Pioli has become such a laughingstock in Kansas City that the biggest story in town is whether Chiefs owner Clark Hunt actually has extended his general manager’s contract. There have been reports of such a deal. There have been denials by the franchise. The bottom line is that it’s an issue because the Chiefs no longer can sell Pioli to their fan base. The very possibility that he might still run the organization after this year might empty a lot of seats at Arrowhead Stadium.
It shouldn’t be surprising that Pioli — who is largely responsible for a team that is 1-5 and nose-diving toward its third losing season since his arrival in 2009 — has been such a disappointment in Kansas City. We all know the history of the men who leave Belichick’s nest and try to fly by themselves. Only a select few are talented enough to thrive without his presence. Most tend to end up looking just as fraudulent as Pioli now appears.
A Forbes poll come up with the top 10 most and least liked NFL players. Curiously, at No. 10 of the least liked players is Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn.
Quinn was named the starting quarterback in Kansas City this week, replacing Matt Cassel. Chiefs fans are delighted by the move.
I find it strange that Quinn would be on the list, anyway. Until Week 6, when he replaced an injured Cassel, he hadn’t started a game in three years. Perhaps there are a lot of Cleveland Browns fans who are still mad at Quinn for flopping as a first-round pick in 2007.
The same theory may be at play for Oakland Raiders backup Matt Leinart. He is No. 5 on the least-liked list. Sounds like a lot of angry Arizona fans are upset at the former 2006 first-round pick. I just can’t buy Quinn and Leinart being these villain types.
Scott Pioli and Romeo Crennel, Kansas City Chiefs. While Chiefs owner Clark Hunt has not sent any public signals suggesting his brain trust is in jeopardy, fans are getting restless amid a 1-5 start. There’s a Save Our Chiefs site on Twitter with 70,000-plus followers. Will fourth-year GM Pioli get another offseason to draft the quarterback of the future? His 2009 trade for the quarterback of the future, Matt Cassel, has been a bust.
Crennel is just in his first full season, but his fate is likely tied to Pioli’s.