Former Chiefs head coach Herm Edwards and former GM “King” Carl Peterson have deservedly taken a lot of heat for the franchises downturn in 2007 and 2008 however new GM Scott Pioli indirectly gave the two some credit today when he took the podium to speak to the media at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
Pioli was asked about the drafts that happened prior to his arrival in Kansas City and the GM mentioned RB Jamaal Charles and OLB Derrick Johnson as important players that were left behind by the previous regime. Pioli pointed out that the team had extended the contracts of Charles and Johnson as an example that not everything was a total mess when he and Todd Haley took over the Chiefs. Pioli also mentioned OLB Andy Studebaker, who was not drafted, as another player left behind that the new management values.
Herm and Carl did do a lot of things wrong but it can’t be denied that they did leave behind some players that are now a key part of the team. Brandon Flowers, Branden Carr, Jamaal Charles, Derrick Johnson, Branden Albert, Andy Studebaker, Brian Waters and Dwayne Bowe were all already in KC when Pioli and Haley got there.
You can see Pioli’s entire presser at KCChiefs.com.