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Reading the latest tea leaves, that puts Pioli in the Chiefs' wheelhouse. League sources tell me Pioli seems excited about the opportunity in Kansas City, which he's believed to be interviewing for Monday. Pioli still has to do his due diligence and thoroughly research the Cheifs' roster, but he's said to be high on some of the building blocks that Kansas City has in place (like offensive left tackle Branden Albert, and cornerbacks Brandon Flowers and Brandon Carr).
The Chiefs are also in an enviable salary-cap situation, with at least $30 million of room to maneuver, and I don't think it hurts one bit that Pioli's wife was born and still has family in the Wichita, Kan., area. From a lifestyle perspective, Kansas City might be a better fit for Pioli than even Cleveland.
Here's a Sunday night treat for you. Don Banks of Sports Illustrated is reporting that Patriots VP of Player Personnel Scott Pioli is "excited" by the opportunity the Kansas City Chiefs GM opening presents.
Reading the latest tea leaves, that puts Pioli in the Chiefs' wheelhouse. League sources tell me Pioli seems excited about the opportunity in Kansas City, which he's believed to be interviewing for Monday.
With the latest news that the Browns appear willing to hire George Kokinis and Eric Mangini to fill the GM/Coach openings, this should bring some excitement to Kansas City as it appears the Chiefs are in the lead for Pioli's services.
Clark Hunt's hush-hush nature regarding the Chiefs GM search caused many (of us) to speculate that he's getting behind the eight ball in the hiring process. However, it appears the Chiefs are still very much in play for Pioli's first GM gig.
Why Kansas City?
Banks reports that Pioli is intrigued by the plethora of young talent on the Chiefs roster including players like Branden Albert, Brandon Flowers and Brandon Carr.
We've all heard that Pioli and his family have connections in Cleveland. However, his wife was born in Wichita, KS and still has family there. Banks speculates that Kansas City may be a better fit for Pioli's family.
From a lifestyle perspective, Kansas City might be a better fit for Pioli than even Cleveland.
On top of all that, if Pioli were to choose Kansas City, he'd have over $30 million in cap space to play with.
Put all of that together and Kansas City is the best GM job in the NFL right now. And Pioli is still perceived as the best GM candidate in the NFL. A match made in heaven if you ask me.
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I think a few have speculated that KC was a better place for him than Cleveland...I remember talk on the radio a week ago that menrioned KC as a much better place..the whole style of ownership is better..as there's a more hands off approach...while Lerner seems like one who would meddle and be more an obstacle...I didn't know about his wife's connection and that is an interesting angle.
It makes more sense there than the Brownies..It also is a much more stable franchise..But whether he's REALLY excited or just feels it could be better..THAT is the larger question. If it's the former, than I think obvious the chances of his leaving are high..but..who really knows if that is the case.
If he does or does not go, I am sure the Pats have a plan in place, readu to go.
I can't fault Banks. Had he read this forum where 75% of the posters polled thought Cassel would be working as a Walmart greeter he'd have reached the identical conclusion. At least he wasn't lobbying for Culpepper like several here.
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just from what i've read, kc seems like a much better spot than cleveland for pioli. lerner seems like a bit of a dbag.
I wouldn't know lerner if i saw him in the street, but any guy who would seriously consider hiring the ratgenius as a coach has got to be a loser.
That said, I think that KC might be a very attractive place for Scott. The Hunts are one of the storied families of the NFL/AFL. They were distracted for several years by the illness and ultimate death of Lamar Hunt. Now, they seem ready to restore Kansas City to its place among major NFL Franchises. That could appeal to a guy who has already helped build one team into a powerhouse.
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Cleveland didn't pass the sniff-test from the get-go. I just couldn't see the Fat Rat working for Pioli after the recent years. KC seems to know how to stay out of the way, which would probably be a good fit for Pioli based on his track record here. Maybe this is why Capers was brought in, I remember a lot of pundits suggesting it was a rouse of some sort...Did BB see this coming during training camp? Granted, that extreme theory would work a bit better if it was Peas(sp?) taking off.