As fans who have lived through red fridays and pep rallies, it is difficult to accept the somewhat unfriendly face of Scott Pioli and Coach Haley. Carl for all his flaws did create a great atmosphere in this city. The players were speaking all over town and doing charity events. The current regime just does not seem to unite the city or give the "damn the torpedoes" type of rallying cry that I think we want. We want to feel like we are in partnership with the team and it just does not seem the case now. We can accept all of that though if/when we are winning.
The thing that worries me about Pioli is that it does not seem like the front office/coaching staff are on the same page. Jay Glazer of Fox reported that Pioli and Haley barely speak to one another. That is not a good sign. More than ever we need the GM and the coach to be on good terms. We need set systems on both sides of the ball that we can draft into for years to come. As it stands now, many agree that we need new coordinators on both sides of the ball. Carthon is a Haley guy; is he a Pioli guy? I am very concerned that free agents will not want to play for Haley. As Tony Gonzalez said: "this isnt kindergarten". We need a united front office and a consensus direction moving forward on systems for this to work. We switched the offensive needs from Vermeill (smaller, faster, pulling lineman) to Herm and now the defense from the Cover 2 to the 3-4. We need consensus in order to build a team. Lets hope the Pioli/Haley rumors are untrue. If they are true, then bite the bullet and bring in Cowher.
Are Pioli and Haley united in vision, harmonious on player acquisition and development; are they friends? What do you think AP?