One of the biggest personnel gaffes by the Chiefs during the Scott Pioli regime was the failure to retain cornerback Brandon Carr, when he became a free agent following the 2011 season.
Carr signed with the Dallas Cowboys in 2012 and has been a shutdown corner. He had three interceptions, including a 47-yard touchdown return last year, and picked off an Eli Manning pass and returned it 49 yards for a score that iced Dallas’ season-opening win over the Giants.
Carr said the Cowboys’ game against the Chiefs this week at Arrowhead will be his first time in Kansas City since he signed with Dallas.
“I don’t know how it’s going to feel,” Carr said. “I may have some goose bumps and chills going in there. But it’s a business trip. I’m going here with the Cowboys. We’re going to take care of business. This is game two, another step for us hopefully in the right direction.
“It’s important to win on the road and it’s going to be a battle for us both with their stadium … the Arrowhead fans can get after it pretty good and their ball club is playing pretty good right now. So we have our hands full. All that, shaking hands, that can happen after the game. While those 60 minutes are in play, it’s going to be a dog fight.
Carr, a fifth-round pick from Grand Valley (Mich.) State in the same 2008 draft that netted the Chiefs offensive tackle Branden Albert, cornerback Brandon Flowers and running back Jamaal Charles, had eight interceptions in four seasons with the Chiefs, including four in 2011.
“I had a great four years in Kansas City,” Carr said, “but Dallas was the team that showed they had faith in my ability and they wanted me in the free agency process. So far it’s worked out pretty good.
“I don’t look back at things. I still have memories of Kansas City, but I have a lot of great memories in Dallas as well and I’m having fun right now.”
Carr said his favorite memory of Kansas City was in 2010 when the Chiefs went 10-6 and won the AFC West.
“Just us fighting from being at the bottom and kind of getting our way and getting the playoff berth and kind of bringing some life back to Arrowhead,” Carr said. “A lot of good memories of my teammates. We were a close group. …. So those are some good memories. But like now I’m getting some of those memories here as well.”