for Peterson's ego to take one for the team
Chiefs GM Carl Peterson is telling anyone who will listen
that he is one tough SOB in the negotiating room.
Take away one tough and in the negotiating
room and if my e-mail notes from over the weekend
are any indication, youll get many Chiefs
fans assessments of Peterson and his negotiating style.
Four straight seasons of non-playoff KC football have
taken their toll on the patience of many in the fan base.
My e-mails this weekend ran 10-1 against Peterson and
most held the premise indicated in a note from PK in Leavenworth.
Peterson got one thing righthe is an SOB.
How many years is this guy going to blow off a first round
Time for a review of the first round selections in the
Peterson era. The Chiefs have had a first round selection
in 12 of the 14 years when Peterson was involved. In 1993
the pick was traded to acquire Joe Montana, and last season
the pick was traded to acquire Trent Green.
Out of those 12, only 3 were signed in time for the first
training camp practice.
CB Dale Carter in 92.
OT Trezelle Jenkins in 95.
OT Victor Riley in 98.
None of those three remain with the team.
After a public contract battle, 1999 pick John Tait was
barely signed before the season. 2000 pick WR Sylvester
Morris was signed in early September and saw some camp.
Neither of these players has exactly panned out as first
round picks. Tait was handed the starting left offensive
tackle job last season and became the master of the look
out block by the end of last year. He has been moved
to right offensive tackle as the Chiefs brought in future
Hall of Fame tackle Willie Roaf to protect QB Trent Greens
WR Sylvester Morris had a respectable rookie campaign,
then blew out his knee during last year's mini-camp and
has yet to play a down under the Vermeil regime. Morris
estimates that he is at 85% right now.
There are now rumblings from Peterson that Ryan
Sims is only hurting himself and not the team. He
is also quoted in the Star as saying that the team has
a lot of depth at the defensive-tackle position
and it would be good to see Ryan come in and compete.
Lets be clearif you surrender both a third
and sixth round pick to trade up two spots to acquire
a guy with talent like the team evaluated that Ryan Sims
supposedly has, then these statements are blatantly false.
The team is desperate on the interior defensive line
and Sims needs training camp reps. He was instilled as
a starter in mini-camp and will earn starter money once
a deal gets completed.
Sure Sims is hurting himself, but the interior of the
Chiefs line is also hurt. This interior line was pushed
around last season and the Chiefs organization clearly
realized this by using their first and second round picks
on defensive linemen.
The entire team is hurt with every practice Sims is absent.
No matter how much talent Sims possesses, he needs reps
to learn the defense. He needs reps to get into football
shape. He needs reps to help this team.
Its disingenuous for Peterson to claim that Sims
holdout wont hurt the Chiefs. Peterson has let his
ego get in the way of team needs. That is a problem. Players
cant allow this to happen, and its now obvious
that management cant in contract negotiations. Its
time for Peterson to back down from his tough guy image
he obviously covets. Its time to negotiate and get
the holdouts in camp.
Its time for Peterson to check his ego and take
one for the team.
(CK Rairden can be reached by email