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Examiner
  • Brown: Pioli deserves some trust

  • The Kansas City Chiefs gave the fans exactly what they wanted by signing right tackle Eric Winston. Good job, Scott Pioli! The Chiefs signed tight end Kevin Boss, again, great job Pioli. Running back Peyton Hillis should help Jamaal Charles and click with offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, another box checked for Pioli.

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  • The Kansas City Chiefs gave the fans exactly what they wanted by signing right tackle Eric Winston. Good job, Scott Pioli! The Chiefs signed tight end Kevin Boss, again, great job Pioli. Running back Peyton Hillis should help Jamaal Charles and click with offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, another box checked for Pioli.
    Even better, Pioli says Kansas City isn’t finished in free agency. It’s hard to complain.
    I’m thrilled with Kansas City, but there’s grumblings.
    Yeah, it’s Matt Cassel.
    “I think we have a very good and very productive quarterback situation,” said Pioli, when asked about the team’s QB situation that involves Cassel and newly acquired Brady Quinn. “I really do. And it is what it is. You know what I mean? That’s the situation we have. And I’m very comfortable with it.”
    Pioli’s steadfast. He likes who the Chiefs have, but not every fan agrees.
    “I guess it just comes down to my belief that Clark Hunt is just not sincere in his commitment to win,” one fan said. “I’m done with them, time to look for a new team. I refuse to keep enabling this bunch. I wish you all good luck; have fun with the same old thing!”
    Pioli said it is what it is, which means Kansas City has who they have at quarterback and fans have to deal with that choice. With Cassel or Quinn, Pioli thinks the Chiefs can win.
    It’s assorted opinions, but most remain optimistic, especially with improvement to the Chiefs’ offensive line. Over the last two seasons Kansas City has added center Rodney Hudson, guard Jon Asamoah, and recent free-agent tackle Eric Winston. The Chiefs could further strengthen their line by drafting Stanford’s standout guard David DeCastro in the draft.
    Having a single offensive coordinator and Jamaal Charles back should profit Cassel.
    After 2011, fan focus was on keeping Kyle Orton. But then it shifted towards the possibility of Peyton Manning – basically anyone that fans thought better than Cassel. Cassel is the ultimate underdog and has been every season. In an age that athletes vent through Twitter and social media, there wasn’t a single tweet from Cassel. Being a team guy, Cassel stood silent, waited and now has another opportunity to lead the Chiefs in 2012.
    But it’s Cassel’s last stand, he has to deliver. If fans feel Romeo Crennel can make everyone better, then why not Cassel? I want Cassel back with a chip on his shoulder; it wouldn’t bother me if Cassel proves the cynics wrong. That’d be a good thing, because this fan is tired with starting over, I’m ready for a quarterback.
    TRUSTING PIOLI: Before Kansas City signed a single free agent, I asked fans a question. Do they trust Pioli and do they think Pioli will make the Chiefs better?
    Page 2 of 2 - Since I was 19, I’ve been in and around the military, but I learned earned respect is the best kind of respect. Entering his fourth season with Kansas City, has Pioli done that?
    There were definite no’s and absolute nods, but the vast majority voted undecided. Most are playing out free agency and the draft, but it’s not necessarily based on if Matt Cassel is the Chiefs’ starting quarterback or not.
    It’s amazing what Week 1 of free agency did for Pioli. Fans went from being upset to instantly saying nice things about Pioli. Sometimes fans are impatient, but how long has it been since Kansas City won a playoff game? Like the Kansas City Royals, the Chiefs could also say it’s time.
    What I’ve learned from talking with Pioli is nobody is as hard on Pioli as Pioli. Honestly, Pioli will tell you multiple times in a conversation that he’s got to do better. Pioli is a worker – maybe not the polished speaker like Carl Peterson – but a worker.
    That’s the way Pioli was raised, what he accepts as true, and he’s not going to change. Pioli expects a lot, but that’s what Pioli was taught.
    Being military, I appreciate that. Teamwork, responsibility, and chemistry just aren’t about football. It starts at the top, which Pioli believes. The last thing fans need to worry about is Pioli not doing his job.
    I never drank the Manning Kool-Aid, but I’m not waving any white flag. There are plenty of reasons why Kansas City shouldn’t fear Denver. Three are Manning’s re-built neck, Denver’s 42 sacks allowed, and Tamba Hali.
    Sure, Cassel could stink, but Pioli might be right. Cassel behind a solid offensive line could be fine. It’s about trust. Do you have that in Pioli?
    Good day, Chiefs fans!
          
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