“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
and Twitter / greghall24