Making the headlines in the Chiefs Kingdom is the announced release of Ryan Succop in favor of the non-draft rookie Cairo Santos. I haven’t really questioned the moves made by the “flag ranking” admins of the Chiefs, but this one is a real mind bender. Succop is established, has a great record, and is very consistent in his performance. To trade him for a rookie is baffling to say the least.
Succop has a 81% accuracy in his career with the Chiefs, with 17 field goals of 50 yards. In Chiefs history he’s been the most accurate kicker to date. He’s 6’2″ so he does have the height advantage there. Where as Cairo Santos has no professional experience except for the preseason as of writing this post, he has made 61 of 78 filed goals while playing at Tulane; and stands at 5’8″.
You can see the big difference there, and playing in preseason is nothing like playing in the regular season. With Succop, you know his capabilities, and know what results to expect. Whereas with the rookie, you don’t know how he’ll perform, and he’ll need time to adjust to the professional league, and his new teammates. That’s not even including the time needed to train as well. I just don’t understand it.
I just hope that the Chiefs staff know what they’re doing, I just want the chiefs to win a Super Bowl before I die. The last one that they won was before I was born. I suppose that there is an up side to all of this. With all the people that they’re releasing, that’s more money they can offer Alex Smith so they can finally get a contract hammered out. I hope that they re-sign him soon.
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