I know Whitlock has beat on Pioli and Haley for their ego but one thing i was thinking of is that in times like this it takes a big ego to stay the course. Sure there are times when you can be overconfident but i think it is much better when you stick to a plan and don't get sidetracked by outside influences. I am 100 % sure Pioli has Parcells keeping him up and focused as we go forward. But for a change i will state some very positive things we have going into the future:
1. A coach that CARES 100 percent about winning period. He has made mistakes (admitted them also) and will continue to make more mistakes but unlike some used car salesman slick coach he stands up there takes his beating and works his butt off. Go look at film of a young Cowher does he look/act a lot different that Haley? Not standing up for Haley's game day issues or saying his is the next Cowher but we took a risk on a young talented coach as part of the plan.
2. Pioli changed the entire culture from top to bottom. I do not agree with all his moves BUT if you have read about or been involved with change or change management this is ALWAYS the best move long-term. Get a new perspective and new expectations. Again, the key for me is not to keep changing back and forth... most teams go from Offensive coach to defensive and back and forth (Gunther, VErmeil, Herm, Haley, etc). We have talked about 3-4 for years and knew it would be very tough to make the change but again Pioli did not put the Carl Peterson Ty Law quick fix on it. He made the change and dedicated one and maybe more entire drafts to the change.
3. I have been on Clark's case for 2 years now (yes i have called him Clark Bidwell and not going to start that up again) BUT he hired the best. Pioli was the best available talent and Clark locked him up and for that I give him credit. I think Clark is very much hands off but he knew that and hired the best. He also needs to embrace we are in a recession and make an effort to reach out to fans and lower costs and give some great incentives. Hell call next door I think the Royals have done very nice job at providing low priced options. NOW i need to see him open up the wallet and let Pioli be aggressive (first with top rate coaches) and second with Free Agents. The Chambers deal was a good sign as it showed he would invest over 2 million for a player for half a season. I am not asking for a Dan Snyder approach BUT i have said many times Snyder WILL get it right someday as he continues to try new things...Plus if you look up NFL team values he is not as dumb as he looks. He owns the stadium outright instead of the city.
4. In a few weeks we will know a lot about the next 3 to 5 years of this franchise. Again, not saying we need to go out and play madden with free agents but I want to see that plan that i know Pioli has. Make trades and act quickly on coaches and players that FIT. IF i see that i will call this year what it has been...a transition/rebuilding year. If I don't see the moves made and we have another questionable draft I think a lot of the GREAT KC fan base will be lost for good. I will always be loyal. I will always read all I can and do my stupid mock offseasons and watch every play because it is part of me BUT I would argue the people on this site are the rock solid fans and others just cannot stomach the losses (not that i disagree with them)
5. So after watching a really pathetic year of football I am going into 2010 thinking positive thoughts about the Chiefs. It is pretty clear they understand our needs and I think Pioli will exhaust every effort to give us a better product in 2010 without sacrificing a future. Just please don't go get bombed by Denver I hate them!