I was scrolling through my YouTube feed and I saw a newish post from Pat McAfee entitled “Is this the Beginning of the Chiefs Downfall”. Even though the title is a bit click baity which makes me NOT want to watch it, I naturally dove in cuz ALL THINGS CHIEFS is a personal mantra. Also I like Pat, I thing he’s a funny/good dude as well as he has uniquie perspective that I enjoy. Anyways, he brings up a few points in this short clip about the Chiefs… oh hell, just watch it.
Anyways… he eludes to the fact the Chiefs are going to be tight on money, which happens when you draft and acquire star talent. But the main source of contention here is Chris Jones. Jones wants 20-21 million a year which is no small amount of money… the issue isn’t whether we pay him 20+ a year or not. Obviously, the Chiefs shouldn’t want to lose Chris Jones, hes a stud. But the real issue I see is that McAfee might be right, but for a slightly different reason. What if running low on cash and not paying Jones 20+ million a year causes a rift in the team. This team is a tight knit group, a family of sorts, and Chris is team/ fan favorite due to his personality. The dude is flat out a hoot. Watch this interview with Chris about post SB win, I love this dude.
Back to what I’m saying, the team might, as a whole take a step back due to this kind of situation. It’s easy to say, “yeah the Chiefs aren’t as good with Chris Jones on defense” but what if he brings more than just studly play to the field? It’s safe to say that he does right? Chris seems like one of those guys you just don’t let go of unless you absolutely have to. In fact, I haven’t seen one person saying anything negative about Chris Jones from a personality perspective.
Last weeks tweet from him saying he wouldn’t play this year kinda stings a bit. I feel the COVID nonsense has made the relationship between him and the FO sour a bit. And maybe it was already a little soured…I mean, one could argue that Jones has the right to be a little miffed about Clark getting HIS money.
Obviously with Mahomes at the helm the team will never “in the downfall” but without having the very talented and very lovable Chris Jones around the team won’t be better for it. I guess my fear is that this turns into a Aaron Rodgers situation. Where the FO can’t field a team around the ubber talented Mahomes and they fizzle out every year. I know the scenarios aren’t the same but they aren’t that far apart…
Is McAfee right? Am I losing it?
Someone hold me.