Chief Concerns: Desmond Bailey (@CCWriterDez)
“Desmond Bishop signs with the [enter 'New York Giants' or 'Minnesota Vikings' here]“
Are you prepared to read that headline? Will it suddenly force you to look at the Chiefs inside linebacker position as one of weakness? Hopefully your answer to that question is an emphatic “No!”.
Don’t get me wrong here. The addition of Bishop would bolster the Chiefs current lot of ILB’s. The depth there would be impressive and Bishop would provide an above-average veteran presence with Super Bowl credentials next to Derrick Johnson inside. But I can’t get completely amped about a potential contract between him and the Chiefs.
My main issue is Bishop’s health. He wasn’t an elite talent before he was hurt. But now he’s coming off a MAJOR hamstring injury that robbed him of his entire 2012 season and any involvement in team activities to this point of the 2013 off-season. That’s huge!
Bishop’s hamstring tore clean off his pelvis and, after surgery to repair it last August, is STILL recovering. Any football-related motion worth a damn involves explosive power generated from the legs. As a 3-4 ILB, Bishop will face a bunch of +300-pound guards putting a lot of torque on that bad boy. How well will it hold up? Could the Chiefs even count on Bishop for 16 games? Then again, I’m no doctor and definitely devoid of anything remotely resembling a degree in Sports Medicine.
Nonetheless, the bottom-line is there’s some question marks hovering about this guy. I love his first name. But other than that you could say I’m cautiously enthused by the prospect of him becoming a Chief.
Personally, I’m more excited about the rook…Nico Johnson…who the Chiefs drafted out of ‘Bama in the 4th round. Yeah I know…he’s a rookie vs Bishop, the six-year veteran. I hear ya loud and clear.
However, while the SEC (Southeastern Conference) – home of the Alabama Crimson Tide (reigning SEC and National Champions) - may not be the NFL, it isn’t just some so-so collegiate conference either. Hell, the SEC brings in between 30-40 of the nation’s top-100 high-school recruits every year. That’s powerful. That’s ELITE.
A three-year starter for Alabama, Nico Johnson anchored a defense that ranked 1st in the nation in both rushing and scoring last season and he’s helped the Tide to three of the last four National Championships. Johnson knows what it takes to dominate. He’s done it his entire collegiate career.
Sure, Johnson’s yet to play a down in the NFL but this kid’s faced the best of the best and been through some fire. So, just in case Bishop comes to a decision that lands him somewhere other than KC, fear not. Have some faith in the kid – Nico Johnson. He’ll be a good one.
Talk to ya later