01-06-2009, 10:13 PM
Includes opening remarks by Clark Hunt + photos
01-06-2009, 10:17 PM
I heard more than I wanted on the radio.
I don't "hate" the guy. That's silly.
I'm just glad he's not a part of my favorite NFL team any longer.
Take care, Carl. Good luck in whatever you do... so long as you do it somewhere else.
01-06-2009, 10:20 PM
If he would have just left 10 years ago.
This could have all been different.....
01-07-2009, 06:26 AM
Bumping this for the morning crew!
01-07-2009, 08:56 AM
Clark - Perhaps my favorite stat is that his teams beat the Raiders 30 of the 41 times that we played. He helped make Arrowhead one of the best stadiums for Chiefs fans and one of the worst stadiums for opposing teams.
Too bad the last two coaches Carl hired didn't share the fan's passion for beating the teams rivals. I really do miss Raider week and Donkey week, Gun was incompetent, but at least he got that much of the job right.
Clark - On a personal note, I want to thank Carl for his leadership and most importantly his friendship throughout the years. He has been a tremendous representative of our family and has been a great mentor to me in the National Football League.
Carl - Thank you, Clark, and thanks to all of you for coming today. Iím a bit overwhelmed. As I look out over the audience I see many friendly faces and it causes me to think back to how this organization has grown in the last 20 years.
Oh yeah, and Herm is back there somewhere.
First let me say this is not going to be a wake. Secondly, Lori says we will not use the ĎRí word. I am not retiring.
See ya in Miami bitchez
Let me first off say how appreciative my wife Lori and I are for all the many messages, e-mails, voicemails and letters of kindness that weíve received since I made known my decision to step down as the President, CEO and General Manager of the Kansas City Chiefs at the conclusion of this 2008 season.
Let me remind you of all of the titles I've held.
These words have come from media, fans, season ticket holders, employees, friends, coaches, players, scouts, not only locally, but nationally.
These words have come from Rufus, Gretz and Nick, the people who sometimes bought tickets from official sources at full price, the true fans, friends (well, Bobo my imaginary friend), coaches, players, scouts (or those people who probably wouldn't find employment from any NFL team but this one)...
Youíve heard many of our coaches past and present say that they donít read the newspapers or listen to the talk radio or watch the TV news. Well, I did. I did read much of what you wrote and much of what you said. I thought it was my job to know and to know what our fans were hearing and what they were reading.
Obviously, I did not always agree with what was being written or said. I was always amazed at the inaccuracies and inconsistencies. Most of the time I think you were writing opinion, and maybe not so many facts. As we know, everyone has an opinion, and thatís whatís great about this country. Everyone has a right to an opinion.
I tried to put "Minister of Information" onto my business card, but it wouldn't fit, so I hired a group of mouthpieces to tell you what is the truth. It isn't the truth unless it comes from me. Independent thinking is wrong.
...The thing about criticism is to use it properly, constructively. But donít become obsessed with it. It can make one bitter and warp oneís judgment...
ROFL Has there been anyone more obsessed with deflecting criticism than Carl the past 20 years and Herm his entire tenure?
...My task today is not to chronicle a long list of achievements or lament our disappointments. Because in sports, youíre always going to have both. Thatís part of the public record, and most of you here today know what has gone on over my time with you...
But I will chronicle my achievements and gloss over the disappointments.
The general managerís job, Iíve always believed, was to selected the head football coach and then give him what he needed to win. That includes his staff of assistant coaches, player personnel, football support staff, facilities and an environment conducive to winning Ė Arrowhead.
The duty of the head coach was to built a solid foundation of players and coaches, develop them, coach them and win.
Translation - Its the coaches faults we never won it all.
The duties of the President/CEO were to build an organization that was innovative, efficient, productive and sensitive to their fanbase and season ticket holders. It was the President/CEOís duty to create an environment for success such that the franchise would be as competitive and hopefully respected and emulated off the field as our football team would be on the field.
ROFL Carl has been so sensitive to the fans and STH. I'm sure everyone appreciates ticket increases in the face of losing seasons and special in-season discounts to non-STH in order to avoid blackouts. Sensitive like letting members of your special "pay your way in club" trump the people who have held tickets for 20+ years.
In the NFL you compete 365 days a year in all aspects of your franchise, both football-wise and business-wise. We are in the most competitive of all sports.
That is why I vacation during one of the most important times of the off-season.
I stated when I signed my contract in 2006 that this would be my last contract with the Chiefs. In fact, Lamar said that we may have been in violation of the Constitution of the United States Ė a President cannot serve more than two terms.
The fans feel violated.
Twenty years with one team is a lifetime in this business. Iím very comfortable with this decision of stepping down from both jobs, and Iíve told Clark that I will always be available to give him what perspective and counsel I can. I will always be a Chief...
Except when I am wearing my Dolphin pin.
I have said this many times, and I believe it with all my heart. The greatest fans in the NFL are right here in the heartland of America. In taking over the Chiefs in December of 1988, I had an advantage Ė I had come up through the ranks. I was a high school, college and professional football coach. Iíd been a head coach at a small college. I had coached and even taught at a Division I school, my alma mater, UCLA. I had worked with a very successful coach as the personnel director for an NFL team. I had run an entire football franchise in a fledgling league, the USFL.
When I was first named President of the Chiefs, one local columnist wrote that he didnít know whether to offer his congratulations or his condolences. Many people thought I was stepping into a hopeless situation. We know the history from 1974 through 1988, the Chiefs had only two winning seasons and six head coaches. But the thing I detected more than anything else was apathy. Apathy surrounded this franchise. Fans began to no longer care whether the Chiefs won or lost. That had to change.
Wait a minute, I thought this was supposed to be about coming to the decision to step down. Damnit Carl :cuss:
If what I have done here is deemed to be a success, it is because I understood early that the sense of shared leadership is an important component to a teamís and a franchiseís success. You people here, you Chiefs employees, have heard me for 20 years talk about my simple administrative philosophy. I want to hire the most creative, innovative, talented, hardworking people possible, those who do not care who gets the credit or care how long it takes to become the best. I want to give them a goal, all the support I can, and then get the heck out of the way and let them do what they do best.
It wasn't a success.
You hired Herm, he is not creative, innovative or talented.
Why would you hire someone who doesn't care how long it takes to become the best? You should strive to hire the best or someone who is on the brink of becoming the best, otherwise you have 20 years of mediocrity.
My experiences that the most successful teams Iíve had here and other places Iíve been were those where the players drove the team, in the locker room, in the meeting rooms and on the practice field. The players did as much for our success as any one man could. This is not to diminish the four fine head coaches Iíve had here Ė Marty, Gunther, Dick and Herm, plus their fine staffs. But the truth is championship teams are driven from within. In every organization and on every team, there is a core of people that sets the tone for everyone else. They are your leaders and I was fortunate to have had many positive ones here, both on the football field and in the business aspect of our business. Many of you are here today and I say thank you.
This is all over the place. The players are the success? The coaches, not so much? The tone set by the leaders of the organization...I guess that puts it back on your shoulders Carl and you failed.
There are few days off, because you want those decisions to be well thought-out, and reflect well on the Chiefs and the NFL. I readily accepted that responsibility every day and I know that I will miss that part of the job on both fronts, the business administration side and the football side.
Except for when I was on vacation during Free-Agency.
The not-for-long league is definitely a truism today. The only constant in the NFL is change. Patience for change from our media and fans is sometimes short lived.
You had 20 years and failed.
While my time here in Kansas City has ended, I have little cause for complaint. Iíve shared in a few successes, saw this franchise emerge, saw it capture something called Red Fridays, the refrain ďHome of the ChiefsĒ at national anthems both at home and on the road, a sea of red fans in the parking lots, season ticket holders in 48 states plus Washington D.C., and Lamar Iím sorry we didnít get Maine and New Hampshire done. Those fans created the loudest stadium in the NFL, Arrowhead. The imagination and excitement of the community, and a region, was awakened.
I thought we weren't going to talk about successes.
Yet what really counts is not just achieving things, but in hopefully creating a better environment for all the people in this franchise and in this community. I am so proud of all those former Chiefs employees who have gone on to other successes in our great world of pro football. From the Bill Cowhers, to the Jeff Irelands, to the Tony Dungys, to the late Mark Hatley, and so many more. Iím so proud of all of them who have remained with the Chiefs.
Um, this is the NFL so achievement is what really counts. Nice that you are taking credit for successes people have had outside of the Chiefs organization though.
Seeing George Brett and Jamie Quirk here reminds me of all the playoff games weíve had and those two guys down there yelling and screaming their hearts out with other guys like Tom Watson and Roy Williams. And I want you to know, George and Jamie, we got fined every time you did it, because you were not supposed to be on the sideline, but we were very happy to pay those fines. George and I go back a long way, we were both beach boys from southern California and both came to the midland of America and how fortunate we are.
Living vicariously through other champions?
And yes, even the excitement in this city of just two short years ago as the day and evening wore on when only one home team out of four, our Chiefs, were victorious to get to the 2006 playoffs. Every restaurant, tavern, hotel, and home TV in Kansas City followed each game as the improbable happened. All three other teams lost. In each place in Kansas City people burst with joy because their Chiefs were going to the playoffs again. Yes, we may have received a little divine intervention from Lamar, and both Lori and I concurred on that, but it simply showed once again how much this city loves their Chiefs. Those are great, great memories.
Too bad Herm crapped all over that memory the next week.
As another gentleman in this great game would say, ladies and gentlemen, I have taken far too much of your valuable time, but it has been a pleasure and I now say goodbye.
Yes you have, at least 10 years too much of our time.
01-07-2009, 09:01 AM
Perhaps my favorite stat is that his teams beat the Raiders 30 of the 41 times that we played.The Raiders have been godawful for like the past twenty years.
01-07-2009, 09:05 AM
Too bad Herm crapped all over that memory the next week.
I thought that was pretty pathetic that Carl considered that such an awesome moment.
01-07-2009, 09:06 AM
Wow, Carl can't even step down gracefully.
01-07-2009, 11:21 AM
Carl looks really old.
Running a franchise into the ground and taking 20 years to do it can have that effect on a weasel.
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