According to my kick-ass KCC Tipsters—aka, a graphic I saw on KMBC Channel 9—Kansas City Chiefs’ new season ticket sales are up an impressive 112% from last year and renewals up 5. As the free-agent signing period chugs along, the team has made a number of impressive moves that seem to indicate a commitment to winning, and for the time being, it would appear that the fans are buying what general manager John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid are selling.
So long, Peyton Hillis, Kevin Boss, and Stanford Routt. Fare-thee-well Matt Cassel, Brady Quinn and Lil’ Stevie Breaston. Oh, and Glenn Dorsey? You’ve been pretty awful, and you’re probably gone, too.
(BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! Multiple sources are indicating that Dorsey has reached an agreement with the San Francisco 49ers. Thank. God.)
The turnover has been fairly magnificent in a very short span, giving hope to even the most miserable of fans.
It’s about time.
Last week, the Chiefs welcomed new defensive back Dunta Robinson. The veteran CB—known for racking up both bone-rattling hits and hefty fines—will likely slide in opposite Brandon Flowers, filling a hole that has been vacant since the departure of Brandon Carr. As some have been quick to point out, however, Robinson is 31 years old and therefore, practically ancient. But while we all sit around and wonder how much of an impact Old Man Dunta will be able to make with his crippled, arthritic legs filled with bone marrow that’s probably moldy dust, I submit for your approval the following fact: HE’S NOT STANFORD ROUTT, nor is he Javier Arenas attempting to live beyond his means.
Because of these reasons, and these reasons alone, I think this is a fine move.
I also like the signing of former Mizzou quarterback Chase Daniel. Interestingly enough, it seems that it’s mostly a local contingent (you know, people on my Facebook) panning the move; a lot of talk before free agency began cited Daniel as a “sleeper” whose signing had the potential to be a brilliant move for a team ballsy enough to take the chance. Why? Well, as a backup for Drew Brees in New Orleans, Daniel studied under one of the best QBs in the league, and, despite his diminutive size (same knock that hounded Brees early in his career), his actual skills have never been in question.
While I like the signing, Daniel must love it, because of A) duh: $3mil per year, and B) the fact that he has a MUCH better chance of seeing the field in KC than he ever would have in N.O. (Either by virtue of Alex Smith’s performance, or Smith’s slightly disconcerting history of ailments.) So, yeah… nicely done, Chance Daniels.
(By the way– why won’t you answer Karen, Chase? Is it because she asked you a totally obvious question 12 hours after nearly every other media outlet had reported your impending deal as factual? Look:
Oh Karen, you so… crazy.
Trying to shore up a very thin tight end position—I like Tony Moeaki, but his lack of consistency and propensity for significant injuries are maddening—the Chiefs signed the quietly solid Anthony Fasano to a four year deal worth an estimated $16mil. The 28-year-old former 2nd round draft pick out of Notre Dame averaged 35 catches and four touchdowns per season during his Dolphins-days, and is a productive blocker to boot. He’s not exactly dazzling, and he’ll never revolutionize the position like Gonzalez or take absolute control of a game like both Graham and Gronkowski are capable of doing, but he finds the end zone every couple of games which is all anyone could ever reasonably want from a second tight end.
Finally, the Chiefs capped off day one of free agency by making a move that many have cited as a stealthily excellent one—signing former New York Jets’ defensive end Mike DeVito to a 3 year deal worth a reported $12mil ($6 guaranteed). DeVito, who has started for the past three years in a 3-4 defense (imagine the novelty of signing someone who fits your scheme! AMAZING!), will be reunited with former Jets’ coach/ new Chiefs’ defensive coordinator Bob Sutton. Per Pro Football Focus, DeVito graded out as the tenth-best 3-4 DE in 2012. Not too shabby.
(And though I couldn’t find Dorsey’s grading on the aforementioned site, I DID find this: Dorsey’s 2012 Cap Hit: $8.8m. Dorsey’s 2012 Performance Based Value: $750k. That’s a “Value Differential” of -$8m. GLENN DORSEY WAS WORTH NEGATIVE $8,000,000 in 2012! In terms of defensive linemen, this was second ONLY to Tyson Jackson. Say what you will, but at least the Chiefs are consistent with their terribleness across the board. Like it says in the Bible, “Let no shit outshine another; for all shit is equal in the toilet of the Lord.” I think it says that, at least… somewhere near the back, maybe. )
So, needless to say, the Chiefs have been on a trading/signing tear.
And while a starting cornerback, a defensive lineman, a second tight end and a backup quarterback won’t turn this into a playoff team overnight, it’s refreshing that these things are being DONE, and done quickly. Needs are being addressed, value is being added and the horrific incarnation of last year’s crap factory is slowly being swept away.
Personally, I can’t wait until September.
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