Pioli Speaks On Peyton Manning

A couple hours before Peyton Manning was going to officially say hello to Denver, Chiefs GM Scott Pioli was talking about not getting the chance to make him part of the Chiefs.

“I’m not disappointed at all, the bottom line is he made a decision, he had a plan and he went with it,” Pioli told the K.C. media Tuesday afternoon during a conference call cut short due to technical difficulties. “If you spend time, energy and emotion fretting over things that you can’t control, then that’s time and energy that we would have wasted not getting Eric Winston done, not getting Kevin Boss done.”

Pioli said he connected with Manning right after the quarterback was released by Indianapolis.

“He and I were in communication with one another, as I was with his agent, and clearly he had a plan, he let me know that,” Pioli said. “He didn’t get into the details. He was upfront about what he was doing, the visits he wanted to take and that we weren’t initially going to be part of that. I respected that.

“He didn’t get into his reasoning, nor did I ask. I didn’t think that was my place to do.”

Pioli kept referring to Manning’s plan and quite apparently the Chiefs were not part of his idea of how he was going to continue his career.

“That doesn’t necessarily mean that the other 28 teams that he was going to talk to, that there was something wrong with them,” Pioli said. “He just had favorites and places he wanted to pursue for his reasons. I don’t think it would be fair for me to characterize why this team and why not another team. That’s not my place to do that.”

Pioli said there were internal conversations about Manning with every level of the Chiefs organization, from chairman Clark Hunt, through the coaching staff and even with some players.

“We were all on the same page that this was someone we wanted to talk to,” Pioli said. “They (the players) knew that we were going to be pursuing it as well.


20 Responses to “Pioli Speaks On Peyton Manning”

  • March 20, 2012  - steven smith says:

    it’s good to see the Chiefs did’t try to spin this in order to not hurt Cassel’s feelings. i like that Pioli and crew went in and tried to get something done. This whole off-season has kinda changed my attitude. I don’t wanna seem like i’m drinking the Pioli kool-aid but i guess i am.


  • March 20, 2012  - txchief says:

    I hope Pioli is coming up with a plan for the Chiefs to beat Peyton’s arse twice a year. It made me ill when Manning would beat up the Chiefs as a Colt. I don’t think any KC fan wants to see him continue to dominate the Chiefs in a Donkeytown jersey.

    I also think it is chickensh*t for Manning to take the Donks #18 retired jersey. Even though it was offered to him by Lenny, Joe Montana wouldn’t wear #16 when with the Chiefs.


  • March 20, 2012  - cychief24 says:

    Niblick pointed out how RAC has dominated Manning throughout his career.
    Manning did own Goonther… many QBs have owned Goonther.


  • March 20, 2012  - GameSix says:

    Did Pioli not have a sales pitch for Manning? Did we give up so easily?


  • March 20, 2012  - johnfromfairfax says:

    Who knows what the reasons were the precluded us from Manning’s list of desirable teams. At this point I don’t care and have moved on. I respect what Pioli said and agree. Not signing Manning has given us more options regarding other areas of need and we’ve gotten some taken care of. I hope the team is motivated by his snub and gets up when we play him to give him what txchief is talking about. Turn the page.


  • March 21, 2012  - milkman says:

    It seems to be apparent that Manning and Elway have had a friendly relationship prior to his release from Indy. It’s probably safe to say Denver has always been Manning’s first choice all along. It sounds like Pioli handled himself admirably while representing the Chiefs. Good post txchief- let’s concentrate on beating them now and wipe the smile off Elway’s face like Montana did in that Monday night game.


  • March 21, 2012  - Niblick says:

    I agree with all of you. I’m ready to move on from Manning and do everything we can to beat them. I never could stand Elway and the Donkeys and now I hate them even worse. I like Manning but he now plays for our most bitter rival.


  • March 21, 2012  - spellchecker says:

    I like Matt Cassell. I like Brady Quinn,too; but Vince Young is still out there. Vince Young is competition.

    Vince Young is Tim Tebow and he can pass.


  • March 21, 2012  - Johnfromwichita says:

    Tebow was traded to the Jets. Thank God Pioli didn’ think about Tebow being comptition for Cassel.


  • March 21, 2012  - Johnfromwichita says:

    Wonder what Denver had to give the Jets to take him?


  • March 21, 2012  - txchief says:

    Now Timmy will be “toeblowing” for Rex Ryan and the Jets.


  • March 21, 2012  - el cid says:

    Rumor from NY area – Chiefs never made a “real” effort, as in we got to have him.

    Also they are picking the Chiefs to be third in the AFC. Why, QB situation is behind Rivers and Manning.

    I know but I had to listen to this for days ad naseum.

    Lastly, on my way home from the Cleveland area today, would the Chiefs make a run at Drew Breez. I do not see how, tampering rules but imagine Breez, Manning, and Rivers all in the AFC West.


  • March 21, 2012  - Niblick says:

    el cid-With what happened to the Saints today, they will probably have a contract for Brees quickly. They can’t afford any more bad publicity and any possibility of losing Brees. I’m not surprised the media is picking the Chiefs 3rd. This is a quarteback driven league.


  • March 21, 2012  - Johnfromwichita says:

    No, Niblick, this is an offense driven league. OK, we’ll have short passes. 10-20 yards. We’ll have runs up middle or around. 10-20 yards. We are going to have a defense that stops 10-20 runs and passes. We are not going to finish 3rd. Look at the schedule. I think we are in a good place. I actually think Pioli/Hunt will add more. And then comes the draft.


  • March 21, 2012  - Niblick says:

    John-I didn’t say we would finish 3rd. I just said I’m not surprised the media in New York picked us 3rd, because Cassell is considered the worst QB in the division. You are correct. Denver has the tougher schedule. I too am looking forward to the draft.


  • March 21, 2012  - cychief24 says:

    Carson Palmer is the 4th best QB in the West. He hasn’t been a good QB since he destroyed his front knee. Brady put Pollard’s hit behind him, Palmer hasn’t.
    With the weapons we have now and an O-line that is much better right now (granted no depth yet) I believe we will see the ’10 Matt Cassel (27td/7int).
    I also like Quinn as a back up. He came here for less $$ than the donkees offered. The donkees literally have no back up to an old QB with a broken neck.
    Rivers has lost weapons and is on the downhill slide I think. He started to panic and force it last year.


  • March 21, 2012  - Johnfromwichita says:

    cy, I fully agree. Last year, injuries and Barry Richardson, could not be overcome. But even that and they came within two blocked field goals of winning the division. I don’t think Cassel is as bad as he looked last year. Pioli doesn’t think so either. I see no reason to be afraid of Manning or Rivers. Two blocked field goals. By same guy. Oakland. Pftttttttt.


  • March 21, 2012  - cychief24 says:

    Now we have a real special teams coach. Not Teen Haley’s buddy kicker guy so we should be able to block for FG.


  • March 22, 2012  - milkman says:

    Call me crazy, but I’m going to have an open mind on Cassel to begin this year. None of us have had the chance to see what he can do without a hot tempered coach yelling in his ear every time he makes a mistake.


  • March 22, 2012  - Johnfromwichita says:

    Do not forget a big Right Tackle that resembled a revoling door. That problem fixed.




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