WR Steve Breaston, a healthy scratch in four of the past five games, seemed surprised when media members presented him with head coach Romeo Crennel’s comments. Crennel said that Breaston “needs to show that he has a great understanding of the game plan and he can execute the game plan. If he can do that, then he can be in uniform.”
Upon hearing that, Breaston seemed genuinely shocked. He told media members that the sentiment hadn’t been expressed to him.
“I think I understand the offense,” he said. “They may feel a different way, then so be it. You can’t fight City Hall. I go out there and work.”
Crennel then turned angry on the media the following day, even reading the transcript back, saying that the statement of “understanding the game plan” was something that was general and a requirement of every player, not of Breaston specifically. Crennel then praised Breaston’s attitude and understanding of the material the team expected of him.
It was a confusing exchange, especially for a player who has had a 1,000-yard season in the NFL with the Cardinals and who was signed to play a significant role. It’s especially surprising on such a WR-needy team such as the Chiefs, who figure to be without Dwayne Bowe for the rest of the season.
The word we hear is that Breaston’s case of the drops earlier in the season diminished the coaches’ confidence in him and that they believe he is not a dynamic enough playmaker most weeks to warrant playing time over other wideouts with better special-teams ability.
Either way, whether Breaston returns next season (and a new coaching staff could feel completely different about him), receiver stands as a major concern heading into the offseason.