Scott Pioli Says 'There's Some Optimism' With Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 31: Wide receiver Steve Breaston #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs rushes for a first down past defensive back Marcus Gilchrist #38 of the San Diego Chargers for a first down, during overtime on October 31, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. The Chiefs defeated the Chargers 23-20 in overtime. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

Kansas City Chiefs GM Scott Pioli is making the media rounds this week and by the time it's over it looks like he'll have visited with the KC Star and both radio stations in town (810 WHB and 610 Sports). He's talking about the Chiefs at the midway point, of course.

In Tuesday morning's visit with Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty, Pioli noted there's some optimism given the fact that the Chiefs are tied for first place through nine weeks.

"With the way things started and where we're at now, I think there's some optimism," Pioli told the Border Patrol guys on Tuesday morning. "The down right now is the way things went last weekend but one of the things we train ourselves to do here is not get caught up in the weekly emotional swings of what happens. You have to deal with what happens each week but not to get too caught up in that moment. We're at the midpoint, 4-4, and we're still in the mix and that's what's important."

With the way the Chiefs season has gone, it's hard not to get caught up in the week-to-week of it all. The highs are so high -- like shutting out the Raiders in the Black Hole and coming up with a win on Monday night -- and the lows are so, so low -- like the three huge blowouts.

Nevertheless, he says, there are no ugly or pretty wins and losses -- they're just wins and losses.

One of the issues possibly preventing them from some early wins were the injuries to the big three -- Tony Moeaki, Eric Berry and Jamaal Charles. I think Pioli had a good response to those injuries -- while you feel for the injured player, no one else cares about your problems.

"One of the thing I learned a while ago in this business is no one cares about your problems," Pioli said. "Other teams don't care what happened. The league isn't going to stop the season, the season is going to continue to march on and everyone that's involved knows that -- the players that are hurt, the players that aren't hurt, the coaches, myself, and the fans do. What you have to do is understand that's happened, and now find a way to adjust."

Check out the full interview at 810WHB.com.

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