In the next few days, Chief’s fans will find out whether the Hunt family loves money more than the Chiefs. Even the most casual fan realizes that they need a complete regime change, but doing that will result in considerable financial pain.
The Chiefs are not going to spit out cash next year like they have the last few years because the NFL minimum spending limit starts in 2013, season ticket sales have diminished, and fan interest has waned. This is due not only because of the team’s losing record, but because Clark Hunt and Scott Pioli project an image is cold, smug, arrogant and unapproachable. Even Carl Peterson haters have to admit that he was more forthcoming and accessible than Pioli, and Peterson was never accused of being Mr. Warmth during press conferences.
In his four years in power, Pioli took a franchise that had the third overall pick in the draft in a league designed to promote parity and elevated that pick to the top spot. That’s more of an indictment than an accomplishment. His teams have finished in the division cellar three of the last four years. In a quarterback-driven league, he methodically got rid of any possible competition to his handpicked inexperienced and overpaid quarterback, who unfortunately wasn’t able to thrive in an environment where he had to deal with Pioli’s spinning turnstile of offensive coaches, systems, receivers, linemen, and head coaches.
Pioli’s worst performances have come at a time when he has the most unfettered power. Pioli exercised total control over the 2009 draft and the Chiefs picked third overall, the highest drafting position they experienced in years. Only two members of that class have made any meaningful contributions to the team, Tyson Jackson and Ryan Succop, and it appears likely that Jackson will soon be leaving the team due to salary cap implications after performing well below expectations. After he fired Haley, Pioli again had total unfettered control, and the result was a draft class not ready to contribute immediately, an offensive coordinator with no history of success, an offensive line without depth, and again, no real quarterback competition. …Read More!