Smart Things?

“You will see over time that we will have smart players, because smart players do smart things.”

– Scott Pioli, press conference being announced at GM of the Chiefs

“According to the source, Waters flew to Kansas City specifically to meet with Haley and Pioli and hear their plan for the direction of the organization. Pioli declined to meet with Waters, saying they had nothing to discuss.

– Jason Whitlock, Kansas City Star, 2/26/09

Smart things? I guess that was purely for the players, not for Pioli himself. Blowing off one of your classy veterans is poor on so many levels. How is this going to help the Chiefs attract free agents? How does this help build a team-first locker room?

“Waters, according to the source, was offended and shocked by what he perceived to be the arrogance of Haley and Pioli”

– Jason Whitlock, Kansas City Star, 2/26/09

Todd Haley? Your resume is not impressive enough to be arrogant. Calling plays for less than two years for a team that went 3-7 last year outside of it’s own pathetic division is not an impressive achievement. Yes, your team got hot and went on a roll in the playoffs. You have a lot to prove before I consider you anything more than the flavor of the month. Giving attitude to a classy player and a locker room leader like Brian Waters does not help your reputation.

Addicts, if this is what Pioli means by changing the culture, I am not impressed. Before you jump to defend Pioli, ask yourself honestly. If Carl Peterson acted this way, what would you be saying? Oh, before you rip Adam for hypocracy, this is Merlin’s opinion, not Adam’s.

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