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Can Time and TV heal our Pioli wounds?

Nov 18, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs fans hold up signs to fire general manager Scott Pioli (not shown) in the second half of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Arrowhead Stadium. Cincinnati won the game 28-6. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

So, Scott Pioli sold out and took a job with NBC Sports’ “Football Night in America” coverage. I wish I could say I’m surprised, but I’m not. After all, Pioli was barely out of a job in Kansas City before be teamed up with former co-worker and fellow displaced General Manager Mike Tannenbaum to break down NFL Combine performances. After doing everything in his power to limit media access and create a culture of fear at Arrowhead, he is now one of those which he despised. And not only does it allow Pioli’s ego a national audience, but it hastens the healing process for Chiefs fans whether we like it or not.

I’ve read the book War Room which goes into great detail about the Chiefs operations and strategy leading up to the 2011 draft. Pioli allowed Michael Holley almost unlimited access into the front office of the Chiefs, and I’ll admit, left me with admiration. And in his stints with NFL Network and interviews on XM Radio since his firing, Pioli has come off as intelligent and respectable. Pioli is very qualified for the “informationalist” position he was hired for, and I think Pioli can add good insight to NBC Sports. His perception around the national media has already begun to change from leader of a quagmire known as the 2012 Chiefs to a knowledgeable individual that will eventually get another chance as a General Manager. Heck, depending on how well he does with Football Night in America, maybe the conversation will start to skip his mistakes in Kansas City and just go back to concentrating on his New England days.

But Kansas City will never forget the mess that was the Pioli regime: the insane lack of depth in 2011; the internal bickering with Todd Haley; the failed loyalty to Matt Cassel; [speed round] Palko, Crennel, “right 53,” candy wrapper, 2-14. All these failures will forever be linked to Pioli, and Chiefs fans won’t forget like the rest of the country eventually will. But seeing Pioli on our TV sets every Sunday will confront us with the ability to, sort of, kind of, maybe, forgive.

Carl Peterson was a hated man in KC when he resigned. Now, he is remembered fondly as constructing the best times in Chiefs history. Herm Edwards was a joke in KC when he was fired. Now, I look forward to hearing him and his upbeat and unique takes on the NFL with ESPN. No hard feelings. So how long will it take Chiefs fans to look at Pioli and not want to start shouting profanities? Will it take success under the new regime? Will it take failure under the new regime? Or will Pioli charm his way into our hearts with his stories and shared experiences with co-host Rodney Harrison?

Will you ever be able to do that? Will you ever be able to forgive the guy that represents the worst season in franchise history? Whether we like it or not, we will have to confront that very notion every single Sunday. Personally, I’m not ready to forgive Pioli quite yet, but time heals all wounds. What about you Chiefs Kingdom? Are you ready to see Pioli actually give information instead of hide it?

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  • Stacy D. Smith

    I’ve already moved on.

  • berttheclock

    For myself, it is more of a huge wasted opportunity to build. Yes, he did draft Berry and Houston (I still believe had Houston been in the 1st round, Pioli would have not selected him. By his falling to the 3rd, Pioli could thumb his nose at other GMs). However, my biggest beef with his drafting didn’t lie as much as who he selected, but, the ones he left on the board for other teams. He loves to say he is an evaluator. Then, what did he see in Moeaki and not in Jimmy Graham? What caused him to take Baldwin, but, dismiss Torrey Smith? Leaving Veldheer on the board for the Raiders and taking Asamoah instead. That infamous co-drafting in the 5th round of Stanzi and Gabe Miller and leaving such as Richard Sherman and Denarius Moore for the Seahawks and Raiders. Then, the coup de grace in taking Donald Stephenson and leaving Russell Wilson for the Seahawks. Whenever, I have posted similar at the Star, one of my “ardent fan followers” posts that I am using 20-20 hindsight. If it had only been a couple of such misses, I could agree, but, Pioli made it into a pattern of inept evaluation. The 2011 year when he sat on his duff and did not go after FAs. Leach was a prime pick by the Ravens as they knew McClain’s days were numbered. Pioli didn’t attempt to contact Leach’s agent, but, he grabbed up McClain after his release by the Ravens.

    So, where is this vaunted evaluation self described talent of his. I know he is articulate and will, probably, do well on national TV as he will not be under any pressure. But, his biggest problem was when he was in his secluded office and had to make a decision. Then, he went into a shell and, often, imploded.

    • KCPauly

      here here …Go Chiefs!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jason Seibel

    Wins heal all wounds a hell of a lot better than time. The Chiefs win the West or even win enough to make the playoffs this year, not only will Pioli be far in the rearview mirror, but a lot of the transgressions we as Chiefs fans have been forced to suffer through will be forgotten…if not forgiven…

  • jimfromkcj

    As for me, disgust better describes my feelings, rather than hate. But he wasn’t the first Chief’s GM to produce that feeling in me. Steadman and Peterson come to mind. I understood the quandary Peterson was in better and I was not as disgusted with him as much because the teams under Marty were winning pretty consistently and he was having to pick pretty deep in the draft mostly. He had to make up for it by trading draft choices for players. Some helped and some bombed. Pioli in my opinion was a total bomb. Every first rd pick was not to my liking. Tyson Jackson, when Raji and Crabtree and Maclin and Oher were available? Berry, when Okung was available, Baldwin when Taylor and Kaepernick were available. Poe, when Weeden, DeCastro and Zeitler were available? What he left on the board might have given us a chance for a Super bowl, Now I think we are 3 or 4 years away from even being able to compete for a div title. Pioli was the kiss of death for this franchise.

  • TAZMOSIS

    Sorry, Nathan, but time heals nothing. It just makes it easier to bear. Almost like an old girlfriend. When you thought she was “the one”, you find out after she leaves what a huge mistake you made in trusting her. Same with Pioli. Yeah, he’s gone, but until this team gets it together, and they will, his memory will still give all Chiefs Nation nasty gas.

    • Nathan Bramwell

      Actually, in that scenario, wouldn’t the Chiefs be the boyfriend who broke up with girlfriend [Pioli] and thus make the healing process easier than if it was the other way around?

      • TAZMOSIS

        Not really. Anyway, I only said that after she leaves. I guess that we’re both right.

  • tm1946

    I just do not see how in 10 – 20 years anyone will look back at the Pioli era and say wow, those days were not so bad. With Carl, we had the Marty and Verneil days and Carl gets some credit for some good things. What do we have from Pioli, a song laughing at him, 2-3 draft picks, and ……..

    No, it will be nearly impossible for Chief’s fans to get all warm and fuzzy about anything Pioli.

  • Jim Harper

    I can only speak for myself and it is very hard to forgive the man for the setback he has caused this franchise. He fooled everyone including Clark Hunt. I was even sold on the Todd Haley hiring since he had done so well with the Cardinals and a near miss on a Super Bowl win. Even though forgiveness is the right thing to do, I can’t bring myself to do that yet.

  • Danny W

    i don’t think about Scott Pioli and get gut pains because of a hate ulcer or anything. I don’t loath the man himself, but I absolutely hated the job he did as top Chief in a house full of Chiefs. Those can be separated. He doesn’t hold much credibility with me and his opinions yet either. I don’t care how educated he sounds. To me his work is a fail period. If he starts analyzing draft picks and turns out to be accurate then I will probably change my mind about his skills on that. As far as leadership and being a general manager, well I don’t think my mind will change much there. He’s incompetent in those areas and it showed for more than three years. It’s possible he can learn, but most proud egotistical men don’t learn from their mistakes, they just get even more prideful and even more stubborn believing it’s not their fault. We shall see I guess.

  • [email protected]

    Hell to the NO!!!!!!

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