Pioli says lack of continuity hurt Baldwin’s development

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On Monday, the 49ers and Chiefs swapped a pair of disappointing first-round receivers.  On Wednesday, the man who drafted one of them addressed the situation in detail during an appearance on PFT Live.

Former Chiefs G.M. Scott Pioli explained that the changes in Kansas City — from coaches to quarterbacks — made it harder for Jon Baldwin to find his ceiling.  And Pioli took responsibility for the instability that may have made it harder for Baldwin to realize his potential.

For Pioli’s entire comments on the drafting of Baldwin, the potential win-win (or lose-lose) nature of the trade that sent Baldwin to San Francisco and A.J. Jenkins to Kansas City, the high bust rate for first-round and second-round receivers, and plenty of other stuff, click the arrow thing below.

17 responses to “Pioli says lack of continuity hurt Baldwin’s development

  1. Remains to be seen. Whatever is gained from Baldwin, if anything, will still be an upgrade over Jenkins who couldn’t show even the slightest hint of improvement after having elite coaching, very good quarterback throwing, surrounded by elite talent taking away focus on Jenkins, buried on a depth chart exempting him from media/fan scrutiny for a year and a team that loaded the balances in his favor to succeed. Hopefully Baldwin can get some focus and find a new beginning.

  2. Sooooo are we going to have a post Every Day Now about Pioli commenting on Jon Baldwin??? Pioli is a Failure of a GM. He made a horrible draft choice in Jon Baldwin. End of Story. What else do we need to know?

  3. Lack of continuity? Didn’t the Chiefs send 7 or 8 guys to the Pro Bowl last year? Continuity is an issue for the team and maybe for a QB.

    How about lack of talent! No, not lack of talent. Lack of football IQ? You took a gamble on a raw prospect, and he didn’t pan out.

  4. I think it is great to have a successful GM talk about how they evaluate players. Nice change of pace compared to all the former players becoming commentators.

    Will be interesting to see what comes of this trade. Baldwin is more of a known quantity, but hasn’t had stability. Jenkins hasn’t been around very long. He has looked terrible but he is more of an unknown at this point.

  5. rainponcho87 says:
    Aug 22, 2013 9:59 AM
    I think it is great to have a successful GM talk about how they evaluate players.

    In what world was Pioli a successful GM? He madde a few nice draft picks, but was a bust himself. No one will hire him for their front office.

    I would like to hear a real GM talk about the two players.

    Baldwin is done. He hasn’t been the same since he threw that punch at Thomas Jones his rookie year.

  6. donterrelli says:
    Aug 22, 2013 8:40 AM
    Dwayne Bowe didn’t seem to have a problem with it.

    Because Dwayne is talented and smart enough not to throw punches at vets when he got hazed as a rookie.

  7. I doubt that there are really very many who care about Pioli’s opinions. Especially his rationalizations about his draft busts.

  8. This WR swap situation can best be summed up with:

    “The grass is always greener on the other side”

  9. Get Excited Chiefs Fans! Your in for a year of overthrowing to an understaffed receiving corps, wondering why you and the other team both know that you will be throwing on 2nd & short and 3rd & short, questioning your QBs ability to lead the team, loosing faith in the playcalling, and press conference after press conference of heavy breathing and a lack of answers.

    Ladys and Gentlemen, welcome to the Andy Reid era!

  10. …and who’s fault was it for the lack of continuity in KC? I’m going to go out on a limb and say that it was the GM’s since he’s the one who was firing coaches mid season and bringing in the steaming pile crap for QB talent. Whether Baldwin is simply a bust, or he’s a product of his environment the blame is squarely on Pioli for this first round failure.

  11. It’s already out there, on NFL Network when they talked SB prediction, both Heath Evans and Darren Sharper pick SEA for NFC. On ESPN “Audibles”, 3 out of 4 pick SEA in the SB for the win, Darren Woodson call SEA the 1992 Cowboys, and only Steve Young pick the 9ers for SB from the NFC and got called a “Homer” immediately… LOL!

    Fail WR Crop once and again and exposed by their own admission with trading their 1st round pick WR just a year ago for a proven bust when the season hasn’t even started lol… so fail.

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