There were plenty of mistakes made by former Chiefs GM Scott Pioli during his time in Kansas City. From wasted draft picks to terrible coaches and worse quarterbacks, you can take your pick of which tops the list.
It shouldn’t be forgotten that he also chose not to lock up CB Brandon Carr early, even as the general manager was signings other key young players to extensions. Then when free agency came, Pioli let Carr walk in favor of the cheaper alternative, free agent Stanford Routt.
Now with Pioli long gone (not to mention Routt), Carr will return to Arrowhead Stadium this weekend with the Dallas Cowboys.
In what will be the first of many questions about playing against the only other team he’s known as a pro, Carr was asked after Sunday night’s win if he expects a positive reaction from the crowd.
“Whether they cheer or boo, I’m locked in and ready for this 60-minute battle,” Carr said, according to The Dallas Morning News. “Hopefully they give me some cheers. But if not, hey, we’re going to try to win a ballgame. That’s all that matters.”
And win the Cowboys did in Week 1, thanks in large part to a pick-six by Carr against New York Giants QB Eli Manning. Now he’ll be looking to shut down Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe, his teammate of four seasons in Kansas City. Those familiar faces are one of the reasons Carr thinks this trip will be “special”.
“Finally get a chance to go back and play against some of the guys I practiced against. But I’m a Cowboy now. Now it’s time to represent for the star.”