This just in, Kansas City’s NBC affiliate Channel 41 has reported that Vince Lombardi was spotted in the downtown bus station.
They believe Lombardi is here to interview for the Chiefs GM job.
OK, that didn’t really happen. But the way things are going, it’s not as farfetched as it might seem.
This same station was reporting on Wednesday that Marty Schottenheimer was seen at KCI Airport Tuesday evening.
Only problem was Schottenheimer was in New York, visiting his son Brian and his family.
How could this happen? Some wannabe news hound called the information in to several Kansas City TV stations. Channel 41 is the only one silly enough to put that information on the air without checking. That’s the way they operate over there.
But silliness is not limited to television.
There’s a very popular Internet site dedicated to NFL news and gossip called profootballtalk.com. On Tuesday evening, the site ran this headline and story:
“There’s a strong rumor making the rounds in league circles that former Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil could return as team president following the departure of long-time G.M., president, and CEO Carl Peterson. It was Peterson who lured Vermeil out of retirement to coach the Chiefs in 2001, only one season after Vermeil¬†went bawling into the sunset after taking the Rams to a Super Bowl title. Though it’s possible that Vermeil will serve as G.M. as well, we’re guessing that the Chiefs will be setting up a Parcells-style structure in Kansas City, with a G.M. and a head coach reporting directly to Vermeil.”
Whoever passed this rumor on to the web site was either drinking or trying to make the site look bad. There’s no more chance of Vermeil becoming part of the governing structure of the Chiefs than the man on the moon.¬† Clark Hunt wants fresh eyes!
Get used to stuff like this in the coming weeks. There will be many more so-called insiders passing out information that they’ll indicate came right from Hunt’s mouth.
Many of the same people who say they have the inside track on info are calling Hunt a liar these days, saying he fired Carl Peterson. Hunt said on Monday that Peterson resigned after discussions between the two over the last several months.¬† Again, there are media types who always add 2 + 2 and get five because it fits their agenda.
I’ll wager you this: Clark Hunt will not conduct an interview with a potential GM candidate anywhere near Kansas City. And I’ll also wager this: if a candidate wants to talk to the media about his opportunity, his opportunity will go away very quickly.
Maybe it’s the sign of our times, but when did it become bad form to simply wait for an event to happen, and then analyze, dissect and quantify?¬† It’s a lot more efficient that way.
Instant gratification is not going to work in the search for a Chiefs GM.¬† The insiders will¬†throw so many names into¬†the hat that one of them is liable to be correct.
But just to keep you guys up to date, we are establishing a post and a category where we’ll track all the names rumored to be the Chiefs new GM.¬† On the right side of the home page it will be the top item under categories, A-LIST.
Every time we read or hear of another candidate, we’ll add him to the list.
You can read¬†it here now, and remember just go to A-List for an update.