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Pioli says Chiefs made early run at Manning, were quickly rebuffed

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Chiefs General Manager Scott Pioli says his team was an early entry in the Peyton Manning sweepstakes, but never had a chance.

Pioli told the Associated Press on Tuesday that Manning told him shortly after becoming a free agent that he had a list of teams he was interested in, and the Chiefs weren’t on that list.

Clearly he had a plan. He let me know that,” Pioli said. “He didn’t get into the details. He was up front about what he was doing, some of the visits he wanted to take, and we initially weren’t a part of that.”

Pioli’s comments confirm what’s been previously reported, that the Chiefs were in the Manning hunt at the start but exited it quickly, when Manning rebuffed them. Pioli said he respected the way Manning went about things, even if he was disappointed by Manning’s answer.

“I’ve spent a lot of time with him, around him, communicating with him, competing against his teams,” Pioli said of Manning. “He had a plan, he executed it, and he never explained to me, nor did I ask.”

Pioli said he’s comfortable going into the 2012 season with a quarterback depth chart consisting of Matt Cassel, Brady Quinn and Ricky Stanzi. And that’s the quarterback depth chart the Chiefs will have when they play Manning and the Broncos twice this year.

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50 Responses to “Pioli says Chiefs made early run at Manning, were quickly rebuffed”
  1. joetoronto says: Mar 21, 2012 6:16 AM

    What a pile of crap.

  2. soforizo says: Mar 21, 2012 6:25 AM

    Denver is no lock for the AFC West title. KC should still be a force in the division Manning or no-Manning.

  3. jenniferxxx says: Mar 21, 2012 6:34 AM

    So maybe now you can stop pouting?

  4. thepasswordis12345 says: Mar 21, 2012 6:40 AM

    Bounties for Peyton’s blindside, in the form of an Arrowhead helmet spearing to his backside. KC will take the West and Peyton will wish he’d retired after Irsay cut the umbilical cord.

  5. slumdog66 says: Mar 21, 2012 6:43 AM

    Anyone but the chargers

  6. agelardi says: Mar 21, 2012 6:45 AM

    If he’s comfortable with those QB’s, he should be fired immediately.

  7. hpeters77 says: Mar 21, 2012 6:48 AM

    I remember an article earlier where manning said he didn’t have a plan on free agency, Pile of crap

  8. torturedraiderfan says: Mar 21, 2012 7:01 AM

    The Chiefs are better off with Cassel. Manning is one hit away from retirement.

  9. bleed4philly says: Mar 21, 2012 7:28 AM

    Stanzi QBOTF

  10. lionsfan415 says: Mar 21, 2012 7:29 AM

    The chiefs were most likely out of it because Pioli offered 1 year 3 million

  11. txxxchief says: Mar 21, 2012 7:43 AM

    The fans at Arrowhead will be so loud Peyton won’t be able to hear himself think. Crennel will bring plenty of pressure, and by the way, the Donkeys have lost their best receivers this offseason. Donks with Manning=VASTLY overrated.

  12. sullijo1 says: Mar 21, 2012 7:49 AM

    Maybe Clark Hunt can come on ESPN again and pathetically beg for Tim Tebow to “please, please, just talk to us.”

    Cassel or Quinn as their QB……what a joke!

  13. normswifevera says: Mar 21, 2012 7:52 AM

    Why doesn’t Pioli just tell the truth and say “Yeah, we talked, but I wasn’t going to sign him to a $96 million contract”?

    He wouldn’t get nearly as much criticism for it as he seems thinks he would.

  14. sullijo1 says: Mar 21, 2012 7:53 AM

    “KC should still be a force in the division” implies that they were at one time.

    When a team hasn’t won a playoff game in 19 years and hasn’t played in a Super Bowl in over 40 years, defining them as a “force” is a stretch.

    Manning, Rivers, Palmer, Cassel/ Quinn…….this is a QB league.

  15. firedup1 says: Mar 21, 2012 7:58 AM

    No big loss. I am glad we had a plan B unlike some teams that lost out on players waiting on Mannings decision. The Chiefs have done well in FA.

  16. spellingcops says: Mar 21, 2012 8:00 AM

    He wasn’t interest because the chiefs suck.

  17. jimr10 says: Mar 21, 2012 8:22 AM

    In other words.. he is so comfortable with his current crop of QB’s that he went after Peyton. sounds good to me…

  18. dman6015 says: Mar 21, 2012 8:30 AM

    Manning was just being polite to him. Behind closed doors, Manning was probably laughing his a$$ off.

  19. kcrobert10 says: Mar 21, 2012 8:34 AM

    Still belive the chiefs should be and are the fav for this div. Hali, Houston, Johnson, and berry are going to give manning nightmares.

  20. wtfpft says: Mar 21, 2012 8:54 AM

    Yeah keep telling your fans you tried to upgrade the QB posistion, you knew you were never going to sign him, you have the cheapest owner in the game.

  21. westmantooth says: Mar 21, 2012 8:55 AM

    The Chiefs actually have assembled a pretty decent team and with a real quarterback, they could really be contenders.

    Not shocked at all that Manning wanted no part of them, though. There is not enough money in the world that would convince me to live in Kansas City.

  22. dmitchell624 says: Mar 21, 2012 8:59 AM

    kcrobert10 says:
    Mar 21, 2012 8:34 AM
    Still belive the chiefs should be and are the fav for this div. Hali, Houston, Johnson, and berry are going to give manning nightmares.

    I am sure he is terrified and that’s why he didn’t sign with Denver…..oh wait.

    I think you better prepare your D for the no huddle all game at 5280′.

  23. bonotd says: Mar 21, 2012 9:16 AM

    Pioli + Cassel = 15 year plan for failure much like his predecessor King Carl!!!!!!

  24. tdrizzle74 says: Mar 21, 2012 9:23 AM

    Bitter Chief’s fans make me laugh. Have fun with Cassel, Stanzi and Quinn…whatever the order of the depth chart for QB is you guys are screwed.

  25. blogatron2000 says: Mar 21, 2012 9:25 AM

    Manning is a short term solution to a long term problem. The Broncos are in Win Now mode and will be in rebuilding mode when Manning is done (see the current state of the Colts).

    I’ve listened to lots of Chiefs fans crying for years about how there is no plan to make the team competitive in the long term but now you’re complaining because they didn’t mortgage the farm for a quick fix?? I’ll take a team that can get to the playoffs year after year over a one time shot at glory anyday. Get a clue, people.

  26. theandy59 says: Mar 21, 2012 9:31 AM

    The Chiefs can win with Matt Cassel. He’s not Brady, Manning(s), Brees, or Rodgers, but he’s good enough to be in that next class. A good defense, a balanced offense with a potent running attack, and a couple of big targets to throw to in Moeaki and Bowe – yeah, I think Cassel will be fine. Not SB fine, but definitely a contender in the AFC West.

  27. kc4life7 says: Mar 21, 2012 9:34 AM

    “KC should still be a force in the division” implies that they were at one time.

    When a team hasn’t won a playoff game in 19 years and hasn’t played in a Super Bowl in over 40 years, defining them as a “force” is a stretch.

    Manning, Rivers, Palmer, Cassel/ Quinn…….this is a QB league.

    _________________________________

    Yeah, makes sense. We aren’t a force. That’s why we won the division in 2010 and were one game out last year. You guys are vastly superior to us.

    Oh, and we upgraded our worst player/position through Free Agency with Winston. Added a dominant runningback to compliment our other dominant runningback, and basically signed Carr 2.0 for half the price.

    You’re right though, our 2010 Pro Bowl QB Cassel is awful though. I would hate to be stuck with him. Because Matt Flynn was available and he’s played 2 games.

  28. slickmarine says: Mar 21, 2012 9:34 AM

    The Chiefs weren’t ‘rebuffed’; Pioli was….

  29. lhr4 says: Mar 21, 2012 9:44 AM

    txxxchief says:Mar 21, 2012 7:43 AM

    The fans at Arrowhead will be so loud Peyton won’t be able to hear himself think. Crennel will bring plenty of pressure, and by the way, the Donkeys have lost their best receivers this offseason. Donks with Manning=VASTLY overrated.

    –This is beyond retarded. The Broncos lost Eddie Royal. he caught like 12 passes for 155 yards. That’s it.

  30. bigdawg24 says: Mar 21, 2012 10:03 AM

    Tamba Hali lays the hammer down on Manning!

    Wait a minute…. Manning isn’t moving….

  31. mauicat1 says: Mar 21, 2012 10:06 AM

    There are only half a dozen teams with elite QBs in the league, and the Chiefs aren’t one of them. Should we have gone after Manning? Absolutely. Would they be a better team with him? Probably. But as a Harley Davidson rider would say, “Run what ya brung”. Is Cassel elite? No. Can we win with him? Yes. And we will win with him. Pioli and Hunt have learned from their mistakes and assembled what I believe is a team that will win the AFC West and more. I think Manning passed on the best fit for him. Denver’s got a lot of work to do to put a team around Manning. Crennel has beaten Manning before, and will do it again. Yeah, I know he had Tom Brady, but I still think that he has Manning’s number.

  32. briscocountyjr says: Mar 21, 2012 10:21 AM

    The Chef posts here are pretty amusing— go ahead and talk them up and minimize the Manning signing… it’s all a way to cope with the situation, I understand!

    Just remember: The Broncos split the series….with a QB who couldn’t throw.

    …now, think carefully about facing a team that is fielding arguably one of the best quarterbacks of all time.

  33. stoney18 says: Mar 21, 2012 10:43 AM

    Cassel played well in New England! Would have made the playoffs except for some butter-fingered receivers who dropped some sure TD’s. Hopefully, he’s injury free and physically ready to go. He can play .. just put a team in front of him! GO CHIEFS!!

  34. pongonfl says: Mar 21, 2012 10:47 AM

    It must be the GM, I was sure Romeo was a great coaching match for Peyton.
    Seriosly, and the team is no worse then the Broncos personnel wise.

  35. mrgdawg says: Mar 21, 2012 11:06 AM

    Westmantooth – you are an idiot. Im guessing you’ve never even been to KC. The “city of fountains” is a great place to live. If KC is so horrible, why is the MLB All-Star game in KC this year.

  36. geo1113 says: Mar 21, 2012 11:07 AM

    Pioli’s comments confirm what’s been previously reported, that the Chiefs were in the Manning hunt at the start but exited it quickly, when Manning rebuffed them.
    ——————

    In other words, KC was never in the hunt.

  37. jjackwagon says: Mar 21, 2012 11:12 AM

    @Joe – Well said my friend, well said.

    @ Brisco – Just remember: The Chiefs split the series….with no QB
    ————————————————-
    In Peyton’s SB year(2007)he had six #1 or #2 draft picks starting on offense…SIX! How many #1/2′s is Denver starting this year on offense?

    Is Denver better with Manning absolutely! Did Denver suddenly become some sort of lock for the playoffs because of Peyton…ummmmm….not so much.

  38. Mike says: Mar 21, 2012 11:21 AM

    Two things come to mind with this…

    First and foremost, anyone who has been in the league or kept track of the Chiefs for more than a season or two knows that the Hunt family is not at all interested in winning championships. Their number one priority is selling out the stadium, filling the parking lots at $30/car, and deriving as much of a profit from the team as they can. Their available cap space the last few years borders on criminal.

    Secondly, and I think we all found this out together, is that apparently nothing good comes out of New England. Pioli? No better than Peterson at this point. Cassel?? Don’t even get me started.

    The Chiefs organization will continue to ride mediocrity all the way to the bank until someone owns the team who actually wants to win.

  39. rajbais says: Mar 21, 2012 11:29 AM

    Yes, because Pioli is a gentle guy in public but a blowhard behind the scenes!!!

  40. capslockkey says: Mar 21, 2012 11:53 AM

    Last time this Chiefs defense faced Manning in his comfy dome back in 2010 he had 0TD, 1INT and a passer rating of 65. The defense has improved quite a bit since then and now they get him outside twice a year, with less surrounding talent. Bring it.

  41. wtfpft says: Mar 21, 2012 12:08 PM

    Love the chiefs fans trying to actually rationalize Cassel being a good QB, “look what he did in NE” yeah he did that with a team that just went undefeated the year before, and that was almost 5 years ago, he’s proven that was a fluke. Wake up chiefs fans, i’ve never seen a group of fans totally forget the past and continue to buy in to what their cheap owner is selling. Becoming the kansas city cubs

  42. zo121179 says: Mar 21, 2012 12:10 PM

    Manning saw the writing on the wall in KC. He knew there was no way he would start over Cassel, Quinn or Stanzi.

    Get over yourself KC. You are not a power house, your city is not an international city like most of you think it is and your Owner/GM don’t have to make “runs” at these types of players because you’ll watch any piece of crap they throw out there on the field.

  43. raidadon says: Mar 21, 2012 12:32 PM

    The KansasCity Chefs are Cleveland Southside. Where is Derek Anderson? He would be a vast improvement to Cassel. This team hasnt been relevant since Derrick Thomas was screamin around the outside!

  44. briscocountyjr says: Mar 21, 2012 12:54 PM

    @jjackwagon – “@ Brisco – Just remember: The Chiefs split the series….with no QB”

    Right– you’re not about to imply that Cassel is anywhere near comparable to Manning… are you? Cassel has not demonstrated that he’s even a top 15 QB yet. Not saying he doesn’t have a chance to improve with the wideouts there, but I feel good that the Chefs have a long way to go. They will need to be a strong come-from-behind team to match Denver’s new scoring output.

    Also- no way I’m going to accept the “one hit and he’s out.” That’s true of anyone. Elway knows what it is to QB at the later stage of this career and it’s a solid gamble that upgrades not only the passing game, but the running game AND Defense.

    Remember those crowded LOS formations to stop McGahee? Those are a thing of the past.

  45. sullijo1 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:47 PM

    I feel sorry for Chiefs fans….years and years of biased media coverage has them thinking they were/ are competitive….a “force” to be reckoned with.

    It’s sad that a city so passionate about their one professional team (no, I don’t count the Royals) can’t be given a team that can even win a playoff game.

    The Hunt’s should be ashamed of themselves and King Carl and Egoli as well.

  46. sullijo1 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:48 PM

    The Chiefs have failed to win more than 7 games 4 of the last 5 years….yep, that’s a FORCE

  47. sullijo1 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:51 PM

    By the way, when are the Chiefs going to have to change their mascot like the U of North Dakota?

    Kansas City Fountains

    Kansas City BBQ’s

    Kansas City Johnson County Elites

    OR

    The Los Angeles Chiefs?

  48. michaelamericano says: Mar 21, 2012 2:16 PM

    I can’t help but think that the Chiefs weren’t on Manning’s list because of the feud between Manning’s agent, Tom Condon and the New England Patriots (where Pioli worked as had of player personnel). Condon and New England blacklisted each other because of the Ben Watson feud in 2004.

    Peyton obviously makes his own decisions, but I think Condon likely gave him a disfavorable impression of Pioli.

    It doesn’t change the net result, but that’s my take.

  49. sullijo1 says: Mar 21, 2012 7:50 PM

    In Peyton’s SB year(2007)he had six #1 or #2 draft picks starting on offense…SIX! How many #1/2′s is Denver starting this year on offense?

    Is Denver better with Manning absolutely! Did Denver suddenly become some sort of lock for the playoffs because of Peyton…ummmmm….not so much.

    ———————————————–

    Ummmmmmm…..Denver never had a top 10 pick until last year, when they took Von Miller. Unlike the Chiefs, that get a top 10 pick every couple of years, the Broncos haven’t lost enough games to “qualify” except once. So, you got that going for you.

  50. mauicat1 says: Mar 21, 2012 8:48 PM

    The take on Condon is way off. Condon is close with Clark Hunt, the Chief’s owner, and used to play for them. There was no feud between them.

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