“I just wonder what Kansas City is doing. I wouldn’t give Andy Reid that much power that it appears they’re willing to give him. I got the feeling the last few years that Andy cannot evaluate talent very well. The first half of his tenure [in Philadelphia] was great. But when he took total control of that organization, that’s when things started going downhill for him.”
Mike Freeman, NFL columnist, CBS Sport Radio 102.5 FM
GH: No specifics have been made public as to just how much power Reid has been given by Clark Hunt. I too am of the belief that Reid will need a lot of help evaluating the draft and the Chiefs’ current roster. And from what Reid had to say in his first press conference, he will get it from his new GM.
“He’s the anti-Pioli, John Dorsey is.”
TJ Carpenter, on Dorsey’s and the Packers’ success in the NFL draft, 810 AM
GH: I would have hired a younger and more energetic head coach for the Chiefs. But I understand Clark Hunt’s unwillingness to gamble with a teetering franchise. That said, I really like the rumors that John Dorsey is headed our way. Read on.
“[Dorsey] is as warm and friendly and as open a guy as we in the media could meet. There’s no finer guy in professional football than John Dorsey. If the reports are true, it looks like Kansas City is going to be able to snag him.”
Kevin Harlan, a Green Bay native, who said he sat next to Dorsey during the Vikings/Packers playoff game on Saturday, 810 AM
GH: That is high praise from a guy who knows Dorsey well.
“I think Andy Reid’s going to be a terrific choice. I think this is a very good bond between these two from the get-go – and I don’t see it becoming divergent down the road.”
Kevin Harlan, on partnering Reid and Dorsey, 810 AM
GH: Harlan compared the chemistry between Reid and Dorsey as to the relationship that Carl Peterson and Marty Schottenheimer shared in their early years. That kind of success would be welcoming.
“They crucified Andy Reid [in Philadelphia]. They just tortured the guy! 14 years and he didn’t win a Super Bowl! He had six division titles. Five conference championship games and one Super Bowl. And these [Philadelphia] people are whining like babies! They cry about Andy Reid because he doesn’t throw players under the bus. They took it personally. You can’t judge a coach by [the fans’ reactions to him]. If you start listening to the fans, you’re going to be sitting with the fans! … If the Chiefs fans don’t like Scott Pioli, that’s not the win-all, be-all and end-all to whether Scott Pioli’s the general manager there.”
Howard Eskin, Philadelphia sportscaster, being interviewed by Danny Parkins and Carrington Harrison, 610 AM
GH: The fans do not appear to have been the problem with Andy Reid or Scott Pioli’s lack of success. They do make an easy excuse for suck-ups like Eskin, though. Eskin sees himself as a buddy to guys like Reid and Pioli – NFL insiders who can help him forward his career. The fans don’t do much for Eskin except make fun of his bouffant.
“You look over the 14 years of Andy Reid as a head coach and you can’t think of an Andy Reid quote. Think of that. I think it speaks volumes of him. He’s a man of few words and he gets players attention. He understands how to build a team.”
Bill Maas, 610 AM
GH: I’m not sure why not having a memorable quote in 14 years is a positive for an NFL coach. While we are all more interested in Reid’s won-loss record than his banquet stories, it would be nice to have somebody who has a touch of wit about him.
“That’s why I like following @BillMaas he sees things I don’t in football. And he can score me x.”
Lazlo, @lazlothebuzz, Twitter
“I don’t think Andy Reid should be given a pass in year one. I think the expectations should be pretty high.”
Jayice Pearson, 610 AM
GH: Coming off a 2-14 season, Reid will get a pass in his first year. It’s difficult to NOT win six games in the NFL. Seven wins for the Chiefs will be seen as improvement. Year two is when Reid will be expected to win the AFC West.
“People think we enjoyed covering Romeo Crennel and Scott Pioli because it generates more callers. It was excruciating! Every day I would walk out of here saying, ‘Oh crap, I’ve got to do this again tomorrow!’ ”
Josh Vernier, 610 AM
GH: Vernier may have chosen the wrong profession. How any sports talk host based in Kansas City the past nine months could be anything other than fascinated, thrilled, devastated and shocked with the Chiefs’ soap opera this season is stunningly revealing. This city’s sports scene continues to amaze me each week with its seemingly endless supply of captivating storylines.
“I’m a Shanahan fan. No, I’m not going to blame him.”
Kevin Harlan, when asked to comment on the Redskins’ coach decision to play RG3 Sunday against Seattle, despite his obvious knee injury, 810 AM
GH: Shanahan fan or not, he made a huge error in playing his franchise quarterback on a sandlot-like field. Shanahan deserves most all of the criticism that will be heaped on him for keeping RG3 in a game in which he was not physically able to defend himself.
“I don’t get the comps between the Strasburg & RGIII situations. Strasburg wasn’t playing hurt & didn’t appear compromised. RGIII is & does.”
Robert Ford, @raford3, on the Washington Nationals starter being intentionally shut down for the playoffs, Twitter
GH: The comparisons are obvious and worthy. Both players are studs on Washington pro teams who had been injured and their durability was questionable throughout the postseason. The Nats shut down Strasburg and the Skins played RG3 until his leg almost came unhinged. What’s not to get?
“I don’t think there is anything more boring than picking games. I don’t know why anybody would care who I think is going to win a game. My picks are moot. I just don’t find it that interesting.”
John Feinstein, morning host on CBS Sports Radio, 102.5 FM
GH: Feinstein must have listened in to Kevin Kietzman’s Friday afternoon Picks segment. Brutal radio that Between the Lines continues to subject its listeners to each Friday.
“One good thing about the Chiefs being horrible this season is I didn’t have to listen to Phil Sims often. The guy is brutal.”
Dan Loving, on Sims’ work during the playoffs, @danloving, Twitter
GH: That Phil Simms and Jim Nantz are CBS’ number-one NFL TV crew should give hope to every sports broadcast major in the land. Simms is bland, cocky and does it all in a sleep-inducing monotone. What’s not to hate?
“Just over 20 minutes until Kansas City men’s basketball tips off here in downtown Kansas City against North Dakota State.”
UMKC Athletics, @TheUMKCToos
GH: I have noticed a small battle emerging between the UMKC sports media and some of their alumni. The sports guys are using “Kansas City” to describe the Roos while many older alums bristle at dropping the UMKC moniker. I like the Kansas City change but I’m not finding many Roo alums who agree.
GregHall24@yahoo.com and Twitter / greghall24