The Afternoon Fix

Draft preparation is hitting its final stages and there’s a great deal of discussion going on about the qualities of individual players. Coaches and scouts are returning from the road where they’ve gotten a last look at quite a few players.

Some of these new evaluations create arguments between coaches, scouts and administrators – it’s all a natural part of the process when it comes to preparing for the draft. It’s welcomed by Pioli.

“I don’t think there’s a position on this football team where there isn’t a need,” Pioli said Friday at his predraft news conference. “Something I feel strongly about and Todd (Haley) feels strongly about is the mentality we had in New England. It doesn’t matter who you have at any position … you’re never set at any one position

First, he will work to absorb every tidbit of information about every player the Chiefs might consider. He’ll be sure everyone else on his staff does the same. Then he’ll make sure the pre-draft meetings with scouts and coaches are filled with lively disagreement, that nobody is afraid to speak up.

The 45-year-old Pioli does not simply tolerate dissension in meetings. He insists on it.

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