It seems as though people around Arrowhead Pride and other Chiefs blogs (which will go un-named) through out the web are growing doubtful and restless with the way Scott Pioli has handled things.... But my question is....
What more do you people want?
This off-season has ALREADY been one of the biggest and intriguing off-seasons in years! We've seen so much thus far....
We let go of one of the longest standing general managers in NFL history. Carl Peterson's reign of terror came to an end right before our very eyes. After years of bad decisions, bull crap lies, and false hopes, the new acting owner (Clark Hunt) made one of the bigger decisions in Kansas City Chiefs history. People were singing "Celebrate Good Times" all through out the streets of Missouri and Kansas. From this point, people were asking... "What's next?"
After the departure of King Carl Peterson, people asked who was going to lead our team into the future... After years of pessimistic views and outlooks on the Chiefs, many around these parts were in major doubt of Clark Hunt landing THE hottest GM prospect at the regular season's end. With doubt looming over Arrowhead, Clark Hunt got Scott Pioli to turn his back on the franchise that he helped build and become one of the most dominant football teams since the San Fransisco 49ers of the 80's and 90's. Scott Pioli has been quoted to saying, "I will work tirelessly to get this done and do everything in every waking hour. That’s my job and the only promise I can make."
Not even 2 months into being intorduced as the new GM of our organization, people are already so quick to nailing Pioli. Why? Because he hasnt made any HUGE Free Agent name pick-ups? Well, fans, do not forget Pioli's view. He out right said, "I don’t think you’re ever one or two players away. We’re not building just for 2009. The goal is to build a team that has a long shelf life of being a good football team."
Patience is the key, boys (and girl). Things work out for the best when done the right way. People are eager to land big names, but heres a TIP... Trust In Pioli. He's already made us a better football team. How?
Our new General Manager made his 1st football move for the Chiefs by letting go of the "coach" who coined the phrase, "You play to win the game!"... I mean, really... if you say that, and your team loses just about every game that they play under your guidance, this head coaching gig aint for you, brother. And Scott Pioli saw that. After winning only 6 out of 32 games, time was just about up for the coach. And it was now time for the Chiefs to move on without the influence of Herman "Herm" Edwards Jr.
Enter Todd Haley.
After assisting the Arizona Cardinals to playoff victories over Philidelphia and Carolina and a trip to the Super Bowl, Todd Haley found it fit to take on the next challenge in his life, and that was to take over a struggling Kansas City Chiefs football team. With the rising stock in new and young head coaches (ie; Mike Tomlin and Jim Harbough) and with the NFL being a "copy-cat" league, the Chiefs found it neccesary to (like the players of need) go young and energetic by hiring Offensive coordinator, Todd Haley as the new Head Coach. It has yet to be seen if Haley will work out for KC, but like many said, anything but Herm would be an improvement. Haley made Arizona into an offensive juggernaut. People may have thought, "How is he going to be able to build such an offense in Arrowhead with a 3rd string Quarterback, an unhappy Tight End, and 1 decent Wide Reciever?"
Scott Pioli made the move and brought in his "Guy". Just as he did with Haley and as Haley did with most of his coaching staff, it looks as though Matt Cassel will be the Franchise QB of today and the future. Though people may not trust Cassel's short experience in the NFL and last years stint as a starter for the dynasty that is the New England Patriots, but the fact of the matter still stands: Matt Cassel has 11 wins in this league, 10 more than Thigpen, and has shown that he can play in the NFL, unlike what Matthew Stafford and Mark Sanchez have gotten the chance to. And taking over for Tom Brady, Cassel didn't look too shabby.
Cassel is now a Chief. And will be our new starter (mark my words).
Some of you complain that we made a mistake by letting Kawika Mitchell slip away... But if you ask me, we're gaining a new and better #50. Mike Vrabel still has a lot of game in him. Vrabel will immediately lead and become an example to this young football squad. Some felt that we needed a defensive presence like that of the likes a Ray Lewis or Derrick Brooks. Well, while Lewis may have had a huge price tag and Brooks may be a little TOO long in tooth, maybe Vrabel is what this team needs. Though 62 tackles, 4 sacks, 1 forced fumble, and 1 interception may not stand out numbers wise, Vrabel may set off the spark for our younger players to play with the intensity and focus as he does game in and game out.
"I know that I have got some more football left," Vrabel said. "I can still play and I can still help the Chiefs and I will help the Chiefs. I have never gone into a season and said, ‘I am going to do this, this and this.’ I will promise you that I will work, I’ll be consistent and, God willing, I will be durable. Those are the things that I like to think that I brought to the table in New England and will bring to the table in Kansas City."
I have faith that Vrabel isnt the only one who feels this way. Scott Pioli, Todd Haley, Matt Cassel, and Mike Vrabel himself, have come to this team to help. Because God knows that we need it. But before you "Glass half empty" guys jump to conclusions, lets give this a chance. Let's ride this out. Because I used to be one of you... After years of dealing with the likes of Carl Peterson, Herm Edwards, the "so close" efforts of Marty Shottenhiemer, and the "too many hugs, not enough tackles" days of Dick Vermiel, I for one believe that there is a new era in Kansas City. An era that will take us back to relevancy in the NFL. I believe in Scott Pioli. I believe in the
Patriot Chief Way.
I don't know the future. I didn't come here to tell you how this is going to end. I came here to tell you how it's going to begin.