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Bill Polian To Chiefs Rumors Heating Up

As the end of the 2012 NFL season comes to a miserable end for the Kansas City Chiefs, the rumors of who could replace KC’s embattled GM Scott Pioli are beginning to heat up.

And that replacement could be former Colts executive Bill Polian.

We told you on December 8th that there was a rumor Polian could be heading to the Chiefs. That report came from the National Football Post.

Now we have another source.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports is backing up the NFP report with one of his own.

As for those more well-known entities, several league sources expect Bill Polian to be a lead candidate in Kansas City if a regime change is made there, with he and his son Chris, the former Colts GM, able to run the franchise in a very hands-on manner, which is in line with how owner Clark Hunt traditionally delegates responsibility.

This would be a smart move for Clark Hunt. Polian has been involved in turning around three franchises during his time as an executive. As Gm of the Bills from 1986-1993, Polian took over a 2-14 team and took them to three straight Super Bowls. Buffalo lost all three of them and Polian was fired.

Polian emerged again as the GM of the new Carolina Panthers franchise. He took the team to the NFC Championship game in only its second year of existence.

Polian left the Panthers to become the President of the Indianapolis Colts in 1997. The Colts had the #1 overall pick in the draft that year and Polian selected none other than Peyton Manning.

Polian began grooming his son Chris in 1998 when he made him Director of Pro Personnel in Indy. Chris was later promoted to GM.

Hiring Polian would be a brilliant move by Hunt. He’d be getting an experienced executive and personnel man but at the same time, he’d be getting the younger Chris Polian as well. Polian senior was 69 when the Colts fired him in January. He likely won’t be with the Chiefs for long but he certainly could stick around long enough to get the franchise back on track.

The Chiefs make sense for Polian as well. The roster has plenty of talent, the team has ample cap space and more importantly, they will likely hold the #1 pick in the draft. It would be a great opportunity for Polian to take his already cemented legacy and dip it in gold.

The good news for the Chiefs is that if Clark Hunt is indeed interested in Polian that he will be able to hire him whenever he wants. Since Polian isn’t under contract with any other NFL teams, he’s a free agent so to speak. If the Chiefs want to move on from Pioli, they’ll need to move quickly to give their new GM the time he needs to have a solid offseason.

What do you think, Addicts? Will Clark Hunt hire Bill and Chris Polian?

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  • Jonathan Aldridge

    i like it. once bill retires maybe his son chris could take over for him

    • Patrick Allen

      More than likely Bill would be hired as President and Chris would be brought on as GM. I’d imagine Bill would stick around 2-4 years. Just guessing though.

      • TAZMOSIS

        The Chiefs just hired a president. But he and Hunt could make a joint decision to hire both Polians. Bill could be on perhaps a three or four year contract. And if that works well, then Chris could move into the position when Bill retires. Now, the Chiefs would have a braintrust with a proven track record with several teams, and not an overbearing egomaniac who does things the “Patriot” way.

        • Patrick Allen

          He would be like president of football operations I’d think. Sort of like what Parcels did in Miami. I think the guy they have now would just handle the business end.

        • Pro Football Platter

          Uhh Polian is an overbearing egomaniac. His so called “proven track record” is mostly smoke & mirrors. He is not what you think. You will regret hiring this schmuck, mark my words.

  • chiefridgy

    Fire crenoli!!!

  • Brandon Woods

    Love it. The man has experience and knows how to get talent. With 10+ years or 10+ wins with the colts, this would definitely be a good hire for the chiefs.

  • Scott Zupek

    When can you start?

    • Patrick Allen

      Think I’m with you here.

  • Philippe Deprez

    Do it NOW!!!!!

  • Adrian Morales

    What if they got tony dungy that would be cool only if it works

  • Adrian Morales

    We need to win next year tho no excuse no rebuild no process just win

  • Nathan Clements

    Clark better do something. He should have listened to his dad more when he was a kid. I think he is a fish out of water when it concerns the KC Chiefs football team. Hiring and firing people may not be his strong suit. Maybe he should sell the team to someone who actually gives a sh*t

  • Cha-iefs

    I can picture scary things this offseason: AND nothing good happening this offseason.
    Hypothetically speaking:

    What if Pioli stays on for the rest of his contract? Say Clark is too cheap or won’t fire him. Pioli then drafts Geno Smith as the “saving grace” of KC and to save his reputation. Obviously the smart move to make [most] fans happy. Who’s going to coach? What if they give Romeo another shot!?! Guy hasn’t coached for more than 1 full year. [this was that year]. Or WORSE YET what if they move Jimbo Zorn to OC or head coach? What if Clark doesn’t do “anything” ? Just lets this nightmare fade over a offseason and lets Pioli appease those of you that want Geno Smith? The so called “fix for all the problems.” Maybe he lets Pioli try and save some face by going ALL-IN on Geno. Using him as a buffer to the fans.

    So now I think:
    If this owner had a “pair” he would of done something by now. Right? The fact he hasn’t is making me very nervous about the possibility of things such as I mentioned.

    Or then again, maybe he is riding out this trainwreck because he is a closet savant and knows it just gives him the best chance at the number 1 pick. All the while planning to clean house early February,with his new regime lying in wait. I’m so “glass half full”. I can only hope for the latter.

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  • PunjabiPete

    While I am down with this, does anyone else think the complete carousel of firing people every year and starting completely over every year is also hurting us? I’m not saying I want anyone retained; fuck those assholes. I just think the quickness with which we sour on people we BEGGED for would make any potential candidates think twice about coming here: You can go to a podunk town and lead a bunch of losers who only care about a paycheck and you better put your stamp on the team and hurry up and play *insert player* every play and whoops your fired bye thanks you suck. That’s what it pretty much is here. I wonder if every person who signs gets a pink slip in their hiring folder and has their severance pay already given to them before they make it out of orientation?


      Why do you say every year? Pioli has been in charge for four years and has turned the Chiefs into a dumpster fire. If you are referring to Crennel, Pioli is the guy who promoted him to HC after only three games as the interim head coach. And at the time, Pioli made this decision after seeing Crennel’s disaster with the Browns. And by the way, “PP”, act like an adult and lose the language in an open forum.

      • Cha-iefs

        Yeah, where are the “police”!?! I got in trouble for using “narrow minded”. …SMH.

      • KCMikeG

        Pretty sure he looked at the FIVE Super Bowl rings during his evaluation – not just the failure in Cleveland. Besides everyone says that no one that failed in Brownieville got a fair shot when being given another one like Quinn in donkeyland/KC and Daboll in Miami/KC and on rare occasions they have even been right – see Bill Belichick.
        So you were against RAC being promoted after beating the Packers and the playoff bound donkeys and coming w/in a blocked FG from taking us to the playoffs after losing JC, EB & Mo? Funny I don’t remember anyone protesting against it at the time. Many of the players came out publicly in support of his hiring. Pretty easy to criticize him when it didn’t work out after the fact.

        • TAZMOSIS

          As I have said on this and other posts, the Crennel hiring to the HC position was a “feel good” story. But if you look back on his HC history, even given that it was the Browns, I thought then as I do now. They should have looked elsewhere. The NFL is littered with previous coordinators with great records that just did not make it as HCs. I know that this is not an exact science, but if I were looking at the future of my franchise, I have to pass on Crennel.

  • Ryan Murphy

    I dont like the Polian’s as an option for Chiefs GM. Bill has a great track record, but he is 69 years old. I am not sold AT ALL on Chris Polian. What has he done for himself as a personel man? NOTHING. Yes he has learned from his dad, one of the best in the business, but until he goes out on his own I would rather pass. We need a younger GM that can be here for 10+ years that has already proven themselves without being attached to their fathers coat strings their entire career.

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  • big chief

    Maybe Dungy would come with him? Just a thought.

    • Travis Forsyth

      now that, would be cool.

    • Pro Football Platter

      No. Not gonna happen. Dungy is not going back to coaching, ever.

  • sidibeke

    I’ll take it.

  • Tom

    Polian? Hell Yea!

  • Lyle Graversen

    Although it would be a big upgrade over Pioli, I do have concerns. First, Polian has a reputation for being kind of a control freak and not the most friendly guy in the world. Although that is a far second to building a winning team, after Pioli do we want another guy like that? Second, he was totally riding Manning’s coattails at the end in Indy. That team was basically Manning, Wayne, Freeney, and Mathis. They just didn’t draft a lot of talent in the last 5 years he was there.

    • lrparton

      And you don’t want that guy here? The guy that got those guys there?

      • Lyle Graversen

        Okay, but there isn’t a Peyton Manning in this draft and last year showed that a Polian built Colts team without Manning is just as horrible as we are this year.



      So Polian was thought of as a control freak? Find that definition in the dictionary and you will see Pioli’s picture. I doubt that Polian was looking for candy wrappers. As for Manning, Wayne, Freeney and Mathis, I’m pretty sure it was Polian who drafted those guys. So, without them, how far does that team go?

      • Lyle Graversen

        My point is that we complain about how much work this team that Pioli has put together needs, but when Manning went down last year it exposed a team with even more holes than we currently have. I’m not saying that the guy doesn’t have an impressive resume, or that he wouldn’t be better than Pioli, but most Colts fans were glad to see him go so his most recent work wasn’t that great. I wouldn’t hate the move, but I would have serious concerns.

        As far as his personality, if he’s a little Pioli-esqe it’s fine as long as they win, I just think that after the train wreck that is the Pioli years it’d be nice to have a GM that might bring back the family atmosphere that used to be the KC Chiefs.

        • TAZMOSIS

          Did any of us wish that King Carl was still in charge? He did have an ego, but as far as I know, not nearly on the level of Polian or Pioli. Maybe Hunt can find that guy who can bring back the type of atmosphere at Arrowhead that we became used to. And the sooner the better.

    • Pro Football Platter

      You’ve got it right Lyle. He did draft those guys, but he missed far more picks than he hit. But most of it was hidden by the excellence of Peyton. Even in Buffalo he wasn’t all that responsible for the team going to the SB’s. Three of the most important players on those teams were drafted before he took over. (Kelly, Smith, Reed) & Kelly brought solid 9 yr starting center(Kent Hull) with him from the USFL. Carolina was a fluke, Jacksonville made the AFC CG in their 2nd yr too. CAR & JAC were given the sweetest expansion draft ever, so good in fact that the NFL pulled it back for the Texans & Browns, because they didn’t want expansion teams to have such easy success so quickly. He & his son (whom he tried to hand the keys too even though the kid didn’t have a clue) ran off great coaches (Tom Moore & Howard Mudd). Trust me you do not want these guys.

  • Steve Palmer

    Do It!

  • Danny W

    The guy is 70yrs old. No thanks.

  • Travis Forsyth

    I’M FOR IT!!! GO CHIEFS!!!!

  • Michael Shaw

    He can start as soon as he tells us who our new HC, DC and OC are??

  • Chiroubles

    Hire the Dos Equis guy. You know the Most Interesting Man In The World can get this thing turned around quickly….

  • Calchiefsfan

    This decision is more important than who we draft with the #1 pick. I hope Clark looks at everyone and has learned something over the last 4 years. Pioli was everybody’s pick four years ago. Well all he has done is taken a 2-14 team, with no talent and turned them into a 2-14 team with a lot of talent.
    If this last year has shown us anything, it’s the value of good management and good coaching.

  • drtold

    I do not agree with the argument that we need to stop the “office personell” merry-go
    -round. Until we get the right group, keep firing. We will know when we see the whites of their eyes, lol.

  • Outback Chief

    I don’t think it matters who the GM is I think it’s more important that the Chiefs change their business plan and slant it towards winning and not maximizing the most money for the top few’s shown time and time again that winning begets profits but profits don’t always beget winning.

  • Chad

    Somebody is overlooking the fact that the Jaguars will likely have the #1 pick — and a lot of people want to complain about the QB …. Payton Manning would look horrible behind this Offensive Line. That is where the focus needs to be. And even when they do block, none of the receivers can get open – QB can’t work the offense alone, but he can sure be made to look bad when others don’t cut it.

    • Chiroubles

      Jaguars will only have the #1 pick if they lose out and the Chiefs win one of their last two games. The former will probably happen, but the latter ain’t (even if the Broncos do rest most of their starters)….

  • Peter885

    Read these two articles and then officially bury the Polian discussion.

    From the Indy Star’s Bob Kravitz, an article that some think had a hand in getting the Polians fired:

    From Yahoo (relevant portion near the middle):

  • bufny1

    forget it—Polian is in negotiations with Buffalo–Chan Gailey, Nix and Wandestedt are all gone Dec 31—Polian will be signed the first week in January 2013

  • Mike Sparks

    Is There a reason to even think twice here DO IT…