Under new GM Scott Pioli, the Kansas City Chiefs have become a sort of western outpost of former New England Patriots this offseason. Not that this is a bad thing, of course; the former Pats VP had what some might call a “pretty good track record” out in Boston, and the Chiefs have been going nowhere for the better part of the past two decades.
One of Pioli’s biggest acquisitions this offseason was Patriots QB Matt Cassel, who was thrust into the spotlight last year after - we’re getting to the point here - Chiefs safety Bernard Pollard became Boston Public Enemy Number One by shredding dreamboat QB Tom Brady’s knee. Earlier this year, SbB’s Tom “5k” Fornelli said that Cassel should be thanking Pollard for giving him the opportunity to show his stuff.
Well, however Cassel went about thanking Pollard, it clearly didn’t impress him, as Pollard almost shredded his new, less-dreamy-but-still-starting QB’s knee last week in practice. Oops.
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED’s Peter King, who seems to somehow be simultaneously at every single NFL training camp at once (while blogging about Starbucks), explained (via YAHOO! SPORTS’ MJD):
Pollard thought he was going to be blocked by a running back last year against New England, got low to take on the block, wasn’t blocked, and fell into Brady. Now, he thought he was going to be blocked by a running back, got low, wasn’t blocked, and stumbled and tried to avoid hitting Cassel, yelling at the last moment, “Move!” It was too late. He fell hard and rolled into Cassel’s left leg.
I caught Pollard after lunch on campus. His eyes got wide when I asked him about the play. “I got to the sidelines after that play,” Pollard said, “and I realized what happened, and I thought, — OH MY GOD! It’s like a replay.”
Thankfully, Cassel is fine and things went on as usual. It’s a good thing, too; Chiefs fans have to be pretty close to suicidal levels now, given all the sports failure their beloved city churns out year after year. Isn’t it about time fate actually threw KC a bone?