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Kansas City Chiefs: Priest Holmes & Larry Johnson

Yahoo!'s football writer Mike Silver had some interesting insight's into the Kansas City Chiefs' locker room in his On The Run column on Monday.  In it, an unnamed Chiefs' veteran is quoted saying negative things about Johnson's pass-blocking.  Ty Law went on record with quotes about Holmes making the defense stand-up, and Tony Gonzlaez questioned everything.

In a week that has seen top 5 Rb Joseph Addai lose carries to CFL refugee Kenton Keith, the possibility of another Top 5 RB, Larry Johnson, losing carries has to be taken seriously.  However, I am not sold on Holmes quite yet.

Jason Whitlock of the Kansas City Star offers a contrary opinion to all the "happiness" expressed by Holmes' return.

I don't dislike Priest Holmes. For reasons I do not know, I believe he intentionally tries to confuse people, particularly the news media, coaches and front-office executives. That is his right. For that reason, I believe virtually nothing that comes out of his mouth. I believe his actions.

He quit football. Nothing wrong with that. He tired of the game, took an opportunity to walk away and collect a 2006 paycheck while sitting at home. I say he "quit" because his actions indicate just that. Players get injured all the time, and you can't get them away from the game, the locker room, the film study, the fellowship with teammates and coaches.

The question is who else thinks the same way.  If head coach Herm Edwards and/or offensive coordinator Mike Solrai are counted amongst those, then Holmes will see very little significant action.  As a hint, Edwards said Holmes would take over the role the recently-traded Michael Bennett filled - a RB who averaged three carries per game this season!

Regardless of Holmes' usage, this situation is one worth watching.  If the players are questioning the coaching and the coaches continue to disregard it, then the Chiefs stay atop the AFC West is even more tenuous than their personnel would lead most to believe.