We played last Sunday. Doesn’t that seem like ages ago? Well Addicts the King is dead and I am still in a state of shock. We all knew this was coming in the next year plus, but the timing is shocking. Carl had a good run in the 90’s. We should celebrate his accomplishments and move on. So, what does this mean? Well, it means that Clark Hunt has stepped up and made a call. This is the start of Clark getting out of his father’s long shadow. This also means the fate of the entire coaching staff as well as the direction of the Chiefs are all up in the air.
Where do we go from here? Well, Clark’s press conference has been covered, but there is still an outstanding question in my mind. Here is the relevant question and answer:
Q: Is it someone who you will look for who will have ties to this organization?
HUNT: “No, not at all. I expect that the successful candidate will come from outside of the organization. I think it’s important that we get a fresh set of eyes on the football team and the coaching staff. So, I’ll really be focusing my search on people who don’t have ties with the Chiefs. I do not anticipate that anybody from the team will be a candidate for the position.”
Examine that answer closely. Think about that phrase ‘people who don’t have ties with the Chiefs’. What does that mean? Does it mean current Chief employees or anyone who has worked for the Chiefs in the past? It could mean either one and that follow-up question was not asked. If it’s the latter meaning, say goodbye to Marty, Terry Bradway, Cowher as GM, etc. I do like the tone that Clark is setting. He wants someone skilled in player evaluation and someone who will build for the long-term. However, I disagree with Clark being involved in the head coaching decision. Clark, hire a GM and turn over the keys to the Chiefmobile. In my opinion, the GM makes the decision about the coaches and scouts. If Clark wants a good young GM prospect, he needs to give that GM the authority to hire/fire the coach. There are several good choices out there and Scott Pioli is the obvious hot GM prospect. BigBlueShoe contributed an excellent article over on Arrowhead Pride. It’s an excellent read. I recommend it highly.
Draft position watch. Well, the Bengals upset the fading Redskins. Currently, we are tied with the Rams for positions #2/3. We can do no worse than pick #7. Rams against San Francisco and Bengals versus Browns are our key draft position games this week. I am not buying Miami as a good team. It will be interesting to see how the team responds to the obvious job jeopardy that Herm and the whole staff is in.