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Scott Pioli: “I need to do a better job”

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After Kansas City fired Todd Haley on Monday, some Chiefs fans said the team was only halfway to making the necessary changes at the top, as General Manager Scott Pioli should have been been on the way out as well.

Pioli says he agrees with the part about him needing to do better. But he also defended the talent he has acquired.

We have a locker room that has talent,” Pioli said. “We also have a good makeup of character in that locker room, but it’s abundantly clear that we’re not in a spot we need to be with our record where it is and our team in a position it is. I need to do a better job.”

Frustrated Chiefs fans would say that it’s a little hard to square Pioli’s belief that the roster has talent with the results on the field this season, but it sounds like Pioli has the trust of the one person whose opinion really matters, Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt.

“I do have a lot of confidence in Scott and I do believe he’s going to help us be successful over the long run,” Hunt said.

So Pioli may need to do a better job, but that doesn’t mean his job is on the line.

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51 Responses to “Scott Pioli: “I need to do a better job””
  1. fittytuckin says: Dec 13, 2011 7:13 PM

    The chefs are garbage plain and simple. If you rely on a running back and safety for success you have serious deficiencies in the talent of your team.

  2. thegonz13 says: Dec 13, 2011 7:13 PM

    Pioli’s right. The locker room has talent… the players INSIDE the locker room have none!

  3. chiefwildcat says: Dec 13, 2011 7:14 PM

    The roster DOES have talent, but unfortunately most of that talent is sitting on IR right now. Clark Hunt continues to try to do things on the cheap to the tune of $30 million under the salary cap, so the team has no quality depth. Hell, the current starting quarterback couldn’t make it in the CFL. The problem isn’t Haley, it isn’t Pioli, it’s the owner that claims he’s committed to building championship teams in KC, but doesn’t want to pay for it.

  4. Patriot42 says: Dec 13, 2011 7:15 PM

    Sounds like Poli’s job is safe so at this point I feel we need to see how the rest of the season develops.

  5. kane337 says: Dec 13, 2011 7:15 PM

    Pioli needs Belichick to call the shots.

  6. snaponrules says: Dec 13, 2011 7:15 PM

    Maybe if they would stay away from the cheatriot rejects they would do better.
    Oh wait that would include Pioli himself which explains the cheifs current lack of production in the win column.

  7. westnorthcoast says: Dec 13, 2011 7:16 PM

    Belichick coattails are long. The NFL needs to cut them shorter. Belichick is one of a kind and Tom Brady has helped him look like a genius. All the Chiefs fans are watching to see who Pioli picks as coach and how well they do in 2012 with this “talented” roster. I am not sold on Pioli and his boy scout roster.

  8. firethewalrus says: Dec 13, 2011 7:29 PM

    Wait, since when is Andy Reid the GM in KC?! Or is Pioli just taking a page from The Walrus, considering that line has kept him in Philly for 13+ years?

  9. wozzmann1955 says: Dec 13, 2011 7:29 PM

    Romeo is the answer,honestly,,him and Reid would be great together.

  10. repmochief says: Dec 13, 2011 7:30 PM

    Sad thing is other than Berry, the best players were there before Pioli. Bowe, Johnson, Hali, Flowers, and Carr……all from Peterson era. Why can’t Clark see that, all us die hard fans do? It’s pretty clear the genius in the Patriots “war room” is still there!!!!!!!

  11. omystyles says: Dec 13, 2011 7:33 PM

    In related news Andy Reid said “I need to mix in a salad”… Pretty obvious that the guy needs to step it up a notch or ten… Stop the talk and just do it.

  12. peepeedemon says: Dec 13, 2011 7:39 PM

    Just being near Belichek doesn’t make you Belichek. He’s proven that he’s a genius and he can do the things he does with a staff of morons surrounding him. The sooner teams stop hiring his flunkies the better off the NFL will be. How many of these guys have succeeded elsewhere? Mcdaniels? Weiss? Mangini? Crenell? Pioli? Belichek’s success is not contagious.

  13. earthtopft says: Dec 13, 2011 7:42 PM

    While we’re on the resolutions, Scott might also consider going on a diet, growing a fuller head of hair, and becoming taller. Without being rude about his style sense and granny glasses.

  14. pellucov68 says: Dec 13, 2011 7:48 PM

    You need to get lucky and find a HOF QB in the 6th round

  15. themitchfootball.com says: Dec 13, 2011 7:48 PM

    Scott Pioli used to do a better job, but he took an arrow to the knee.

  16. raiderlyfe510 says: Dec 13, 2011 7:54 PM

    You’re doing a helluva job Scott…Stay the course.

  17. bozosforall says: Dec 13, 2011 7:58 PM

    kane337 says:
    Dec 13, 2011 7:15 PM
    Pioli needs Belichick to call the shots.

    ___
    More like Pioli needs to get him a good videographer like Belichick had when he was actually *winning* Super Bowls.

  18. macker1283 says: Dec 13, 2011 7:59 PM

    Are Chiefs fans dumb? Do they realize they lost 3 of their 4 best offensive players to injury? That being Jamaal Charles and Cassell….and the third one, Bowe, being fairly useless without them. What team would expect to have a good season with their top players out all with season ending injuries.

  19. freewayjim says: Dec 13, 2011 8:10 PM

    Just finished reading “War Room” and Pioli IMO is by far the least impressive GM/Executive of the Belichick, Dimitroff, Pioli trio.

    If Pioli does not get this next head coach right he should be shown the door.

  20. 6ball says: Dec 13, 2011 8:41 PM

    .

    Key injuries, thin roster, the loss of OC Charlie Weiss, coaching chaos, difficult schedule and the decision to hold 30 million in cap space in order to defeat Tampa (a paltry 28million) in the 2012 Salary Cap bowl .

    .

  21. dirtyjersey9er says: Dec 13, 2011 8:45 PM

    Kansas City has a talented roster with the right coach in place they could be a mainstay contending for the AFC West title.

  22. backindasaddle says: Dec 13, 2011 8:52 PM

    I don’t think Scott Pioli is the problem. I think the team grew weary of Todd Haley.

  23. hdmoyer says: Dec 13, 2011 8:56 PM

    Dear Scott,

    All you have to do is trade or release your talented players…

    Tony Gonzales, Jared Allen, Brian Waters, Bernard Pollard…

    Then you fill in your first round studs…
    Tyson Jackson, Glenn Dorsey, Brandon Albert

    And then hope (injury) you can start an average quarterback and you should be just fine.

  24. 1265lombardiave says: Dec 13, 2011 8:56 PM

    “What team would expect to have a good season with their top players out all with season ending injuries.”
    ………………………………………………………………………….
    The Packers. It’s called getting more than 2 good players per draft and having coaches that coach and teach.

    Example. Packers lose ILB’s Hawk and Bishop for 2.5 games and the replacements…a mid round rookie and a street FA have 3 interceptions between them. How many ILB’s get 3 picks in a full SEASON much less a couple of games?

    I picked KC to be a contender for the AFC so bought in too….and you get a pass for losing the QB even though he’s not very good. KC is building a nice core but the depth and teaching/player development was poor…hence the coach is canned.

  25. worldwidebleater says: Dec 13, 2011 8:57 PM

    Firing Haley was a step in the right direction.

  26. domehead says: Dec 13, 2011 9:08 PM

    Uh oh…The dreaded vote of confidence from the owner.

  27. skinsrock says: Dec 13, 2011 9:18 PM

    I guess we have found out who the smart one was in Patriot land.

  28. moerawn says: Dec 13, 2011 9:36 PM

    This is the new thing to say to media when you’re terrible. Players say it, coaches say it, GMs say it (except Jerry Jones). I want to go back to good old fashioned finger-pointing. More interesting.

  29. rajbais says: Dec 13, 2011 10:15 PM

    Gee, when you ONLY interview your ex-employer Paul Pasqualoni, ex-colleague Todd Haley, and the mandatory minority candidate … of course you’re bad at your job!!!

  30. i3addog says: Dec 13, 2011 10:21 PM

    Ted Thompson he’s not.

  31. straightbiznesses says: Dec 13, 2011 10:23 PM

    Its hard to have a good record when you lose Jamal Charles and Berry for the year, and then losing your qb and having to start Palko! lmao shut up arrowhead “fans”

  32. kcwolf88 says: Dec 13, 2011 10:34 PM

    hdmoyer….

    Jared Allen was traded before Pioli arrived….

    Dorsey and Albert were drafted before Pioli arrived…

    Did I miss anything?

  33. josh1982004 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:07 PM

    The Chiefs won;t be good till they get rid of cassel and get a franchise QB. Cassel sucks,

  34. randomcommenter says: Dec 13, 2011 11:07 PM

    Pioli is just another guy living off the lottery ticket that was Tom Brady in the 6th round.

  35. der6495 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:45 PM

    Trade the Chiefs need to make for 2012 = Peyton Manning (if he’s healthy)

    Think about Peyton with Charles, T. Jones, Battle, McCluster, Arenas, Bowe, Breaston, Baldwin & Moeaki, that offense could set records.

  36. riverhorsey says: Dec 14, 2011 12:00 AM

    repmochief says: Dec 13, 2011 7:30 PM

    Sad thing is other than Berry, the best players were there before Pioli. Bowe, Johnson, Hali, Flowers, and Carr……all from Peterson era. Why can’t Clark see that, all us die hard fans do? It’s pretty clear the genius in the Patriots “war room” is still there!!!!!!!
    —————————————————

    The fockers were 2-14 and couldn’t wipe their azz until Haley showed them

  37. gerard33 says: Dec 14, 2011 12:08 AM

    Yeah Scott you do need to do better. It’s your fault the team sucked this year, and you blamed it on Todd. Also, why did you hire a coach who you don’t like personally? And if you did like him personally, why did you fire him? No coach could win with the players we have right now.

    You better have a good plan to fix this.

  38. riverhorsey says: Dec 14, 2011 12:49 AM

    Pioli needed to stand behind his man. That’s how they do it in Pittsburgh buddy.

  39. lostsok says: Dec 14, 2011 2:44 AM

    We’ve seen it happen many times before, from Don Shula to Ron Wolf. Guys make smart choices in the draft or free agency, and people call them “geniuses.” Cut to a couple years later, those same people are AVOIDING smart choices…because they want to maintain their “genius” label.

    Reach after reach later, they are horrible at making personnel decisions.

    It’s almost becoming a cliche.

  40. lawyermalloy says: Dec 14, 2011 6:18 AM

    To understand Scot Pioli’s misguided attempt to run a franchise on his own, you must first look at how he has emerged.
    After plying football at a small college, he dated and eventually married Bill Parchels daughter. Rather than hiring the kid in his franchise, he called in a favor from Bill Belichick who had recently taken over the NE franchise.
    After working meanial jobs with the franchise and with Belichick’s approval, he became BB’s personal GM, with every decision being made by BB himself. Note: NOTHING is done in NE without the express approval of BB.
    After many successful seasons, MR. Hunt contacts BB to inquire about Scott Pioli, BB endorses him for the KC job.
    Unfortunately for Pioli, without BB making the calls, he’s somewhat clueless, relying on relationships he made while in NE with others who worked for BB without authority.
    Mr. Hunt got caught up in the BB/NE mystic, with the result?…………well you see it!
    If he was so talented as GM, why didn’t his father in law hire him and why didn’t BB keep him?

  41. gmen1987 says: Dec 14, 2011 8:12 AM

    The more often Bill Belichek’s assistants fail on their own in the NFL, the more Bill Belicheck looks like he is a bigger genius. He must keep his real talented assistants in a bunker and get the other teams to hire these talented decoys like Pioli and McDumbass.

  42. ytsejamer1 says: Dec 14, 2011 8:26 AM

    lawyer…i think your outsider view of how Pioli has worked his way to his position is very much misinformed and shortsighted. Try and do a bit more research before you waste your time posting something like that.

    Anyway…the BB tree has a few cracked limbs here…and the trunk isn’t looking to good either. I wonder if the difficulties that has hit all his disciples is because everyone is going after the same type of FA and draft picks…effectively diluting the quality.

    Not that you could ever recreate what was, but I’d rather see Pioli running the GM duties in NE rather than BB. At least someone would have a voice to tell the coach, “that’s effing stupid”.

    The NE “dynasty” early on was because of a perfect storm of smart, tough, and talented football players, fantastic coaches, and a stellar front office organization…all working in sync….not to mention a LOT of luck along the way.

    Pioli is a smart, hard-working executive and the Chiefs would do well to stick with him.

  43. raiders757 says: Dec 14, 2011 8:28 AM

    Don’t be so hard on yourself Pioli, your doing a great job. Keep up the good work. No need to change a thing.

  44. vols84 says: Dec 14, 2011 8:38 AM

    macker1283 – Chiefs fans are not dumb. By the way, D-Bowe is not injured for the year. Bet you are thinking about Eric Berry.

    Pioli needs to scrap the “Patriot Way”. Chiefs fans are getting sick of hearing this. If he hires Josh McDaniels or Eric Mangini, look for a massive boycott at Arrowhead.

    Chiefs fans want Jeff Fisher. That is the consensus from the callers on 810 and 610 sports.

  45. raiders757 says: Dec 14, 2011 8:40 AM

    themitchfootball.com says: Dec 13, 2011 7:48 PM

    Scott Pioli used to do a better job, but he took an arrow to the knee.

    ———————————————

    Na, I think someone stole his sweet roll. The arrow in the knee was a flesh would.

  46. rajbais says: Dec 14, 2011 9:19 AM

    He sounds like Andy Reid!!!

  47. jpopejoy says: Dec 14, 2011 9:41 AM

    hdmoyer says: Dec 13, 2011 8:56 PM

    Dear Scott,

    All you have to do is trade or release your talented players…

    Tony Gonzales, Jared Allen, Brian Waters, Bernard Pollard…

    Then you fill in your first round studs…
    Tyson Jackson, Glenn Dorsey, Brandon Albert

    And then hope (injury) you can start an average quarterback and you should be just fine.
    ———————-
    dude…Jared Allen was before Pioli, Dorsey and albert were drafted by herm edwards. Both Berry AND Kenrick lewis are better than Bernard “i can’t cover, but hit hard” Pollard.

    Also, chiefs got Jamaal Charles and Albert for the picks we got for Jared Allen. I think most people would take a solid LT and a stud RB. running 3-4 wouldn’t be good for Allen anyway.

  48. riverhorsey says: Dec 14, 2011 10:17 AM

    Firing Haley was a bad start for Pioli if he wants to do a better job.

    and now he wants to hire Josh McDaniels, lol…GTFO already Pioli, take Clark Hunt with you.

  49. chadinkc30 says: Dec 14, 2011 10:20 AM

    This is a qb league and right now the chiefs have the worst one in the division! If they are sticking with cassell pioli should start looking for another job. Period

  50. elohim7ks says: Dec 14, 2011 6:38 PM

    I know he knows the mistakes hes made this season. But i still say as i have, yes we could have brought in others, but with Cassel as Trade Bait this season as well as Orton at the end of the season and with the cap room! Piolo should make a bang in this years draft with extra picks for Cassel and Orton. Trade up for one of the top QB’s coming out! that gives us two young guns with a vet, and salary cap to beef up our front O&D lines! this is the season! we get over the hump! it’s been painfull but if hes who he say he is, theirs no excusses with the position well be in this off season!

  51. bill1kc says: Dec 16, 2011 4:19 AM

    I do think that Pioli helped with drafting players for New England. How much say he had would be a big question for him. Cassel did just as well as Brady has there so it is a system along with the talent that helps the QB there. I thought we gave too much for Cassel. We need to draft a QB not another reject from another team. We don’t need Rodger or Brady’s back up we need a Kansas City QB. There have only been two QB’s that were on other teams that I liked in KC, Montana and Green. If Pioli don’t help us with a QB and a coach he is no good too us. We don’t need a New England reject coach that didn’t make it any where else either…..

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