Originally Posted by Detoxing
I understand all the Pioli hate, but not putting my tin foil hat on and believing that Pioli is instigating a fight with the fans doesn't make me naive.
The National Media would've picked this up and ran with it regardless. They crave drama. Sensationalism. It's what they do.
Dots, my friend. Dots.
As a scientist, explorer, and occasional cartoonist, it is my job to connect them. To wit ...
Dot 1: When encountering a disappointed fan, Chiefs FO suggests said fan get a clue.
Dot 2: Chiefs make clear that said fan has a choice to be a fan ... or not.
Dot 3: Cassel's game day performances tank as does that of the entire team and coaching staff.
Dot 4: Banner announcement goes viral.
Dot 5: Banner activity reported by local & national media.
Dot 6: Pioli is now fully aware of banner activity.
Dot 7: Cassel receives strange phone call during game.
Dot 8: During next series, Cassel receives strange head injury not involving head.
Dot 9: Winston brought in as FA by Pioli.
Dot 10: Winston berates fans while making sure all media outlets get story and agree to run it.
Dot 11: Babb reports that Pioli is certifiable and that Haley had legitimate reasons to feel paranoid.
Okay, there's 10 or so dots (there are more) inexorably leading to the unavoidable conclusion that Pioli feels he and Cassel are under fire. He, therefore, concocts a bizarre plot to get Cassel out of the way without admitting he was wrong about his quarterback (see Dots 7 & 8) and arranges for Winston to throw the entire fan base under the bus (see Dots 9 & 10), thus relieving him of negative public pressure while retaining his image as genius, wonder-worker, Executive Of The Century, and all-around savior to the world.