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Scott Pioli Speaks: Round 1

Scott Pioli stopped by 810 Sports Radio today to be tossed a bunch of softball questions with little to no followup by host Soren Petro.

I jotted down as many quotes as I could live. Here is what we’ve got.

To start with:

-At the end of the day, I’m responsible for the football operations and right now things aren’t going well.

-The bottom line is, the buck stops with me.

On Romeo:

-I am as confident in Romeo today as I was the day we hired him.

-It’s not just Romeo wearing himself out wearing the two hats.

On what has gone wrong:

-Expectations are an interesting thing. When you and I talked this summer I said we need to manage expectations.

-Some if it has been turnovers, some of it has been sloppy play. There is a long list of things we’ve got to get corrected.

-It’s been the timing of the penalties. The timing of the turnovers.

-At the end of the day I have to get better at doing my job before this team can get better.

-Everyone has a hand in this right now and at the end of the day I have the largest hand. I will get this corrected.

On the QB position:

-In my four years here I have never, ever made a decision on what players are active…

-There’s never been a time in my four years here or anywhere else where I made a demand or a suggestion over who should play which position.

On the lack of a first-round QB:

-It’s about making the right decision. It’s not about being right it’s about getting it right.

-It’s opportunity. Based on where we’ve been out in the first round each year or subsequent rounds, trust me for as much criticism as I get, I look at everything.

-This summer I was going back to the ’09 and ’10 drafts to review those drafts.

-If you look at the top QBs picked after we had picks, I’m not sure how many of those guys are performing well*

*This is paraphrased because I am a slow-ass typer and he was talking fast. Essentially Pioli was saying he went back and looked at all the QBs taken after the Chiefs have picked and that none of them are all that great. His point was that he just hasn’t had the opportunity to draft a franchise QB.

-Getting a QB and building the right team. I still believe in that.

-You can do it a lot of ways (building a winner).

On Eric Winston:

-I think when we’re in a situation like we’re in right now, there’s a lot of emotion.

-This guy still loves it here. He still wants to be a part of this.

-I love being here.

-Winning will take care of everything.


Unsatisfying interview to say the least. Pioli will be on 610 Sports later today. Let’s hope they do a better job.


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  • Dfrey87

    Paddy what did he mean by getting a qb and building the righg team is he saying thats what we need to do or thats what we have here now the right qb and were building the team?

    • Jonathan Aldridge

      he meant he hasnt had the oppurtunity to draft a well playing qb

  • tm1946

    hahaha….i believe the Chiefs think the fans are as stupid as I believe we are.
    Nothing earth shaking, stay the course. All is good but keep those bucks coming in and buy our overpriced beer sundays. hahaha
    Someone famous said there is sucker born every minute must have been thinking of all of us in KC, fans of the Hunt Chiefs. hahaha
    Best laugh I have had since this season started. Even better than all the “go chiefs” comments….what a bunch of morons (or as Bugs says maroons)

  • chiefridgy

    boo egoli!

  • ArrowFan

    The long term plan was to get a QB as soon as one that would make a difference was available. Unless our team stops turning the ball over and starts playing consistent D then, all things remaining the same we should draft a QB first round next year. At least that’s what I heard.

    • tm1946

      If Pioli survives after this season, I am betting no QB until after the 2013 or 2014 season, willing to make a friendly wager, proceeds to the Salvation Army. Scotty may not even draft a QB at all in the next draft.

  • jimfromkc

    Guys, at the end of the day, it is all about access with these sports jocks. And the Chiefs controll the access. So Petro comes off looking like a wuss because his job depends on access. The Chiefs can ruin his career any time they want to. All they have to do is to see that he has no access by denying the players to be interviewed by him and by not answering any of his requests or questions. And as far as the overall impact of professional teams on a city, they always hold a club over their heads by hinting or outright telling them that they will move the team if they think they are not getting enough support.

    • ArrowFan

      Does that work in GB where the fans have a controlling interest?

    • Doc

      I agree that the Chiefs decide when and who will be given access. reminds me of the current Presidntial debates. SOunds great, but not when they have the questions before hand to research the answer. If any station were to ask a challenging question, you can bet they would not be asked back.

  • chiefs4life

    any one that is admitting to be a chiefs fan now days is a true chiefs fan. we have been down for years and pioli knows this. He knows how dedicated chiefs fans are and I will continue to watch from home but will not buy a ticket to support pioli him self. I will not quit watching the team I have loved since birth. I think the only way to right this ship is to put Romeo back at D.C and get rid of cassle and pioli.notice cassle and pioli are in all lower case letters. thats how important they are to this team. Im not down on my CHIEFS!!!!!! but i am on the management of this orgainization. GO CHIEFS!!!!!!!!


    Pioli says that he didn’t have the information on how the top QBs from the last few drafts were doing is ludicrous. He gets paid a lot of money to have this information, which he can get with the click of a mouse. Paddy, BTW, don’t you have a recorder?

  • Doc

    Gotta love his scripted responses. These look very similar to what he has been spewing the last four years. “I have to get better at doing my job.” Ok, that is fine – when is that going to happen? What is your action plan for accomplishing this? How are you going to measure this (pleaase don’t tell me by a winning record)? “At the end of the day, I am responsibile for the football operations.” Great – when are you going to make changes to the operations? What changes are you going to make? What you have been doing so far has not been working, don’t you think it is time to do something different? I’ll still stand beside my Chiefs because I am fan. i am as frustrated as most fans are right now. But we cannot keep on doing what we have been doing because it is not working – unless they consider losing to be working. Reminds me of a joke I heard where a guy takes a drink from the milk carton and discovers it is soured. So he puts it back in the fridge thinking later it will be better next week. The way we have been preparing for games stinks, but I guess if we keep preparing the same way it will be better the next game. I don’t buy it – changes, I’ll settle for a single change, need to be made. May as well start with Pioli while the timing is right for the team.

  • zupek

    shutgun…meet face. It was more appealing than this passive non answer, no responsibility, no hope crap.

  • DoubleD

    Here’s some straightforward questions I would want to ask. . .
    What do you feel was the number one reason why Peyton Manning didn’t even taking time to talk to you after tendering him a contract?
    Why did you let Kyle Orton go?
    What kept you from bringing in Jeff Fisher when you had the chance?
    Do you have any regrets about losing Tony Gonzalez? Brian Waters? Bernard Pollard? Brandon Carr?
    How close are you to signing Dwayne Bowe to a long term deal?
    What do you think is preventing Jonathon Baldwin from performing up to level of his draft pick?
    Or better yet, what do you think is keeping all your 1st round draft picks from performing up to the level of where they were selected?

  • Matt Finucane

    “When you and I talked this summer I said we need to manage expectations.”
    This is a truly pathetic tactic. Manage expectations? Seriously? Thats what he was saying in his first year. We are now in year 4. If its year 4 and your GM is talking about managing expectations its time to pull the plug.
    “It’s not about being right it’s about getting it right”
    Did he really say that? Might supplant “substance over sizzle” as lamest Pioli quote of all time.

  • Jarrod Field

    Would someone please fire this self absorbed idiot?