Football Potpourri … Morning Cup O’Chiefs

The Fourth of July weekend is just ahead and were it not for the legal representatives of the owners and players meeting in Minneapolis, pro football would be off the radar screen right now.

But there are plenty of stories floating around in the NFL ether and here are a few that we found interesting for your summer perusal. Enjoy.

THESE UNIFORMS SHOULD BE BURNED

Chiefs fans should thank their lucky stars that the late Lamar Hunt was in charge of the team for almost four decades and was concerned about the way his team looked on the field.

Thus, the Chiefs have seldom had any changes to their uniforms over 52 seasons. Other than a stripe added here and there, or removed here and there, the uniform worn by the Dallas Texans in 1960 are not that different than the duds they’ll wear on the field in the 2011 season.

That’s not the case around the league. The throwback idea is driven by merchandising and the hope of teams and the league to sell more clothing. Thus, teams like the Broncos ended up wearing the hideous uniform you see on QB Kyle Orton (right). The players of the early 1960s became so sick of those vertically striped socks that they burned them in mass in an old oil drum. The Denver duds clearly are the uniforms that should never been seen again.

Here’s a link to a story from NFL.com, providing a look at some of the worst examples of pro football fashion. We can only hope that the Hunt children maintain the same outlook on the uniform as their father.

THE NFL’S NOT SO TOP 100

The NFL Network will unveil the final 10 members of its top 100 current players in the league. The voting on this was done by the players themselves. So far they’ve shown they can have as many suspect selections as the media or fans would.

That’s what Michael Lombardi of NFL.com and the NFL Network says. Here’s the link to his thoughts on the rankings of the first 90 players.

Lombardi hits on the selection of several Chiefs and their placement on the list. First, here’s what’s been revealed so far among the 90 players and there isn’t anybody left in red and gold to be rated in the top 10:

  • 33 – RB Jamaal Charles.
  • 45 – WR Dwayne Bowe.
  • 64 – OLB Tamba Hali.
  • 67 – LG Brian Waters.
  • 93 – SS Eric Berry.

Here’s what Lombardi had to say about the ranking of Bowe at No. 45:

“I nearly came out of my chair when I saw that Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings was voted the No. 74 player, while Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was voted 45th. Are you kidding me? Hypothetically, if Chiefs GM Scott Pioli called Packers GM Ted Thompson to offer this trade, based on these rankings, Thompson would actually have to sweeten the pot. The reality is that Thompson would have laughed and said get lost (and maybe added a few curse words).

“How do I know this? I watch tape, I study talent, and Jennings is a far superior talent then Bowe, who has only one good year, but even in that good season he struggled to separate from tight man coverage, lacking the burst and acceleration to win against top cornerbacks (watch him against Champ Bailey). Trust me on this one, teams playing the Packers worry about having enough talent to handle Jennings in a man-to-man system. Teams playing the Chiefs just make sure they press Bowe.”

Now, let me say this off the top – if Lombardi was such a good judge of talent, he wouldn’t be out of NFL personnel departments and schlepping for the NFL Network and NFL.com. But it’s hard to argue with his comments on Bowe. He does not have a burst. He does not have acceleration to get separation. We all saw that late in the season against Denver and Baltimore.

Lombardi also went after the ranking of Waters. Here’s what he said:

“This list has problems all over the board. Each time I look at it I have a problem with the rankings. Dallas’ Andre Gurode is not the 57th best player in the league. No way. Just ask the Cowboys. Brian Waters of the Chiefs a better guard then Chris Snee of the Giants? Please. That one is not even close. And I could go on and on. I really love the concept of the “Top 100″ players, as voted on by the players. But the reality of the list makes me believe the players are watching a different game than I am.”

IS T.O.’S NEXT STOP CANTON, OHIO?

Over at cbssportsline.com, veteran football writer Len Pasquarelli penned a piece on WR Terrell Owens. It was revealed this week that Owens had torn the ACL in his right knee and it’s unlikely the 38-year old receiver will be ready to play before November.

Thus, T.O.’s playing career may be over and that’s led to a lot of speculation on whether he’ll find his way into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Like your humble correspondent, Pasquarelli
is a member of the 44-person Hall of Fame Board of Selectors and he correctly points out that Owens has the numbers for Hall induction.

He’s also part of a logjam at the position that’s only going to grow tougher to break up. The trend in the last dozen years to the passing game has made the value of receiving statistics hard to gauge. Owens made the Pro Bowl six times and ranks fifth on the all-time receptions list (1,078) and second for receiving yards (15,934) and TD catches (153). On the surface, those are Hall statistics. But that’s not enough, not with the explosion in passing and receivers grabbing big, big numbers.

Pasquarelli writes about the Board’s struggle with receiving statistics and the premise of what’s Hall-worthy and what’s a Hall of the Very Good worthy:

“If the recent knee surgery prematurely prompts Owens to leave the game, the gridlock won’t be any less. And it will only get worse; it seems, in future years. Cris Carter has been a finalist four times. Andre Reed has been brought before the selectors five times. Tim Brown reached the final round the past two years. None of the three are in the Hall, and there might be those who would make the argument that, even with his superior numbers, Owens doesn’t rate ahead of any of them.”

If his playing career is over, Owens will need to hope that Carter, Reed and Brown will be off the ballot in five years. But there’s no question in my mind that of those four, Owens ranks No. 1, with Carter, Reed and Brown in that order.


5 Responses to “Football Potpourri … Morning Cup O’Chiefs”

  • June 30, 2011  - Milkman says:

    I used to think Michael Lombardi made some valid comments from time to time. He now sounds like someone who has jumped on the bandwagon of the latest Super Bowl champion. That is lazy journalism. First, wasn’t this a list of the best players of 2010, not a list of career work? Bowe did have a good year- even he would have to admit that. Also, it may say something for Bowe to put up the #’s he did without the benefit of a quarterback like Aaron Rodgers throwing to him and more NFL caliber recievers on his team to take some of the defensive heat. Maybe once a Raider always a Raider?


  • June 30, 2011  - Pat says:

    I guess I need to take a break from using Facebook. My first reaction was to “like” Milkman’s comments.

    Ranking players will always be a crap shoot and is little more than a fun little exercise. There are so many variables that would have to be considered. The best players in the league might not even be the ones that get much notice if they’re on terrible teams. And mediocre players can look like studs on great teams. Lombardi sounds like just another pundit making noise so someone will think he’s relevant.


  • June 30, 2011  - PAChiefsFan says:

    Never did like the throwback uniform idea. Why not do the leather helmets and no facemasks to make it truly authentic. Throw out the throwback. Should have realized it was a money grab. Nine billion is not enough, haven’t we learned that over the last few months.


  • July 1, 2011  - who knows says:

    I really like OUR throwbacks. But I would be happy if they did away with them because other team’s have such ugly ones

    Bowe is rated too high in the top 100, this is true. hes not near the WR his stats reflected last year since we lacked any true red zone options. Baldwin will more than eat into his yards, I think Baldwin will put up more yards. Yep, im crazy, but I think also correct on that one.

    hes also right on waters

    So does that makes cassel a better QB since bowe is a guy you just have to press and his top WR outside of bowe was verran tucker in a season where he had a qb rating in the low 90s


  • July 5, 2011  - Justin says:

    Lombardi ahs been anti-Chief since he tried to scoop Pioli for National Football Post on some trade a couple years back and Pioli dogged him. He is in no way objective and I quit reading him because of it.

    And as Bob aptly points out – he works for a website and not a team because his judgement is suspect.




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