If you’re unsure how you feel about Pioli, I suggest reading Michael Holley’s “War Room,” which chronicles Bill Belichick’s rise and focuses heavily on Pioli’s early days in the league. One snapshot of Pioli back in the winter of 1991 — then an assistant coach at Murray State — tells of him roaming the nation in a beat-up jalopy searching for players. His battered vehicle barely picked up radio; fuzzy traces of nothingness. He drove for hours/days in silence, obsessed with finding linemen for the Racers. Somewhere on the road, this football-obsessed figure learned our nation had entered the First Gulf War — days after the fact.
Pioli’s run in Kansas City has been an up-and-down affair, but his professional relationship with Romeo Crennel stretches back into the 1990s. They speak the same language and feel good about the giant linemen they acquired in this draft.