Nov 13, 2011; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel (7) loses the ball while pressured by Denver Broncos defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley (77) and linebacker D.J. Williams (55) in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Denver won the game 17-10. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE

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Pioli took it a step further.

“We’ve been saying it for three years, and I’m going to continue to say it, because it’s a core part of our philosophy: There will be increased competition at every position, including the quarterback position,” Pioli said. “Who that is, I don’t know. Maybe it’s Kyle (Orton), maybe it’s another free agent, maybe it’s a draft choice, I don’t know.

“Very few people can perform at an extremely high level without competition.”

There is no way that Scott Pioli is going to go for Matt Flynn after already trying the back-up quarterback route and paying him rather well to do so. Cassel was the one experiment there, and it’s hard to imagine the Chiefs trading draft picks and paying a big salary to yet another unproven NFL back-up quarterback three years apart. Just won’t happen.

There’s also no way that Pioli trades up in this draft. Unless Griffin falls a bit in the draft order (not happening), then the Chiefs are out of it from the outset. The team has too many holes to trade so many draft assets. Whether or not the fans think they will go for it, the perceived value by the KC front office simply won’t allow it. That’s called cost-prohibitive and the Chiefs lack the roster depth to accommodate that loss.

“We are still working through that process and I hope to have it done relatively soon now, because we’ve had a couple weeks now that we’ve been talking to guys,” Crennel told Soren Petro of 810 WHB on Radio Row at the Super Bowl XLVI media center.

“We are a lot closer, and I think that we will be able to get some things done over the weekend.”

Before each game, Chiefs CEO Clark Hunt strolls through the grounds visiting fans, a tradition started by his father, team founder Lamar Hunt. Kansas City–style barbecue is a draw, but Hunt believes Arrowhead Stadium’s massive facilities are a primary reason that Chiefs tailgating is so popular. “We can park 25,000 cars and still have plenty of room for tailgating,” he says.

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