Make that two NFL Network interviews today for Kansas City Chiefs GM Scott Pioli, who appeared on "NFL AM" this morning and also had a brief interview during a live look-in of this afternoon's practice with the Arizona Cardinals in St. Joe, Missouri.
Sporting a yellow Chiefs shirt that made me wonder if he was a quarterback, Pioli touched on a few KC Chiefs topics while talking to the NFL Network crew this afternoon.
The Chiefs are hoping the ACL crew is ready for Week 1
Pioli was careful not to say they will be ready but that he's hoping they'll be ready. Of the three, Eric Berry seems the most ready to go followed by Jamaal Charles and Tony Moeaki.
Pioli said if there was a game today, he isn't sure if those three would be able to play.
I'm not sure we should look too much into that. I think Pioli was just parsing his words so that he isn't guaranteeing something he doesn't fully know to be true.
Matt Cassel wants to be more consistent
Here's what Pioli said when Charley Casserly asked him about Matt Cassel:
"So far everything looks pretty good," the Chiefs GM said. "He's done a great job of not only picking up Brian's offense but working well in Brian's offense. He has some familiarity because of the language and having worked with Brian so that part is one component of it.
"The next component is how he's interacting with the players that are here and tha'ts pretty solid.
"The other thing is, Matt's big thing is, we've talked to him and he's talked to us, that he wants to be a more consistent player. I think in 2010 we were able to get a great deal of consistency out of Matt in a season several years ago, his last year with the Patriots, he had some consistency then. he's getting a lot of work with this group of players and we've added some players that will make things better for any quarterback that's going to be back there."
Consistency is the big thing with Cassel. Check out his game-by-game stats in KC. They're up and down.
via NFL Network
Young Chiefs learning from Eric Winston
"The other key with Eric is how he has fit in here," Pioli said after telling the story of signing Winston in free agency. "He's a player that has some veteran experience. We're playing with a couple of other young guys right now on the offensive line. We have a young right guard in Jon Asamoah and a young center in Rodney Hudson. Ryan Lilja is a veteran guy. Branden Albert, even though he's been in the league for a while, he's still coming into his own right now. Having a guy like Eric and his presence uin the room -- we have two guys in him and Lilja, who really bring a lot to our football team and that room. But those two guys are superb professionals. We have some young guys who are learning how to be pros from two of the best pros."
via NFL Network