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AJKCFAN
02-06-2009, 11:21 AM
How Will Haley, Pioli Mix?
Posted by Tom Curran: Friday, February 6, 2009 11:04 AM

Now that the Chiefs have hired former Cardinals offensive coordinator Todd Haley, it's worth wondering how he and GM Scott Pioli will get along. League sources who know both men noted that the two have forceful personalities that probably haven't lessened much since they worked together with the Jets a decade ago.

It's a reasonable question. Haley is a guy who will strongly voice his opinions on issues, as he explained during Super Bowl week.

Pioli, meanwhile, is one of the hardest-working front office men in the NFL. And once he reaches a conclusion on something, it's not easy to move him off his mark.

In New England, Bill Belichick and Pioli had a relationship where, when there was a significant difference of opinion on a player for instance, the two sides would move on to another player rather than get into a peeing contest.

Now, with Pioli in the "final say" position and Haley taking charge of his first team, it will be interesting to see how both men approach the uphill climb of getting the Chiefs on track.


Additionally, neither guy seems to suffer fools (or perceived fools) well. In a rebuilding climate where they have no immediate track record, they are both going to be subject to frequent questioning either directly or, if they aren't available for comment, indirectly.

The first order of business for the pair may be deciding if they want to pursue Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel, franchised by New England on Thursday.

The Chiefs hold the third pick in the draft. Extracting Cassel from New England will cost two first-rounders if KC goes about signing him conventionally. If they work a deal, it could easily cost a first and a third or better.

For a team with multiple issues and grumbling stars at tight end and running back, that could be a lot to expend.

Marco Polo
02-06-2009, 11:24 AM
The first order of business for the pair may be deciding if they want to pursue Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel, franchised by New England on Thursday.

The Chiefs hold the third pick in the draft. Extracting Cassel from New England will cost two first-rounders if KC goes about signing him conventionally. If they work a deal, it could easily cost a first and a third or better.

For a team with multiple issues and grumbling stars at tight end and running back, that could be a lot to expend.

I stopped reading when it got to this point. Writers can be such idiots at times when they create speculation.

ChiefRon
02-06-2009, 11:51 AM
Oh please no, a 1st & a 3rd?

I would offer a conditional 3rd, could turn into a 1st based on "pro-bowl" performance or number of wins.

Jerm
02-06-2009, 11:52 AM
No way Pioli is hiring a HC that he can't get along with and work with.

beach tribe
02-06-2009, 11:55 AM
Oh please no, a 1st & a 3rd?

I would offer a conditional 3rd, could turn into a 1st based on "pro-bowl" performance or number of wins.

We will never give up a first, and a 3rd. We're getting Sanchez anywho.

DaWolf
02-06-2009, 12:13 PM
What I think is important is that this creates a system of checks and balances. You have a guy in Pioli who is prepared as well as if not better than anyone, and had no hesitation standing up to Bellichik and letting him know why if he disagreed. And it was in a way that Bellichik respected that because he knew Pioli knew his stuff.

You also have Haley who didn't hesitate to stand up to Parcells when he believed in something. So you're not getting just a yes man. Haley will know what he wants and will express it. Pioli knows who he wants and will express it. That lends itself to a situation where there has to be communication between the two guys and the scouts/coaches, and it lends itself to a situation where, unless both guys are morons who cannot evaluate, you have less of a chance of ending up with turds, because you're not going to impose your will on the other guy without having a damn good reason to...