Today’s press conference from Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt was perplexing to many Chiefs fans. Why would Clark Hunt fire Romeo Crennel but leave Scott Pioli hanging in the wind? Conventional wisdom would say it’s important to either extend Pioli a vote of confidence, or terminate him. Clark Hunt made things very difficult for himself, the franchise, and the fanbase. Today he made enough comments to make anyone think that Pioli’s job is definitely in jeopardy, but left it open that he could also stay.
Most experts are saying that Pioli could stay if the new head coach is one that has chemistry with him. However, if Hunt hires a coach that wants full control (aka. Andy Reid), Pioli will be let go. Most people would agree that although happy with today’s firing of coach Crennel, the Pioli move leaves us guessing.
What is very interesting to note is that Hunt did today what Haslam also did in Cleveland. He declared that the most important thing to a team is the head coach, not the general manager. Haslam stated publicly that he would personally fill the head coaching position for Cleveland first, then find a suitable general manager.
For Kansas City fans, this is not bad news. With the move made today, Clark Hunt is sending a very clear and real message that the head coaching position is the most important thing to turning around this franchise. He is also leaving the door open to do whatever is necessary to provide a working situation suitable for the best candidates regardless of their needs and wants.
As a longtime Chiefs fan, I think this could end up being very good news. Pioli has made some drafting mistakes, as all general managers do, however, there is no denying the fact that the players on the field and the 53 man roster for Kansas City is remarkably better today than when he took over four years ago. This Pro Bowl filled roster, coupled with a great quarterback and a great coach, and the Kansas City Chiefs could easily be playoff bound once again.
There is really only one concern … I just compared our Chiefs to the operations of the Cleveland Browns. Let’s trust that the moves Clark Hunt is making today bring us back to the days of perennial playoff races.