AFC West: ScottPioli

INDIANAPOLIS -- Scott Pioli is excited about his first key additions to his 2010 Kansas City Chiefs.

While here for the NFL combine, Pioli spoke to the media Thursday. In his typical close-to-the-vest approach, the Chiefs general manager had little to say about the team’s draft or free-agency plans.

Yet, Pioli was effusive in his praise of his new coordinators, Charlie Weis (offense) and Romeo Crennel (defense). The three men were together during the New England dynasty days of the early 2000s.

Pioli believes the presence of Crennel and Weis -- who were both head coaches after leaving New England following the 2004 season -- will only help young head coach Todd Haley. All four men worked together with the New York Jets in the late 1990s.

“It’s a good dynamic,” Pioli said.

Pioli said he and Haley will benefit from Crennel and Weis because the two coordinators won’t be afraid to tell the truth and tell the head men what they believe.

“It’s a good sounding board,” Pioli said.

Pioli also addressed several topics Thursday. Here are some of the highlights:

Pioli said the team will be active in free agency. The Chiefs weren’t overly active last year, but Pioli indicated that the team tried but didn’t finalize deals with some players.

“We’re to try to be active and improve and supplement our team through free agency,” said Pioli, who added he believes the draft is the best way of building a team.

He said the team has been in touch with all of the Chiefs’ pending free agents and talks will continue.

Pioli said he’d consider entering restricted free agency buying market if there was a deal that made sense.

Asked if he thought Weis could have the same impact on Matt Cassel that he had on Tom Brady, Pioli said, “they are different people. I want Matt Cassel to be the best Matt Cassel he can be.”

Pioli said Haley is getting better at delegating responsibilities as he enters his second season as an NFL head coach.

Pioli said the team will look at adding some offense linemen.

“We have some good offensive linemen and we need some more good offensive linemen,” he said.

Pioli admitted that when healthy players choose not to work out at the combine that it does affect their draft status in his eyes.

“I want to see them compete,” he said.

Chiefs, Broncos in-game notes

September, 13, 2009

Posted by’s Bill Williamson

  • The Chiefs are hanging tough in Baltimore. Brodie Croyle, who is playing for the injured Matt Cassel, is playing very efficiently.
  • Denver’s defense is playing very well. New defensive coordinator Mike Nolan is doing wonders with this group.
  • Newly acquired guard Ross Hochstein is playing for the injured Chris Kuper. Kuper has a high ankle sprain.
  • Kansas City’s defense is also doing a good job. If the Chiefs pull off the upset, it will be a huge start to the Scott Pioli and Todd Haley era.
  • Denver has had bad field position all game long.
  • Denver quarterback Kyle Orton is doing a decent job, despite having an injured index finger on his throwing hand.
  • Kansas City running back Larry Johnson is having a slow day. He has just 11 yards on six carries.
  • Denver rookie running back Knowshon Moreno departed the game with an apparent lower leg injury in the third quarter.
  • Denver coach Josh McDaniels has called receiver Jabar Gaffney one of the toughest people he’s ever coached. Gaffney is proving Sunday by playing despite breaking his thumb less than three weeks ago.