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Chiefs go out of character in pursuit of Peyton Manning

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Under G.M. Scott Pioli, the Chiefs have adopted a Belichickian brand of secrecy.  And for good reason; Pioli also is the son-in-law of the NFL’s master of ceremonial silence, Bill Parcells.

So why are the Chiefs so openly chasing quarterback Peyton Manning?

On Friday, owner Clark Hunt acknowledged that the Chiefs want Manning, in an interview with Darren Rovell of NBC Sports Network.

He is somebody that we’ll talk to,’’ Hunt said, via Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star. “There’s certainly going to be tremendous interest in Peyton Manning across the league. He’s one of the greatest players in the history of the league. He’s also an incredible person.  We feel really good about the team we have in Kansas City going into the 2012 season, but we’ll look for any opportunity to improve and, of course, that includes Peyton Manning.”

Here’s a theory.  The Chiefs know that the Broncos are desperate to solve the Tebow problem, and that Peyton Manning gives V.P. of football operations John Elway his only way out.  Having the Chiefs at the table could prompt the Broncos to give up too much to get Manning, especially since the Broncos reportedly are willing to do “whatever it takes” to make it happen.

The pursuit of Peyton also gives current starter Matt Cassel a not-so-gentle nudge.  If the Chiefs don’t land Manning, Cassel nevertheless will be on notice that he needs to get better, or get lost.

Unless the Chiefs under Pioli suddenly have changed their ways, the publicly-acknowledged interest in Manning likely is part of a plan that doesn’t play out with Peyton playing more than once per year at Arrowhead Stadium.

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45 Responses to “Chiefs go out of character in pursuit of Peyton Manning”
  1. NFL In L.A. says: Mar 10, 2012 2:49 PM

    Chiefs = Matt Flynn

  2. Ian says: Mar 10, 2012 2:50 PM

    That’s my fear. That’s it’s just a ploy to show the fans that they tried but were outbid. If they don’t get him, KC fans will be furious.

  3. chuckxx says: Mar 10, 2012 2:51 PM

    Just the simple fact that Peyton DOES NOT have a scheduled visit to KC should tell anyone with a half a brain that he has no interest in becoming a Chief. You don’t have to be Dick Tracy to figure that out.

  4. roamingabriel says: Mar 10, 2012 2:53 PM

    I think KC legitimately wants PM.

    By the way, where is PM today?

  5. vidae1 says: Mar 10, 2012 2:54 PM

    Or maybe the Chiefs are legitimately interested in signing Manning to a contract.

    Matt Cassel is obviously not the answer, and that team looks very talented on paper. They have some great weapons on offense and a defense that is up and coming.

    Why wouldn’t they want to fix their biggest weakness with a future Hall of Fame QB?

  6. ggreen7 says: Mar 10, 2012 2:56 PM

    Poor Matt Cassel. First he backs up Tom Brady, then he backs up Peyton Manning.

  7. sschmiggles says: Mar 10, 2012 2:56 PM

    If I were them, I’d be more interested in an oline that can actually stop pass rushers.

  8. gbatap says: Mar 10, 2012 3:00 PM

    Remember though, the Chiefs were being tied to Manning and showing interest in him leading up to and at the combine, long before Denver’s interest in Manning was even known.

  9. yelix says: Mar 10, 2012 3:00 PM

    Pioli understands that he needs to win now to keep his job. The Haley experiment backfired on him. What better way to win now than get a future Hall of Fame QB, assuming he can still play?

  10. chadmurdigan says: Mar 10, 2012 3:01 PM

    More politicking. This is as ridiculous as the Republican primary season this year. Well, nothing is quite as ridiculous as that, but the NFL’s Peyton’s Place is getting close.

  11. mesodoso says: Mar 10, 2012 3:02 PM

    There’s no way Peyton will end-up with the Chiefs, It’s to dang cold there for him!

  12. camnixon says: Mar 10, 2012 3:02 PM

    I would sure think that Peyton Manning is in it for more than the money right now so if that is the Chiefs ploy it would be in vain. Surely he is smart enough to not handicap the team he chooses so that it can not succeed. He wants to win and he will pick the best place for him to have the chance to do so. And he may wish to leave the contract structured in a way that some of his newly released pals can join him at his new destination. May the best team win and I am sure hoping that team happens to be the Broncos come Tuesday.

  13. FinFan68 says: Mar 10, 2012 3:04 PM

    Luck may be in play–even for the Chiefs (but they would have to give up a little more due to where they pick. I didn’t think it would be possible, but after watching the Colts get rid of everybody it would actually make sense from their perspective. Their roster is bad enough for the 1st pick next year no matter who they get this year (dead money prevents top free agents). The Colts sacrifice 2012 for a full rebuild (that they are already doing) and could make a similar trade with the Browns, the Dolphins (still top 10 pick this year)or even the Chiefs and still get next year’s #1 as well as the #1 overall and add in a bunch of affordable picks from both drafts to build a competitive roster in 2013 or 2014. That would put the Colts on track at least 2 years earlier than standing pat. The Dolphins have a few holes to fill but they could easily sacrifice that for Luck. So could the Chiefs since many feel they are just a QB away from a strong playoff run and already have a fairly young team that could afford to miss a few draft picks for potentially the best QB to come out in years.

  14. gimmeabruschi says: Mar 10, 2012 3:08 PM

    Pioli’s rep as a personnel wizard is steadily being eroded. When you’re reduced to choosing between the overpriced aging injured veteran and the backup you paid too much for, your stock is going down down down.

  15. kcfanatic says: Mar 10, 2012 3:10 PM

    Ian says:Mar 10, 2012 2:50 PM

    That’s my fear. That’s it’s just a ploy to show the fans that they tried but were outbid. If they don’t get him, KC fans will be furious.

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    Ian, that is my fear as well. Were they serious about PM, they would surely not have told anyone thus far. It reminds me of when they started opening otherwise restricted areas to the media just after firing Todd Haley. They were trying to make Haley look like the one that had done those things. As soon as the media in KC were wise to it, they called the Chiefs out on it. Within a week the restricted areas were once again restricted.

    The truth is that KC has $40 million at least to play with this year. They could fron load a 3 year contract and be well under the cap to do numerous other things like pick up a left tackle and nose gaurd. This just is starting to feel like a dog and pony show.

  16. txxxchief says: Mar 10, 2012 3:21 PM

    There’s a better chance to win in KC immediately than in Donkeytown, and the Donks running game and receivers are vastly overrated. The Cardinals and ‘Fins have some of the worst offensive line play (and ownership) in the league.

  17. rip4gehrig says: Mar 10, 2012 3:21 PM

    Does KC really think they have a chance of signing PM?

  18. passosvilla says: Mar 10, 2012 3:21 PM

    I think that1s the best team for Peyton play.

    Chiefs is way better then Cardinals (better o-line, secoundary, rushing game, Cardinals). Let’s face it, the only thing that makes the Cardinals a better place for Peyton it’s Larry Fitzgerals.

    And comparing to Dolphins, it’s a tough one. Dolhpins sure have better OL, but Chiefs has rushing, secoundary and both have two good rush defesnses.

    I think the Chiefs is a underrated spot for Peyton, should be taked more seriously.

  19. ductguy says: Mar 10, 2012 3:22 PM

    yelix says:
    Mar 10, 2012 3:00 PM
    Pioli understands that he needs to win now to keep his job. The Haley experiment backfired on him. What better way to win now than get a future Hall of Fame QB, assuming he can still play?
    ____________________________________

    Same goes for Jeff Ireland in Miami he failed with sparano and henne he needs to win now or be fired and Ross has tons of money so manning will be in Miami without a workout and overpaid

  20. fthrvic says: Mar 10, 2012 3:22 PM

    Can’t say I agree that Denver as a “Tebow problem”. I wish my team had the problem of bringing the team from the brink of a top 5 pick in the draft to making the playoffs in less than a full season. If Denver thinks that’s a “problem” then why not just cut the guy so he can go somewhere else and spread his “problem” of motivating all those around him to be better than they are in the interesting of winning games. OR, Denver could actually use the coaching staff it employs to make him a “better” player!?!

  21. gmen4life33 says: Mar 10, 2012 3:23 PM

    HOUSTON! Why isnt anyone talking about Houston.

    negatives for potential teams:

    KC – weather bad
    DEN – weather bad, no top 10 WR
    MIA – tough division, too many holes on team
    ARI – too many holes on team, O Line will kill Peyton
    HOUSTON – nothing

    perfect weather, complete team (were contender with 3rd string QB, top 2 WR, WEAK division (IND, JAC, TEN), knows opposition.

    Its perfect. Read this comment and your mind will be made up Peyton lol.

  22. gator2006 says: Mar 10, 2012 3:31 PM

    Houston- A good QB and a good future QB

  23. chadinkc30 says: Mar 10, 2012 3:32 PM

    The Chiefs have the cheapest owner in the NFL, haven’t won a meaningful game in nearly 2 decades, & you are gonna say that Miami & Arizona have worse owners????

  24. denverdave3 says: Mar 10, 2012 3:34 PM

    gmen4life33 says:

    HOUSTON! Why isnt anyone talking about Houston.

    negatives for potential teams:

    KC – weather bad
    DEN – weather bad, no top 10 WR
    MIA – tough division, too many holes on team
    ARI – too many holes on team, O Line will kill Peyton
    HOUSTON – nothing

    That’s funny. Somebody in Houston says Denver’s weather is bad. Last time I went to your city I couldn’t wait to get out of there. Humidity, scorching heat, the city stinks, bugs the size of sparrows. And playing football indoors is like sex with condoms: unnatural.

  25. lolb23 says: Mar 10, 2012 3:41 PM

    waste of time. 0% chance

  26. db105 says: Mar 10, 2012 3:48 PM

    It’s all about stimulating season ticket sales.

  27. steelerchicken says: Mar 10, 2012 3:48 PM

    Arizona is the best fit!

  28. gmen4life33 says: Mar 10, 2012 3:49 PM

    “That’s funny. Somebody in Houston says Denver’s weather is bad. Last time I went to your city I couldn’t wait to get out of there. Humidity, scorching heat, the city stinks, bugs the size of sparrows. And playing football indoors is like sex with condoms: unnatural.”

    Umm I live in NY, you see the username, gmen4life? I am not a HOU fan at all, nor a DEN one, but it makes sense. Peyton knows Colts, Jags, Ten, and HOU has everything he needs, and loves playing indoors. Bugs? Ok, you got me, forget HOU Peyton, they have bugs…

    For the guy who said HOU has a good QB already, you are right, but Peyton is GREAT

  29. carlsbadboltfan says: Mar 10, 2012 3:51 PM

    denverdave3 says: Mar 10, 2012 3:34 PM

    That’s funny. Somebody in Houston says Denver’s weather is bad. Last time I went to your city I couldn’t wait to get out of there. Humidity, scorching heat, the city stinks, bugs the size of sparrows. And playing football indoors is like sex with condoms: unnatural.

    —————————————————–

    And the fact that Manning played in a dome all his years in Indy is lost on you?

    And Denver’s weather ain’t that bad. It’s a great place to see the Chargers win. :)

  30. normswifevera says: Mar 10, 2012 3:56 PM

    So when Romeo Crennel openly talked about Peyton at the combine, it was a smoke-screen designed to drive up the price on the Broncos… even though nobody knew they would be going after Manning at the time?

    You might want to think this one through again.

  31. jrcoop says: Mar 10, 2012 4:11 PM

    Give it up KC. You didnt make the first cut.

  32. dg0122 says: Mar 10, 2012 4:20 PM

    @denverdave: we couldnt wait for you to get out of here either

  33. ericn42000 says: Mar 10, 2012 5:02 PM

    Play Ricky stanzi

  34. sullijo1 says: Mar 10, 2012 5:16 PM

    I thought Clarky boy coming on TV looked a little desperate and pathetic. The Chiefs are trying to dampen a growing discontent in their fan base given they haven’t won a playoff game in 19 years and haven’t even been to a Super Bowl since the Vietnam War ended.

    It must suck to really want somebody and not have him even give you the time of day for a visit.

  35. emmac13 says: Mar 10, 2012 5:22 PM

    I am still hoping Peyton lands in Miami. Then Cleveland still has a chance to sign Flynn. And can trade down to 6th with Rams for the Rams 33rd or 39th pick.

  36. peytonsneck18 says: Mar 10, 2012 5:24 PM

    Chiefs fans don’t feel bad if u don’t get Peyton. He’s done and can’t throw anyways. He’s doing yal a favor!

  37. joecarr88 says: Mar 10, 2012 5:39 PM

    Nobody wants to Belive it but KC is the right move for Peyton.

  38. gmen4life33 says: Mar 10, 2012 5:53 PM

    emmac,

    Rams wouldnt do that, makes no sense. WAS including that 2nd rd pick was a tipping point in deal, why would they trade it away. If that was the case, they would have just asked for CLE for 3 1st, it would be basically the same thing.

  39. jredshoes says: Mar 10, 2012 6:40 PM

    There are a lot of issues that no one seems to be addressing. The first is PMs agent is Tom Condon. He spent his playing career with the Chiefs and has been known to have a good relationship with the Hunt family. There are some that have proposed that no matter where the Peyton bandwagon lands, the Chiefs have asked to have the opportunity to match. The other issue is the coach. Romeo Crennel is an even tempered players coach along the lines of Tony Dungy or Caldwell. Why would Manning want to go to Miami with rookie coaches, etc. No matter what nobody knows what the deal is until it’s done. So hypothesize and speculate until the deal is done.

  40. chadinkc30 says: Mar 10, 2012 7:11 PM

    So the agent is gonna tell Peyton where to go? Ok……

  41. beeronthefridge says: Mar 10, 2012 8:10 PM

    Wasn’t pioli supposed to be a draft genius, able to find diamond quarterbacks everyone overlooked?

  42. mawalters12 says: Mar 10, 2012 8:11 PM

    gbatap says:Mar 10, 2012 3:00 PMRemember though, the

    Chiefs were being tied to Manning and showing interest in him leading up to and at the combine, long before Denver’s interest in Manning was even known.
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    If kansas city showed interest in manning publicly up to and at the combine that would be tampering. So if Denver didnt publicly show interest in manning before his release that was probably to stay within NFL regulations.

  43. mjkelly77 says: Mar 10, 2012 8:37 PM

    Yada yada yada … Manning will go to whomever offers him the most money, provided they don’t make him throw. Because if they do, the jig is up. Caveat emptor.

  44. chilomane says: Mar 10, 2012 9:10 PM

    Chiefs=suck go Broncos!

  45. joetoronto says: Mar 11, 2012 6:41 AM

    vidae1 says:
    Mar 10, 2012 2:54 PM
    Or maybe the Chiefs are legitimately interested in signing Manning to a contract.

    Matt Cassel is obviously not the answer, and that team looks very talented on paper. They have some great weapons on offense and a defense that is up and coming.

    Why wouldn’t they want to fix their biggest weakness with a future Hall of Fame QB?
    ***************************************************
    Long time Chiefs fans know the answer to this, money.

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