Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Chiefs not afraid to admit a mistake
By Adam Teicher
The Chiefs, who made the bulk of their roster moves Sunday, got down to the NFL's limit of 75 players by releasing wide receiver Jamar Newsome. If there's one thing the first round of roster cuts showed, it's that the new administration of general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid isn't afraid to admit a mistake.
That mistake, in this case, was rookie fullback Braden Wilson, a sixth-round draft pick from Kansas State. Previous general managers and coaches in Kansas City have been reluctant to acknowledge so early after a pick was made that it wasn't going to work out.
But, since drafting Wilson, the Chiefs traded for their starting fullback, Anthony Sherman, and signed undrafted rookie Toben Opurum. Both showed a better knack for the job than Wilson, which explains why they're still on the roster when Wilson isn't.
So Dorsey and Reid deserve some criticism for whiffing on a draft pick, even if it is a sixth-round selection. But they also deserve some credit for not playing roster politics and keeping a player who wasn't deserving just because they didn't want to look bad.