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Chiefs and Jones: Not a good idea

Posted on: March 9, 2010 7:17 pm
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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.

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Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2010 11:17 pm
 

Chiefs and Jones: Not a good idea

Here's why Judge is wrong:

When Hermroid took over, he vowed that he would build through the draft.  To do so, he purged almost all of the veteran leadership from the team.  While Herm has a good eye for talent, he has no idea what to do with it once he has it.  Not surprisingly, the young talent plateaued early and the Chiefs floundered.

I have my issues with the way Pioli has run things since taking over, but bringing in veterans to key positions is not one of them.



Since: Mar 9, 2010
Posted on: March 9, 2010 11:08 pm
 

Chiefs and Jones: Not a good idea

Just another in a long line of crap articles by Judge.  How can you not see that its a positive thing to get a good locker room guy inexpensively who can still produce and can help spell your up-and-coming RB stud.  I'm sure if this were the Pats, Steelers, Colts or Chargers that Judge would be praising such shrewd personnel moves. IDIOT!



Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2010 10:19 pm
 

Chiefs and Jones: Not a good idea

Chiefs and Jones: Not a good idea

I agree. If you're going to be bad, be bad young. So, CBS, if you're going to have bad journalists writing for your website, atlest get some young guys just getting their start that can use the experience to get better!

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Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2010 10:17 pm
 

Chiefs and Jones: Not a good idea

While I'm still scratching my head over some of the Pioli moves, Thomas Jones is a quality addtition for our Chiefs.  Heaven knows we need help. 

C. Judge mentions that giving time to young and inexperienced players, not vets, is the axiom to building a bright future.  Well, the young'uns need leadership besides the coaches.  Jones was twice voted the most inspirational team member of the year by his teammates.

Jones amassed 331 carries this past year, and it showed towards the end of the season.  Thomas can be a stop gap for a 1 / 2 punch out of the backfield, as Pioli and his cohorts hopefully build our Chiefs in the correct fashion.

I'm ok with the signing. 

be safe.  enjoy life.



Since: Apr 12, 2009
Posted on: March 9, 2010 10:13 pm
 

Chiefs On Right Track

I started to look at the Chiefs as possible contenders when the offseason started, before they even signed Jones.  You cannot have one featured back in this league anymore, so adding Jones just strengthens my case.  Jamaal Charles was awesome the second half of this season, but he had way too many touches.  Charles won't last long with his physique being an every down back. With Jones, now you add a back that can pound it between the tackles.  I wouldn't look at him as a "change of pace" back.  They now have a 1A and 1B back, depending on the situation.  They won't have to run the better half of their plays from the shotgun anymore, which will take the pressure off of Cassel, and locking up Chambers to play opposite of Bowe, will also make Cassel's job a little easier.  If they can fix the fundamentals (namely dropped passes), get another young weapon on offense, and focus the majority of the draft on defense, they WILL be AFC West Champions, with the potential to be a sleeper Super Bowl candidate.  Not a KC fan, just watched alot of them the past two years as a fantasy owner.  They have some talent and are close to becoming a good team.  If only Gonzalez was still part of this team, I think he'd have a better shot with KC than with Atlanta.



Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2010 10:02 pm
 

Chiefs and Jones: Not a good idea

To say that the 2008 Kansas City Chiefs draft didn't lay a foundation is less accurate than even Mr. Judge's remarks on T Jones.  I don't want to try to defend King Carl or Herm, however their last draft was something for which we should thank them.  We got 5 guys from that draft who are likely to start on the 2010 Chiefs.  Glenn Dorsey is developing into a fine player, and DL normally take 2 or 3 years to really get going.  B. Albert is switching from guard to tackle and if he doesn't start on the left will certainly start on the right.  We also got Brandon Flowers in that draft, who was a steal in the second round, and someone I believe is going to be exceptional.  That draft also included Brandon Carr (good as a rookie, shaky last year....good luck Emmitt) and Brad Cottam (Who was starting to show some life before he got hurt)

There was someone else we got in that draft...I think he was in the third round....OH YEAH....Jamaal Charles.

I am thankful for the end of the reign of King Carl, and everyone who watched the Chiefs two years ago knew that Herm had to go....but they left us with a heck of a going away present.  Thanks guys/



Since: Aug 7, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2010 9:56 pm
 

Chiefs and Jones: Not a good idea

I'm a huge jet fan . I like thomas jones alot, third and one is not his bread and butter. He will be a good leader and show young players how to act. The reason he is gone is he did lose a step and had a knee injury down the stretch, he never bounced off tackels. Third and short was a BIG CREDIT TO OUR O LINE



Since: Mar 9, 2010
Posted on: March 9, 2010 9:50 pm
 

Chiefs and Jones: Not a good idea

or instead of running a young back into the ground with 300 plus touches (a la LJ) they are going to split carries between t.jones and jamal charles.  not really sure how you could hate on a signing of a guy who is a young 32, has avoided injury, and has been one of the most productive backs in the league the last few seasons.  clark judge loves to hate.  gonna start calling him " the skip bayless of cbs"



Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2010 9:25 pm
 

Chiefs and Jones: Not a good idea

As a general rule your logic is right. However judge in this case Jones is a good fit. A back that cant handle a big load anymore but that is a hard between the tackles runner. Perfect backup for a young more cut and spin type runner in charles. Charles gets his load without getting overworked or stopped in goal line situations and Jones gets 5-10 carries and picks up first downs and touchdowns for a team needing another running back. And the price was very nice.



Since: Jan 23, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2010 9:22 pm
 

Chiefs and Jones: Not a good idea

I agree. If you're going to be bad, be bad young. So, CBS, if you're going to have bad journalists writing for your website, atlest get some young guys just getting their start that can use the experience to get better!


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