 4 games last year and honestly no one can predict any amount of wins for us next year. But one thing I am thankful for is our players. The Chiefs are coming together as a team.
I can't speak from experiance having no children but one thing my old man said to me before I went back to Iraq was "it was a priviledge to watch you grow everyday of your life". Luckily we are watching our team grow every single day. While other franchises have guys out dancing with the stars, attending Adrian Peterson Day, and publically demanding a trade or sitting like Patriots guard Logan Mankins and the Chargers Vincent Jackson and Marcus McNeill our guys got a day off because of near perfect attendance.
This is where Jarrad Page comes in. Some will call me a homer or that I have "Chiefs blinders on" but I really dont see the Page situation as being that big of a deal. He hasn't been tearing up Twitter belittling the Chiefs, he hasn't publically demanded anything. Other than being reported missing from camp and yet to sign his tender Jarrad Page has almost fell off the earth and this is not a bad thing.
In the end, until I hear what Page and the Chiefs have to say about the entire situation I am just thankful it hasn't turned into a media battle. Im thankful that Page has remained silent and I still remain confident he will be on our team next year. We will find out the truth in the coming weeks about the whole situation and then can go from there.
Lets all just sit back, be thankful, and watch our team grow and get better every single day, while the other teams around us deal with nonsense.