“Any time we get Scott Pioli on The Program it’s always, ‘He’s got about nine minutes.’ We got more time this time.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: Pioli is making the media rounds during the Chiefs’ bye week in what appears to be an effort to calm the rising storm calling for his head, the firing of Romeo Crennel and for Clark Hunt to seize control of this franchise and lead it back to respectability. He was also schedule to meet with 610’s Jay Binkley for an interview that will likely air this afternoon on The Big Show. Read on.
“I have to get better at my job before this team is going to get better.”
Scott Pioli, in an interview with Soren Petro that was recorded this week, 810 AM
GH: Not everyone is all that eager to wait that long, Scott. Petro treated Pioli with the respect his position as the Chiefs’ GM deserves. I would even categorize their conversation as friendly. It is obvious Petro likes Pioli. I believe this is a tactic that Pioli uses to disarm an interviewer whom he invites to his big office at Arrowhead. Petro rarely asked any pointed follow-up questions of Pioli. He appeared to have a list of questions and did not vary from it. Was that the agreement? If not, why wasn’t Pioli ever pushed on his answers?
“I’m as confident in Romeo today as the day I hired him.”
Scott Pioli, 810 AM
GH: Petro completely let this bombshell comment slide. Unreal. How can a GM who has watched his team that was picked to win the division, start 1-5 in embarrassing fashion and state that he is as confident in his head coach as he was when he chose him? Petro draws a head slap for fanning on this one.
“Expectations are an interesting thing. … Because you still have to play games on Sunday.”
Scott Pioli, when asked about the Chiefs not meeting expectations, 810 AM
GH: What a cowardly answer to a simple question. So you too had no expectations of your Chiefs, Scott? Screw expectations! You are in the business of WINNING! The goal is to WIN! How about just doing what you were hired to do? How is that going, Scott?
“There is a long list of things that we have to get corrected.”
Scott Pioli, 810 AM
GH: Oh how I wanted Petro to stop Pioli here and ask him to list five of them. Give us some specifics, Scott. We deserve more than these broad, toothless responses.
“Any general manager that thinks they know how to do the head coach’s job better than them, I think they’re sadly mistaken.”
Scott Pioli, in answer to the prevailing thought that he is directing Romeo on what quarterback to start, 810 AM
GH: Well, we all know of at least one GM who has proven to be “sadly mistaken” quite a few times during his career with the Chiefs.
“I was in high school in 1983.”
Scott Pioli, when informed that the Chiefs haven’t drafted a quarterback in the first round since 1983, 810 AM
GH: Okay, so what is your excuse for the last four years? Have you been too busy monitoring the candy wrapper caper?
“I think it’s opportunity. For as much criticism I get about that – I look at everything. As I look back on those drafts, the top quarterbacks picked after we’ve had picks, I’m not sure how many of those guys are playing well. It’s about opportunity. I don’t want to be disrespectful to those players but there wasn’t a better solution out there.”
Scott Pioli, when asked to address why he hasn’t drafted a quarterback in the first round in his four years with the Chiefs, 810
GH: Petro again whiffed here by allowing Pioli to skate with this lame response. I KNOW Petro has a handle on every quarterback the Chiefs have passed on but he offered no names for Pioli to refute. Pioli was not asked even the simplest of questions like, “So why not move up in the draft to get your quarterback?” Petro spent far too much time laughing with Pioli than doing his job. It was just a disappointing performance from The Program’s host.
“No, actually I didn’t know there was a debate last night.”
Scott Pioli, when asked if he watched the presidential debate Tuesday evening, 810 AM
GH: The NFL employs some very, very odd folks.
“I will get this corrected.”
Scott Pioli, 810 AM
GH: Petro let this bombshell go without even tweaking the fuse. A simple, “How?” would have appeased my ears – but we got nothing. Binkley gets his chance this afternoon with Pioli. I am eager to discover if he was more professional in how he handled one of the worst performing GMs of one of the more embarrassing franchises in the NFL.
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