Tony Gonzalez is simply putting pressure on the Chiefs through the media. First off, he basically put a gun to Scott Pioli’s head and said hire Kirk Ferentz and see what happens. From Yahoo!:
“I want to see who they name as head coach,” Gonzalez said. “Yeah, I hear they’re talking to Todd Haley, but then there’s this coach [Ferentz] from Iowa State, some [expletive] like that and I don’t want to deal with that. It seems like we’re rebuilding anyway, and I don’t want to do that. I don’t know that I want to do that any more than I already have been.”
Reading between the lines there, I believe Tony is saying that hiring Haley would be cool, while hiring Ferentz would be very uncool. I think he doesn’t want Kirk Ferentz as our head coach, and as the elder stateman of the Chiefs he’s sending a warning shot out to the front office. Good for him. In my humble opinion, hiring Ferentz to be our head coach would be an even bigger disaster than hiring Chan Gailey.
He doesn’t stop there either. And if you read the subtext, he’s basically saying: A.) The Chiefs need to start going in the other direction and actually winning games, and fast; B.) Star talent needs to be imported — not exported. From Yahoo!:
“I love Kansas City. I really do. If I could stay there, I would. That’s why this is going to be a tough decision,” Gonzalez said. “We’ve been rebuilding. It hasn’t really seemed to go well. We won four [in 2007] and two this year. It’s getting tough. … I don’t want to make it seem to the fans in Kansas City and to my teammates that I’m abandoning them. I hope, I think, they’ll understand.”
“We traded away our best defensive player [Allen], by far. A game changer and you trade him away,” Gonzalez said. That’s just too much, and that’s sending a message to the guys on the team.”
Tony G is a veteran’s vet and a master of the media. I warned everybody that they were putting too much stock in Tony’s (paraphrasing) “if Thigpen isn’t the starter, then I go” comments. I always thought that was actually quite funny. First off, that he expected people to actually believe that. Second, that people actually did — hook, line and sinker. Now he’s just putting a little pressure on Pioli to make some big moves this offseason. The right moves, too. Moves that will make the Chiefs playoff contenders next year.
So, please, don’t read too much into Tony’s lip service. Like a young boy with a new step daddy, he’s simply testing the new sheriff in town. If Pioli makes the right moves — and I believe he will — Gonzo won’t be gonzo any time soon. For now, just ignore Tony’s venting down in Hawaii. He needed it.