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Scott Pioli has high expectations for the Chiefs

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Torn knee ligaments suffered by safety Eric Berry, running back Jamaal Charles and tight end Tony Moeaki contributed to a disappointing 7-9 record for the Chiefs in 2011.

All three players are healthy enough to play in this week’s preseason opener, a hopeful sign of better things to come this time around in Kansas City. General Manager Scott Pioli is among those who believe that the Chiefs are capable of a more successful campaign. During an appearance on the NFL Network, Pioli said that he thinks the team should be feeling the pressure to live up to those loftier expectations.

“Expectations should be higher than what they’ve been in the past. I mean, it’s only right,” Pioli said. “We’re in our fourth season in this program. We’ve done a lot of work to retain very good players in the Derrick Johnsons, the Tamba Halis, the Jamaal Charles and some other players, but we’ve also added some other good players. I feel we have a really good coaching staff intact, so expectations should be high.”

By setting the bar high, Pioli isn’t just putting the pressure on his players. His job security is tied to the success of the team he puts on the field and he’ll only get so many chances to put a consistent winner on the field before the organization decides to move in a different direction.

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22 Responses to “Scott Pioli has high expectations for the Chiefs”
  1. blacknole08 says: Aug 7, 2012 11:27 AM

    I think the Chiefs have enough talent all around and can win this division. The AFC West is really up for grabs.

  2. realfootballfan says: Aug 7, 2012 11:30 AM

    He should because they are the most talented top to bottom in the division by far.

    Once they find a way to replace Cassell with a real QB, this team will be a real Super Bowl contender. Pioli’s done a nice job systematically building that team even if he is a jerk.

  3. slizzyslizz says: Aug 7, 2012 11:32 AM

    Need a quarterback for that first…other than that position, KC is
    loaded!!!

  4. jbcommonsense says: Aug 7, 2012 11:52 AM

    Like many divisions, the AFC West is reflecting great parity. Any of the 4 teams might win it.

  5. joetoronto says: Aug 7, 2012 11:58 AM

    Are his expectations as high as his remaining cap room?

    This team is destined for failure with a cheap owner and a puppet GM.

  6. wtfchiefs says: Aug 7, 2012 12:11 PM

    Actions speak louder than words and expectations.
    I have no faith until Cassel is out of there. He’s terrible, bottom line.

  7. wtfpft says: Aug 7, 2012 12:14 PM

    Love hearing the “loaded” comments from this team that finished in last place last year in a horrible division. And berry, moeaki, and charles coming off major surgeries, good luck with all that.

  8. 1historian says: Aug 7, 2012 12:15 PM

    Without a decent coach they won’t go far. Will they blame Pioli? They shouldn’t. When Pioli was at New England they had (still do) a pretty good coach. You can’t have success w/o a good coach. As in – duhhh.

  9. kc571 says: Aug 7, 2012 12:17 PM

    It’s going to be as easy as beating the teams in the West. Win the division, the rest will fall into place.

  10. rpmcanes says: Aug 7, 2012 12:18 PM

    I absolutely miss the hell out of that guy not being in New England.

  11. realfootballfan says: Aug 7, 2012 12:42 PM

    wtfpft says: Aug 7, 2012 12:14 PM

    Love hearing the “loaded” comments from this team that finished in last place last year in a horrible division. And berry, moeaki, and charles coming off major surgeries, good luck with all that.
    ——-

    Considering those three players that you mentioned missed 95% of the season, Berry and Charles being their two best players on either side of the ball, you inadvertently answered your own question of why their overall talent is tops in the division since they still only finished a couple of games off the pace.

    Cassell will be the X factor because he’s average at best, but the rest of their talent is either equal to or head and shoulders better than the rest of the division.

    The only position group besides QB that they might be outshone in is at WR because the Raiders have a nice up and coming group although Gregg Knapp being the new OC is definitely not a good thing for their continued development, and the Broncos receivers should see potential turn to greater production with Manning.

  12. wtfpft says: Aug 7, 2012 1:42 PM

    “Considering those three players that you mentioned missed 95% of the season, Berry and Charles being their two best players on either side of the ball, you inadvertently answered your own question of why their overall talent is tops in the division since they still only finished a couple of games off the pace.”

    If a safety who has played a total of 17 games in his career and coming off major surgery and a RB who’s 185 lbs soaking wet also coming off major surgery are your two best players on either side of the ball, then yeah, you guys are loaded, and by loaded I mean drunk.

  13. larrybrown43 says: Aug 7, 2012 1:54 PM

    I’ll always think of the article that was written about the Chiefs gestapo practices under this administration.

    This current tidbit seems to indicate, the crazy general had the guillotine sharpened and waiting for more heads to place on it.

  14. jjackwagon says: Aug 7, 2012 2:19 PM

    ole joe, still singing that same ole song about the Chiefs being cheap.
    Your Raiders are always spending money but still finished 8-8 and got stomped by the Chiefs 28-0 in your house.
    Just goes to show that spending foolishly doesn’t win games.

  15. halfastco says: Aug 7, 2012 3:16 PM

    @wtfpft 185 lbs and still had a 6.4 ypc average! You sir are an idiot…maybe if you actually watched this team you would see they’re a VERY talented team, took care of our biggest weakness on the o line and have the big 3 coming back this year. Chiefs win the division hands down! Everyone is so high on the broncos this year after manning sign there. But how did his last game against the chiefs go? And with all of the suspensions on their defensive side, that team just isn’t going to be the same this year

  16. j0esixpack says: Aug 7, 2012 3:23 PM

    Cassell isn’t a franchise QB but he’s good enough to go 11-5 with a good team around him (though it helps to have Welker and Moss)

    They’d be fools to fire Pioli but if they do he will have no problem finding a job

  17. wtfpft says: Aug 7, 2012 4:54 PM

    @halfastco. Very talented teams don’t make excuses for injuries and go 7-9 in the worst division in football. And please tell me moeaki is a part of “the big 3″ what a joke, your big 3 is a TE and has two guys with 1 full season played and a now step slower running back. Yep, I’m the idiot. 18 years and counting since a playoff victory…FAIL

  18. jjackwagon says: Aug 7, 2012 5:21 PM

    @wtfpft,

    Please define “worst division in football”. What makes the AFC West the “worst”? Winning percentage? Sorry…the AFC West had a higher winning % than the NFC East and the AFC South in 2011. So please define “worst”. Go ahead…we’re waiting.

  19. dsheik says: Aug 7, 2012 7:01 PM

    A healthy KC should turn that last place schedule into a division championship and promptly exit the playoffs. Truth hurts, but thats what it looks like till they get a QB.

  20. realfootballfan says: Aug 7, 2012 9:32 PM

    wtfpft,

    Sorry to inform you, but the Chiefs aren’t my team.

    Just giving you an honest bird’s eye view of the talent in that division. I don’t have a team, but rather I just watch all the teams and like to see good football.

    The Chargers door shut 2 years ago, the Broncos have alot of holes on their roster that might be overcome by Manning, although he was in noticable decline before he missed last year, and the Raiders won’t be going anywhere until they get rid of Carson Palmer who hasn’t had a good season since 2005, although top to bottom their talent is the next best in the division even with the dumbfounding decision to bring back Gregg Knapp to kill their offense in the off-season with a better option in Al Saunders still on the payroll.

    The Chiefs have built up through the draft with good players. Their LT spot is still weaker than it should be, and Cassell isn’t a championship level QB. Otherwise, they should be fine.

    Berry is a top 3 safety in football or maybe you missed his rookie year, Charles is the most explosive back in football, and their defense is very good when they’re not asked to carry the whole team.

  21. wtfpft says: Aug 7, 2012 10:30 PM

    Tebow won the division, I rest my case.

  22. jjackwagon says: Aug 8, 2012 8:46 AM

    The Broncos won the division, your case is dismissed.

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