“People say, ‘Man, I feel bad for you – you’ve got the Chiefs this week.’ Are you kidding me? It’s Monday Night Football!”
Mike Tirico, ESPN’s play-by-play voice for MNF, on the Chiefs visit to Pittsburgh tonight, 810 AM
GH: There was a time when the match up didn’t matter. America was tuning in to see and hear Howard and Dandy Don and Frank. While the NFL is more popular now than ever, games like Chiefs/Pittsburgh make it very easy for much of America to ignore Monday’s most popular show. The NFL did not expect the Chiefs to be 1-7 at this juncture and yet to lead a game in regulation. But that is exactly where they are.
“I’ve learned that the Kansas City Chiefs still have not paid Todd Haley the rest of his salary when he was there. Millions of dollars! They were in arbitration. Oh yeah, there’s bad blood there.”
Jay Glazer, NFL insider, Fox Sports
GH: This is not a new story. I believe The Star or one of the local radio stations had this news shortly after Haley was dismissed by the Chiefs. Rumors are that the Chiefs believe Haley is not owed the remainder of his contract because he made disparaging remarks in the media about the franchise. Kent Babb’s candy-wrapper story in The Star comes to mind.
“I believe [Clark Hunt] is honoring his part of the relationship. … Here’s the nuts and bolts of it – it cannot go forward with these two guys as head coach and general manger.”
Bill Maas, on why Hunt has not yet fired Scott Pioli, 610 AM
“There is no evidence [Marty Schottenheimer] could be a GM…or even a consultant. For me to think he could be good in any other fashion [than a coach], I would have to see it to believe it. How could a guy who believes the head coach should hold all the power be an effective GM?”
Danan Hughes, who played for Marty in Kansas City, on rumors that the former Chiefs’ head coach has talked to Clark Hunt about returning to the Chiefs as a GM or consultant, 610 AM
GH: Marty and Clark are close. Understandably, Clark has a great deal of respect for the man he watched bring great pride to his father’s franchise.
“[Clark] has identified the problem by going and looking for answers. He knows there’s a problem here. He knows you have nothing to hang your hat on as far as offense, defense and special teams. There’s been no progress. He’s been handcuffed by poor decision making and poor leadership. This is what he is addressing right now.”
Bill Maas, 610 AM
GH: Maas had led us to believe the changes would occur much faster than they are. He is now softening that stance by stating Clark is an honorable man and simply making good on the contract he signed with Pioli – but make mistake, Maas believes both Pioli and Crennel are dead men stumbling. I find it funny that Clark is adamant about honoring Pioli’s contract but in arbitration for withholding Todd Haley’s money.
“Sometimes [to emphasize corrections] you basically have to threaten them — so if you fumble it I’m going to take you out of the game. Then they will get the message.”
Romeo Crennel, ESPN.com
GH: I was surprised at the reaction the Border patrol got from the Chiefs’ former head coach, Herm Edwards, when they asked him about Romeo’s latest attempt to improve the Chiefs’ turnover ratio. Read on.
“I’m sure if somebody loses the ball he’s going to take them out [of the game], but when you have to do that, you’re grabbing.”
Herm Edwards, on Romeo Crennel’s announcement that any Chiefs’ player who commits a turnover will be taken out of the game, 810 AM
“Why can’t Stanzi play tonight?”
Gary Lezak, who wants anybody but Cassel behind center for the Chiefs, 810 AM
GH: Steven St. John agreed with Lezak and stated he too would like to watch Stanzi. If Stanzi can’t get even a sniff at quarterback ahead of Cassel and Brady Quinn, I am pretty sure none of us want to see him on MNF.
“The only reason to watch the game tonight is to see if the Chiefs can get the record for not leading in a game – ever!”
Gary Lezak, 810 AM
GH: We are making history here in Kansas City. The wrong kind of history but history just the same. History that one day will simply be referred to as “The Pioli Years.”
“We’re not talking about the ’07 Patriots [coming into Pittsburgh tonight] who can hang 50 on anybody.”
Mike Tirico, play-by-play voice for MNF, on the Chiefs visit to Pittsburgh, 810 AM
GH: No we are not. More like the ’12 Chiefs who can’t get a lead on anybody.
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