Tuesday, February 19, 2013
New K.C. regime starts to clean house
By Bill Williamson
The primary job of the new brass in Kansas City is to upgrade the offense.
On Tuesday, it made two moves that are reminders of failures of the last regime in an attempt to better the offense.
The Chiefs cut receiver Steve Breaston and tight end Kevin Boss. Breaston was signed two years ago in free agency and Boss was picked up last year. Both moves were brought with enthusiasm in Kansas City.
However, neither player was able to make a huge impact in Kansas City. Neither cut is a surprise.
Breaston actually had a good year for Kansas City in 2011 when he had 61 catches. He was brought to the Chiefs by former coach Todd Haley. Breaston excelled under Haley in Arizona. However, with Haley gone in 2012, Breaston was a forgotten player in Kansas City. He had just seven catches and was a healthy scratch for several games.
Apparently, new coach Andy Reid didn’t think it was worth seeing if Breaston could regain his 2011 from even though the Chiefs’ receiving crew is fairly thin. The Chiefs want to re-sign free agent Dwayne Bowe.
The previous regime thought Boss and Tony Moeaki would make a great 1-2 punch at tight end. But Boss was lost for the season after suffering a concussion in Week 2. His release seemed destined to happen for months.
Both players could get modest interest around the league. But Boss will first have to show he is healthy enough to play.
One place Breaston could potentially land is San Diego, where former Arizona head coach Ken Whisenhunt is the offensive coordinator. The Chargers could use help at receiver. Pittsburgh, where Haley is the offensive coordinator, has to be considered a possible spot for Breaston as well.