It’s worked for some; players leave and do well somewhere else. Chiefs fans are confident Romeo Crennel can straighten things for just-signed cornerback Stanford Routt and eliminate penalties.

It’s worked for some; players leave and do well somewhere else. Chiefs fans are confident Romeo Crennel can straighten things for just-signed cornerback Stanford Routt and eliminate penalties.

Scott Pioli is happy and Chiefs fans hope he’s right. Pioli says he still hopes to keep cornerback Brandon Carr and that they’re still working on a deal, but we know what’s up.

Teammate LeRon McClain tweeted that Carr is hitting the market.

Question: Was it just cap space that caused the Oakland Raiders to cut Routt or was it more?

Oakland’s new general manager, Reggie McKenzie, wasted little time demonstrating he meant what he said by claiming no job is safe. What caught my attention was McKenzie saying if any player didn’t give 100 percent they wouldn’t stay a Raider.

Tough talk by McKenzie? Wrong place, wrong time for Routt? Or are Raiders fans right by thinking they drew the long straw in the Routt deal? Oakland fans aren’t upset over losing Routt, they’re actually happy Routt went to division rival Kansas City.

“The first player to be cut was the penalty-ridden cornerback Stanford Routt,” said K.C. Dermody from SportsYahoo.com. “In 2011 Routt allowed nine touchdown passes and led the league in penalties with 17. Taking back any one of those touchdowns could have meant an entirely different end to last season, and most Raider fans were happy to see Routt head out the door.”

Or Routt could be the punching bag to a bad situation, the scapegoat to being $1 million over the NFL cap. Typically when a team loses a player, fans aren’t happy. When Kansas City traded Jared Allen to the Minnesota Vikings, Chiefs fans loathed it, and it’s still a sore spot.

But Raiders fans weren’t sad to see Routt go? Raiders fans think the penalty flags will come down in Oakland and go up in Kansas City.

It’s hard to believe a tradition of penalties will cease or diminish because of Routt leaving the Raiders. More like wishful thinking by Raiders fans and pinning the tail on Routt for something that’s gone on for lots of years in Oakland.

The Raiders have the reputation of being an unruly bunch and getting unwise penalties at the most inopportune times. It’s not the prejudice of the refs, but an idea introduced by late owner Al Davis.
Oakland’s McKenzie has more to do than just releasing Routt.

Culture changes people, so I’m of the opinion that Routt won’t continue his Raider ways in Kansas City. Not claiming he’ll be perfect, because Carr wasn’t, but I don’t think Routt will be as bad as some Raiders fans hope he will be in Kansas City.

Routt will be working with defensive backs coach Emmitt Thomas, who connects with defensive backs better than most.

In Oakland, Routt was overpaid and he underperformed, but in Kansas City he’ll have help with Brandon Flowers and Eric Berry. Routt may have lost heart in Oakland, but that doesn’t mean he’ll flunk in Kansas City.

Something that one person considers worthless may be considered valuable by someone else. That’s what Pioli’s banking on. If the Chiefs use this move to make the most of the money they have to spend then nobody will look back on Routt as a bad play.

I believe Pioli wants to do a good job; I dare to think Pioli wants to win. This could be a wise move and Routt could be a good fit. While I wish Kansas City could have kept Carr – slim chance still – Kansas City can still win with Routt.

Bad guys turn good all the time: Terminator, Darth Vader, Xena Warrior Princess, and Marcus Allen.
It happens, and I hope it happens for Routt. He’s a Chief, meaning he has my support and I got his back. I’ll cheer him on Sunday, Thursday and Saturday!

Until Routt gives me a reason to think different, I don’t see Silver and Black, but Red and Yellow.
Good day, Chiefs fans!