OTC: Clark Hunt Makes It Clear – He Is The Chiefs’ Problem / The Emperor Has No Clue

“I am embarrassed by the poor product we gave our fans this season, and I believe we have no choice but to move the franchise in a different direction. I will immediately begin the search for the next head coach of the Chiefs. The entire football operation will remain under review, and there may be additional changes to come. No final determination has been made at this point on the future of General Manager Scott Pioli.”
Clark Hunt, in an official press release announcing the firing of Romeo Crennel
GH: With this press release, Clark Hunt hopes to quiet the unhappy Chiefs fans and begin to move forward on the 2013 season. But what he has done is simply underscored how out of touch he is with his fan base and this city. Not firing Pioli at the same time he axed Crennel is just another stumble by the rich kid from Dallas.

“At the end of the day I know what the fans want and it’s the same thing I want. We want to win. If we can do that, I think the fans will get onboard with whoever is in the [GM] position.”
Clark Hunt, in a radio interview with Soren Petro Monday afternoon, 810 AM
GH: That might be the biggest “if” uttered since the snake talked Eve into biting that apple. Maybe Clark is saying he knows Chiefs fans want Pioli canned and he is working his way to that end on his own timeline. But sometimes timelines need to be tossed aside for the good of the goal. Retaining Pioli, even for a few days or weeks, makes Clark look weak, clueless and far too corporate. He needed to play Donald Trump today and instead we got Donald Duck.

“There is no time line.”
Clark Hunt, in an interview with Mitch Holthus, on when he expects to make a decision on Pioli’s future with the Chiefs, KCChiefs.com

“It could happen quickly and it also could take several weeks depending on teams that are in the playoffs.”
Clark Hunt, on hiring a new head coach, 810 AM
GH: Riveting information from Mr. Duck. He’s only had two months to prepare for this move.

“The Bears fired their head coach today. They won ten games. I love Lovie Smith but that’s the kind of commitment to excellence you want!”
Josh Vernier, 610 AM

“The financial side of it will not hinder us [in regard to hiring a head coach or GM].”
Clark Hunt, 810 AM
GH: It would appear to all who are keeping score that the financial side is all that is keeping Pioli employed at this time. Simply put, I do not believe anything Clark said to Petro in his interview when it comes to his commitment to winning. How could any worthwhile competitor sit quietly over the past two months and watch his NFL franchise wither into the embarrassing mess that is the Chiefs? Clark may think he wants to win but I doubt a silver-spooned heir as he has any idea what real winners must sacrifice and risk for greatness.

“This thing is eating at him. I talked with [Clark Hunt] this morning. To me, some of these moves he’s contemplating are paradigm shifts and completely changes the way this organization operates.”
Mitch Holthus, 810 AM
GH: Holthus’ comment intrigued me until I heard Clark tell Petro what these ” paradigm shifts” might entail. Read on.

“The head coach will report directly to me.”
Clark Hunt, stating this will be a fundamental change in the history of the Chiefs hierarchal structure, 810 AM
GH: Does anyone think reporting to Clark is going to strike fear or even accountability into the heart of the Chiefs next head coach? It’s just not all that imposing for a football coach having to answer to a guy wearing a pair of Testoni alligator loafers and sipping a vintage Chateau Lafite –none of it that he earned.

“Although I won’t have one answering to the other, I would say the chemistry [between the head coach and GM] is very important.”
Clark Hunt, 810 AM
GH: Since when? Has Clark even been paying attention to what has been going on with Scott Pioli and his hand-picked head coaches? Clark comes off in his interview with Petro like he just found out he now owns an NFL franchise that has been ablaze with ineptness the past decade. I’m sorry, but Clark Hunt is the problem here, folks. He has to be the other NFL owners’ favorite punching bag. That his best friends have not pointed this out to the SMU smart guy is simply sad. I get the feeling Clark is surrounded by Sam Malone’s buddies at Cheers when it comes to his posse.

“It does you no good to be too involved when you don’t even know football. You don’t know!”
Jayice Pearson, on Hunt claiming to be involved in the head coaching search and the Chiefs’ operations, 610 AM

“I do spend a lot of my time on football issues already.”
Clark Hunt, 810 AM
GH: Excuse me…but how freaking scary is that comment?

“I think he’s frustrated and somewhat embarrassed.”
Soren Petro, after his interview with Clark Hunt, 810 AM
GH: I didn’t have much of a problem with Petro’s interview with Hunt except that he didn’t push the Chiefs’ owner nearly as hard as he deserved. I understand that sitting face-to-face with Hunt can be intimidating for a radio jock whose station is contractually tied to the Chiefs, but Chiefs fans deserved more when it comes to what Hunt’s franchise has wrought on this fan base. Hunt spoke of being embarrassed in his press release, Petro should have pushed this point and tied it to his decision to not announce Pioli’s firing at this time.

“I was in the middle of volleying back and forth and where I was going to go next.”
Soren Petro, unable to give his opinion when asked by Todd Leabo and Danny Clinkscale his perception of one of Hunt’s comments to him during the interview, 810 AM
GH: This excuse from Petro bothered me. He is a veteran sports talk host who was educated and trained at Syracuse University. He cannot formulate question in a live interview based on an interviewee’s answers? Grow up, Petro. Or pay your mom back the money she spent sending you to learn how to gamble.

“As long as Clark Hunt is in control of the Kansas City Chiefs will never win a Super Bowl. I would even argue that he will never win the trophy that is named after his father!”
Carrington Harrison, 610 AM
GH: Clark Hunt is 48. He and his family will never sell the Chiefs. Never. His grandsons’ grandsons will own this franchise. Let’s hope they have more balls than The Clarks.

“February? That is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard!”
Jay Binkley, on reports that Clark Hunt has stated he hopes to have a decision on Pioli’s future settled by early February, 610 AM
GH: And Clark thinks he knows what the fans want?

“I’m looking forward to turning the calendar to 2013. I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure it doesn’t happen again and that we have a team they can be proud of in 2013.”
Clark Hunt, 810 AM
GH: Words mean little in sport, business and love. Actions are all that matters. We would like to love the Chiefs once again. Show us you are worthy of our allegiance, Mr. Duck.

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46 Responses to OTC: Clark Hunt Makes It Clear – He Is The Chiefs’ Problem / The Emperor Has No Clue

  1. The Smartman says:

    Looks like Holmgren is off to Arizona. Marty would be better than going it alone but I would prefer someone more relevant like a Johnson or Cowher for maybe 90 to 120 days.

  2. JP says:

    On the Border Patrol today, Chris Mortensen reported that Hunt met with Dirk Koetter and one other assistant about the coach position. He advised that Pioli was with Hunt in these meetings. WHAT IN THE WIDE WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS IS A GOING ON HERE!!!! (Kudos to Slim Pickens). We were told this was Hunt’s search, yet Pioli is going with him. This is beyond bizarro, and Pioli has become Hunt’s Heroin. He can’t give him up. Until he cuts the cord from Pioli, this franchise will remain mediocre at best and 2012 levels at worse. I hope he wan’t conning us about Pioli. That man has to go!!!

    • The Smartman says:

      Somebody has to open doors and fetch coffee.

      CH: Dirk, thank you for taking time to meet with me today. In the event that we find common ground I want you to know that it will be up to you to decide whether or not this bald, arrogant useless piece of shit sitting to my right will remain as GM.

      DK: Understood Mr. Hunt.

      CH: Good, any questions of me before we continue?

      DK: Yes sir. If I don’t take the job I still think you should fire him. In speaking with Tony Gonzalez, who remains in contact with many of his former team mates, this guy is just a cunt, and I mean that in the most disrespectfull way possible.

      CH: You don’t want the job, do you?

      DK: No fucking way!

  3. MightyMo says:

    I am slightly more generous to Clark than most. I think Pioli’s biggest weakness has been his approach to the coaching staff. Not just in the choices he has made, but in his management of it in general. To many buddies selected, too many choices made by Pioli instead of the head coach, too much turnover, etc. If Clark, has taken over the coaching search, the next head coach will be his choice, report directly to him, etc. Additionally, one can assume that the next head coach will be able to select his own staff. To me, this all sounds like advice Clark received from Schottenheimer. Hire a good coach, let him have good authority, and hire a personnel man to help him. In short, if you are going to model yourself after the Patriots, we are now “all in.”

  4. I don’t think Pioli is going anywhere. Here’s why:
    1) the early season story of a contract extention. If Clark gave him more time he doesn’t want to pay 2 GMs.
    2) Javon Belcher – Pioli gains sympathy as Belcher’s final act is to thank him for the chance. Piolo is then a witness to Belcher’s suicide.
    3) Kevin Harlan reports a few weeks ago that Clark feels indebted to Pioli because Pioli cleaned up the front office, saved money and fired people who were reportedly participating in criminal like behavior.
    4) Clark’s statement and interview. He’s putting the target on his back taking it off of Pioli’s.
    My money is on Pioli staying.

    • chuck says:

      I really wish someone knew what “Criminal Behaviour” was taking place.

      This business is heavily Tax Subsidized isn’t it?

  5. The Word says:

    Well it looks like its Andy Reid. IMO, this is a stupid hire. Get another has been and hire another band aid.

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