OTC: Chiefs Release Brian Waters On Eve Of Camp / KC Media Weighs In

“There’s no animosity, no anger, nothing like that. It has nothing to do with things that were reported in the past. I’m not going to get into the intimate details of our discussion.
I’m trying to put a positive spin on this. I have nothing but good things to
say about the Chiefs, Clark Hunt, Scott Pioli and Todd Haley.”
Brian Waters, after the Chiefs announced Waters and the team had come to a mutual agreement Thursday night to part ways, Kansas City Star
GH: So, there I was mowing the lawn again Thursday night and listening to 610’s Carrington Harrison and Mark Carman. All of a sudden they announce Brian Waters has been released by the Chiefs! Last Thursday night it was the firefighter’s story, this Thursday night it’s Waters. The moral of this story? Mow your grass on Thursday nights. Read on.

“Waters is a good guy that did plenty in our community…At his peak, one of the best G’s in the NFL…But, this is the right football move.”
Steven St. John, Twitter
GH: While a number of fans and members of the media were surprised and even shocked by Waters’ release, most understood this was probably inevitable. But I was surprised to hear ArrowheadPride.com’s Joel Thorman say on 610 Sports just 30 minutes before the announcement that he expected Waters to be a part of the Chiefs O-line in 2011.

“Waters one of the all-time great Chiefs. Not just as a player but in the locker room and community.”
Adam Teicher, Twitter
GH: A lot of media love for Waters. You don’t always see that for a player who has been around as long as him. The media likes a guy who answers tough questions after a tough loss. That was Waters.

“I get the football reasons, but wow, very surprised at the Waters thing. Patriots Way > Post-lockout need for continuity.”
Sam Mellinger, Twitter
GH: Here is another surprise for those who did not see this coming – I don’t expect Waters to ever play another down of football. His press release reads like he wants to continue his career elsewhere but that would be a mistake. His fire went out two seasons ago when Haley told him off in the hallway. Time for Waters to hang up the helmet.

“Oddly enough, considering the Pro Bowl nod, Waters was seen last year as one of the Chiefs‘ most unreliable linemen. Not a huge surprise.”
Kent Babb, Twitter
GH: These two Star guys, Mellinger and Babb, need to talk more.

“Since Brian Waters in now 1 of 22 guys on the street, do you think Todd Haley will sign him to ensure they win 2 games?”
Craig Brenner, Twitter
GH: One of Whitlock’s best breaking stories with absolutely no named sources. The best stories usually are.

“Anyone else feel like the Waters move was always “about to happen” w/ new regime? Surprised it lasted this long.”
Curtis Kitchen, Twitter
GH: I think Waters and Haley got along fine after their initial blow up. I just think the new regime was too much for an old veteran like Waters. He should have moved to another club when Tony Gonzalez headed south.

“In my view, Waters’ production was fading. He’s not the player he was 3 or 4 years ago.”
Nate Bukaty, Twitter
GH: Way to come out firing marshmallows, Nate! Can we get a take from you that has a tad more stuff on it than a Kyle Davies’ meatball?

“Chiefs are so slick, you announce you release Brian Waters at 8:40 at night?”
Carrington Harrison, of 610 Sports, Twitter
GH: Harrison made this point on his radio show as well. I don’t have a problem with the timing. The Chiefs probably waited to talk to Waters in person and Thursday night at camp was their first opportunity. Waters probably said his good-byes in camp and headed home. The news was going to leak out, so why not let the media know as soon as it was a done deal?

“Waters goes out with class and everyone is saying the right things, but why would you do a veteran like that the night before camp?”
Danny Parkins, Twitter
GH: This looks more like a talk show host fishing for a topic for his Friday show than one that has any merit.

“My take: this had better be a football move, and not an NFLPA revenge move. I think it is the former. I think they believe Asamoah is ready.”
Nate Bukaty, Twitter
GH: So what if it was motivated by Waters’ union activities? Is Bukaty going to charge into Pioli’s office to get Kietzmanized by the Chiefs’ GM? It’s just business. Happens all the time to players, coaches and GMs like Pioli.

“Wondering who KC’s locker room leaders are with Waters and Vrabel gone. Maybe Thomas Jones, Matt Cassel. Will be an issue for this team.”
Adam Teicher, Twitter
GH: This is Matt Cassel’s team. Good, bad or ugly, Cassel is the team leader.  Jones is a nice mentor for the running backs, but there is no way he can lead the team while Jamaal Charles is racking up Xbox yards to Jones’ game of Pong.

“KC Media better hope Waters finds a job, if not he will be coming to radio/TV near u. Guy is a natural.”
Chris Hamblin, former 610 host, Twitter
GH: The same thought crossed my mind. Waters probably doesn’t want a 20-hour sports talk gig but he would be a great twice-a-week co-host for Nick Wright. Mix in Bill Maas for another two days and you have a decent barrage to launch against KK’s formidable football-season lineup. But I think it would kill Nick to have to share the microphone – even if it’s the best way to keep his radio career alive.

“KC w/a big signing soon … I don’t know, but they’re still in the market for a stalwart. If I knew who, I’d tell you.”
Peter King, Twitter
GH: What the hell does that mean, Peter? Now I’m dreaming crazy stuff…

“People tell me about Twitter. I don’t know what the hell Twitter is… When I was a kid, a twitter was when a good-lookin’ girl walked by with a short skirt. Everybody
Joe Paterno, at the Big 10 media gathering, via @dirkchatelain, Twitter

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About Greg Hall

Software guy who has been writing my Off The Couch column in KC newspapers, publications and websites since 1994. Has been bounced from some of the finest media establishments this side of State Line Road. Dad first and everything else second...and there are a lot of everything elses.
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17 Responses to OTC: Chiefs Release Brian Waters On Eve Of Camp / KC Media Weighs In

  1. smartman says:

    Machete don’t text and Jo Pa don’t tweet. Life is good! But remember when it comes to those nudie pics, Tweetin’ ain’t cheatin’!

    I think Brian can summon the fire in the belly for the right team. Please God get him a one year gig with a Superbowl contender.

    Matt Cassel is NOT a leader. He still has schoolgirl eyes in the huddle. He’s Pioli’s “boy” , aka bitch. The “playaz” aka black dudes don’t like bitches. He is what he was, a reliable backup.

    • Jim says:

      I have GOT to keep up with this technology, Smartman. First it was eatin’ and now it’s tweetin’. You realize all the inventions in the world stem from man’s desire to skirt the relationship rules. Now, if they would just re-name tweetin’ to be called cluckin’………a guy could have free reign.

  2. rick says:

    Waters in radio??? Gosh have u heard an interview? He says the line “Tell u the truth” before every sentence. I guess its possible Maas was terrible when he started. But boy would it take some grooming.

    • Greg Hall says:

      Waters is opinionated, arrogant and an ex-NFL Pro Bowler – three qualities that make for great radio. As for his reliance on fillers and crutch phrases, that would put him in similar company with a number of the sports talk hosts on KC’s air at this time.

  3. scott says:

    How can you not include the border reports discussion of the oldest cheerleaders in the nfl. I had to pull of the road.

  4. Uncle Dick says:

    No big loss. Waters got caught holding more last year almost as much Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

  5. JayBee says:

    “In my view, Waters’ production was fading. He’s not the player he was 3 or 4 years ago.”

    Wow. With brilliant insight like this, Nate could almost do ANYTHING in the media! Imagine if he gave weather a try with the same sharp insight, exciting! RIVETING!

    “It has been really, really hot out lately…”

    *isnsert sounds of crickets chirping*

  6. Java Man says:

    “But I was surprised to hear ArrowheadPride.com’s Joel Thorman say on 610 Sports just 30 minutes before the announcement that he expected Waters to be a part of the Chiefs O-line in 2011. ” -GH

    Seriously? This guy sounds like Bob Gretz lite.

  7. Esteban O'Riley says:

    WTF? Listening to KK show today (Friday). I guess they have a horrible connection in St. Joe or he’s already taped the show and the playback is f-ed up. Commentary just ends abruptly, then there’s a pause, then Leabo chimes in and/or takes a listener’s call. This is NOT good radio remote. If you can’t do a remote correctly, then don’t do it at all and stay in studio.

    • Greg Hall says:

      I know 810 has had technical issues most of the day. When I got in my car this morning just before 6AM they were off the air. I’m guessing they’re on auxiliary power and struggling mightily with their remotes from St. Joe.

      • Jim Beam says:

        The phone line system used by 810 and the other stations is awfully fickle. It’s built on “modem” technology, thus it’s fragile and prone to phone line drop-outs and break-ups. Hardly their fault and very frustrating when it happens to you!

  8. The Independent Rage says:

    Larry Smith is calling Paterno from the grave: “Come join me, please, Joe.” And Smith STILL doesn’t have an Internet.

    • Greg Hall says:

      I believe Larry’s famous quote was, “I don’t have an Internet.” Like it was a piece of luggage. Those were some good times on the old radio.

      • The Independent Rage says:

        You have the quote exactly right. I purposefully used the correct form of the “to do” infinitive in my particular sentence rather than going for effect. It’s a debatable choice, however.

  9. Ptolemy says:

    Waters time had come. When you think back on a player’s career and the most significant memory is (allegedly) being belittled by the new guy for managing 2 wins in an entire season, it’s time.

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