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July 12, 2005

Warfield Suspended for Four Games « Kansas City Chiefs »

Here's the story.

But I'm not all that concerned. 2 games, 4 games...what's the difference? You don't throw away two games at the beginning of the season any more than you throw away four, so why do people get so excited about the two additional suspended games?

We don't need Ty Law. We don't. With his injury, in fact, he would be a hindrance early in the season...those exact same four games.

Either Ambrose was good enough for the four full games, or we shouldn't have signed him. We did, so I think he's probably good to go for those four games.

First, Justin Perkins and Alphonso Hodge are doing better than anyone expected. Why couldn't rookies start and win games for us? I don't know personally know anything about Perkins, but from what I understand of Hodge, his skills at coverage were never in question...and he's improved significantly even from his college skills under the tutelage of KC's coaches.

Second, Benny Sapp might just surprise everyone by playing like a quality starter. He surprised people by making the team last year as an undrafted RFA. He suprised people by making it on the active roster during the season. He surprised people by playing decently, breaking up some passes and pressuring the QB. He now has the benefit of an entire off-season with KC's secondary and conditioning/strength/speed coaches. Who knows how much he might have improved?

Third, KC has vastly improved its front seven, particularly the linebackers. The biggest problem with our secondary over the last season and a half was being exposed for too long, and having to move safeties up to help with run support. Getting the half-second quicker pressure on the QB (from fleet-footed Johnson and Bell, not to mention the addition of Carlos Hall and a hopefully-further improved Jared Allen) will mean more rushed passes, more jarring hits to make QBs jittery, more sacks. Having more runs stuffed within three yards of the line of scrimmage (by a stronger Allen, a hopefully-reinspired Sims, and a hopefully-improved/uninjured Siavii, not to mention having Mitchell or Fox actually playing up to their talents, as well as the aforementioned fleet-footed Johnson and Bell) should mean being able to leave safeties in coverage more, which helps protect both the inexperienced (like Hodge) and the older and slower CB (like McLeon or Ambrose). And if it looks like you need it, Bartee should make an excellent nickel corner...

Bottom line: Law is damaged goods who won't be back to top form until mid-season, if ever. Why should we pay so much money for someone who would need the same protection as Ambrose, McLeon, Perkins, Hodge, or Sapp would need anyway? Particularly someone with an inflated sense of self-importance?

Posted by Nathan at 07:16 PM | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

I couldn't have said it better myself, literally.

We can't answer "yes" to the question of whether he has, or will ever fully recover from this injury. He's not Ty Law if he can't run, so we need to stop trying to sign the name until we can properly evaluate the feet. Can he run and cut with the grace and quickness that made him the best corner in the game? Imo, not at his age.

Posted by: Warpaint at July 13, 2005 11:10 PM

Heck, with the way rookies played in the playoffs and Superbowl for the Patriots, I gotta question if Ty Law was ever the best CB in the NFL. Which is why I think our secondary will be just fine: a vastly improved front 7 makes a secondary look far more skilled.

Posted by: Nathan at July 13, 2005 11:29 PM

I agree.

Btw, Rhonda Moss on 610 Sports out of KC is reporting the Chiefs are very close to signing him to a one year, $3 mil contract.

Posted by: Warpaint at July 14, 2005 08:35 AM

Well, I'm not going to call for him to get kicked off the team.
I might prefer more depth at DT than CB, but depth isn't a bad thing anywhere; if we sign him, maybe he can help teach Sapp, Hodge, and Perkins.

Posted by: Nathan at July 14, 2005 09:27 AM
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