KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- If it wasn't so damn cold here, people would be dancing in the streets.
A city's football franchise held hostage, has been set free.
King Carl is done.
That stuff you read about Kansas City Chiefs GM/CEO/President/Dictator-for-Life Carl Peterson's "resignation" on Monday? It probably came from Auburn AD Jay Jacobs because Peterson left voluntarily about has much as Tommy Tuberville did. This was about owner Clark Hunt being much more decisive than his father ever was.
Peterson was unceremoniously booted from the job. These things have to be presented nicely so no one's feelings get hurt but that is exactly what happened. Hunt was sick of it, the fans were fed up, the entire city had had it. They all deserved better. The Chiefs haven't won a playoff game since 1994. Think about that in this age when Miami and Atlanta can turn out in one season. Fourteen years? You almost have to try to be that bad in an NFL where everything is legislated so each team goes 8-8.
In the last 10 years, Carl had become a whipping boy. An arrogant whipping boy. While he fiddled, Arrowhead burned -- or what used to be Arrowhead. Peterson's bad draft decisions and cronyism drove the franchise into the ground.
The Chiefs needed this kind of move, like, yesterday. Hunt saw that Peterson's credibility has been used up. Once raucous Arrowhead was half full. (I still don't understand why games weren't blacked out.) The fans were wearing bags over their heads. A rebuilding project was completely botched. With a stadium renovation set to debut and ticket prices being raised again, faith had been lost.
All of it was on Peterson. The man deserves credit for wearing snazzy leather coats and having Dr. Feelgood and the Interns of Love play at his wedding reception but he never connected with this town even when things were going good.
What in the name of Matt Ryan was ever wrong with drafting and developing a quarterback? That never happened here in two decades under Peterson. The man deserves credit for bringing winning football back to Kansas City. Unfortunately, Peterson lost his fastball long ago. The rest of the league has been teeing off on him for too long.