Veteran Jay Feeley was brought in on Monday, an apparent admission that the Chiefs were not entirely happy with either Barth or Novak.
“He’s been a good kicker in the league,” coach Herm Edwards said. “We decided to bring him in here and see where he’s at. We’d like to have a kicker opening day, and he’s our kicker. We don’t want to have every other week a kicking contest again.”
But the Feely experiment lasted about one day.
The Chiefs announced Wednesday that Feely had been released after Novak and Barth clearly out-kicked the veteran in practice.
“When you’re in our situation, a young football team, sometimes the easy thing to do when guys are in a position where there’s not a clear-cut favorite, the easy thing to do in the past was, ‘Let’s go get a veteran.’
“We’re not doing that. We’re trying to build a football team. If it’s a good veteran and he fits in our system and he does what we want him to do, then that’s fine. But we don’t just go out and get a veteran to say we got a veteran. We did that a little bit last year. It didn’t work out too well in certain positions.”
I find this hilarious. Maybe what actually happened that Herm Edwards realized they signed Jay Feeley and he recalled his battles with field goals. You know the security guard who mans the Chiefs Headquarters probably was like 'Jay Feeley? Really?' but such osmosis didn't hit the Chiefs braintrust.
What's even funnier is that Herm know has to play damage control? Look I know various teams have 'systems' but there is no unique Kansas City Chief kicking system thats different outside of a few words from the rest of the league. So by not fitting into the system, Jay Feeley obviously has proven he is horrendous and can barely beat out two greenhorn kickers. But alas, don't worry Chief fans, you can have your pick of kickers that will soon be entering the unemployment line next week.
As Feeley attempts to find another job, one can only hope that he hooks up with Tommy Maddox as the two of them can tackle the insurance industry together.