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Breaston falls out of favor in Kansas City

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It wasn’t so long ago that Steve Breaston, Arizona Cardinal, looked to be emerging as one of the league’s most promising young wide receivers. Breaston caught 77 balls for 1,006 yards in 2008, catching passes from Kurt Warner. Three years later, Breaston signed a five-year, $23 million contract to play in Kansas City. His career has since spiraled downward.

Steve Breaston, Kansas City Chief, was a healthy scratch in Week Ten.

“What happened a little bit is that he hasn’t made as many plays,” coach Romeo Crennel explained to the Kansas City Star. “So this past game he took a backseat so that we could get a younger player up to see what the younger player could do.”

Fourth-round rookie Devon Wylie was the younger player. He played six snaps against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and was not targeted on a pass.

“He’s a veteran player, and some young guys might have a little more quickness and a little bit more speed,” Crennel added, speaking about Breaston. “And if you as a coach want to take a look at that speed, you have to make a move. So I did.”

Breaston, 29, is collecting $3.35 million in bonuses and base salary this season, and is owed $3.8 million in 2013. He’s on pace to join cornerback Stanford Routt and quarterback Matt Cassel as three of Chiefs G.M. Scott Pioli’s most ineffective high-priced investments.

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29 Responses to “Breaston falls out of favor in Kansas City”
  1. skoobyfl says: Nov 15, 2012 8:13 AM

    I guess it’s Breast off now.

  2. source7769 says: Nov 15, 2012 8:16 AM

    house cleaning is looking better and better everyday

  3. mikejd12 says: Nov 15, 2012 8:17 AM

    Get the guy a qb.

  4. 1bucfan813 says: Nov 15, 2012 8:19 AM

    Dude is a stud player if he has a stud QB throwing the ball. Its the coaches fault for not throwing his way. Also they need a Qb Cassel is a back up QB maybe 3rd on the depth chart. Get real draft a QB everyone is doing it.

  5. cereal blogger says: Nov 15, 2012 8:36 AM

    Just another solid skill player trapped in KC

  6. jrubio12 says: Nov 15, 2012 8:41 AM

    Maybeeee it isnt the receivers you should be worrying about…its not like the QBs are going to hit them no matter who they are

  7. nolahxc says: Nov 15, 2012 8:45 AM

    ““What happened a little bit is that he hasn’t made as many plays,” coach Romeo Crennel explained to the Kansas City Star.”

    It couldn’t POSSIBLY be that the quarterbacks are terrible in Kansas City, could it?

  8. humpofdc says: Nov 15, 2012 8:49 AM

    Fred Biletnikoff would look like a scrub with these QB’s!

  9. sullijo1 says: Nov 15, 2012 8:55 AM

    When he went to KC, I remember the local radio idiots getting all excited. Funny.

  10. paperlions says: Nov 15, 2012 8:55 AM

    Gee, each player on the offense is said to not be making plays….and these guys have some talent. Can’t help but think it is Crennel (for whom there is no evidence whatsoever that he is a good HC) and Daboll (who has been the OC of bad offenses in Miami and Cleveland) that may be the guys that aren’t good at their jobs.

    KC is a disaster on both sides of the ball.

  11. flutieflakes says: Nov 15, 2012 9:04 AM

    If I had Matt Cassel or Brady Quinn to throw to me, I think I would be doing pretty poorly too.

  12. bathroomben7 says: Nov 15, 2012 9:09 AM

    I don’t know how much I would blame a WR for this team’s woes. I’d say about 99% of the Chiefs failings fall on Pioli, Romeo, and Cassel. I mean this team could have Larry Fitzgerald and Brandon Marshall and they’d still pass for 100 yards a game.

  13. riverhorsey says: Nov 15, 2012 9:12 AM

    the guy has the best hands on the team and he’s being wasted.

    he should be starting.

  14. kc4life7 says: Nov 15, 2012 9:23 AM

    He hasn’t made as many plays because Cassel only targets Bowe and will throw to him in quadruple coverage. I feel bad for Breaston as a Chiefs fan and hope he goes to a team that actually appreciates his talent.

  15. chuckxx says: Nov 15, 2012 9:23 AM

    I would venture to say that both Breaston and Cassel won’t even be a Chief next season.

  16. wtfpft says: Nov 15, 2012 9:24 AM

    He never recovered from injuries, but that didn’t stop the brainiacs of the chiefs to sign him to a nice big contract. Everyone saw this coming except chiefs fans who ran with the “killer B’s” thing forever, Breaston Bowe & Baldwin, Ha! That worked out well.

  17. gmsalpha says: Nov 15, 2012 9:26 AM

    I thought Steve Breaston was smart.

    Signing up with K.C, knowing your career in large part is in the hands of an incompetent QB and even worse backup just screams “this is my last hurrah!”.

    And dang, it still seems odd that at 29, his career is winding down. Shows just how short a player’s career really is!

  18. jwhitejagsquad says: Nov 15, 2012 9:28 AM

    Maybe it has something to do with not having a qb that can get him the ball. Look at d bowe, elite talent but isn’t putting up elite numbers. Cassell & Quinn don’t help.

  19. sbs9101314304043 says: Nov 15, 2012 9:34 AM

    With Cassel and Quinn at QB, how can you make plays? In addition, Breaston grew up in Pittsburgh, so i am sure he was not happy about be scratched. Stevie will make a great addition to some team as a possession receiver.

  20. whatchutalkinabouthillis says: Nov 15, 2012 9:39 AM

    He’s better than that loser Jon Baldwin. Does that guy even want to play football or does he just want to be able to tell everyone he plays football?

  21. essentialsausage says: Nov 15, 2012 9:45 AM

    Oh yeah, I remember him!

  22. jbaxt says: Nov 15, 2012 9:49 AM

    Would like to thank Lamar Hunt’s little brat, silver spoon fed, kid for making my Chiefs the clowns of the NFL. No real GM, Coach, or decent FA player will want to come to KC now. Thanks, Clark Hunt, you spoiled little rich kid.

  23. haleyistheman00 says: Nov 15, 2012 9:54 AM

    Need a qb to thrown the ball to breaston and Baldwin.

  24. blogatron2000 says: Nov 15, 2012 9:57 AM

    Breaston went to KC because of the success he had with Todd Haley as his OC in Arizona. Once Haley was ousted, Breaston was suddenly deemed to be underperforming and buried on the depth chart. Even Terrance Copper gets more snaps at WR.

    My guess is that once he saw the train wreck that is the post-Haley era offense that he lost his desire to be in KC and can’t wait to get out. He’s got gas left in the tank and I bet he will make some other team very happy if they take a chance on him.

  25. sportsnut101 says: Nov 15, 2012 10:23 AM

    He’s fallen of because the qb sucks there how can u make a play. Coach don’t forget to point that out

  26. td30 says: Nov 15, 2012 10:53 AM

    as a bronco fan, i was really worried this guy was going to be a pain in the butt when they signed him

    thank god they dont have a qb…

  27. steelerben says: Nov 15, 2012 3:47 PM

    Kansas City, where careers go to die.

  28. nickster31 says: Nov 15, 2012 3:58 PM

    As a Steelers fan, and understanding that we will most likely lose Mike Wallace at the end of this season, I would LOVE to see Breaston come home to the Burgh to be one of our WR’s.

    As pointed out by some smart Chiefs fans in this thread, the guy has talent but no one to get him the ball.

    When healthy, Ben Roethlisberger could take serious advantage of having a weapon like Breaston.

    Come home Stevie! You would look great in Black and Gold.

  29. chiroubles says: Nov 16, 2012 7:13 AM

    KC is where WR careers go to die…

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