The roster that Pioli inherited wasn’t good enough to be a contending team. In 2008, the Chiefs went 2-14 and while they were not nearly that bad a team, they found no luck that season on the field or with injuries. The quarterback position was in turmoil with Damon Huard, Brodie Croyle and Tyler Thigpen. A strong class from the ’08 NFL Draft provided hope, as DL Glenn Dorsey, OT Branden Albert, CB Brandon Flowers, CB Brandon Carr and RB Jamaal Charles became immediate starters or major contributors as rookies. It was a season of growing pains.
Intent on establishing his own personal mark on the franchise, Clark Hunt began the process of wiping clean the Chiefs that had been built in the final years of his father’s life. Every part of the franchise was touched and revamped.