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Kansas City media overblows Poe’s participation in minicamp

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As mandatory minicamps continue to play out in NFL cities throughout the land, an interesting storyline has emerged via questions posed to members of the Chiefs on Tuesday.

For some reason, it was regarded by some in the assembled media as noteworthy that unsigned first-round defensive tackle Dontari Poe was taking part in the minicamp.

Asked one writer of coach Romeo Crennel:  “Dontari Poe is out there when he doesn’t have to be, does that say something about that young guy?”

“It says he wants to make the team,” Crennel said.

Actually, what it says is that Poe is not an idiot.  With a letter of protection in hand, he has no reason to hold out of any offseason drill, voluntary or mandatory.  But for Shawne Merriman in 2005, who refused to participate in offseason workouts absent his rookie contract, draft picks don’t boycott offseason workouts on the basis of not having signed their name on the dotted line.

It continued when Poe was questioned.  “Was there any doubt that you were going to come to minicamp without a deal?” one reporter asked.

“No, no doubt,” Poe said.  “I’m here to play football, so I’m doing that side of it.  I leave that up to pretty much the other people to do that, so I’m just doing what I’m here to do.”

The other people already have done their part, negotiating the letter of protection, which will give him his rookie deal even if he suffers a season-ending injury.  Though at some point in the future rookies may hold out of offseason drills until they get the security that comes with being under a four-year contract (especially as more rookies sign contracts before engaging in offseason drills), it’s a no-brainer that Poe and all other unsigned draft picks in every NFL city will participate, especially in mandatory minicamps.
But those realities were lost on the folks who thought that a non-holdout was significant.

“There was no thought of it at all?” Poe was asked about the possibility of not participating in the mandatory camp.  “You’re here to play football?

“Yeah, I’m here,” Poe said.

Yeah, he’s there.  And so is every other rookie in every other city that has signed a letter of protection pending the signing of a contract.
We realize that Poe is fighting the perception that he takes plays off and that he’s only a workout warrior and that he doesn’t truly love football.  But the way to reverse the perception is for him to not take plays off and demonstrate uncanny skills while in uniform and show that he truly loves the game, every chance he gets.
Softballs from the media aimed at making Poe’s presence at minicamp look like it’s anything other than ordinary and routine will serve only to raise suspicions that someone is propping Poe up artificially.
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15 Responses to “Kansas City media overblows Poe’s participation in minicamp”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 13, 2012 5:32 PM

    They just wanted to make sure he wasn’t overlooked. Easy enough for that to happen when you’re only 350 pounds with a dreadlock/mohawk.

  2. electionconfidential says: Jun 13, 2012 5:36 PM

    Poe has no future in pro football. This was a terrible draft choice. I live in Memphis where he played college ball. He only had one sack all of last year against a VERY weak schedule including teams most folks have never heard of…

  3. jacksaysfu says: Jun 13, 2012 5:42 PM

    I will be real interested to see who the best DT in this draft class will be ? Poe,Cox,Brockers,Worthy,Still ? My money’s on Fletcher Cox , but who knows ?

    Who will end up being the biggest bust among Those DT’s ? My money is on Dontari Poe . His tape was average at best .

  4. joetoronto says: Jun 13, 2012 5:48 PM

    Hey, it got the Chiefs in the news for a few minutes.

  5. shyamuw says: Jun 13, 2012 5:53 PM

    This is a great post Mike. This is why we need you. No ESPN employee is ever gonna call out BS like this.

  6. kegowhisky says: Jun 13, 2012 6:24 PM

    All points – probably true. But hey, he’s doing the right thing now so I’ll give him credit until the point (if) he starts blowing up into a disaster on the game field. It’s not that far away and he’ll prove himself one way or the other.

  7. tbone8801 says: Jun 13, 2012 6:29 PM

    All we hear about is players holding out for that green paper! A young player is showing up to put in work and you bash him for it? At least the guy isn’t lazy and is making an effort to make the team. And no, he hasn’t signed a contract yet.

    This is by far the worst article I have read on this site. I know the NFL news is slow, but come on man!

  8. jwreck says: Jun 13, 2012 6:29 PM

    jacksaysfu says:
    Jun 13, 2012 5:42 PM
    I will be real interested to see who the best DT in this draft class will be ? Poe,Cox,Brockers,Worthy,Still ? My money’s on Fletcher Cox , but who knows ?

    Who will end up being the biggest bust among Those DT’s ? My money is on Dontari Poe . His tape was average at best .
    _____
    Poe has no future in pro football. This was a terrible draft choice. I live in Memphis where he played college ball. He only had one sack all of last year against a VERY weak schedule including teams most folks have never heard of…
    _______

    While it’s a little early to say whether or not Poe will be a stud, it isn’t exactly fair to call him assume he will bust based on his tape either.

    He plays nose tackle. His job is not to generate sacks, it’s to be simultaneously fat and quick on his feet, draw a double team, and help his linebackers get sacks. He will never be a Justin Tuck or a Jared Allen, but as long as he’s quick and enormous and forces offensive line coaches to game plan around him, he will be doing his job perfectly. A good comparison player is Casey Hampton. Though widely regarded as one of the dominant 3-4 nose tackles in the NFL over the last decade, Hampton has only nine sacks in a ten year career.

    In summary, a nose tackle’s success is not based on his numbers, but on his teammates’ numbers when he is in the game.

  9. chuckxx says: Jun 13, 2012 6:44 PM

    Well all I can say is I have been a huge Chiefs fan for over 40 years now and when Goodell said with the 11th pick in the 2012 draft the Kansas City Chiefs select: Dontari Poe, I said “oh God please say it ain’t so”. I truly thought Pioli/Crennel were much smarter than that.

  10. vidae1 says: Jun 13, 2012 7:03 PM

    Damn, it must be a slow news day.

    Watch out Kansas City! No way will MIKE FLORIO let you “plant” questions to make your rookie seem like he’s participating! You have to get up PRETTY EARLY IN THE MORNING to get one past ole Mike here! Forget the fact that this question is asked of almost every single rookie who is participating without a contract since, I don’t know, ever?

    Jeez, make sure you have your tinfoil hat handy Mike. They get you through your brain!

  11. riverhorsey says: Jun 13, 2012 7:12 PM

    Only thing the KC sports media is interested in are getting invited to the Xmas and New Years parties thrown by the team owners every year.

  12. afcdomination says: Jun 13, 2012 7:42 PM

    the same kc media that convinced others that haley is a crazy man, yet somehow one of the best team’s in football in history of the NFL, the steelers, go and hire this crazy mad man the same offseason? Yeah, now lets call out that KC media for being so easy on dontari poe, who has done everything right from the second he graduated and has recieved nothing but negative comments from youtube scouts.

  13. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Jun 14, 2012 1:22 AM

    No one ever accused KC people of being real bright.

  14. mauicat1 says: Jun 14, 2012 9:15 AM

    Before Goodell could get out his (Poe’s) last name, the crowd at Arrowhead on draft night was headed for the exits. The collective groan could be heard for miles. I would have much rather seen the Chiefs go after Fletcher Cox or Luke Keuchly. This pick had Romeo Crennel’s name all over it. Just hope the Chiefs did not make another bad pick on a D-lineman.

  15. kcfan4lyfe says: Jun 18, 2012 3:17 PM

    to mauicat1….keuchly was a definite probability…but he was gone when we picked…this guy will be fine…he never really got to hunker down and learn one position in college…he played the whole line and every game…if you watch his tape take into consideration the whole thing…like how his team was down big and he is still busting his but all over the field…this guy is going to be something special….

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