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Pioli says Chiefs have three good QBs, didn’t need to draft one

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Kansas City wanted to sign Peyton Manning this offseason, and when that didn’t work out, there was some talk that the Chiefs might draft a quarterback in the first round. That didn’t happen either, however, and Chiefs General Manager Scott Pioli says that’s fine, because the Chiefs don’t need a quarterback.

According to Pioli, starter Matt Cassel and backups Brady Quinn and Ricky Stanzi have the Chiefs well positioned at the most important position.

“I think that we have a really good quarterback,” Pioli said on WHB in Kansas City, via “I think we have three good quarterbacks. I think the guy who’s set to be our starting quarterback is a good quarterback, he’s a good starting NFL quarterback. . . . I think as he gets more opportunities, Matt is gonna continue to show people that he’s a good NFL quarterback. It’s interesting. I’ve been out and about town with my family, and I talk to fans, you talk to fans, you hear different things, and there’s a lot of times where I hear from people — there’s people out there that don’t understand the criticism of Matt, or this growing groundswell in pockets of Matt allegedly not being a good enough quarterback.”

Cassel didn’t look like a really good quarterback last season, but Pioli remains convinced that he is one, and he also believes Quinn and Stanzi are capable. And he said using a first-round pick on a quarterback this year would have been a mistake.

“I think we would’ve been reaching,” Pioli said. “By the time we made our first pick there were three quarterbacks off the board.”

Pioli and Kevin Kietzman of WHB got a little testy with each other as Kietzman pressed Pioli about why the Chiefs couldn’t have traded up in the draft, with Pioli at one point asking, “Are you going to let me answer?” when he felt Kietzman was interrupting him, and Pioli zinging Kietzman with, “I hope you become general manager of the Denver Broncos” when Kietzman told Pioli that he would have traded the Chiefs’ entire draft to move up and take Andrew Luck first overall. Pioli doesn’t seem to like the relentless questions from some in Kansas City about whether the Chiefs can win with Cassel.

And Pioli surely knows that the questions will not go away until the Chiefs do win with Cassel. So Pioli just has to hope he’s right that Cassel is a really good quarterback.

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54 Responses to “Pioli says Chiefs have three good QBs, didn’t need to draft one”
  1. bozosforall says: May 17, 2012 1:17 PM

    Pioli should have drafted some college QB in the sixth round and hoped that they would luck out like he did in New England. Because everyone knows that they had no clue what they were getting, none whatsoever.

  2. yaytaco says: May 17, 2012 1:17 PM

    He should stake his reputation on it.

  3. yelix says: May 17, 2012 1:23 PM

    The Chiefs have won with Cassel, and with a significantly less talented team around him in 2010. He isn’t going to take them to a Super Bowl, but he’s good enough to win the AFC West again.

    If the 49ers can get within two muffed punt returns of the Super Bowl with Alex Smith at QB, then the Chiefs should be alright.

  4. dbones750 says: May 17, 2012 1:25 PM

    That Broncos GM crack was beautiful. AJ Smith-esque…

  5. hankstramjr says: May 17, 2012 1:25 PM

    I’ll see your three good quarterbacks and raise you one franchise quarterback.

  6. wtfchiefs says: May 17, 2012 1:25 PM

    Why do you do this to us Pioli? Why do you constantly talk up the loser you brought over here with you? The Chiefs possibly have the best roster in the AFC West, with the worst QB, and its gonna cost them from winning key games until they make a change.

  7. cush2push says: May 17, 2012 1:26 PM

    when you have 3 “starting” QBs you have 0 QBs

  8. couldntthinkofaname says: May 17, 2012 1:26 PM

    Pioli reminds me of that kid in school who thought he was going to Harvard but could only pull down B’s and C’s.

    I love the part where he was talking about how he didn’t want to reach, and yet he took D’ontari Poe at 11. Cassel isn’t a quality NFL QB, but the self-proclaimed smartest kid in the room says he is, so RAC and KC fans get the shaft here.

  9. Soulman45 says: May 17, 2012 1:32 PM

    You do need a QB.


  10. rabidbillsfan says: May 17, 2012 1:33 PM

    You sure Mike Ditka wasn’t doing the interwiewing?

  11. PumpkinHelmets says: May 17, 2012 1:33 PM

    If you’ve got three good quarterbacks, you don’t have one.

  12. mp42245 says: May 17, 2012 1:35 PM

    Every Belicheck protégée that put their big boy pants on has fizzled name one of them that has left from under his wings that has helped a team

  13. trollhammer20 says: May 17, 2012 1:37 PM

    As a Seattle fan, I’d take Flynn, Wilson, and Jackson over those three. Flynn and Wilson at least have some upside potential (as does Stanzi), but with Cassell and Quinn, you pretty much know what you’re getting, just as you do with Tavaris Jackson: Journeymen game-managers at absolute best.

    It is very easy to see, though, why both teams were after Peyton Manning.

  14. jbaxt says: May 17, 2012 1:38 PM

    Cassel’s about the 25th best QB in the league. So while a legitimate (only because there are 32 teams) starter, he should’ve been replaced. The Chiefs d is better, they just aren’t good enough to mask Cassel’s inability. If the Chiefs do anything this year it will because of the running game and defense. I’d hold out too Bowe.

  15. cannonballdookie says: May 17, 2012 1:39 PM

    Opposite day?

  16. schmitty2 says: May 17, 2012 1:39 PM

    You could mesh all 3 together and MAYBE have 1 avg qb

  17. jbaxt says: May 17, 2012 1:40 PM

    Pioli’s ego is too large to dump Cassel after 3 years. He overpaid but is still hoping to prove he’s right.

  18. yelix says: May 17, 2012 1:58 PM

    Yeah, let’s all act like Pioli is the worst GM in the history of the NFL, even though this team is more talented and there is more optimism surrounding them than there ever was in the last several years of King Carl’s regime.

  19. wtfpft says: May 17, 2012 1:58 PM

    Best news all day


    Raider fan, bronco fan, bolts fan.

  20. bozosforall says: May 17, 2012 2:03 PM

    mp42245 says:
    May 17, 2012 1:35 PM
    Every Belicheck protégée that put their big boy pants on has fizzled name one of them that has left from under his wings that has helped a team

    Belichick hasn’t won a title since Spygate, thereby proving that he also has fizzled since they have left. The cheating was what won those titles.

  21. bamaboy3023 says: May 17, 2012 2:06 PM

    The Chiefs will be drafting a QB next year because interest in Manning means they know that Matt Cassel is not the answer and he remains the only true question mark on a otherwise solid team. If he continues to struggle he will be out the door. I realty don’t understand why they did not keep the only true competition they had in Orton who was solid against the Packers last year!

  22. bigwigbob says: May 17, 2012 2:09 PM



    AFC West Champs

    Pro Bowl

    two years ago………….he won here in KC yet he still has people calling for his head

    The problem is KC Chiefs fans and media, they try and run off talent all the time. They did the same with Elvis Grbac because they thought they could do better.

  23. mikejune says: May 17, 2012 2:15 PM

    I have no basis in reality for this assumption, and it’s just a gut feeling but I think Brady Quinn will end up being the starter in KC and actually flourish. After all, he was drafted under the Crennel regime in Cleveland, and actually played well in limited action in his last year there. He hasn’t seen the field since. He was in line to get a shot a playing in Denver last year, but Tebowmania kind of tied the organization’s hands and Quinn got passed over. I’m probably wrong, as usual, but who knows?

  24. jluns275 says: May 17, 2012 2:25 PM

    Rightly or wrongly, Pioli already has staked his reputation on it-
    that’s why he was on 810 AM taking flak from a reporter.
    I’m glad Pioli was pressed a little on the matter, although I understood why he got tired of Kevin Keitzman, who manages to come off looking even more pompus than Pioli…I love KC sports, & sports radio in general, but Keitzman can single handedly turn me off from that station in a heartbeat.
    Keitzman quickly turns into a crusader on some issues, while not disclosing his personal business interests related to some issues.
    That guy Keitzman is STILL crying about the fact that Arrowhead & Royal stadiums were refurbished a few years ago.
    The alternative option, which I also preferred, was a downtown stadium.
    Keitzman campaigned tirelessly, both on & off the air, while not being upfront about the fact he was part owner of a downtown restaurant that would have strongly benefited from the plan.
    Keitzman = great small business owner, but poor excuse for a sports journalist.

  25. sfloyal says: May 17, 2012 2:25 PM

    If the 49ers can get within two muffed punt returns of the Super Bowl with Alex Smith at QB, then the Chiefs should be alright.


    The Chiefs defense does not have Patrick Willis, or Justin Smith, or Aldon Smith, or Navarro Bowman or…

    You get the point.

  26. aaronp2098 says: May 17, 2012 2:34 PM

    God knows we need a QB… However, think Jesus we didn’t draft R. Tannehill… I just don’t see him working out. With that being said why didn’t we go after Matt Flynn? I would have gladly seen Pioli overbid on a 3 year contract… It isn’t like we are up against the salary cap. I just don’t see Cassel doing anything without an OC adjusting their play calling to play to his strength…I wish they would have kept Weis around and got rid of Haley long before they finally did.

  27. bigdawg24 says: May 17, 2012 2:35 PM

    If Ricky Stanzi is a good QB – Why didn’t they play him instead of Tyler Palko last year when Cassel went down?

    “What the Chiefs really needs is 53 Lance Long’s….”

  28. jazzymegalodon says: May 17, 2012 2:54 PM

    I think what he meant was…”we missed on the QB we wanted, an still needed draft picks to fill holes so we weren’t gonna trade our draft for RG3, if Cassel Can’t get it doe this year than we will draft a QB”

    I’m a Chiefs fan an been longing for a 1st Rd QB but do I want Kirk Cousins?… OR Weeden? NOpe

  29. irishdodger says: May 17, 2012 2:57 PM

    Being an NFL QB can be a crap shoot. Cassell inherits the perfect storm @ NE & had an MVP year. Goes to KC & the situation is different. I’m more of a college fan but how long before you write a QB off? What dictates whether they played enough to get a true assessment of their value. As an Irish fan, I thought Quinn would have fared much better than he has. Granted I’m bias & admit he’ll likely never be a long term solution for anyone, but does he have a volume of work to truly assess that? When I paid attention to his situation in Cleveland, I came away thinking he was on a crappy team w/ an ill-equipped HC that couldn’t decide on a starting QB as he shuffled between Quinn & Anderson. Just think if BQ entered a scenario similar to Colt McCoy or Andy Dalton? At least they’re getting a chance to prove themselves w/ consistent starts.

  30. chitownjeff says: May 17, 2012 3:08 PM

    pioli’s main error was going on that show with a hack like kietzmann. the chiefs have either the best or second best roster in the blow that up for Luck? Btw you weren’t getting indy’s pick anydamn way. Pioli’s been far from perfect..but that idiot on 810 sat blindly for yrs swallowing whatever king carl told him…

  31. shazzyd says: May 17, 2012 3:09 PM

    Here is what everyone always forgets. In Cassel’s 4 seasons with the Chiefs, he has had 4 different offensive coordinators. So he has had 5 different offensive coordinators in his last 5 seasons. Brian Daboll will be his 6th offensive coordinator.

    If you look at those 5 years, you’ll see that Cassell did will in the two years he had a real coordinator. Once with Charlie Weis (made the pro bowl) and once with Josh McDaniels in New England (stepping in for Brady). All the other years were basically Todd Hailey acting as head coach and OC at the same time.

    So yeah… Give the guy a chance. This year he will have have the best line and the best group of receivers he has ever had.

    My prediction is that we’ll at least be saying he is a top 20 QB by the end of the year.

  32. krimou80 says: May 17, 2012 3:20 PM

    when you beleive you have 3 starting NFL caliber QBS, you are either dreaming or on crack…or both. I am not going to say that the chiefs are in trouble cause at least they have a good enough defense, but i am not saying that they are going to the playoffs either!!!!!!

  33. Gordon says: May 17, 2012 3:24 PM

    I’ll have whatever he’s smoking.

  34. yelix says: May 17, 2012 3:28 PM


    I can tell you’re a 49ers fan, and I don’t mean to pick a fight with you because I like your team, but the Chiefs defense isn’t that far from being as good as the 49ers.

    Dorsey and Jackson don’t put up huge numbers, but they actually both rate very well against the run. Poe has all the physical tools to be a dominant NT.

    Hali is one of the best pass rushing OLB’s in football, and Houston on the other side had 5.5 sacks in his last 5 games after a rough start. Derrick Johnson is as good as ILB’s get, and Jovan Belcher next to him is alright.

    Flowers is a legit #1 corner, and Routt has always been a solid #2. Eric Berry and Kendrick Lewis is potentially one of the best safety tandems in football.

    Add in rotational guys like Menzie, Arenas, Gordon, and Bailey, and you’ve got yourself a pretty dang good defense.

  35. hikohadon says: May 17, 2012 3:36 PM

    “I have no basis in reality for this assumption, and it’s just a gut feeling but I think Brady Quinn will end up being the starter in KC and actually flourish. After all, he was drafted under the Crennel regime in Cleveland, and actually played well in limited action in his last year there.”

    As a Browns fan that actually watched those games, this is incorrect.

    There’s a reason that the Browns ran the ball 75% of the time at the end of the 2009 season (Quinn’s last in Cleveland). It was more dangerous to have Quinn throw than to punt.

    Now, if you mean Romeo’s last year in Cleveland (2008), yes, Quinn was better that year. But to say he played well is still a major stretch. His arm was mediocre at best and he was horribly inaccurate.

    Don’t get your hopes up that he’s magically transformed into a starting-caliber NFL QB.

  36. yelix says: May 17, 2012 3:37 PM


    You aren’t entirely wrong, but your Grbac comment is. The guy was just a mediocre QB who threw for 4,000 yards in 2000 because the team was always behind.

    The guy who replaced him, Trent Green, was a better leader, decision maker, passer, and overall athlete than Grbac.

  37. dexterismyhero says: May 17, 2012 3:44 PM

    Let’s just go to Westport and drink in the bars. Great place!!!

  38. kingcarlbanks says: May 17, 2012 3:48 PM

    Fact is the Chiefs have 2 mediocre Qbs and an unproven one. The Chefs are notorious for signing other teams castoff Qbs and trying to make chicken salad out of chicken s&^t. Matt Cassel is a backup fronting like a starter. Too bad the brain trust at Arrowdead will never attempt to develop a Qb. Whether Peterson or Pioli, mediocre is the norm in KC.

  39. raiderapologist says: May 17, 2012 4:03 PM

    Most Chiefs fans on PFT seem to believe they can win in spite of Cassel, not because of him. Pioli shouldn’t get defensive about Cassel. It’s a legitimate concern.

  40. rcali says: May 17, 2012 4:22 PM

    If you have 3 good quarterbacks, you have 3 good quarterbacks.

  41. swede700 says: May 17, 2012 4:30 PM

    Living in the KC area as I do, I don’t understand what Pioli is looking at, because I see 3 backup QBs who should remain backup QBs.

  42. jjackwagon says: May 17, 2012 4:38 PM

    Cassel is gone after this year unless he puts up Pro Bowl numbers AND the Chiefs go deep in the play-offs. I don’t see any justifcation for keeping him if both those things don’t happen. He will be headed into the fourth year of his contract and will probably have a big roster bonus due that will be much larger than an average QB is worth. We’ve all seen this scenario before.

  43. yelix says: May 17, 2012 4:47 PM


    The Chiefs didn’t play Stanzi last year because Todd Haley wanted to get fired, and because by the time Romeo was named interim HC, Kyle Orton’s finger had healed up.

    In regards to Haley wanting to get fired, just look at his last game, the 37-10 loss to the Jets. On 3rd downs, he took Bowe, Baldwin, and Breaston off the field. When the team was down 28-3 at halftime, he trotted Palko back out there, even though they had nothing to lose by inserting Stanzi.

  44. jbholcom says: May 17, 2012 4:57 PM

    If the 49ers can get within two muffed punt returns of the Super Bowl with Alex Smith at QB, then the Chiefs should be alright.


    The Chiefs defense does not have Patrick Willis, or Justin Smith, or Aldon Smith, or Navarro Bowman or…

    You get the point.

    I don’t get your point. The 49ers don’t have Tamba Hali, or Eric Berry, or Brandon Flowers, or Derrick Johnson, or …

  45. joetoronto says: May 17, 2012 5:38 PM

    God bless Scott Pioli and AJ Smith.

    Go Raiders!

  46. gerard33 says: May 17, 2012 6:34 PM

    Pioli has played it perfectly. Next year there are 4-6 1st round quality QBs. The rest of the roster is set. All he has to do (if Cassell fails) is make QB the #1 priority for 2013, and whoever he brings in will be set up to succeed.

    KC sports media is full of fools from what I’ve seen.

  47. gerard33 says: May 17, 2012 6:39 PM


    You’re always on here fighting the good fight my man. It’s amazing really how much ignorance there is about our team! It’s ok, you gotta love being under the radar…

  48. chiroubles says: May 17, 2012 7:17 PM

    “Pioli doesn’t seem to like the relentless questions from some in Kansas City about whether the Chiefs can win with Cassel.”

    No, Pioli doesn’t like complete and utter tools like Kietzman trying to tell him how to do his job….

  49. northsidesteel says: May 17, 2012 7:54 PM

    Quinn is a great guy, but can’t throw the ball more than 20 yards past the line of scrimage. Who is kidding who?

  50. slickster35 says: May 17, 2012 10:17 PM

    I see bigwigbob is an idiot on multiple boards.


    Also, LOL @ the faider fool with the GM that doesn’t speak english. You wish ANYONE credible would take a job with your joke franchise.

  51. bgarrett816 says: May 18, 2012 10:56 AM

    Seriously you think Grbac was the future in KC. Does no one remember the tantrum he threw in the locker room after a game. You know the one where he said that he out played his team and if they were half as good they would of won. Yup sounds like who i want to lead a TEAM.

  52. bigwigbob says: May 18, 2012 1:57 PM

    slickster35 says:
    May 17, 2012 10:17 PM
    I see bigwigbob is an idiot on multiple boards.


    If I were an “idiot” you would disregard what I say. Just because I disagree with you does not make me an idiot.

    The fact that you would rather take personal swings at people as opposed to forming an argument may just prove you as one who doth protest too much.

  53. rex2storm says: May 20, 2012 7:52 PM

    Just a few observations from a life long Chiefs fan:
    1. Matt Cassel isn’t the worst starting QB in the league however lets be clear, what he did in 2010 was not winning. The object of the game is to win championships. He did not come remotely close to playing like a superbowl QB in 2010.
    2. Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed that Matt Flynn appears to be just a newer version of Matt Cassel?
    3. It would seem obvious that if the Chiefs had a QB capable of leading this team to the Super Bowl, then the Chiefs would have a real chance to win the whole thing this year. That is why so many people are frustrated by Pioli not acknowledging what seems obvious to so many of us.

  54. sullijo1 says: May 23, 2012 2:40 PM

    There is NO reasonable reason the Chiefs didn’t move up to select RG3. NONE. That would have been a franchise changer for 10 years….. but, instead, stuck in the mud.

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