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Tribal Warfare
04-23-2010, 11:39 PM
Character counts for Chiefs at draft (http://www.kansascity.com/2010/04/23/1899124/character-counts-for-chiefs-at.html)
By JASON WHITLOCK
The Kansas City Star

If Scott Pioli conducted an experiment over the first two days of the NFL draft, I hope his theory is correct. Character counts.

From Eric Berry to Dexter McCluster to Javier Arenas to Jon Asamoah to Tony Moeaki, the Chiefs’ general manager appeared to choose good character over team needs.

A day ago, I gushed in this column space about the spotlessness of Berry’s resume. The Tennessee safety and Kansas City first-round pick is a big-time player and a big-time human being. His addition fit a positional need and foreshadowed what we’d see Friday during the second and third rounds of the NFL’s primetime draft.

With the 36th pick, Pioli made a somewhat surprising choice, plucking Ole Miss running back/receiver Dexter McCluster, a tiny scatback who will remind fans of Dante Hall.

Why? There were highly sought linebackers, defensive tackles and offensive tackles still available. The TV talking heads bought the trade-bait hype that new offensive coordinator Charlie Weis couldn’t live without his former Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen.

Why take a running back/third receiver when the Chiefs have Jamaal Charles and a gaping hole at No. 1 receiver?

The pick seemed odd at the time.

With the 51st pick, Pioli grabbed Alabama corner Javier Arenas, the best return man in the draft. A returner over Arenas’ college teammate Terrence “Mount” Cody, a classic 3-4 nose tackle?

It seemed strange.

With the 68th pick, Pioli tabbed an offensive guard, Illinois’ Jon Asamoah. Wow. After the offseason acquisition of Ryan Lilja, guard is one of the strongest positions on Kansas City’s roster.

And finally, after trading for a late third-round pick, Pioli picked an injury-prone tight end from Iowa, Tony Moeaki.

The common thread connecting all the players is high character.

McCluster was on the SEC’s “community service team.” Arenas was selected as Alabama’s 2007 academic excellence award winner and in 2008 won Alabama’s “I like to practice” award. Asamoah was an academic All-American. Moeaki was given the Hayden Fry Award for extra effort and was a member of Iowa’s leadership council for four years. All five Chiefs draft picks were team captains.

This is interesting. As best I can recall, I’ve never seen a team concentrate this much on acquiring solid citizens. Most teams give lip service to character. Every general manager or head coach talks about stressing character when it comes to acquiring players. Very few decision-makers back up their talk with action. Pioli has.

I hope he’s right. It would be a great message.

Talent trumps everything in professional sports. If O.J. Simpson could still average 4 yards per carry, Jerry Jones would hire a dream team of attorneys to file an appeal on Simpson’s behalf.

“The core of your team has to be the right kind of guys,” Pioli told the media at the end of day two.

Pioli said Carl Peterson’s regime left a solid foundation of good citizens. Peterson also left behind Larry Johnson and Dwayne Bowe. But I’m not going to beat Peterson up about those mistakes. Under Dick Vermeil and Herm Edwards, Peterson distanced the organization from the “Bone, Thugs and Marty” era, the Marty Schottenheimer-coached teams that featured Andre Rison, Chester McGlockton, Bam Morris, Tamarick Vanover, Wayne Simmons and Dale Carter.

Pioli is building a foundation of high-character players. Friday night, he seemed to indicate that if the Chiefs were going to add a player of questionable character it would be talented veteran who had learned the error of his ways.

That was the formula in New England. The Patriots took on Corey Dillon and Randy Moss after they’d made messes elsewhere and wanted to prove they could contribute to a winner.

“People change,” Pioli explained.

The approach makes a lot of sense. If you build a roster filled with young people of strong character, they’re less likely to be swayed by an older player with the wrong attitude.

In retrospect, there was no chance of the Chiefs drafting receiver Dez Bryant, my favorite player in this draft. I guess I’ll have to wait six or seven years, and maybe then Pioli will sign Bryant to save KC’s stale receiving corps.

Deberg_1990
04-23-2010, 11:43 PM
Talent trumps everything in professional sports. If O.J. Simpson could still average 4 yards per carry, Jerry Jones would hire a dream team of attorneys to file an appeal on Simpson’s behalf.



So true....LJ would still be a Chief most likely if he was still smokin fools like 05-06

Count Zarth
04-23-2010, 11:44 PM
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KC kid
04-24-2010, 12:12 AM
Look, whether you like the draft class or not, this articles sucks balls worse than the broncos draft

Count Zarth
04-24-2010, 12:14 AM
What happened to pitbull Whitlock, anyway?

philfree
04-24-2010, 12:40 AM
Vanover and Bong Morris aren't on the team?



PhilFree:arrow:

Rausch
04-24-2010, 12:49 AM
“The core of your team has to be the right kind of guys,” Pioli told the media at the end of day two.

Pioli said Carl Peterson’s regime left a solid foundation of good citizens. Peterson also left behind Larry Johnson and Dwayne Bowe. But I’m not going to beat Peterson up about those mistakes. Under Dick Vermeil and Herm Edwards, Peterson distanced the organization from the “Bone, Thugs and Marty” era, the Marty Schottenheimer-coached teams that featured Andre Rison, Chester McGlockton, Bam Morris, Tamarick Vanover, Wayne Simmons and Dale Carter.

That would also be the last time we won anything meaningful and didn't show up and get outclassed in a playoff game.

Just saying...

'Hamas' Jenkins
04-24-2010, 01:59 AM
Is this Habitat for Humanity or a fucking football team?

Chocolate Hog
04-24-2010, 02:43 AM
What happened to pitbull Whitlock, anyway?

Lipstick.

milkman
04-24-2010, 07:15 AM
This team already has character and leadership in guys like Brian Waters, Tamba Hali, and Glen Dorsey, not to mention Mike Vrabel, and added that with Eric Berry.

You can't build an entire roster of leadership guys.

You have to have talent in core positions.

KCJOSH17
04-24-2010, 07:45 AM
I'd be looking Freddie Barnes's way. The guy gets open on every play, and he catches everything. Very underrated wr imo.

tomahawk kid
04-24-2010, 07:56 AM
Sweet. We've got a bunch of boy scouts.

Maybe they can build a camp fire at half time for the 200 fans that are at the stadium.

KCJOSH17
04-24-2010, 08:02 AM
Sweet. We've got a bunch of boy scouts.

Maybe they can build a camp fire at half time for the 200 fans that are at the stadium.

It's awful heartwarming isn't it... This draft class needs some street cred. Lamarcus Coker is the answer! Heck, KC has a bunch of TN boys already. Coker would be a legit backup behind Charles.

Ari Chi3fs
04-24-2010, 08:58 AM
Sweet. We are putting together a choir. How exciting.

boogblaster
04-24-2010, 09:04 AM
Call the Pope .. young lads that can touch their toes ....

KCChiefsFan88
04-24-2010, 11:58 AM
This article is for the dumbass crowd who were having massive panic attacks at the mere hint, mere mention of the possibility of the Chiefs trading for Roethlisberger because of his off the field issues.

The Walter Payton Man of the Year trophy is nice... but I'd rather have a Lombardi Trophy

ForeverChiefs58
04-24-2010, 02:14 PM
If that were true wouldn't they have made sure to draft rolle? He is a freaking rhodes scholar

alnorth
04-24-2010, 02:43 PM
In retrospect, Denver may have saved us by taking Tebow off the board

Sweet Daddy Hate
04-24-2010, 05:07 PM
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http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii237/cbc82/GIF_saftey_guy_suicide.gif

Is this Habitat for Humanity or a fucking football team?

ROFL Agreed.

CrazyPhuD
04-24-2010, 07:10 PM
Just gotta say it...nice guys finish last....

penchief
04-24-2010, 08:18 PM
This team already has character and leadership in guys like Brian Waters, Tamba Hali, and Glen Dorsey, not to mention Mike Vrabel, and added that with Eric Berry.

You can't build an entire roster of leadership guys.

You have to have talent in core positions.

I don't think that is what they are trying to do or even what they say they are trying to do. This is just another angle for Whitlock.

Character is an important attribute that enhances talent. Character has a synergistic effect on both individual talent and team chemistry. I understand why it is important.

But to make it sound as if Pioli and Haley are willing to forego talent in order to assemble a collection of do-gooders is just another attempt to discredit them, IMHO.

DumbHillbillies
04-25-2010, 01:31 AM
In retrospect, there was no chance of the Chiefs drafting receiver Dez Bryant, my favorite player in this draft. I guess I’ll have to wait six or seven years, and maybe then Pioli will sign Bryant to save KC’s stale receiving corps.


Damn, he took a cheap shot at the end. Not cool.