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  • Are the Chiefs being delicate with Dontari Poe?

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  • Are the Chiefs being delicate with Dontari Poe?
    An article was posted on Bleacher Report with the headline, “Why Are the Kansas City Chiefs Publicly Babying First-Round Pick Dontari Poe?” It calls out Romeo Crennel, Poe and defensive line coach Anthony Pleasant.
    Basically, Bleacher Report shot down what’s been said about Poe.
    “Head coach Romeo Crennel’s praise of Poe for showing up to minicamp without a contract was equally empty,” Bleacher Report said.
    Being present for each OTA including minicamp isn’t unusual. But without a contract? Dwayne Bowe held out his rookie season, missing a week of training camp.
    Bowe didn’t extend the same gesture. I like Poe’s tactics better.
    Poe has given fans something before he gets his. Doesn’t that say something about Poe, like how serious he is?
    I don’t get the story by Bleacher Report. There’s no angle there. Crennel said wait and see. Crennel’s not disillusioned, but there’s proof enough for Poe. Actions do speak louder than words.
    Poe’s done everything he’s supposed to do. Poe even finished minicamp, something he didn’t have to do. Downplaying that just overlooks great qualities about Poe.
    Poe traveled to Joplin to help rebuild houses. That was after minicamp had concluded.
    The community stuff often gets overlooked, but how quickly Poe made the decision got missed. Poe didn’t hesitate in helping out. Others planned their break until training camp, but Poe went the extra mile for Joplin.
    Sentimental, but Poe said he didn’t think twice.
    That said something about Poe. Poe’s not a selfish person. To be a good team guy it’s hard to remain selfish. Selfish people care about three things: me, myself and I.
    That hasn’t been Poe.
    Poe’s effort convinces fans to give him a chance. Second guessing his determination and what Crennel said about Poe just shows not everyone’s convinced with Poe.
    Poe’s a high-level pick, a top-15. Not all high draft picks work out. Success is expected, but not guaranteed.
    Trezelle Jenkins and Ryan Sims do happen. Larry Johnson was called a baby by Dick Vermeil. Poe’s shown he’s anything but lazy. Poe’s work ethic hasn’t been a problem.
    Despite not having a contract, Poe’s sincerity toward the team was obvious.
    Rather than enjoying the NBA Finals from a cushy seat, Poe’s made every attempt to earn his spot with is new team. Hey, if the shoe fits (Dwayne Bowe), wear it. Just saying!
    ARE THE CHIEFS READY?: Sports Illustrated thinks they are. Dare they say, Super Bowl equipped?
    Page 2 of 2 - “This is a very talented team, there’s no doubt about that,” said SI.com. “That talent alone should get it to the playoffs easily, even in an AFC West that has a reloading Chargers and a Peyton Manning-led Broncos team.
    But how far the Chiefs go in the postseason is up to (Matt) Cassel and Crennel. Both are good enough to not get in the way. But can they be even better? If so, I dare say that the Chiefs have a chance to be legitimate Super Bowl contenders.”
    Sports Illustrated noticed. I like it; I really do, but Super Bowl? Eh, not sure.
    Here’s my definition of complete: a consistent winner. Polished is having key players who deliver on a routine basis. Is that Kansas City? Honestly, not yet. Definitely close, but not a definite yes. Kansas City isn’t 100 percent fixed.
    It’s exciting; love the outside attention, but the Chiefs still need answers. Solutions might come this season, but I’m careful in thinking Super Bowl.
    CHIEF STEADIES: Tamba Hali, Derrick Johnson, Jamaal Charles, Brandon Flowers, Branden Albert, Steve Breaston, Dustin Colquitt and Eric Winston.
    SHOW ME THE MONEY ONE MORE TIME: Dwayne Bowe, Eric Berry, Jon Asamoah, Justin Houston, Kendrick Lewis, Ryan Lilja, Tony Moeaki and Ryan Succop.
    STILL SOMETHING: Matt Cassel, Tyson Jackson, Glenn Dorsey, Dexter McCluster, Stanford Routt, Javier Arenas, Jovan Belcher, Andy Studebaker, Peyton Hillis and Kevin Boss.
    X-FACTORS: Dontari Poe, Rodney Hudson, Jonathan Baldwin, Jeff Allen, Allen Bailey, Ricky Stanzi, Brandon Siler, Jalil Brown, Cyrus Gray, Junior Hemingway, David Mims, Jerrell Powe and Devon Wylie.
    The players in this last group are the ones who can make 2012 a true success. It depends on how fast they learn and some are able to grow in their second year. Poe, Hudson and Baldwin are the most important of the group since the Chiefs will initially rely on them early.
    Being a Super Bowl contender, like SI.com suggests, says Kansas City has enough ready parts. Step one is training camp, step two is staying healthy. It’s early yet.
    We’ll see, but no doubt Kansas City’s potential is getting lots of outside notice.
    Good day, Chiefs fans!
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