Nappy...there was a Chiefs bit too:
Chiefs’ future is in question
QB Trent Green continues to show his age, and at 35, there are some who wonder if he’s the same player he was two or three years ago. The Pro Bowl passer isn’t the only golden oldie on the roster, with his top two offensive linemen, OLT Willie Roaf and OLG Will Shields, getting up there in age as well. Plus, head coach Dick Vermiel is undecided on his future, opening the door for rumors that offensive coordinator Al Saunders or Jets head coach Herman Edwards will coach the Chiefs next year.
PFW: What lies ahead for the Chiefs?
Reynolds: It all starts with Vermeil, but decisions on Priest Holmes, Green, Roaf and Shields will have a major impact on the direction of this club in 2006. Holmes turns 33 next year and, even if he doesn’t retire, might not own a starting spot on a team in which Vermeil is not the coach. Vermeil has, in the past, been blindly loyal, and there is a chance Larry Johnson’s final six games will contribute to Holmes’ choice on retirement. Vermeil has walked away before, and if the core of his team crumbles, he’ll do it again. Roaf and Shields both spoke of retirement during training camp. Each is older than Holmes, and Roaf’s hamstring problems this year might push him over the edge. Shields, who is owed $5 million in 2006, is almost a sure bet to call it a potentially Hall of Fame career at the end of this year. And Green, who has been sacked 23 times and has thrown seven TD passes, might be wise to either retire or find a way out of Kansas City. His offensive line is below average without Roaf and would be abysmal without Roaf and Shields next season. The Chiefs aren’t equipped to recover quickly from the loss of four Pro Bowlers, and Green understands he’d be taking a risk coming back to play behind the likes of OT Jordan Black and OG John Welbourn.