Gaither Released

Did a false start penalty cost Jared Gaither his spot on the Chiefs roster?

Doubtful, but that’s an easy conclusion after the Chiefs released Gaither on Monday in a move that they’ve not announced publicly, but has passed through on the NFL wire.

In the fourth quarter of Sunday night’s game against the Steelers, Gaither came into the offensive huddle to replace left tackle Branden Albert who was injured. At the line of scrimmage, Gaither jumped before the snap and was flagged for a false start. With 38 seconds to play, a 1st-and-10 play at the Chiefs 32-yard line became 1st-and-15 at the 37-yard line.

Albert came back into the game and Gaither ran off and that was his last play in a Chiefs uniform.

Signed in August after training camp had already started, Gaither saw the field almost exclusively on the PAT and FG teams. He stepped in for a play or two for both Albert and RT Barry Richardson, and for several games was the team’s third tight end in short yardage and goal line situations.

No word yet on a replacement for Gaither on the active roster, but the Chiefs have three offensive linemen on their practice squad – C/G Darryl Harris, G/T Lucas Patterson and OT David Mims.

19 Responses to “Gaither Released”

  • November 29, 2011  - Tim says:

    Something isn’t right with this. This guy is talented when healthy…much moreso than many we have. There’s got to me more to this story.

  • November 29, 2011  - ED J says:

    How about he couldnt beat out pitiful Barry Richardson. I just dont buy that he is 100% I think he is shell of himself. This was low risk deal anyways which for team that far under cap we need to out of low risk moves

  • November 29, 2011  - napahank says:

    Now that he is gone maybe we will find the truth. It was a low risk smart deal to bring him in but it changes our draft priorities significantly next year since he didn’t pan out.

    Speaking of draft…it is interesting how the Chiefs went from desperate need at wide receiver to about the strongest position on the team.

  • November 29, 2011  - TDKC says:

    Maybe he WAS cut because of the penalty. If a kicker misses field goals you cut him, right?
    Why not a backup OT.
    While they’re at it maybe they should cut a tight end who tackles his own running back. And why keep a third QB who can’t be trusted to run even a limited offense.
    The Canadian Football season is over. Let’s get some of those guys. I mean can it get any worse?

  • November 29, 2011  - johnfromfairfax says:

    I’m with Tim and wonder if there’s not more to this. Perhaps he does have a chronic back issue. Whatever the reason for the move the result is there’s one less reserve to be evaluated.

  • November 29, 2011  - Tenand6 says:

    I’m all about looking at the young guys. And, I’m all about the Chiefs drafting a top-tier QB. Pioli can cover up most of his/the team’s defects with the right QB. All the “Patriot Way” talk is all crap, IMHO. “Marty’s Way” worked quite well and he was a great QB away from being the best coach of his era.

  • November 29, 2011  - el cid says:

    This may be the first casualty of what turned into a bad year. Marginal/reserve players, if they get a chance to get on the field better bring their A-game. I do wish we could find out the “what’s behind it” story on Gaither as so many were just waiting for him to replace Richardson at RT.

    Sort of expect Becht to be next. Never could figure what he was doing on the roster.

  • November 29, 2011  - bhive01 says:

    There has got to be more to this story than just the penalty. Maybe the penalty broke the camel’s back, but there’s no way I believe it was just the penalty.

  • November 29, 2011  - James says:

    Ozzie Newsome is a pretty good evaluator of talent in Baltimore and he had no qualms about releasing Gaither. The Raiders wouldn’t take him. Maybe the talent evaluators at 1 Arrowhead Drive aren’t so damn smart after all. Would like to see Mims and Harris brought up from the practice squad and get some playing time as these Chief’s aren’t going anywhere. And Slate and Gantt couldn’t have been as bad as this Becht character.

  • November 29, 2011  - RW says:

    The old saying about ‘you can’t coach speed’ is also apt for ‘not coaching size’ so Gaither must have had issues of some form to negate his status as a NFL player. What those issues were would be interesting to know but I suspect they’ll be buried along with the memory of what might have been.

  • November 29, 2011  - el cid says:

    James, sure wish we had some inside reporting from somewhere. The “why” behind the Chiefs and their move and the inability to get information is more telling about what goes on or does not go on at 1Arrowhead. All we get is to watch the results on Sunday, starting to question what I see.

  • November 29, 2011  - aPauled says:

    Gaither’s lingering back issues aside…I would assume that the move was to protect David Mims. Another team could have signed him to an active roster from the Chiefs practice squad. With injuries mounting for linemen and some teams looking to next year…it’s the season to start picking from practive squads.

  • November 29, 2011  - el cid says:

    Good point, anyway you could send your post to Pioli, not sure he is aware practice squads are for raiding. LOL

  • November 29, 2011  - rufus says:

    I have never seen such fan base meltdown over a player that rarely played and was with the team for only a few months.

  • November 29, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    “How about he couldnt beat out pitiful Barry Richardson.”

    You mean like Stanzi can’t beat out pitiful Palko?


  • November 29, 2011  - ED J says:

    Love the sarcasism but the reality is this guy worked with show team for 10 to 11 weeks so he hasn’t had any reps with 1st or 2nd team. He spent most of his time running opposing team offense and less time learning Chiefs offense. So bottom line is nothing do with his skill just lack of experience working with 1st or 2nd unit. I mean Brady remained Pats 4th QB all season his rookie yr behind Michael Bishop and John Friez that didn’t mean those guys were better only that they had been in the league longer and new playbook better. On top Brady being late round pick which most late round QB almost never end up 2nd QB on team in their 1st yr.

  • November 30, 2011  - el cid says:

    Had I any imput, I might have kept Gaither, for the rest of the year, and cut Becht or Washington. It seems to me there is plenty of drift wood on this roster, Gaither included. Curious, why he got the first haircut, french style and not the 3rd TE, who should return to the world of announcing pretty soom.

  • November 30, 2011  - aPauled says:

    “drift wood” that is a good description of much of the Chiefs depth. Agree with your point about Becht. Seems to make sense to expand Maneri’s role…replacing Becht all together and giving Gaither some opportunity.

    I recall the play that Gaither was on the field against the Steelers…he was asking Hudson something as they went to the line. Could have been the snap count…that he still didn’t get. May not have even known what he was supposed to do on the play.

  • November 30, 2011  - el cid says:

    Never been known for my PC, this roster looks a lot like the little pig who built his home out of sticks. Looked like a house but the big bad wolf could blow it down and have mountain oysters for dinner. I suggest we look at the qualifications of the builder of the house we call the KC Chiefs. Maybe he is only qualified to build outhouses not mansions.

Get the Flash Player to see the slideshow.


Other News