The last of Kansas City Chiefs GM Scott Pioli’s interviews aired this afternoon. This time it was 610 Sports Radio, playing an interview recorded earlier at Arrowhead.
On the team’s performance so far vs. the preseason expectations:
On the criticism he’s been facing:
-You understand when you take these jobs on there is criticism that comes with the territory.
-When there’s success, you’re never as smart as people say. When there’s failure, you’re never as bad.
-I’ve been a firm believer in criticizing the performance, not the performer.
-Ultimately I was brought in here to do a job and we’re still trying to get it done.
-It’s unhealthy to spend too much time wallowing and processing negativity.
-It’s a bottom line business. Whatever it is it isn’t good enough.
On whether or not fans know the real Scott Pioli and if he is too reserved:
-Part of that’s my fault from the standpoint that I’m a private person. I’m a lifelong lineman. I don’t like the spotlight. I don’t like to go out and try to sell who I am.
-This job isn’t about me. It’s about the coaches and the players. Mostly about the players.
-I’m Mia’s dad, that’s who I am. And I happen to be the general manager of the Chiefs.
-This is a passionate fanbase. The people before me were more visible.
-I’ve got to do a better job of that (being visible and accessible). It’s something that we’re working on.
On Romeo Crennel:
-I think Romeo’s doing a good job. Romeo came into this job last year with three games left. There’s been some dramatic change since then.
-This truthfully is a first-year coaching staff.
-He’s the last one in this office every single night. Nobody’s working harder than Romeo Crennel. He’s going to do everything he can to get this right.
-Romeo knows what the problems are. He knows exactly what they are and I think he’s being a good leader in shouldering them.
Romeo doesn’t choose who plays QB: Perception
-100 percent coaching decisions.
Chiefs don’t spend to the salary cap:
The reality is that we spend quite a bit of cash. That we spend cash and will continue to spend cash.
Geno Smith, Tyler Wilson or Matt Barkley:
I haven’t seen them all yet (seemed annoyed).
Well, the damage control tour is over. I’m not sure if today changes much in the eyes of the angry fanbase. I think we need to give Pioli credit for coming out and shouldering the blame.
What do you think, Addicts? Has your opinion of Pioli changed after today?