“I think you’re going to see unprecedented history happen this week in the NFL. I don’t think we’ve ever seen a GM fired in the middle of the season. It’s just become the logical thing to do.”
Bill Maas, on Bob Fescoe’s show Monday morning, 610 AM
GH: Maas dropped this bombshell on Fescoe’s show and he did not do it casually. He sounded extremely confident in what he was saying. Will Pioli get the boot this week? Today? Read on.
“This is Clark Hunt’s team. This is not Scott Pioli’s team. … I trust in Clark and in the end, I think you’re going to be happy with it all.”
Bill Maas, 610 AM
GH: Maas was speaking to Fescoe and Josh Klingler but he could just as well have been speaking to the Chiefs’ fan base. Does Clark Hunt have the balls to whack Piloi in October? Maas doesn’t think he has any other choice.
“If [the head coach] isn’t a leader, than nothing else matters – and that’s been the problem the last four years. Therein lies the problem.”
Bill Maas, 610 AM
GH: Pioli has hired two head coaches as the Chiefs’ GM – Todd Haley and Romeo Crennel. One was a maverick, the other a sheep. Neither got the job done. He does not deserve another chance in the interview room.
“When you look at the Chiefs, the talent is there. It’s just not coming together.”
Nick Leckey, former K-State and NFL player, 810 AM
“There’s talent on this team. A coach with leadership capabilities can come in and turn this thing around instantaneously. Let me tell you something guys, this is a heck of a football team for a guy to come in and take over. It reminds me of 1988 [before Marty Schottenheimer arrived in Kansas City]”
Bill Maas, 610 AM
GH: Could it be just that easy? Get a new coach and the Chiefs could repeat the Marty years? We might want to grab a quarterback as well.
“I don’t think the defensive line is good and right now the offensive line’s not good. … There are so many times where it seems like the other team just wants it more.”
Steven St. John, who does not agree that the talent is in place for this Chiefs’ team to excel, 810 AM
“Scott Pioli, according to this report, has yet to sign the [contract extension], with the buyout language of the contract one of the main reasons why the agreement has yet to be struck.”
Marv Albert, on CBS’ Jason La Canfora reporting Sunday that Pioli had been offered a two-year extension, CBS
GH: This news on Sunday morning sent Chiefs’ Nation into a tailspin not unlike the one the guy breaking the record for the longest free-fall from space. Sure glad that buyout language was not to Pioli’s liking.
“My buyout language for Pioli: Argo F yourself.”
Jeffrey Field, @kiribatiwriter, Twitter
GH: I caught Argo this weekend during the second half of Alabama stomping a mud hole in Columbia. Great movie. The 1980 period staging alone [along with the hairstyles] is worth the $10.
“The Chiefs did not offer general manager Scott Pioli a contract extension, a source close to the situation said, contradicting a report on CBS prior to Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers. Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt would not answer questions about Pioli’s contract.”
Adam Teicher, Chiefs’ beat writer, KansasCity.com
GH: Teicher posted this story in The Star’s website shortly after the game. It looks a lot like damage control to me. The last thing the Chiefs want is their season ticket holders to have even more reasons to bolt. There obviously were discussions between the Chiefs and Pioli about an extension. Whether it was formerly offered is a bit irrelevant. What does matter is that it was never signed.
“Wow, has Marv Albert been bad today. Two officials clearly point Tampa Bay ball. ‘Let’s see who recovered. No indication.’”
Kurtis Seaboldt, @KSeabolt, Twitter
GH: I have never understood way play-by-play broadcasters are basically allowed to work until they embarrass their legacies to an unrecognizable level. Marv has been a joke for years. Even he should be aware of that fact when he sees he’s been assigned the Chiefs/Bucs game.
“Marv Albert has run out of stamps he’s mailing this game in so hard.”
Mick Shaffer, of Metro Sports, @mickshaffer, Twitter
“Will a producer get in [Rich] Gannon’s ear at any point and say, ‘It Shaun not Shane.’”
Nick Jacobs, of Metro Sports, @Jacobs71, on the continued mispronunciation of Shaun Draughn’s name during the CBS broadcast, Twitter
“I think Scott Pioli’s the right man for the job. He’s one of the better general managers in the business.”
Rich Gannon, CBS
GH: Gannon thinks Pioli’s one of the best GMs in the NFL. Maas thinks he might be fired this week. I’m picking Maas in this one.
“So @ericwinston is correct. They are not gladiators.”
Lazlo, @lazlothebuzz, Twitter
“Are you kidding me? Pioli said mother f—— c— s—— while talking to Schiano? You know he was talking about what fans say to him.”
Josh Vernier, @JoshVernier, on a pregame video clip the CBS aired in the fourth quarter of the Chiefs’ game, Twitter
GH: This was more than odd. CBS showed Pioli talking to the Bucs’ head coach and it was obvious to anyone with a DVR that he was retelling how someone had called him or someone else a MFCS. Why would CBS do this to an NFL GM? Did they not take the time to read Pioli’s lips? It was an embarrassing moment for Pioli, who covered his mouth when he cursed but not from the side of the camera shot. I would guess CBS is hearing about this today from the Chiefs and the NFL. Read on for Vernier’s translation.
“Last week he/they were saying ‘you should talk/walk before every game or something, but it’s all you mf’r c-s—er, go back to where u came from.”
Scott Pioli, according to Josh Vernier’s lip-reading translation, Twitter
“You watch the Kansas City Chiefs and there’s just one position that’s hindering them right now and that’s the quarterback position. They’re not getting any kind of plays from it.”
Bill Cowher, CBS
GH: The CBS crew spent some time after the Chiefs’ fifth loss to discuss what is wrong in Kansas City. Eric Winston might call it sickening and disgusting. Read on.
“[The Chiefs’] defense is good enough to win. If Jamaal Charles had a quarterback, he would lead the league in rushing. The guy is a big play waiting to happen every time. … Maybe they need to bring back Len Dawson!”
Shannon Sharpe, CBS
“If you don’t have that quarterback position taken care of, you’re going to see a lot of this from teams like Kansas City. You have to wonder about the decision making as to who is playing quarterback. Who is making the decision to bring these guys in there to play? This is a team that is clearly going in the wrong direction, specifically because of who is playing quarterback for them.”
Boomer Esiason, CBS
GH: It doesn’t sound like Boomer thinks Scott Pioli is one of the best GMs in the NFL.
“[Josh Freeman] has to commit himself. If you want to be great, you have to earn. The players on that [Tampa Bay] team, the ownership of that team, the coaching staff of that team, knows what you’re doing. If you’re committed to your craft or you’re out doing other things.”
Boomer Esiason, CBS
GH: This was a very guarded attack on Freeman. Boomer hinted that there are off-field issues with the former Grandview/K-State quarterback but he offered no specifics. Just a very telling head nod and eye-roll to let viewers know there are problems in Tampa Bay with Freeman’s dedication.
“It was a team effort that screwed things up.”
Romeo Crennel, in his postgame comments after the Chiefs’ 38-10 loss at Tampa Bay, 810 AM
GH: Who says Romeo’s not on top of things at One Arrowhead Drive?
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