Ed. Note: Bumped from the FanPost section, largely because I was going to discuss something similar to this myself. - BG
I've noticed a ton of Kelsay bashing the last few days and thought I'd post a story. I don't write many fanposts because so many people here do such a great job of saying what I want to say. However when It comes to Kelsay no one says a whole lot unless it's negative. I'm sure I'll get all kinds of fun comments afterwards but I'm not too worried about it.
First, let's get over the idea that he needs to just hand his jersey over to Mario Williams. Kelsay has been in the league longer and been with the Bills much longer then Williams has. He's more then earned the right to keep his number. Just because Williams is higher paid doesn't mean he can come to Buffalo and take whatever jersey he wants. I feel like he needs to earn it first.
Ok now we come to the fun part. Yes Kelsay was rewarded a contract extension. A lot of people were upset about this. I don't think an offseason has happened without people calling for him to be released. It's not going to happen anytime soon. He got his extension to show everyone else in the locker room that if you step up and be a leader and work your butt off that you'll be rewarded. Yeah he doesn't light up the highlight reel but he does something that's more important. He's a leader. His role on that defense is just as important as the people who rush the QB. He's a superb locker room influence as well. You don't cut a leader like him. Its bad for business and sends a negative message to the rest of your players. A lot of you like to bring up his stats and show how mediocre he was and how he has no impact on a game. Most of your stats happen to be before 2010 as well. His play has been steadily improving as of late. So on top of being a leader he's also playing better. Just look at last season for proof.
Hopefully, though I severely doubt it, this will help curb the latest bout of Kelsay hating. He's an important and integral piece of the defense. Give the guy a break. You wouldn't like it if someone came into your work place and started saying that your reports don't match up to this guys reports and that you should be fired for being mediocre.