A big contract doesn't equal playing time in Kansas City

Chris Chambers revived his career with a great stretch run last year in Kansas City, and re-signed with the Chiefs for $12 million over three years, including at base salary of $1.9 million this season.

He’s been a healthy scratch the last two weeks.

Meanwhile, 2009 No. 3 overall pick defensive end Tyson Jackson fully practiced for three weeks before even getting back on the gameday roster after a knee injury.  He wasn’t even on the injury report in Week Six, and he didn’t play.  He’s appeared to put on weight, according to the Kansas City Star .

Jackson is playing behind guys like Shaun Smith and Wallace Gilberry, unable to contribute when he was supposed to be a “safe” if unexciting top-five pick. (Jackson did return to the lineup as a backup in Week Seven against the Jaguars.)

A lot of coaches says the “best players play”  but not all of them follow through.  The Chiefs are playing the best guys instead of making their draft picks or free agent signings look good.  It’s working.

Chambers says he is frustrated, and the situation reminds him of his last days in San Diego.

“You kind of don’t know what the coaches are thinking,” Chambers told Kent Babb of the Kansas City Star.  “Or what their expectations are of you and where their
confidence is.”

We think it’s pretty clear: They don’t have much confidence in Chambers or Jackson until both players can show they are worth the money.

10 responses to “A big contract doesn't equal playing time in Kansas City

  1. Jackson hasn’t been bad. I was as anti-Jackson as anyone could possibly be, because the guy wasn’t even a very effective defensive end at the college level, but he’s been okay this year whenever he’s been healthy. Granted, he hasn’t been healthy, and Shaun Smith and Gilberry have out-performed him pretty clearly.

  2. Hell yes.
    We love this in, KC. Not only is Haley preaching about the right 53, he’s got the stones to follow-through.
    Go Chiefs!!!!!

  3. Some of the players on NFL teams play harder because they want that “Big Contract”. Its unfortunate that once they receive it, that hard work seems to dissipate quicker than ever.

  4. Is it me, or doesn’t Chambers appear to be all legs? Never seen a shorter torso than on this guy.

  5. This is the way it is supposed to be. A player should play because he’s the best at that position on the team and he works hard, not because he’s the highest paid. See Fat Albert for an example

  6. “The Chiefs are playing the best guys instead of making their draft picks or free agent signings look good.”
    You mean, except Jamaal Charles

  7. Brandon Flowers = defensive MVP! Forget revis island!
    This was posted and deleted earlier. WTF? Sad enough this guy gets no pub.

  8. “kennethnoisewater says:
    October 26, 2010 1:51 PM
    “The Chiefs are playing the best guys instead of making their draft picks or free agent signings look good.”
    You mean, except Jamaal Charles”
    Wow what an idiotic statement – the Chiefs have the best rushing attack in the NFL with their 2 headed monster.

  9. Here’s a hint to sniff out players that won’t survive in the NFL:
    “You kind of don’t know what the coaches are thinking,” Chambers told Kent Babb of the Kansas City Star. “Or what their expectations are of you and where their confidence is.”
    Whenever you see this, it’s a BIG red flag. A performer doesn’t look around them at everyone else to see what they’re supposed to do. They drive themselves to their highest level to compete. That speaks for them.
    Whenever a player is cut or is in the coaches “dog-house”, you invariably see the same sort of quote from the player. Soon after they’re looking for a new team.

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