You have to admire the effort the Chiefs are giving today against the Dolphins in the bitter cold at Arrowhead Stadium.
Only days after the resignation of long-time president/general manager/chief executive officer Carl Peterson, the team could easily adopt an attitude of indifference. Add to that speculation that coach Herman Edwards might not be there much longer because he has no desire to essentially start over with a new GM, and it would be easy to expect the Chiefs to simply lay down against the Dolphins.
It’s not happening.
For every punch the Dolphins have delivered, the Chiefs have had a solid counter-punch. Not surprisingly, one of Kansas City’s big tone-setting players has been Tony Gonzalez. His extra effort to get into the end zone for the Chiefs’ second touchdown was impressive. But it’s the same reason the 12-year veteran tight end was able to make his 10th Pro Bowl despite playing for one of the league’s laughingstocks.
I suspect part of the motivation is the fact that one member of the Chiefs’ hierarchy, executive vice president and chief operating officer Denny Thum, is expected to remain in place (and possibly receive a promotion to president) and is evaluating what players are worth keeping while also leading the search for a new GM.