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The Long Game: A Ray of Hope




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Hey there Chiefs fans. Some of you may know me, most will probably not. I lurk, throw in random 4 letter comments, and write the (very) occasional post. I thought I would come to you today with a little bit of hope. Granted, I may be the biggest homer on this website, the one driving the Matt Cassel bandwagon, and perhaps the very last one to leave. So with that in mind, I haven’t quite left the Pioli bandwagon. Most of you will not agree with me, and perhaps only a small few will actually understand my point. But rest assured I have faith that Mr. Pioli isn’t done, and is still the genius we all hoped he would be. Can you risk the jump?

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Let’s start with a typical description of Scott Pioli. The first thing that seems to come to mind, for some reason, is that he is cheap. This article from our friends over at arrowheadaddict.com begs to differ. For those of you too lazy to read it, apparently the Chiefs are spending more than any other team on active roster this year. No I’m not an idiot, and yes you can read, the Chiefs are actually spending the most. Go check out the article.

Assumption number 2 is that Pioli is obsessive over the tiniest details. The "candy wrapper" incident comes to mind when you talk about this. Perhaps it is my military training, but I agree fully with Mr. Pioli on this. Wrappers that just lay in the hallway or stairwell are indicative of a "not my job" atmosphere. That means that employees will just come to work at the exact top of the hour, barely do what they are getting paid to do, stretch the lunch hour by 5 minutes on either side, and stop working 15 minutes early just so they can walk out the door right on time. In other words: lazy. Bend over, pick up the damn wrapper. When people do little things like this, it leads to a cleaner work environment, and everyone likes clean.

The final assumption about him is the one that I will speak about for the majority of this post. Ego. Kent Babb thinks Scott Pioli has the biggest ego of anyone he has met. Honestly, I think Mr. Babb is still holding a grudge because he doesn’t have the full access he loved under King Carl, and is taking advantage of an upset fan base. On the other hand however, who cares. Scott Pioli’s claim to fame is his drafting genius. Working through the draft requires the highest of patience levels, similar to checking when you have the nut flush and the other guy is on a straight draw. Drafting strategy is like chess, if you aren’t playing 5-10 moves ahead, you have already lost.

Now this is the part that takes some trust, and a heavy dose of Kool-Aid. You may not have either, but give it a quick look if you can. We all know that Matt Cassel is not a franchise QB. I would even wager that that was never in the plan when we picked him up (the only reason we are paying him so much is because Belichick is a smart jackass, knew Pioli was going to grab him, and franchised a backup QB). With that in mind, Cassel was a stop gap. How long is he supposed to just "fill in" while we wait for our QBOTF? Pretty sure this year is, and always was going to be, his last year.

Look around him, and what do you see? A veteran #1 that to bond and learn from, that is about to be very happy. (Long parenthetical aside [sorry MN, gonna out trump you here] think about this with Bowe for just a second. He is 28 now, and in the offseason we were looking at a 5-6 year deal right? Had we gotten that deal done he would be ready for another deal towards the end of that one, which could possibly lead to another holdout/franchise tag. What about now? 29 by the time he signs the new deal. All of a sudden, Pioli could grab him with a 7-8 year deal, and Bowe has just been locked up as a Chief for the rest of his career. Mind blown?) Anything else at the WR? Another big solid young guy to develop with at the #2 spot, a very shift, young, guy at the slot, with another in line in case of injury. Behind this QBOTF is a proven RB that can score from anywhere, and another one just waiting in the wings (Draughn) that currently shows some promise. Oh, and btw, our line may not actually be that bad. I believe it was the respected (sometimes) BJ Kissel that pointed out that Cassel has made pretty much everyone look bad, but that can’t be the reason why the guy considered by some to be the best free agent pickup in the offseason is now looking like the guy he replaced could it? (Oh and another reason to look up, if we can just get a consistent defense, the good version looks really good, no?)

I’ve got just one more thing about the QB position. A lot of people thought we should have grabbed a QB this past year in the draft, and you could make a very good argument that it would have been a good pick. But then, stop and think. At the end of last season, how many teams were looking for a QB? Indy, Washington, Denver, Miami, Cleveland, Seattle, Cardinals, Jags, us, and the Raiders if they actually had a pick. That is 10. And because of our 7-9 record, we weren’t going to get higher than at least 4 of those teams in a bidding war. This upcoming year? (And one in which is considered one of the deeper QB drafts in recent memory) Us, maybe still the Cards (although we are getting lucky with their win streak), Jags, Raiders don’t really have the picks still, possibly the bills, and maybe the jets. So even without trying to trade up, we will end up with the 2-4th pick. If we do trade up, who knows?

One quick point about coaches. Pioli swung and missed on Todd Haley. I am with Aiken_Drum in that I think he will be a good coach eventually, but we just got him a bit too early. This year with Crennel? Think of it as extended interim. Possibility A is that Pioli has his eye on someone outside the team (no clue who that could be) that he had to wait another year for. Possibility B is that Pioli had his eye on someone outside the team (Daboll), but wanted to bring him in for a year to see how he operated. Either way, Crennel was never supposed to be a head coach for long.

So what am I trying to say with all of this? Scott Pioli is not an idiot, regardless of your opinion. All evidence points to him absolutely loving football, and wanting to win even more. Combine that with his personality, and his job description, lends towards him being extremely far-sighted and you get the phrase "it’s a process". I’m not saying that I am right, or even that this is the best way. However, I have often claimed that I could find a rainbow in a sandstorm, and this is something that could be going on. Keep the faith, Chiefs fans. The team made it through the ‘80s and it lead to our utter home dominance that was the ‘90s. Be ready.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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