Saturday, February 26, 2011
Talking with Scott Pioli
By Bill Williamson
Random thoughts from the media session Saturday with Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli:
Pioli stuck up for the past few drafts of the previous Kansas City regime. He lauded the drafting of players like Derrick Johnson and Jamaal Charles.
“The cupboard wasn't bare when Todd (Haley) and I arrived to Kansas City,” Pioli said. “There were some pretty good football players.”
Pioli lauded the 3-4 defensive end-outside linebacker group in this draft. Kansas City could be looking for a pass rusher with the No. 21 overall pick.
Pioli wouldn’t address the Detroit Lions recently being found guilty of tampering charges with former Chiefs safety Jarrad Page. The ruling means the Chiefs will move up 16 spots in the fifth round. Pioli called it a league matter.
Pioli expressed excitement about the hire of former NFL quarterback and head coach Jim Zorn as Kansas City’s quarterback coach.
Pioli said he thought Charlie Weis would be with the team for more than one year, but his departure is simply part of the game.
“I don't think you enter any relationship thinking it's going to be a short-term relationship,” Pioli said. “You adjust to it as you have to adjust.
"That's life. It could have been where Charlie got a coaching job in the NFL. That's a part of it when you're building a team.”
Pioli said he thought the Chiefs were a very slow team when he took over in 2009.
“We needed to upgrade our team speed, because I think when we first got there it was certainly the slowest football team I've been a part of,” Pioli said. “Not just on offense, not just on defense, but on special teams (too).”