“The weird thing about Kansas City [Chiefs] is that there is absolutely no smoke to make you believe a chance [at the GM position] is coming. Usually, there is smoke first and then a fire.”
Jay Binkley, 610 AM
GH: While there may be no smoke drifting from The Clarks or NFL insiders, all one has to do is watch this Chiefs team play and you can see, smell and feel the bonfire that is searing the senses of all those who even have a passing understand of the game of football.
“If Pioli and Romeo had any dignity, they’d save Clark Hunt the trouble and announce their end-season resignations now.”
Jason Whitlock, @WhitlockJason, Twitter
“It’s staggering to me that there is even a discussion on whether or not this regime should be brought back – even if Clark Hunt has to fall on a $15-million [salary] grenade.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: Will Hunt want to watch Arrowhead turn into Mayor Sly’s downtown light rail boondoggle? A ridiculously expensive home for the few? Retaining Pioli will empty Arrowhead’s parking lot faster than a September monsoon.
“Every play, every quarter, every half, every game an indictment against Scott Pioli and Romeo…”
Frank Boal, @realfrankboal, Twitter
“I think the Jovan Belcher stuff changes how they go about it but I don’t think it changes the decision.”
Sam Mellinger, 610 AM
GH: How do you respectfully fire someone? Having sat on both sides of that conversation I can say that it is difficult at best. No employer hires an employee in hopes of firing that employee. When that time comes, there is no good way to do it but swiftly and professionally. Neither makes the blow less damaging.
“Knowing the Chiefs, they will probably fire Scot Pioli on New Year’s Day when no one in the media is working. … If it doesn’t happen on January 1st, then we can start a countdown – because they’re all getting fired. There is no way anybody keeps there job.”
Danny Parkins, 610 AM
“Everybody’s accountable. The collective coaching staff from the head coach to the offensive assistants to the offensive coordinator to the players. Something is definitely amiss there. You can’t even get a first down until sometime in the third quarter? It’s the Raiders, guys! They’re not that good.”
Bill Maas, when asked to comment on the futility of the Chiefs’ season, 610 AM
GH: Something is definitely amiss. The outtakes from the Chiefs’ offensive series in Oakland would fill a segment on NFL bloopers. Slant passes ricocheting off of a receiver’s facemask, an offensive lineman called for facemask on the defensive lineman who gets the sack, a first-round draft pick jumping after passes like he’s scared of the ball and a quarterback throwing an outlet pass that slips from his hand and falls three yards away. Amiss? What a wonderfully nice word for incompetence.
“That might be the worst non-weather-related game I’ve ever seen the Chiefs play.”
Todd Leabo, @Leabonics, Twitter
“Do we really have to talk about this sh*tty team tomorrow?”
Aaron Swats, @a_swarts, Twitter
GH: This has to be a bit of a dilemma for the local sports talk shows. Is there any reason to breakdown a 15-0 loss to a dreadful Raiders’ team? No – except to fire up the heat on Clark Hunt to fix his franchise. I watch the other NFL games and I don’t even consider the Chiefs to be in that league. I wonder what Clark Hunt sees?
“They dominated a former rival, snapped a six-game losing streak and earned the bonus points that come with posting a shutout. Upon close observation of the scoreboard, the Raiders on Sunday looked fabulous. They don’t look nearly as good, though, once you back away from their 15-0 win over Kansas City and see how it puts a pimple on the face of their next draft pick. … As much as the Raiders players wanted a win as a reward for all their months of effort, the future of the franchise was threatened in the process.”
Mote Poole, writer, on the Raiders win over the Chiefs, Insidebayare.com
GH: Poole’s lead sentence says a lot – “They dominated a former rival…” Not even the Raiders consider the woe-begotten Chiefs a rival any longer. How quickly the Chiefs have fallen into obscurity and shame. Mr. Pioli, that is your legacy.
“I feel bad for Kevin Harlan…. Solomon is an absolute idiot.”
TJ Carpenter, @TJCarpenter, Twitter
GH: Here is a great question for Kevin Kietzman to pose to Harlan today in his 5:00 PM interview – “Who did you piss off at CBS to get stuck with Solomon Wilcots?”
“I wonder if the SAP button on my tv makes Shannon Sharpe speak English?”
Robert Sigrist, @DocSig, Twitter
“Cornerback Brandon Carr signed a $50 million contract as a free agent to join the Cowboys this year. Previously, he played for Kansas City, where current Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley was head coach. He said he used knowledge of Haley’s tendencies to good use in overtime.”
Ed Bouchette, writer, on Carr’s OT interception and return to inside the Steelers’ one-yard line, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Knowing coach Haley, I kind of figured that play would be coming at some point in the game. It was zone coverage, so I was able to read the quarterback and the ball. … It helped a lot playing for him, because it let me know how he thinks.”
Brandon Carr, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
GH: I imagine Carr had a Lil Wayne tune playing in his head as he cut in front of the Steelers’ receiver and almost completed the Pick Six. BTW; word out of Pittsburgh is that Ben Roethlisberger was not too happy with Haley’s play calling in Dallas. Look for Haley to start growing a beard and skipping bathing for Christmas.
“My lil brudda @BCarr39 always said when he felt appreciated ‘just watch.’ lol I’m coming to that playoff game bruh str8 up.”
Brandon Flowers, @BFlowers24, Twitter
GH: Does a professional athlete really need to feel appreciated to perform? What’s the paycheck for – ammo?
“Multiple sources have confirmed what @GabeDeArmond first reported: Mizzou promotes OL coach Henson to OC and WR coach Hill will coach QBs.”
Terez A. Paylor, @TerezPaylor, Mizzou beat writer for the Kansas City Star, Twitter
GH: I also saw the Columbia Daily Trib’s Dave Matter and other members of the media credit DeArmond with this scoop. I found it refreshing to see members of the media who cover the same beat not get caught up in “who’s first” on a story but rather reporting what they know. The social media age of journalism has flaws but it also has a very bright future with character like this on public display.
“That’s about all I know – family, football and faith.”
Bobby Petrino, the former Arkansas head football coach, in an interview with Paul Finebaum on his new position at Western Kentucky, Sirius XM 91
GH: The line of the week for me. Finebaum let him say this with a straight [but I’m guessing somewhat pavement-scarred] face.
“Well, the thing is in this business you look for opportunities. … That conference got very tough while I was there and it’s getting even tougher.”
Tommy Tuberville, on why he chose to leave Texas Tech for Cincinnati, Sirius XM 91
GH: Tuberville took the Cincy football job because he thinks the Big 12 is just too tough for a team like Texas Tech. That says something about Bill Snyder, Charlie Weis and ISU’s Paul Rhoads. At least these guys are willing to battle it out with the “haves” in an unbalanced football conference.
“Two unwatchable games tonight. KU under scheduled and KSU has over scheduled.”
Kevin Kietzman, on Kansas’ easy win over Belmont and K-State’s loss to Gonzaga, @kkwhb, Twitter
GH: How can Kansas State overschedule in basketball? They are a perennial NCAA program with a veteran team. I just don’t understand this kind of thinking from a fan. As a Nebraska fan, a team whose basketball program is just dreadful, I don’t want to watch them play UMKC. Meaningless wins are just that – meaningless.
“Belmont and Colorado both probably will be in the NCAA Tournament despite those bludgeonings of the past 2 weeks.”
Gary Bedore, KUSports.com beat writer, @GaryBedore, Twitter
GH: While KK called KU’s home game with Belmont underscheduling, it might just be that Kansas is very, very good. And the bad news for the rest of the Big 12 is that they are likely to get much, much better.
“As a journalism junkie you have to watch tonight’s 60 minutes about Newtown…absolutely stunning how thoughtful and thorough.”
Michael, @biggest711, Twitter
GH: Much of the media coverage on the Newtown shootings has been in my opinion incredibly self-serving and also invasive of the families and people directly affected. I too thought 60 Minutes did a thoughtful and thorough job in their reporting. Much more so than the media mongers who jammed cameras and microphones into the face of kids the day of the shootings.
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