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KCChiefsFan88
05-07-2006, 02:47 PM
Pretty good article. It states the obvious about Peterson, but any opportunity to further expose Peterson for what he really is, is fine by me.

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/sports/14519388.htm

Bold is beautiful; Chiefs ugly
JASON WHITLOCK
The Kansas City Star

Previous columns
The worst thing that can happen to an NFL general manager is a loss of nerve, which creates the inability to pull the trigger on personnel decisions.

Seventeen years of chasing your tail in one place can certainly lead to personnel impotence. Iím starting to believe Carl Peterson is suffering from P.I., and if you stick with me through this column, Iíll explain how P.I. might ruin the 2006 season.

I contend Petersonís case of P.I. began shortly after he engineered the acquisition of Joe Montana and Marcus Allen before the 1993 season. Not coincidentally, thatís the last time the Chiefs had any playoff success.

Since then, Petersonís bold personnel moves mostly have been driven by other parties.

Keep in mind, Marty Schottenheimer, after a prolonged contract battle, took control of personnel decisions for the 1997 and 1998 seasons. So Marty, to the guilty delight of Peterson, put together the Bone, Thugs and Marty squad, featuring Andre Rison, Chester McGlockton, Wayne Simmons, Bam Morris, Leslie OíNeal and O.J. Simpson.

(OK, O.J. wasnít on the team. But you know Marty probably wanted to sign him.)

Marty also was in control in 1997 when the Chiefs traded up to get Tony Gonzalez.

In 1994, í95 and í96, Peterson grabbed two affordable free agents who produced at a high level ó James Hasty and Mark Collins ó and he snagged Will Shields in the third round of the draft. There were no moves that could be classified as bold. Well, there was the ridiculous decision of drafting Trezelle Jenkins in the first round. Ridiculous doesnít equal bold.

Once Marty quit out of sheer embarrassment following the 1998 season, Peterson reasserted control over personnel. Gunther Cunningham, Martyís replacement, asked for one player ó defensive end Dan Williams, who sat out the í98 season in a contract dispute. Williams got a fat contract, and the first drip of pink splashed across the slip Peterson would soon give Cunningham.

In order to land Dick Vermeil in 2001, Peterson had to trade a first-round pick to St. Louis for Vermeilís adopted son Trent Green. That was a bold move. Vermeil drove that decision. To his credit, Peterson signed Priest Holmes to a bargain-basement contract. And in 2002, Peterson swindled the Saints out of Willie Roaf for a third-round pick.

Also, in 2002, the Chiefs traded up to get Ryan Sims with the sixth pick in the draft. Definitely a bold move. But it was driven by Vermeilís chummy relationship with North Carolina head coach John Bunting, another one of Vermeilís adopted children.

In 2003, Priest Holmes forced Peterson to draft Larry Johnson by threatening to hold out and slowly recovering from a hip injury. This was still a very bold move by Peterson. The decision to draft Johnson irritated Vermeil, the entire coaching staff and much of the fan base.

Peterson made a decisive, defiant, bold move that paid huge dividends for the Chiefs.

In 2005, in an attempt to make one last Super Bowl run for Vermeil, Peterson signed Patrick Surtain, Kendrell Bell and Sammy Knight. Youíd have to consider these moves bold. But youíd also have to say that Vermeil drove the decisions.

Whatís driving the Chiefs this offseason?

Fear and indecisiveness.

The Chiefs are $9 million under the salary cap and need to make some critical decisions. But theyíre held hostage by fear and indecision.

Itís my belief that Priest Holmes doesnít want to play football anymore. There are no more fat paydays out there for Holmes, so he canít think of a reason to risk getting hurt on the football field again. Holmes wonít retire because that would jeopardize a portion of the signing bonus he swindled out of the Chiefs before the 2003 season.

Part of me thinks the Chiefs keep playing the ďdoctors havenít cleared Priest to playĒ game because they think it gives them leverage with Larry Johnson, who is privately looking to get a new contract.

Johnson knows the deal. He has the Chiefs by their footballs. Kansas City didnít upgrade its receiving corps. Offensive line coach Mike Solari was promoted to offensive coordinator. Herm Edwards was made the head coach. And the Chiefs donít have a backup running back.

Larry Johnson is KCís only hope. The only way heíd have any more leverage would be if Tom Osborne bought the team.

Larry would be crazy to play under his current contract. Jerome Bettis-type backs are rare. Big, punishing backs donít stay on top for long. Larry would be justified in believing had he not wasted two years on the bench, heíd be in position right now to demand LaDainian Tomlinson money.

Peterson needed to be aggressive and bold this offseason. In making Johnson the starter, Edwards made a bold move that the organization shouldíve backed by operating as though Holmes wouldnít return.

Peterson shouldíve drafted a running back. No way should he have allowed Tony Richardson to walk to Minnesota for little or no money. Peterson should be proactive with Johnsonís contract. Johnson is a wild card. Heís capable of sitting out.

Since Montana and Allen, when it comes to personnel, Peterson pretty much runs around and fixes leaks.

Our defense stinks, so Iíll sign three free agents. Priest is hurt and wants a new contract, so Iíll draft Larry Johnson. Vermeil wonít come out of retirement unless we sign Green, so Iíll trade a first-round pick.

Good general managers react well. Great GMs react well and make bold moves that put their teams in position to contend for a Super Bowl.

Short Leash Hootie
05-07-2006, 02:53 PM
I thought for sure the name 'Ty Law' was going to appear, but I was wrong.

T-post Tom
05-07-2006, 02:54 PM
I can't support any media member that eggs Johnson into demanding a new contract or , worse yet, sitting out the season. Advocating anything that hurts the team should result in nuthooks for this fugtard. He may throw in a few salient thoughts, but the general thrust of the article is antagonistic and detrimental to the team.

rad
05-07-2006, 02:59 PM
What a jerk.

PunkinDrublic
05-07-2006, 03:16 PM
Whitlock can be such a ****ing baby when management doesn't get the players he wants. Nothing wrong with criticizing the GM, but this column throws out a bunch dumbass generalizations. It's equivilant to a child throwing a tantrum when he doesn't get the toy he wants. Really weak criticism.

Bowser
05-07-2006, 03:18 PM
Hey JW, we drafted Will Shields in '93.

Halfcan
05-07-2006, 03:23 PM
I thought for sure the name 'Ty Law' was going to appear, but I was wrong.

You usually are f#cknut!

Halfcan
05-07-2006, 03:24 PM
I can't support any media member that eggs Johnson into demanding a new contract or , worse yet, sitting out the season. Advocating anything that hurts the team should result in nuthooks for this fugtard. He may throw in a few salient thoughts, but the general thrust of the article is antagonistic and detrimental to the team.


LJ will get a contract after he plays a full season, is my guess.

Short Leash Hootie
05-07-2006, 03:24 PM
You usually are f#cknut!
Brilliant!

Skip Towne
05-07-2006, 03:50 PM
I thought for sure the name 'Ty Law' was going to appear, but I was wrong.
You usually are.

SLAG
05-07-2006, 03:57 PM
You usually are.


That was So Like... Post 7 in this thread and shit

Short Leash Hootie
05-07-2006, 03:59 PM
That was So Like... Post 7 in this thread and shit
It usually is...

Dunit35
05-07-2006, 04:47 PM
I sure hope it only took JW a few minutes to write this, cause it was a waste of time.

the Talking Can
05-07-2006, 04:56 PM
so is CP bold or not bold?

what a mess of an article...

FringeNC
05-07-2006, 05:24 PM
I usually don't agree with Whitlock. It's not that I agree with him here...it just seems this column is so contrived...he couldn't come up with an original topic, and just rehashed a bunch of a crap.

Wile_E_Coyote
05-07-2006, 05:46 PM
LJ needs paid, Jared Allen's contract is up & now I read from Clayton http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=clayton_john&id=2431150 that Gonzo is a FA in '07. So much for any FAs next year