Answer Bob – 7/8

From America’s highways and byways

On the road for one of the last weekends before the start of training camp, it’s amazing how quiet the NFL situation is with the general public.

One of the things that lifted pro football into the position of America’s past-time was the passion around the game. The owners’ lockout for the last four months seems to have snuffed that flame. It’s probably only temporary, but if I’m the NFL there’s got to be concern about how quietly the labor situation has been greeted by those passionate fans. The general attitude I’ve heard in the last few days is “wake me when it’s over.”

It should be over next week. It will be interesting to see how quickly the flame is re-ignited.

On to the e-mail, comments and questions.


Paying the Past

  • Johnfromfairfax says: The majority of players leave the game with lifelong injuries and many face even more serious health issues that are just beginning to come to light. The players of today should prioritize long term care as a cost of doing business. The athletes pay a huge price for their Faustian bargain and HOF players like John Unitas and John Mackey’s family shouldn’t have to fight with the league over whether their disabilities were caused by the injuries they suffered over long careers as marquee players in the NFL.


    rwh1974 says: All though I agree that compensation for retired players is not necessarily owed, sometimes you do the right thing anyway. When the pie is that big, it puts a bad face on the League and Players to not share a little more. If nothing else it’s a good PR move and both the Players and the NFL could use some good PR. The Corps has the policy that you never leave a man behind. It would be nice to see some of that integrity and honor in the billionaire and millionaire club that’s the NFL.


    Bob says: I love that thought – never leave a man behind. That should become the rallying cry of today’s players. But the problem among those currently in the NFL on this situation is perception. Even though they know what type of business they’ve chosen, the vast majority of these guys are so young, full of vim and vigor that they can’t ever see a point where they might have to pay a long-term price for their participation. Not only can’t they see it for themselves, they have a hard time associating with the guys that came before in the game. The right thing to do would be the current players and owners showing real concerns for the former players. They don’t have too, they are under no legal requirement, but it would be the right thing to do. Leave no man behind!


    100 Best Chiefs of All-Time

    Various posters say: Chris Burford @ 21? He was kind of a poor man’s Raymond Berry with sure hands and good routes but seemed to have an ongoing feud with Lenny. The ranking seems high … what about Marcus Allen? He was one of the leaders throughout the great decade of the 90′s … Not that he isn’t great – but J-Charles – doesn’t he have a bit more to accomplish over a longer period of time include maybe leading his team to a win in the playoffs before we can rank him over some of the guys you have below him … where’s Joe Montana? I don’t see him in the top 20 … the Top 40 … the Top 60 … wait he’s not even on the list … DT has gotta be in the Top 5, probably plug him in at #3 or #4. Will Shields should be higher as well, probably #9 or #10, either before or after Jim Tyrer … I would put DT, Tony G, and Will Shields higher on the list … Willie Roaf 49? Please. He made DE’s disappear. If KC had a defense when he played he would be a first ballot Hall of Fame. Definitely one of the top five OT’s to play in the NFL … THE PRIEST should have EASILY been in the top 5 if not @ # 1!!!!! LONG LIVE THE PRIEST!!!!! … Dante Hall at 27?? Really?? Come on now … Larry Johnson is on this list. Seriously? … I would have Cherry and Alt higher … There are quite a few that require a WTF….You have done your job of getting discussion on creating a list like this..LOL…I just can’t believe it almost appears you ranked people YET on “Potential” like guys as Mike Bell, Dwayne Bowe and my God – Greg Wesley…he was horrible!!

    Bob says: Ah, that’s what a top 100 list is all about – creating discussion. Let me touch on some of the names thrown out in the discussion, starting with Joe Montana. Obviously, I’m quite aware of Montana’s two-year career with the Chiefs and the fact he helped lead them to the AFC Championship Game in the ’93 season. I just don’t feel like his contribution should rank among the top players and I didn’t think listing him in the bottom 50 was right. As for a few other names mentioned:

    Chris Burford at No. 21 – I think he was an important part of the early years of the franchise. I can buy the argument that #21 is too high, but I would have him in the top 30.

    Marcus Allen at No. 64 – There’s no question what Allen brought to the Chiefs off-the field with his leadership. He got done most of what he was asked to do on-the-field. Essentially he had a four-year career with the team, although he was with them for five years. I can see a higher ranking, but I’m not sure he’d crack the top 50.

    Jamaal Charles at No. 44 – Some of my rating is based on what may come, but in his short time as the engine of the Chiefs offense he’s done things that nobody in club history has done before. If he stays healthy, he’ll eventually end up in the top 10 or 15 players.

    Will Shields at No. 11 – I think that’s right where he should be. Tyrer was voted to the all-time AFL team for his play and he was one of the best players on the field early in his career. I think I got that one just right.

    Willie Roaf at No. 49 – Might be too low, but the Chiefs did not get Roaf in his prime and in his time wearing the red and gold, they did not win a game in the playoffs. Now, that’s not Roaf’s fault because in the ’03 playoffs he made Dwight Freeney disappear. No post-season success hurts many of the Chiefs players after the Super Bowl team. Again, I don’t think Roaf’s best years were in Kansas City, but he deserves recognition.

    Priest Holmes at No. 17 – For a period of two-three years, Holmes was as impressive an offensive weapon as there was in the NFL. He was an amazing RB who got more out of his abilities than 99 percent of the players that roll through the NFL. I might buy him a big higher, but I think Priest is in the #15 to #20 slot.

    Larry Johnson at No. 36 – Despite his horrific personality and propensity for saying and doing the wrong things, Johnson was one heckuva player and I’m not going to throw out his accomplishments on-the-field. Where I ranked him may be too high, but I think his status for a brief period of time as one of the league’s best backs deserves recognition in the top 50. Over the years the Chiefs have not had that many players that at any time were considered among the best in the game at that time.

    Greg Wesley at No. 56 – Wesley was a much better player than he’s given credit for being. Too bad for him that he came to the team at a time when the defense was in the toilet. There was a span of about three seasons where Wesley almost created a new statistics – touchdown saving tackles. On the backline, he was frequently the last man and he frequently stopped what would have been long touchdown runs.

2 Responses to “Answer Bob – 7/8”

  • July 9, 2011  - KC_Guy says:

    Just wonder if your e-mail is down – tried to mail you twice and got delivery failure notices.

    On to other things:

    There’s been a lot of discussion recently which position may need FA help (like OT, NT, WR, ILB, QB).

    How about starting a set of articles discussed the FA available at those positions and how they would (or would not) fit the Chiefs?

  • July 9, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    I will always believe that Marcus Allen’s retirement before the ’98 season for a failed TV career was one of the most damaging things to ever happen in Chiefs history. I don’t think that ’98 team would have self-destructed if he had been there to control the characters Goonther talked Marty into bringing in to KC.

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