The week before the Monday Night Football game against the San Diego Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt conducted an interview with the Kansas City Star and said that both GM Scott Pioli and Todd Haley are doing a good job thus far.
This week, Pioli did his annual halfway point interview with the local paper and said he thinks Haley is "doing a good job of growing into the job." He says the players have developed well and that's on Haley and the coaching staff. More importantly, in my mind, Pioli said he thinks they can work well enough with each other to win a Super Bowl.
It's interesting that this interview comes out on the same day the new book about Pioli (and Bill Belichick and Thomas Dimitroff), 'War Room', is set to be released. The book has a ton of detail about those two so I'd pick up a copy today --- well worth the read (I know I sound like I'm getting a cut of the book sales, but I swear I'm not -- it's just a great read for Chiefs fans.)
Last week I interviewed the author of 'War Room', Michael Holley, and asked him about Haley and Pioli's ability to work together and those quotes seem to fit here as well as anywhere so I pasted a portion of the Q&A after the jump.
Check out the Pioli interview at the KC Star's website and read what Holley had to say after the jump.
Q: After spending time with those two preparing for the book, did you get the sense that they butt heads too much, as we've heard from other media reports this year?
A: "No I didn't. You say butt heads, I say yes. Did they butt heads too much? No.
"Let me go back to this - I don't understand why people don't consider who hired Todd Haley. It's not like Scott had to hire him, he wasn't forced to hire him. This wasn't a marriage of convenience, a shotgun marriage, where this guy was left from the previous general manager with four years left on his contract and you don't wanna buy him out.
"He knows exactly what type of personality Todd Haley is. He's a very emotional coach. He knows the coach has some smarts when it comes to scouting and player evaluation. Absolutely there are going to be some times where they argue and disagree but the reason I never thought it would get to the elimination point is that Scott has worked with big personalities his entire NFL career and he's secure in what he's doing. He doesn't want to be a coach, doesn't want to be one of these Jerry Jones types where, 'I'm the general manager and wink, wink you know I really could be coaching the team, right?" He's worked with Parcells, Belichick, Charlie Weis, bold, brash -- well, Belichick really isn't brash but he's a big personality -- and Scott knows how to deal with those guys.
"If we were talking about an 0-7 at this point, maybe you do have to think about the direction of the team but I never really got the personality thing, 'They don't like each other' or 'Pioli is trying to sell him out'. That's just not Scott's game. That's not who he is. If it comes down to it, I know people in Kansas City have a hard time believing it because of the "ego" thing that got started there in year one, but he would much rather take the hit than put it on someone else. That's just who he is.
"That's why I felt like there are a lot of similarities between Scott and one of his best friends, Terry Francona. I don't know if you watched the way the Red Sox melted down here. The Red Sox melted down, everyone is pointing fingers, the owner is saying, 'I didn't want Carl Crawford', the president is saying, 'Some things happneed that we don't appreciate.' Some players were selling each other out.
"But Terry Francona, we had him on the radio and we're trying like hell to get him to sell someone out, and he just put it on himself. That's the Scott Pioli school of doing business."