A Super Bowl in KC?
The Chiefs resolution to be awarded a Super Bowl between 2012 and 2022 at this week’s NFL meeting in Hawaii was postponed until the next meetings in May. Kansas City’s Super Bowl would only be awarded if the construction of a retractable-roof facility were completed.
That means one of two possibilities: renovate Arrowhead Stadium so that a retractable roof could be used, or build an entirely new stadium.
I personally love Arrowhead Stadium and cannot imagine the Chiefs playing anywhere else. I also do not want to see them ever playing under a roof in Kansas City. The idea of building an entirely new stadium, or putting in the time and money to add a roof to Arrowhead just to host the Super Bowl seems absurd to me.
But the lack of a “sufficient” venue is not the only roadblock in this deal. NFL policy states that the host region must have what it calls “quality” hotel rooms within one hour’s drive of the stadium to equal 35 percent of the stadium’s seating capacity.
In the case of Arrowhead, that would be about 27,800 “quality” rooms. The Kansas City area has about 30,000 rooms, but it’s unclear how many would qualify as “quality.” There are ways around this, Jacksonville docked a bunch of ships to help meet the “quality” rooms standard for this past Super Bowl, but in the heartland the only way to add rooms would be to build more hotels.
I for one could care less if Kansas City ever hosts a Super Bowl. We would hear nothing for two weeks except how Kansas City is a “second-rate” town that doesn’t deserve to host a Super Bowl, just like we did this year with Jacksonville.
Chiefs Resign Kendall Gammon
Woo-hoo! I’m sure no one was really excited when this was announced earlier this week, but the resigning of long snapper Kendall Gammon was good news for these ears. Gammon is one of the best in the game at one of the league’s most difficult positions.
Hartwell Signs With Falcons
Amazing! Free agent linebacker Ed Hartwell finally decided on a team. Hartwell signed a six-year, $26.25 million contract that included an $8 million signing bonus with the Atlanta Falcons earlier this week.
Hartwell may be a great player, but he also proved that he was only looking for money and that he was going to sign with whomever offered him the most cash. After following his free agent tour and listening to him declare a hundred different times that a decision would be reached soon, I for one am glad that he will not be in a Chiefs uniform next season.
Chiefs Will Receive A 3rd Round Compensatory Pick
The NFL also announced this week that the Chiefs would receive a third round pick in this April’s NFL Draft as compensation for the loss of tackle John Tait last year. This third round pick will help replace the third round pick that Kansas City had to send to Philadelphia as part of the trade for John Welbourn.
Now that Kansas City has a pick in the third round, I’d love to see them go ahead and send their second round pick to Miami in exchange for cornerback Patrick Surtain. The Chiefs have been actively talking with the Dolphins about just such a deal, the only hang-up seems to be the asking price of Surtain, who must first be resigned by Miami before he can be traded.
As one of the few quality cornerbacks left on the market, I’d love to see the Chiefs get the deal done. If not, you can rest assured that the Chiefs will draft a cornerback with their number one pick in April’s draft.
Rule Changes Shot Down
A proposal to make down-by-contact reviewable by replay was rejected by NFL teams earlier this week.
The rule change would have allowed the referee to use replay cameras to look at fumbles even though the whistle had blown, something that currently ends the play regardless of what the cameras might see.
I would love to have seen this rule changed, but in reality, I don’t see how it could ever be. Think about it for a minute, from the first time you put on pads your taught to ‘stop when you hear the whistle’. Now you expect players to keep playing because there might be a fumble, even though the whistle sounded. If the whistle doesn’t end the play, then what does?
Some other rule changes that were also voted down include: changing the defensive pass interference rule from a spot foul to a 15-yard penalty (like in college); placing two TV cameras by the goal lines for replay on questionable touchdowns; and eliminating the automatic first down from the 5-yard illegal contact fouls on the defense.
I really think that by not adopting these rules the NFL is not looking at the quality of play, but rather at TV ratings. Defenses are clearly at a disadvantage now and by not changing these rules there is no way they can cover anyone, let alone top flight NFL receivers.
How many times last year did you see an offense bailed out on 3rd-and-22 by an illegal contact or pass interference penalty five yards down field? Giving the offense an automatic first down in those instances is ludicrous.