Lets face it, the Pioli era is a bust. Whats most important now is who follows Pioli. Do we want Clark, who didn't have the sense to fire Peterson before Lamar's body was cold picking the next GM? Or would we want a wise old sage that LOVED Kansas City & the Chiefs, not just saw it as a glory hog moment.
Clark admits on his own he knows little about football, a crying shame considering he is a native Texan. Even being the elitist prep school kid from Highland Park where the bottom half lives off a half million dollars is not an excuse. The Highland Scott have won several state championships and even produced a franchise qb, Mathew Stafford, right under Clarks nose.
There are many contradictions with Clark. He wants a franchise qb but sits by A-OK with Matt Cassel at the helm, couldn't even get 15 minutes of Peyton Mannings time. Clark wants the Chiefs to be like the Steelers so he hires a Patriot? Lets be like the Steelers, remember the Patriots were one of the losingest teams of the 90's, the Steelers have been to Super Bowls 4 of the last 5 decades. For all of Bill Belichecks greatness his record after his 1st 100 games was 42-58, then Tom Brady fell into his lap (after he gave Drew Bledsoe a 10-yr 100 million dollar contract) and all of a sudden Belicheck is a genius, and Scott Pioli rides those coat tails to the GM of the Kansas City Chiefs. 50 games later and a pile of blowout losses we can all agree we are no where near the Steelers.
Who influenced the Steelers? Bill Cowher, would love to have him right our ship, nice dream, but its not happening. My bet is just like John Madden he has grown too comfortable with a network gig to roam the sidelines ever again, much less provide executive leadership. Don't get me wrong, I would take him back in a heart beat but he does not need redemption, but his mentor, Marty Schotttemneheimer does.
Marty can be hired today. There is no Rooney Rule for GM's. Even without it Rod Graves, Rick Smith, and Ozze Newsome have done well, Marty doesn't have to be "GM" either. Remember 7 years ago the Texans hired Dan Reeves as a consultant while Charlie Casserly ( a poor mans Matt Millen) was still in house. Reeves oversaw the transition to Smithiak and a solid 2006 draft (Mario Williams, Demeco Ryans and our own Eric Winston).
One thing that was a disaster in the 2008-2009 "process" was the slow deliberate "process" that Clark took. Now he can hire Marty to give him feedback, What is Scott Pioli's "process"? Is it winning football or winning the NFL trophy for fewest candy wrappers in the stairwell. Marty can stock of our staff, front office, scouts, coaching, practices. He can then put together an action plan to cover with Clark at the next SMU girls soccer game halftime show of tribute to plastic surgery.
I know some of you are thinking "Marty's old and he was a disaster in the post season". He won't be our HC again and I would think if Jon Elway can spend a decade plus away from the NFL and jumpstart the Broncos what can Marty do for us?
So here is my scenario of Marty changes our org chart and provides us some "Steel(ers) Fortitude and stops the mickey mouse charade from the cast member of the Soparnos currently running the Chiefs:
VP of Football Operations: Marty Schottenheimer
General Manager: Jimmy Raye III, current San Diego Chargers Director of Pro Player Personnel.
Head Coach: Ray Horton, the league is ready for a head coach with corn rows. The Cardinals have won 9 of their last 11 games including stunning the Patriots in their own house. This former Steelers db coach has been to 4 Super Bowls with 3 different organizations and will be a hot commodity in January.
Deffensive Coordinator: Keith Butler, currrent Steelers LB coach. This may not happen but you never know.
Offensive Coordinator: Hue Jackson, this is who I wanted as OC but we got Dough Boy. Remember how much better the Raiders looked in 2010? They doubles their points scored (410 total) and used their offense to estalish an attitude in 59-14 bestings of the donkeys, bad thing they beat us down to but people took notice of the Raiders with Jackson caling plays, like Crennel he should never be a HC or gm. I would like to see tht attitude back in KC though.
Special Teams: Frank Gansz JR. Right now when I watch our special teams I think of the Benny Hill theme song, when I think of what Gansz and his father did for our special teams and yet we let him walk after Vermeil I want to cry.
Tight End coach: Lets bring him back home too now that he is retired from the Falcons, Tony Gonzalez!
Draft: I am not going to name players or give a 7-10 player mock draft but instead of blowing off Chiefs fans and taking some project LSU defensive lineman who may be average in 2-3 years I am focusing on 1st rd) A franchise QB 2nd rd) An a** kicking fire breathing ILB. Lets face it, next year is DJ's 9th season, (8th for Hali). A hallmark of past Chiefs drafts is our OCD with d-lineman while the rest oft he league drafted 185 linebakcers from 2006-2012 (6 per team on average rpo-football-reference.com) the Chiefs only took 1, Justin Houston.
I don't know if it would give us a SB in 2013, probably not, but it wouldn't be the garbage we have been fed that we have to wait 2-3 years for a 3-13 overhyped team we were fed by Pioli.