Ask Bob – The Floor Is Open

With the NFL Draft and rookie mini-camp now behind us, ahead are the start of OTAs and the full-team mini-camp before the league’s players and coaches shut down before the start of training camp.

It seems as good a time as any to answer some of your questions. Just attach them on the comments and we’ll try to provide answers and thoughts as the questions roll in. The mailbox will stay open through 11:59 p.m. Thursday evening.

All subjects, opinions and emotions are welcome. Just be polite.

24 Responses to “Ask Bob – The Floor Is Open”

  • May 15, 2012  - milkman says:

    Bob- although it may have been a necessary evil, is it just me or do the new CBA restrictions have the potential of an inferior product being put on the field compared to years past? (at least the first part of the regular season anyway). With all the limitations on practices it just seems like it will take longer for all coaching staffs to get their points across. And do you think this was negotiated by the players because of coaches who went to extremes? (the old Dick Vermeil and Tom Coughlin for example).
    Add to that it is harder for us diehards to get skinny on our favorite teams cause there’s nothing to report.
    Thanks again for this site.

  • May 15, 2012  - Nathan Titus says:

    You probably won’t want to do this but how about a ‘fearless prediction’ on how this rookie class will fair this coming season?
    What do you think of Cyrus Gray? Is he the future at RB or just a special teamer?
    What about Junior Hemingway? Will he make the 53 man roster?

  • May 15, 2012  - Shock says:

    Bob, from this fan’s perspective, Kevin Boss is a huge improvement at tight end over last year’s crop: Pope, Becht, O’Connell. What’s your take on Kevin Boss? Give us the analyst viewpoint. Also, would Dallas Clark being our third tight end be another upgrade at the position?

  • May 15, 2012  - ChuckXX says:

    Hi Bob; I love your sight and you are the man. Could you please give us your unbiased opinion of Donald Stephenson??? Lots of the analyists before the draft said he was a 4th or even 5th rounder. Why did we take him so high??? And if he is a “project” why would we take him in the 3rd??? Sorry, its early I meant “site” not sight.

  • May 15, 2012  - Michael D says:

    Bob, as always thanks for all the great work you do providing us your insight on the Chiefs.

    I guess I misunderstood or better yet more naive then I thought about the rookie pay scale. Please break it down for us so my brain can stop bugging me with, “Why is Poe not signed yet?”

    GO CHIEFS!!!!

  • May 15, 2012  - R W says:

    Bob, in your opinion, what is the length of the Jr. Hunt leash on Pioli to deliver a legitimate Superbowl contender, i.e., will another sub .500 season in 2012 end his GM tenure? How much longer will the ownership ride with Pioli?

  • May 15, 2012  - el cid says:

    Bob, we had the best off season of Pioli tenure, my opinion. Nationally they say the Chiefs are in position to be on the upper level except for the QB position. So….with Manning in Denver, SD hanging in there, raiders in live without Al mode, where will the Chiefs fit in the AFC West?

    If the team flops or is only a little better than last year, does Pioli survive? Will Crennel be the answer at HC?

  • May 15, 2012  - TimR says:


    I said many times toward the end of last season, and after, that we’d be better off with another true WR with return ability & another true RB rather than McCluster. Don’t get me wrong. I like Dexter, but just seems from a football perspective, we’d be better off. What do you think the chances of Dexter being cut or traded with the drafting of Wylie & Cyrus Gray? What do you think Dexter would bring in a trade, if anything?

  • May 15, 2012  - Dio says:


    Thanks for answering our questions. How would you prioritize contract extensions for the following Chiefs who play key roles currently and become free agents after 2012:
    Dwayne Bowe
    Branden Albert
    Dustin Colquitt
    Glenn Dorsey
    Tyson Jackson ($17 million 2013 cap number essentially makes him a free agent since team won’t keep him at that price tag)
    Ryan Lilja
    Jovan Belcher

  • May 15, 2012  - Johnfromwichita says:

    Bob, I’ve got a question that you won’t need your crystal ball. Is the price of parking, as I’ve heard, actually going to increase? It’s already the price of a cheap motel room. After several years of parking in different locations we settled on the N lot. N44 was my favorite place; not too long of a walk and great views. Last year, first game, the Nazi Parking Police showed up. No longer can you park anywhere; they line you up and direct you to a parking slot. First game they took the first ones to arrive and sent them to the BACK of the lot. That did change after that first game. But after the game we like to tailgate again and watch the first half of the second game. Now an hour after the game roving patrols of Nazi Parkers are telling people to pack it up. Is this a new way of life at Arrowhead? Please tell me it isn’t so.

  • May 15, 2012  - kenny low says:


    Many NFL writers seem to echo the comments of the Chiefs personnel department and say the chiefs had the luxury to draft for depth in this draft. Can you help explain why we have this luxury to get deeper when the people starting have put together only one winning season since 2006? I’m confused. How much better are we than our record shows?

    Bill Williamson of ESPN writes about how good and deep our offense could be in 2012-13. How well do you think we stack up against playoff caliber defenses?

  • May 15, 2012  - ChiefsZed says:

    Hi Bob, I think Hemingway could be a great pick for the Chiefs. What do you think about lining him up as a second TE in some situations? Yes, he’s undersized for a TE, but is also said to be a good blocker. It could be a creative way to get more play-makers on the field.

    P.S. Yours is the only blog I’ve found that offers blunt commentary on the Chiefs. Keep it coming; I want to root for my Chiefs with my eyes wide open.

  • May 15, 2012  - Johnfromwichita says:

    Bob, this is not for you. This is for ChiefsZed. Dude, you are so right. Eyes wide open. My guess is that’s why we all pay.

  • May 15, 2012  - KC_Fanactic69 says:

    Bob, given that Cassell still has 3 years left on his contract, do you think it would be financially sound & justifiable long term (team building wise) to package several years worth of high end draft picks to move far enough up in the draft next Spring to be in a position to draft one of the top 2 projected QBs, Matt Barkley or (Tyler Bray, Tyler Wilson, or Landry Jones – which ever ends up #2 on the boards)?

  • May 16, 2012  - johnfromfairfax says:

    Keep up the great work. Romeo Crennel seems like a stabilizing influence and is obviously a very good defensive coach. Do you see him as a short term coach or if the Chiefs are successful in turning things up a notch and becoming competitive in the division do you see him remaining HC beyond his current contract?

  • May 16, 2012  - el cid says:

    Bob a second question. Crennel was a dud in Cleveland and now we are picking up castoffs who were to sorry to stick with Cleveland. Is this an issue? Pioli letting Crennel “pay” old friends to fill roster spots. I do not like all this signing of ex-Dlevelanders. What about you?

  • May 16, 2012  - Bill Hubbard says:

    Hi Bob,
    Thank you for this opportunity. Is Casey Weigman(sp) retired? Would the chiefs bring him back as a coach durning training camp? Thank You!!

  • May 16, 2012  - vincent belt says:

    What happened to looking in depth at five of the UDFA?
    Do you have of your wonderful indepth reports of some of the new Chiefs that were signed after the tryout camp?
    With David LeGree not invited to camp, do you have any heads up on who the Chiefs will sign as their 4th QB?

  • May 16, 2012  - kcarrowhead says:

    Bob, who are the 2nd or 3rd year players you think will improve the most this year; how about a couple on offense, and a couple on the D?

    What’s the deal with the silence surrounding Ricki Stanzi? He has played ok when I’ve seen him in the preseason, but no one says anything about how he practices or prepares in the classroom, good or bad?

    Any news on Kelly Gregg? Is he officially retired? Will KC bring him back? What about Giblerry and Battle?

    Will the Chiefs carry a true fullback like Gentry, or will it be more of an H-back type like Bannon or maybe O’Connell?

    How’s the business side of the website going? It seems like a see a little more advertising than before, but it wouldn’t hurt me to see more. Whatever will help keep it in the black. I don’t always agree with you or your perspective, but I do respect your knowledge and experience of the NFL and want to see the site flourish. Thanks for the time and work you obviously put into it.

  • May 17, 2012  - Morten Nyholm says:

    Hi Bob

    2 questions on the qb-situation; the first a couple of months too late…

    Why do you think Peyton Manning never even considered KC; I mean compared to the other teams in the hunt, I’d say Chiefs had a lot rosterwise to offer…?

    On Cassel; its time for him to really show hé Can lead this team and win…. Do

  • May 17, 2012  - Morten Nyholm says:

    I Try again,

    If Cassel struggles early, do you Think Romeo wooul hesitate to try quinn?

    Thanks for a great site.

  • May 17, 2012  - R W says:

    Bob, another of those 800lb gorilla in the room questions: Do you envision a scenario anytime in the near (3-5 years) future where Clark Hunt would either a)Sell the team or b)Attempt to move it to another market?
    I get the sense that Hunt is not into slogging it out over the longterm, that he’d sooner pursue other interests than trying to keep a mid-tier (or lower) team viable in a smaller NFL market.

  • May 17, 2012  - Doug Lake says:

    Great website, appreciate your thoughts. Long time reader, first time question. It seems the NFL is about matchups; player vs player. Is Devon Wylie an eventual McCluster replacement, or do you envision a package with two quick slot receivers that creates matchup problems for some AFC west competitors who may not have enough quick nickel backs to hang with them. Maybe motion Charles into the flat too or have him release shallow with a backer on him who can’t keep pace. Seems akin to what NE has done with dual TE’s, just with a slightly different player.

  • May 17, 2012  - Randall Webb says:

    Bob, at some point could you rank the position groups for the Chiefs as well as how you think they stack up against the rest of the AFC West?


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