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The Morning Fix: Chiefs News 2/21

In just a few hours, the wheels will be up for the ESPN Boston team on our way to Indianapolis, marking this scribe’s first forage to the NFL’s scouting combine as a member of the media.

But it won’t be my first time at the combine. I was last in Indianapolis in 2010 while working for the Kansas City Chiefs’ scouting department.

The event was an important part of our pre-draft evaluations, but it extended beyond the aspects that have become popularized (and televised). While a day at the combine involves attending the various on-field and weight room workouts of the players, it is often at night when the most impactful evaluations are made in interviewing the players, both in an individual and group manner.

There are two separate venues where player interviews take place and two entirely different formats.

Four years later, the former Chiefs general manager finds himself back on the market after failing at his two most important tasks: finding a quarterback and a head coach. Pioli has opted to sign on with SiriusXM NFL Radio, reported Wednesday, rather than re-join Belichick in New England or team up with best friend Thomas Dimitroff with the Atlanta Falcons.

Pioli will begin providing analysis during this week’s NFL Scouting Combine and will appear on various SiriusXM NFL shows throughout the year. He also has signed on with NFL Network to provide analysis leading up to the NFL draft.

Take a good look at that list. A regime change always means lots of changes. It means a new coach may not recognize the leadership skills Studebaker brings. Or he may not be a fan of the Chiefs secondary. Or, as we’ve already seen, may not like a certain receiver or tight end on the roster. Big changes are coming either way — the money will just help make those decisions quicker.

Arrowhead Pride

1. Kansas City Chiefs – Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M – A lot of Andy Reid’s success in Philadelphia was tied to quarterback Donovan McNabb, but Mayock doesn’t think there is a signal-caller worthy of being the No. 1 overall pick in this cycle.

“I’m a big believer in value,” Mayock said earlier this week. “If you have a top 10 pick, you want an All-Pro at some point. If you look at (West Virginia quarterback) Geno Smith, he could be a top 10 pick in some people’s eyes. Now for me, he and (Southern California signal-caller) Matt Barkley to me are more like 20 to 32. That’s where I feel more comfortable.”

So who’s worthy of being a No. 1?

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  • Chris Tarrants

    I’m sick of all these guys saying the exact same thing! They just mimmick what the other guys have said and none of them seem to understand one simple point that if we retain Albert then there is no way we take any one except Geno Smith! Mark my words Smith will be the QB for the Chiefs for the next decade and we will become a powerhouse once more, Arrowhead will once again be the feared stadium that nobody wants to go visit! Deadly defense mixed with a high powered offense and will make our presence known

    • jimfromkcj

      Chris, A saying attributed to Bill Parcells is that your record is what you are, or something like that. What would you call a 2 and 14 record? I call it pretty pathetic and a lack of talent. The only player on the chief’s that I saw playing with consistency was Johnson. You can only use so much blame on the QB. Admittedly they were poor. But when your running back runs for over 300 yards and you lose the game, the problem is much wider than just a QB. We had what, 6 guys going to the pro bowl? 6 out of 22 were good enough for the pro bowl and you can’t come up with more than 2 wins? Get real, and I forgot the QB was a probowler just 2 years ago. This team needs the same housecleaning that the FO experienced.

      • Chris Tarrants

        I agree mostly, I look at it like this. What would be a bigger advantage mathematically, the difference skill wise between Albert-Joeckle or Cassel-Smith? Where would you gain more? Obviously the qb would right? Cassel shined under Wiese but he is gone and took his genius with him. Also don’t forget we will get two comp picks so we will have 9 picks and free agency still to come

        • jimfromkcj

          Chris, we need a QB, but we need help at a lot of spots. and we need to not let our feelings get hurt when they release one of the players that we have taken a liking to. I for one don’t see any QB in this draft that is likely to be elite. But their will likely be an elite QB in the next couple of drafts. So why not get a QB in FA to be a bridge until we can get that elite QB prospect. If we get quality players to fill the holes and get our cap in order then, If a QB with elite credentials comes along we can trade our whole draft to move up for him. If we make mistakes now we will pay later.