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DrunkHillbilly
08-08-2007, 04:07 PM
Holmes back on field, says he's ready to take job

Associated Press






Updated: August 8, 2007, 2:58 PM ET

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RIVER FALLS, Wis. -- Kansas City Chiefs (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=kan) running back Priest Holmes (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?statsId=4047) has a message for holdout All-Pro Larry Johnson (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?statsId=6363): If you don't want the job, I'll take it.

http://www.chiefscrowd.com/forums/images/imported/2007/08/19.jpg I mean, we have what's called 'making it rain.' We have the dogfighting, we have so many things that have cast a negative light on the NFL. This is just a great story to show guys that regardless of what situation you're in, you can persevere. http://www.chiefscrowd.com/forums/images/imported/2007/08/20.jpg

Holmes


Holmes, a three-time Pro Bowler, has been out of football since 2005 after suffering what many figured was a career-ending injury. He created a stir in July with his surprise return to the Chiefs and said this week his comeback attempt is going well as he works himself back into game shape.
On Tuesday, he was on the practice field in pads, taking handoffs and absorbing hits from assistant coaches using blocking pads.
Afterward, Holmes said he's ready to fill the 27-year-old Johnson's shoes -- at least financially.
"Somebody has to get the money," he said. "Hey, if L.J. wants to leave the money out there, guess I'm going to take it. If he wants to come get it, it's rightfully his to take. He's earned it. But if he chooses not to come back, well, somebody has to take it. Why won't it be me?"
Johnson has been a no-show at camp as he seeks an extension to the seven-year contract he inked in 2003, which he can void down to a five-year deal after the final game of the 2007 season because of playing time incentives.
Johnson is demanding compensation in the range of $28 million guaranteed, insisting he be paid as much as league MVP LaDainian Tomlinson (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?statsId=5452). Johnson is scheduled to earn $1.7 million this season, and Chiefs general manager Carl Peterson has said Johnson would be fined more than $14,000 for every day he misses.
One of the NFL's top runners until his injury, Holmes rushed for a team-record 5,933 yards after signing as an unrestricted free agent in 2001. He scored 27 touchdowns in 2003, then an NFL record.
The 33-year-old running back had been on the physically unable to perform list since a devastating tackle by San Diego's Shawne Merriman (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?statsId=7188) on Oct. 30, 2005, left him with head and neck trauma. After extensive tests, doctors warned of a possibility of further injury, perhaps even paralysis -- a danger that may still lurk.
"This is about perseverance and having a great story to tell," Holmes said. "I think that all the valuable years I've put into my tank, there's a lot in me still."
Some were dubious about Holmes' motives for returning, especially in light of Johnson's holdout.
"'Dubious' is a great word," Holmes said. "But dedication is a little bit more defined in concrete. I mean, we have what's called 'making it rain.' We have the dogfighting, we have so many things that have cast a negative light on the NFL. This is just a great story to show guys that regardless of what situation you're in, you can persevere."
Holmes, who received a clean bill of health from Kansas City's doctors before reporting to camp, last played a full season in 2003. He played in eight games in 2004 before a hip injury and then played in seven games in 2005 before the helmet-to-helmet hit from Merriman.
Holmes said seeing highlights of himself this summer during a football camp made him start thinking about returning to the Chiefs.
"Once I saw myself, the first thing I looked at it was as if I was a fan," he said. "I said, 'Man, I did that? Oh, that's a nice run. Oh, I love that touchdown move right there. I got to do that again.'
"I haven't had any setbacks so far. The biggest thing with football is taking all the contact and then continuing to run," he said.
Chiefs guard Brian Waters (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?statsId=5349), an eight-year veteran and a good friend of Holmes, said players are keeping an eye on the running back's progress.
"We know just by watching him run, he's still got a lot of his abilities," Waters said. "His quickness is strong. It's going to be a mental thing, for sure, but we'll see. I've seen him come back from serious injuries before and have a great season, so nothing would surprise me coming from that man."
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

luv
08-08-2007, 04:09 PM
Beat me in posting this article by 2 minutes!

The more I read about Holmes and the things he says, the less I'm sold on him coming back.

DrunkHillbilly
08-08-2007, 04:30 PM
Beat me in posting this article by 2 minutes!

The more I read about Holmes and the things he says, the less I'm sold on him coming back.

Like I said in the beginning. It would be great if in fact he was healthy enough to play and maybe he is to a certain extent but I still think he was baited into this and still think it is some sort of ploy! Timing just seems a little too fishy for my blood!

luv
08-08-2007, 05:01 PM
Like I said in the beginning. It would be great if in fact he was healthy enough to play and maybe he is to a certain extent but I still think he was baited into this and still think it is some sort of ploy! Timing just seems a little too fishy for my blood!
Talking publicly about another player's contract is kind of wrong, IMO. And he's been building strength by having assistant coaches hit him with blocking pads? C'mon.

Guru
08-08-2007, 07:57 PM
Carl = Puppet Master

Chiefster
08-08-2007, 09:43 PM
Carl = Puppet Master

True; although I never saw Holmes as the type to allow him to be controlled like that. Of course this is fodder for speculation to read quotes and hear sound bytes that may or may not be taken in context.

Canada
08-08-2007, 10:40 PM
I figure I will give Priest Holmes the benefit of the doubt. If he says he is gonna play then I believe he will give it an honest effort. Everyone was excited when Montanna (one of the greats, but on the downward swing of his career)came to town well Priest is our all time leading rusher and if Herm thinks he is good enough to play, then who am I to argue. If this is all some ploy then we all know how it will work out. LJ signs or we have a rookie that will most likely get a good amount of experience this year.

chief31
08-09-2007, 02:46 AM
I'm going to continue to root for him. The longer L.J. holds out, the more excited I get about the prospect of watching Holmes score touchdowns.

DrunkHillbilly
08-09-2007, 03:25 AM
I'm going to continue to root for him. The longer L.J. holds out, the more excited I get about the prospect of watching Holmes score touchdowns.

Don't get your hopes up too high!! I don't want to have to come and take your shoestrings!!

Chiefster
08-09-2007, 06:34 AM
Don't get your hopes up too high!! I don't want to have to come and take your shoestrings!!

Sadly, there's something to be said for this with our suspect "O" line; few running backs in this league has showed Barry Sanders type ability.

chief31
08-09-2007, 06:59 AM
I managed to enjoy Michael Jordans second return from retirement, (Though noone else is M.J.) I'd much rather see L.J. get his butt to camp and make Priest a formidible third-down back.

Canada
08-09-2007, 08:48 AM
Absolutely!

Chiefster
08-09-2007, 09:17 AM
I managed to enjoy Michael Jordans second return from retirement, (Though noone else is M.J.) I'd much rather see L.J. get his butt to camp and make Priest a formidible third-down back.


Agreed; but it's going to take a little compromise on both sides in order for that to happen IMO.

spiman
08-09-2007, 02:22 PM
I guess i'll wait and see if I need to burn my jersey like he might burn the Chiefs.

Canada
08-09-2007, 02:28 PM
I guess i'll wait and see if I need to burn my jersey like he might burn the Chiefs.

That is blasphemy!!! :beer:

spiman
08-10-2007, 02:14 AM
Last time I saw a Priest was in church! Got matches?

Chiefster
08-10-2007, 02:21 AM
Last time I saw a Priest was in church! Got matches?

Absolutely unpardonable! :p

spiman
08-10-2007, 02:38 AM
I found my flame thrower, blow torch, & rock/flint kit just in case! No need of matches now..

Chiefster
08-10-2007, 03:37 AM
I found my flame thrower, blow torch, & rock/flint kit just in case! No need of matches now..


Heh! your either a pyrotechnician (sp) or a maniac one. :D

spiman
08-10-2007, 03:52 AM
Oh too burn or blow up- what's the difference?
Holmes.. Please don't make me do it!

chief31
08-10-2007, 06:17 AM
Spiman, you can keep the matches in the drawer. Unless Priest gets injured again, I believe he means business. I think that the statement he made was an attempt to get the rest of his team into camp. The fact is that unless L.J. holds-out during the regular season, Priest has no claim to a bunch of money.

Chiefster
08-10-2007, 03:03 PM
Spiman, you can keep the matches in the drawer. Unless Priest gets injured again, I believe he means business. I think that the statement he made was an attempt to get the rest of his team into camp. The fact is that unless L.J. holds-out during the regular season, Priest has no claim to a bunch of money.

Yup! Well said my friend!

sling58
08-10-2007, 05:49 PM
I guess i'll wait and see if I need to burn my jersey like he might burn the Chiefs.

That's like burning the FLAG! You never burn a Chiefs jersey.

Chiefster
08-11-2007, 02:50 AM
That's like burning the FLAG! You never burn a Chiefs jersey.


Amen my Chiefs Brotha! :D

spiman
08-11-2007, 03:33 AM
Like the Eagle Scout that I am-Be Prepared..The Holmes jersey is hanging in the garage under the pyrotech devices-pictures to follow! Just in case. P.S. I would never burn the Flag.

Chiefster
08-11-2007, 03:37 AM
Like the Eagle Scout that I am-Be Prepared..The Holmes jersey is hanging in the garage under the pyrotech devices-pictures to follow! Just in case. P.S. I would never burn the Flag.

You are a disturbed individual. :p

spiman
08-11-2007, 03:50 AM
At least when I write this in my chiefs shorts due to the Cali weather-I have backup / more worthy jerseys to wear at the fader games in Oakland-Trust me it takes big balls to go there!

Chiefster
08-11-2007, 04:06 AM
At least when I write this in my chiefs shorts due to the Cali weather-I have backup / more worthy jerseys to wear at the fader games in Oakland-Trust me it takes big balls to go there!

That we are in agreement with; one almost takes their own life in their hands in that stadium.

spiman
08-11-2007, 04:25 AM
I'll send death Pic"s of me..Well my trader friends will. I better check if my will is up to date now that I think of it. 10/21/07 Go Chiefs..

Chiefster
08-11-2007, 04:31 AM
I'll send death Pic"s of me..Well my trader friends will. I better check if my will is up to date now that I think of it. 10/21/07 Go Chiefs..

You are truely a brave man; of course it has been said that there exist between bravery and stupidity the finest of lines. :D

spiman
08-11-2007, 04:40 AM
You have not seen 300 yet..A shield(jersey) a spear (fists) and a blade (mouth) Well.. My will (I ckd) is up to date.

sling58
08-11-2007, 08:06 AM
Like the Eagle Scout that I am-Be Prepared..The Holmes jersey is hanging in the garage under the pyrotech devices-pictures to follow! Just in case. P.S. I would never burn the Flag.

1-800-CHARTER man! If you can't find help there, find help somewhere!

spiman
08-12-2007, 04:05 AM
After this Chiefs showing/browns game- I'm headed straight to the funny farm. Need a ticket?

Chiefster
08-12-2007, 11:46 AM
After this Chiefs showing/browns game- I'm headed straight to the funny farm. Need a ticket?

You and me both!

luv
08-12-2007, 12:19 PM
Like the Eagle Scout that I am-Be Prepared..The Holmes jersey is hanging in the garage under the pyrotech devices-pictures to follow! Just in case. P.S. I would never burn the Flag.
Does anyone else get the hint that this guy is not a Priest fan? Just a hunch.

chief31
08-12-2007, 12:37 PM
Does anyone else get the hint that this guy is not a Priest fan? Just a hunch.

The "Lovers of Larry" tend to hate the Chiefs' all-time leading rusher, for some reason.

luv
08-12-2007, 12:39 PM
The "Lovers of Larry" tend to hate the Chiefs' all-time leading rusher, for some reason.
They should remember that we wouldn't be in the mess if Larry would play. We'll just blame it all on Carl like normal. :)

chief31
08-12-2007, 12:48 PM
They should remember that we wouldn't be in the mess if Larry would play. We'll just blame it all on Carl like normal. :)

There you have it. C.P. is a tightwad and Poor little L.J. Would have accepted anything, if it had been offered.

DrunkHillbilly
08-12-2007, 03:28 PM
The "Lovers of Larry" tend to hate the Chiefs' all-time leading rusher, for some reason.

Uhhhh, not this one! I keep hearing people say he has only played one season, he hasn't proven himself yet. What about the 8 games he played when Priest went down? I would say that was a fairly decent display!!

I loved Priest but it is time to move on. Maybe he will be able to give a little here and there but he is basically done. I would love to eat crow and for him to prove me wrong but........

chief31
08-12-2007, 03:48 PM
Uhhhh, not this one! I keep hearing people say he has only played one season, he hasn't proven himself yet. What about the 8 games he played when Priest went down? I would say that was a fairly decent display!!

I loved Priest but it is time to move on. Maybe he will be able to give a little here and there but he is basically done. I would love to eat crow and for him to prove me wrong but........

Well, Priest is a block-follower and it is awefully difficult to run-block if you can't pass the ball. But, if Priest can help the passing game, be it recieving, or blocking, then whoever is running should find more success, behind the blockers. Priest should offer the ability to keep defenses from keying-in on the gut-type running plays that L.J. excells at, or on anything else. But then, play-calling would play a big part. Is the Herm/Solari combo going to recognize that and utilize it, or not?

Of course there is no guarantee that Priest is going to be successful in his attempt to return, but there is alot to look forward to, if he is.

AkChief49
08-12-2007, 04:52 PM
Priest should offer the ability to keep defenses from keying-in on the gut-type running plays that L.J. excells at, or on anything else. But then, play-calling would play a big part. Is the Herm/Solari combo going to recognize that and utilize it, or not? -chief31

completely agree. Herm would love the three yard and a cloud of dust per carry. with the speed of the game these days, finesse has got to be at least a part of the playbook!

DrunkHillbilly
08-12-2007, 05:02 PM
Well, Priest is a block-follower and it is awefully difficult to run-block if you can't pass the ball. But, if Priest can help the passing game, be it recieving, or blocking, then whoever is running should find more success, behind the blockers. Priest should offer the ability to keep defenses from keying-in on the gut-type running plays that L.J. excells at, or on anything else. But then, play-calling would play a big part. Is the Herm/Solari combo going to recognize that and utilize it, or not?

Of course there is no guarantee that Priest is going to be successful in his attempt to return, but there is alot to look forward to, if he is.

I don't want to alarm anybody but.....I AGREE WITH chief31 or should I say "Priest Lover" :lol:

Chiefster
08-12-2007, 06:03 PM
I don't want to alarm anybody but.....I AGREE WITH chief31 or should I say "Priest Lover" :lol:


There ya go; throwing out of balance our Chiefs Crowd universe. :11:

chief31
08-12-2007, 10:59 PM
I don't want to alarm anybody but.....I AGREE WITH chief31 or should I say "Priest Lover" :lol:

:hyper: :hyper: :sign0098:

tornadospotter
08-13-2007, 12:45 AM
Priest should offer the ability to keep defenses from keying-in on the gut-type running plays that L.J. excells at, or on anything else. But then, play-calling would play a big part. Is the Herm/Solari combo going to recognize that and utilize it, or not? -chief31

completely agree. Herm would love the three yard and a cloud of dust per carry. with the speed of the game these days, finesse has got to be at least a part of the playbook!
Priest and LJ in the same back field, were is the play going, who is getting the ball, Tony G? You quest correct you win, you quest wrong you lose. We need a two back attack.

chief31
08-13-2007, 03:04 AM
Priest and LJ in the same back field, were is the play going, who is getting the ball, Tony G? You quest correct you win, you quest wrong you lose. We need a two back attack.

...And I don't think that anyone could deny that that would be one he77 of a pair to field.

m0ef0e
08-13-2007, 02:21 PM
...And I don't think that anyone could deny that that would be one he77 of a pair to field.

Well, that may the best thing we could do, seeing as how we don't currently have a fullback whatsoever.

Canada
08-13-2007, 07:24 PM
Well, that may the best thing we could do, seeing as how we don't currently have a fullback whatsoever.

Boomer will be there week 1!! :bananen_smilies046:

Chiefster
08-14-2007, 12:25 AM
Priest and LJ in the same back field, were is the play going, who is getting the ball, Tony G? You quest correct you win, you quest wrong you lose. We need a two back attack.

Will it matter? Assuming we can get the "O" line to play half way decent.