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Chiefs and Jones: Not a good idea

Posted on: March 9, 2010 7:17 pm
 
There's an axiom I've long sworn by in the NFL, and that's this: If you're going to be bad, be bad young. Don't be bad old.

Translation: Give time to young and inexperienced players, not vets. You want players with bright futures, not long and storied pasts.  Unfortunately, that is not the way the Kansas City Chiefs are operating.

I don't get the Chiefs. A couple of years ago they had a terrific draft, understanding that they'd hit rock bottom and determined to retool from the ground up. But then they changed administrations and coaching staffs and started courting veteran players -- like running back Thomas Jones, who signed with the club Tuesday.

I know the guy was productive a year ago, and I know he scored 14 touchdowns, or five more than the Chiefs' Jamaal Charles. But he turns 32 this season, and, I'm sorry, I don't want any 32-year-old running backs taking up space on the roster of a 4-12 team.

Jones wasn't expensive. Reports have him signing for $3 million this season and $2 million in 2011, but that's not the point. He's old. He won't play special teams. And he's taking snaps from somebody with a future. If you're going to be bad, Kansas City, be bad with young players, not with Thomas Jones.

Category: NFL
Comments

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2010 10:12 am
 

Chiefs and Jones: Not a good idea

OK, I'll defend Judge.  I get it.  Here is the sentence that we have to focus on..."I don't want any 32-year-old running backs taking up space on the roster of a 4-12 team."  Agree or disagree, that's fine. In general, I agree with that statement.  I think some commenters are making more out of it than is there.  Signing Jones doesn't ruin the Chiefs or guarantee a decade of losing seasons...Judge didn't say that.  His point is simply that guys with no future don't belong on rebuilding teams.  Yeah, Jones is a good character guy and still productive...but even the most homeriffic Chiefs fans have to admit he is on the downside of his career.  Forget Jones and the Chiefs and pretend it is some other team...the Lions, for example.  Should the Lions bring in older players with diminishing skills as backups?  Most of would answer "no".  The reason being that the Lions need their young players on the field, gaining experience and getting better.  It is better to take your lumps now so you can be better in a year or two.  The question isn't whether Jones can help the Chiefs for the next year or two.  Sure, he probably can and will.  But is it enough to matter?  Does Jones make the Chiefs a playoff team?  I doubt anyone that doesn't root for the Chiefs thinks he makes much of a difference for them.  The question is whether the Chiefs, as an organization, are better off developing a younger backup rb with the potential to start (the way they did with Charles?), or going for a few more wins now with veteran players, possibly to the detriment of youngsters that need the reps in practice or playing time in games?



Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2010 9:38 am
 

Chiefs and Jones: Not a good idea

Charles seemed to play every down and position last year.  There is no experience or depth in the backfield for KC.  Jones is a discipline player who was very productive for a run only offense at age 31.  The Chiefs can take his work ethic, and the two years to continue to build at many other needs.  Charles will still be there.



Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: March 10, 2010 9:26 am
 

Chiefs and Jones: Not a good idea

Even if they draft a young back it nice to have vet leadership who can bring the back up....and have the one two punch that helps....if it doesnt work then they cut him but I doubt they see him as the answer....just help!!



Since: Sep 8, 2009
Posted on: March 10, 2010 8:44 am
 

Chiefs and Jones: Not a good idea

I THINK THAT CASSEL IS HAPPY WITH THAT I NEVER HURTS A TEAM TO HAVE AN EXPERIENCED BACKUP YA KNOW INJURIES HAPPEN OFTEN AND TO RBS ALL THE TIME I AGREE THE CHIEFS ARE TRYING TO WIN AT LEAST BETTER TO TRY AND FAIL THEN TO NOT TRY AT ALL PS WRITE SOME BETTER MATERIAL I MEAN YOU GET PAID AND GUYS COMMENTS ON HERE ARE LONGER THEN YOUR ARTICAL



Since: Feb 28, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2010 2:02 am
 

Chiefs and Jones: Not a good idea

50 bucks Clark Judge eats those words. If you get 700 to 800 yards out of Jones (as a secondary back) next year, then it turns out to be a helluva move.



Since: Feb 11, 2010
Posted on: March 10, 2010 1:38 am
 

Chiefs and Jones: Not a good idea

Dear Judge,

Please go choke yourself for being an idiot.



The end.



Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2010 12:23 am
 

Chiefs and Jones: Not a good idea

Honestly, I sometimes wonder if the CBS guys draw straws to see who writes the opposition piece.  Anyone with even slight football knowledge knows this is a great move.  Taking carries?  From who, Jackie Battle and Kolby Smith?  Man, linebackers everywhere are grateful they don't have to face that duo.  Want to know the surefire way to ruin your stud RB's career?  Give him all the carries for 3 years and watch as he becomes.......Larry Johnson!  This is a great move and while as a KC fan, I am not as optomistic as the fella who called KC a dark horse superbowl team, I think this team is moving in the right direction.  As of now, KC has the best RB's in the division.  Not a bad start.



Since: Mar 10, 2010
Posted on: March 10, 2010 12:07 am
 

Chiefs and Jones: Not a good idea

Priscodiculous!!!!



Since: Jun 26, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2010 11:59 pm
 

Chiefs and Jones: Not a good idea

Judge is a douche bag.  I can't believe he gets paid to write this crap.  (Here comes the sarcasm) I'm sitting here scratching my head trying to figure out why anyone would want a veteran RB leader in their locker room, coming off a 1400 yd/14 TD season.  And why would KC pay only 5 million for 2 years for said leader?  Answer:  He's great on any team you put him on because he's quality in all facets of his life.  Fits the Pioli/Haley mold of smart with no off-field issues while still being highly productive.  I reiterate - Judge is a douche bag.



Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2010 11:39 pm
 

A good idea

What exactly is wrong with acquiring a guy that is productive, would serve as a solid back-up, and is well-liked and respected among former teammates?

There is absolutely nothing wrong with this move.

Every team needs veteran leadership, especially a team trying to resurrect itself.

I completely disagree with this ridiculous article.


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