The Pioli Offseason: More Questions than Answers



There have been some really strange personnel moves around Kansas City in the past year, and there are clearly more questions than answers.

The most recent example, as being discussed now on Twitter is how eerily open the Chiefs brass is being about discussing QBs.

from Kent Babb:

Am I the only one who thinks there's something very unusual about the #Chiefs openness about money and specific QBs they'll pursue?

he provides a possible answer:

As in, KC says it's pursuing the best QB comp to the point of being penalized. So, if it dsn't succeed, would u be more accepting of Cassel?

Clearly, there's more going on at Arrowhead than meets the eye...

This is clearly the time of year for misdirections, bluffs, and slow playing... rumors run rampant as Organizations put their PR guys hard at work trying to win in the court of Public Opinion, AND gain a Competitive Advantage in Free Agency and the Draft .

"You never know. You never know."

"We’ve talked with Kyle’s people and we’ve talked to Kyle," Pioli said. "It sounds like Kyle would like to be with us and we’ve told Kyle that we’d like to continue working with him. It’s just a matter of seeing if things arrive at the right place.


On the QB issue, there are several theories about why Crennel and Pioli are more vocal than you'd expect:

* Perhaps it was Haley that was the paranoid one, and Crennel is just more likely to share his thoughts?

* Perhaps they truly DO want some competition for Cassel, and they are just not being as secretive as usual?

* Maybe they want to make people think, as Babb indicates, that they are TRYING to get a new QB... even though they aren't... just to make the fans feel like they are doing everything they can?

* Maybe Cassel IS still their guy, but they want to push him by "threatening" competition?

* Maybe they are talking up the FA QBs (Manning and Orton) to distract other teams' attention so that they can make a stealth move up in the draft for RG3?

It's the same way with Brandon Carr:

* Maybe signing Routt is a way of hedging their bets, just to make sure they aren't hosed if Carr leaves?

* Maybe they really did just want Routt for a #3 CB, and will make an aggressive offer to keep Carr and make the team that much better?

* Maybe it was more of a leverage play, to show Carr that we don't need him as much as he thinks we do?

* or maybe, it was just about getting good players in FA, and letting the cards fall where they may?

"It’s not always about if we want a player or if the player wants to be here. Things have to work out and there has to be a mutually agreed upon solution."

In my opinion, the truth is always somewhere in between the extremes.

I believe the following, based on my obsessive following of Chiefs news, my eternal optimism, and a recent conversation with a guy who actually knows a lot of the Chiefs players very well:

* The Chiefs want to keep Carr, and Carr wants to stay in KC... The Chiefs will make him a good offer, but Carr's agent will push him to test the open market. On the open market, someone will outbid KC, and Carr will leave.

* The Chiefs DO feel like Cassel is a solid (but not great) NFL starting QB (and I do agree), but they'd certainly be in line to sign Peyton if possible. They like RG3 and Luck, but trading up is too far out of character for Pioli.

* Pioli is VERY likely going to draft a RB in the first 3 rounds this year. I'm not going to predict which one... but there are several guys who would look good in the Chiefs offense, and assuming Cassel is back, they'll NEED to have a good running game again.

* The Chiefs like what they have at LB, and will NOT draft one in the first 5 rounds this year.

* The moves they make at NT will be interesting to watch... there was a report out there about Powe being a "wasted pick"... but I am still very hopeful he can step into a rotation. IF the Chiefs have hope for him, they'll bring in another veteran to help out. IF not, I could see them taking a NT/DE in the first 3 rounds this year. (Poe is looking really impressive in the combine, FWIW)

* While I'm at it, a couple of dead horses to beat: I fully believe that Gaither was never given a chance by Haley, and that it was a mistake to let him go. I also believe Haley was responsible for Palko being a starter, and for keeping Stanzi buried on the depth chart... it's entirely possible that these moves were the "middle finger" to Pioli, because Haley knew he'd be fired. These moves have had a significant impact on the team needs this offseason.

I apologize for the question-and-answer-puke... but I think that's all the offseason is... a series of questions that we may never know the true answers to... thus, the below motto is more true today than it was 2 years ago when I said it:

the new AP slogan

"a place to intelligently discuss pros and cons of things that aren’t likely to actually happen, and things of which we have zero control or input"

by stagdsp on Feb 25, 2010 5:08 PM CST up reply actions 6 recs

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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