Is this the point where we stop asking is the Denver Broncos are for real, and work to figure out just how good they really are? It’s obvious now the Broncos and their impressive 6-0 record are no fluke. Sure, they need some immaculate intervention against the Bengals, but when your last two wins come against the New England Patriots and the San Diego Chargers, the time for questions about legitimacy ends. At least it does for me.
I’m sure everyone has heard about Ice Cube’s ditty for the Oakland Raiders. He even performed it for ESPN, because that’s just how O’Shea rolls. While the song is harmless enough and Cube’s rhyme style comes through decently enough, I’m left a little cold, if, for nothing else, this little lyric Cube dropped back during the Death Certificate days:
“Stopped giving juice to the Raiders, cause Al Davis never paid us. I hope he wears a vest…”
Apparently, much like St. Ides, Al Davis must be giving those ends to Cube.
The NFL kicks off tonight, and the Denver Broncos could be on the verge of proving the old adage in the NFL: Talent wins out over everything. Just ask folks like Michael Vick and Leonard Little. Now, to a lesser extent, Brandon Marshall could be the next example of the unwritten Steve Howe rule. In case you missed it, it’s been a summer of discontent for Marshall. He’s seen a regime change for the Broncos, the quarterback that helped make him famous get traded out of town, he’s dealt with the judicial system because of a past relationship, and he’s asked for a new contract or to be traded.
Larry Johnson apparently wants to turn over a new leaf for his new bosses. After asking to be traded shortly after Todd Haley and Scott Pioli took over at Arrowhead Stadium, Johnson has changed his tune and is planning to report to the Kansas City Chiefs voluntary minicamp, which starts tomorrow and goes through Sunday. Johnson’s “good teammate” turn comes after the resolution of multiple legal situations the Chiefs running back was facing.
There’s no reason to believe Larry Johnson or his new agent…
Scott Pioli should go ahead and release Johnson now. If somehow Kansas City’s new general manager is able to trade Johnson for anything — chinstrap, mouthpiece, blocking dummy, a jockstrap to be named later — Pioli would have to be an early candidate for NFL executive of the year.
Johnson has no trade value. He refuses to block. He’s an unreliable runner. He has a bad attitude. His best years are long gone. A team would be foolish to trade for Johnson.
That’s not the most ringing endorsement I’ve ever heard, but perhaps Whitlock makes a point. Is it worth the effort/trouble/risk to give Johnson another chance? His recent track record, on and off the field, says no. Conversely, his 4.5 YPC might disagree with Whitlock.
The one on the camera’s right … or the left of Bill’s Bells
There’s a new sheriff general manager in town over at One Arrowhead Drive, as the announcement of Scott Pioli’s hiring is hitting the blogs, trades and everywhere else sports news is reported. According to reports, Pioli is not expected to retain current head coach, Herm Edwards, although, nothing concrete has been announced.
As expected, the Chiefs blogs seem to be pleased with the hire. Of course, at this point, a different direction than the one being offered by previous GM Carl Peterson will be welcomed with open arms. Arrowhead Pride has more on the hire:
When we left you yesterday, it was with some early Christmas present news for Kansas City Chiefs fans: The resignation of Carl Peterson. To say Chiefs fans wanted him gone is akin to a hungry man saying he wants to eat; that’s a given. With that in mind, here are some of those responses. Love is indeed in the air:
Do you hear that? That’s the collective sound of Kansas City Chiefs fans singing something along the lines of “Ding-dong, the witch is dead. Which old witch? The Wicked Witch. Ding-dong. The Wicked Witch is dead.” The reason for their celebration? Carl Peterson has resigned.
The last few seasons haven’t been the most pleasant for the general manager and now the Chiefs are in rebuilding mode because of that. As you can imagine, the fallout in this part of the country is going to be considerable. Peterson’s resignation comes on the heels of Kansas City’s collapse against San Diego.
Peterson has been with the Chiefs since 1989 and during his tenure, he oversaw one of the more explosive offenses the league has seen. Unfortunately for him, that did not translate to postseason success.
In one of the most shocking announcements since Darth Vader told Luke Skywalker about his daddy, the Oakland Raiders have fired Lane Kiffin — according to sources gathered by Chris Mortensen, who looks like he actually beat Jay Glazer this time.
The details were about what you’d expect from Al Davis — Kiffin was told he was getting a phone call from Davis and would be fired, Kiffin isn’t allowed to speak to the players before he leaves, Davis was mad Kiffin showed interest in a college job and so on and so forth. What no one seems to be worried about, except the San Francisco Chronicle apparently, is the development of JaMarcus Russell.
The environment fostered by Davis isn’t exactly ideal for an up-and-coming quarterback who needs a stable franchise supporting him. Oakland is about the exact opposite:
The single biggest obstacle to the proper development of JaMarcus Russell is the current instability surrounding the Oakland Raiders. A player needs proper coaching to transition from the NCAA level to the NFL. As it stands, to describe the Raiders coaching situation as tenuous would be stretching it. It has the makings of a disaster that rivals the Hindenburg. The Raiders need to figure out what they are going to do, and allow this young team time to grow up together.
Now that Davis has taken care of his latest nemesis, perhaps he can give Russell the appropriate surroundings, complete with a coaching staff he trusts and smart, useful draft picks — and maybe I’ll be the overall top pick next season.
According to Mort, one of the following is expected to replace Kiffin: offensive line coach Tom Cable, offensive coordinator Greg Knapp and Paul Hackett. There was no mention of James Lofton anywhere in the report.