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Scott Pioli interview: Chiefs GM talks contract extensions, Romeo Crennel, Matt Cassel and 1-5

The Chiefs GM touched on a number of topics.


Kansas City Chiefs GM Scott Pioli is making the media rounds today, talking to a number of outlets in KC. First up is Soren Petro on 810 WHB who interviewed Pioli this morning.

Update: Here is his interview with the Star. 610 this afternoon.

A few notes and highlights from Pioli's interview with Petro:

On the reports of a contract extension:

"I think Clark said it last week and it's an organizational philosophy that we don't discuss contracts, the contracts of players, coaches, myself or any employee. We don't discuss that."

On Pioli taking responsibility for what's going on:

"At the end of the day I am responsible for the football operation and things are not going well right now and there should be some frustration towards me and I know it."

"At the end of the day I have to get better at doing my job before this team gets better, and that's the bottom line."

On Romeo:

"I'm as confident in Romeo today as the day we hired him."

On his involvement in who plays (Matt Cassel):

"The initial reaction is I understand lines being drawn or being connected. I get that. I understand it because it's a simple thing to do. The fact is in my four years here I have never, ever made a decision on which players will be inactive, who gets playing time, who doesn't get playing time, who is going to be the starting quarterback or the starting safety. That is not my role as the general manager."

"Coaches make those decisions."

"There's never been a time in my four years here or anywhere else where I made a demand or suggestion as to who should play which position That's not my job. That's the coaches job."

On drafting a quarterback:

(Not a direct quote): Pioli said that the Chiefs haven't had a good opportunity to draft a quarterback that they like.

"I think it's a critical part of the job. Getting a quarterback and building the right team. I still believe in that. I've been fortunate to be part of successes, not just at this level, at other levels and you see that the quarterback position is critical but there's also this big picture idea that you have to build a team."


Pioli didn't know there was a presidential debate last night.

He does not dress up for Halloween but was recently told he was masquerading as a general manager.

On Eric Winston:

"When we were recruiting Eric to be a free agent, the reason Eric was in this building and wanted to be here is because he loves Arrowhead Stadium, he loves the sea of red and the fans." Pioli said Winston still likes being in KC.

And Pioli still likes KC:

"I love being here."

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