Waters Left Behind In Chiefs' New Direction

The latest hot Chiefs news is that All-Pro guard Brian Waters wants out of Kansas City. If you ask me, he wants a new contract. Per a recent article, Waters is apparently miffed that General Manager Scott Pioli will not meet with him to discuss the team's direction.

The latest hot Chiefs news is that All-Pro guard Brian Waters wants out of Kansas City. If you ask me, he wants a new contract. Per a recent article, Waters is apparently miffed that General Manager Scott Pioli will not meet with him to discuss the team's direction.

The question is, why does Pioli need to talk with Waters in the first place? Did the Chiefs' players understand what Pioli said when he was hired? His Head Coach is going to be the point man for the organization. Not any player.

Apparently Waters missed that.

According to the article, Haley and Waters had a short meeting in a hallway, and Haley informed his guard that 22 people off the street could win two games in the NFL. You know what? Haley is absolutely right.

I was down on him as the Chiefs' new head coach until this news came out. I now have a newfound respect for Haley because he stood up to a team leader and told him the way things are now going to be run in Kansas City.

The news of Waters' desire to leave is surprising. Over the next three years he's expected to earn $14.5 million, but that's apparently not enough.

With Waters, tight end Tony Gonzalez and running back Larry Johnson all unhappy, you have to wonder why they haven't figured out that things are changing at Arrowhead?

The old regime, from top to bottom, is likely on the way out the door. Changes are being made with executives, internal staff, coaches, and eventually personnel people. Some I speak with in the organization are on pins and needles about their future. You know what? They should be.

And so should the players who have won six games in two NFL seasons. They have nothing to defend or are in any position to make demands of Hunt, Pioli or Haley.

As fans we need to step back and allow those changes to shape the future of this organization.

After a decade of terrible football in Kansas City, these changes are a good thing. Back in November a Chiefs executive told me that he would not be surprised if Hunt blew the whole thing up and started over.

That's exactly what he's doing and it's about time. He's put his mark on this franchise by sealing the leaks and understanding that the Chiefs are a business that requires a new direction that will be followed at every turn and by every member within the organization.

What this latest incident means is that finally everyone in the organization is on the same page. No longer will the new powers that be settle for anything other than winning. No longer will anyone worry about the reaction to the fallout that is sure to come. It's irrelevant.

Likely no one will truly understand the new direction of this franchise until the Chiefs start winning again because Hunt, Pioli and Haley aren't going to provide information about their plans until we all see it on the field on Sundays. Even then people will wonder about it, at least until the Chiefs are the toast of the town again.

It's a new dawn in Kansas City. Waters, the rest of the players, and the media had better get a grasp of it, and fast. The old Chiefs are indeed dead.

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