Chief general manager Scott Pioli came to KC to replace Carl Peterson in 2009. Carl had slipped badly and the team never advanced further than a single playoff win in 1993. Carl’s five year plan for a Super Bowl had failed 4 times over 20 years. He’d become more than arrogant, downright hateful, mean and nasty and truly believed he was the face of Kansas City.
Know what? Maybe he was.
I most remember him going to our airport with George Brett – which was televised – to meet President Bush. So it was Carl, not the mayor, who represented Kansas City. But the Chiefs, the fans and the media were tired of Boss Carl. Not just because he was a vicious prick, but because he couldn’t win anymore.
With Marty Schottenheimer the team had been exciting, a regular play off caliber group that was popular, not just here, but around the nation. But after Marty was dumped the team fell apart and never recovered.
There have been no great or even very good teams since Marty left in 1998.
Again, you don’t have to remind me of our three phony playoff teams.
So along came Scott Pioli to fix all this mess.
After all, he was the V.P. of the New England Patriots, a team that won three Super Bowls on his watch. I think maybe Pioli gets a little too much credit for the PATRIOT WAY winners.
He didn’t run the team, he was one of the main men with personal to be sure, but give a little credit to Coach Bill Belichick.
Scott then picked his quarterback, Matt THE FRANCHISE Cassel, his coach, Todd Haley, and drafted first round picks Tyson Jackson, Eric Berry, Jonathan Baldwin and Dontari Poe. To this point Berry and Baldwin show potential, Jackson is a bust and Poe is a we don’t know anything yet guy.
The rest of Scott’s draft is at best suspect or to be more fair, not very impressive.
At this point Pioli has given the Chiefs no big time star. Eric Berry is coming off an injury and he may never be the same. Eric gave us one nice season, that’s all.
The Chiefs now look lost.
So a team many felt would compete for the division title looks to be a candidate for LAST PLACE.
Todd Haley is gone and now Scott has his new guy Romeo Crennel as head coach. Nobody is real excited about this pick. Romeo’s a nice guy, class act, great D coach, but head coach…at Cleveland…well, they stunk.
So far Scott has mimicked Carl Peterson in almost every way.
He doesn’t allow anyone to give real answers on most anything from injury to information on who is doing what, or even how anyone is doing. Romeo is a bit more open mouthed, but Scott reportedly had people’s offices bugged, according to Haley. He’ alsos more than a little arrogant – not a people person – and has a poor relationship with media and doesn’t care. He pretends to care about fans but he doesn’t.
Pioli cares only about himself…and his power.
If this team wins only 5, 6 or 7 games will Pioli be fired? He should be for sure, because his tenure is a failure already.
Barring a miracle, the deal for Matt at quarterback was a killer. As of today one could argue Cassel is one of the four or five worst starting quarterbacks in the NFL.
Hey, we have six rookies starting at quarterback in the NFL this season and Matt is worse than almost all of them.
Clark Hunt is just not a strong leader, so he likely won’t fire Pioli for another two to four years unless the Chiefs continue to win only 5 or 6 games. Clark will allow Scott to draft his NEXT GUY at quarterback, thus buying Scott a couple more seasons to hope.
Romeo will get the axe and be the scapegoat.
So we can continue to enjoy the BEST 53 show for a few more seasons of pain.