5 Things I Think: Chiefs vs. the KC Media

In this weeks Five Things, the local media, KC's next OC, Pioli's top offseason move, who should get a new deal and our hot NFT topic.

1. Defending Bob Fescoe – In training camp, I spent a lot of time getting to know 610 Sports, Morning Radio Host, Bob Fescoe. Over the season, he's been a strong contributor to Warpaint Illustrated the Magazine. And in turn, I've been part of his Bobservations every Monday and Friday mornings throughout the regular season on their website at 610 Sports.com.

In the last several days, he stood by his sources stating that in the second half of the Ravens playoff loss, that Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach Todd Haley stripped the play calling duties from outbound offensive coordinator Charlie Weis. And if anyone watched that playoff game in the second half, it was clear that the pass happy influence of Haley was on display, while in the first half, Weis's offense attack was centered on running the ball.

Want more proof? Jamaal Charles ran seven times in the first half and only twice in the second half. Still not satisfied?

On the game changing fourth and inches call in the third quarter, ask your self this? In virtually every fourth down and one call this season that the Chiefs ran through seventeen games, did Weis ever call a play that didn't involve giving the ball to one of his running backs that was designed to go anywhere but between the tackles?

And if you still don't subscribe to what Fescoe was told by his sources. Then how about this one last undeniable fact that could suggest one man over another took control of the offense in quarters three and four.

In the first half against the Ravens, the Chiefs were outscored 10-7. In the second half, they were outscored 20-0. So I ask you the fans, which offensive game plan was working?

But what irks me and the reason for my tirade, is that the Chiefs shouldn't attack anyone who spends three hours every morning talking about the very product they're trying to convince fans to buy into. And that's the problem with the way the Chiefs treat the local press.

On Monday afternoon, I had CBS Broadcaster Kevin Harlan on our Out of Bounds Podcast. He started talking about Scott Pioli. He depicted him as a great leader, a good family man and deeply rooted in the fabric of the Kansas City community. Lastly Harlan said he was a very classy human being and one that he had the utmost respect for. He went on to say that in his opinion, Pioli was the right man for the Chiefs and he believes him to be one of the top NFL executives in the game today. And from his view, he's absolutely correct. And for the record, I believe his comments were sincere and accurate. I've heard similar things about Pioli from close observers of the organization who have had dealings with Pioli and from others associated within the Chiefs organization.

How can Kansas City Chiefs fans be expected to believe in Scott Pioli if they know very little about him?
Getty Images/Doug Pensinger



Still Harlan is a national sports broadcaster and the local media isn't even allowed to get that close to Pioli – so we don't really know much about the man running the Chiefs. But I'm going to take his word for it because of my respect for Kevin Harlan. He's sat down with him one on one and I haven't.

But when we do learn something about Pioli or the Chiefs in general, the details of that information comes from national markets that don't have zip codes that begin with the number six.

Pioli needs the local media. They are the only free direct link he has to the Chiefs Nation. He needs us because we help the organization sell season tickets and we talk about the Chiefs 365 days a year – which is good for his business bottom line.

Chiefs fans might be the most educated in the NFL. As a blue-collar town, they understand football inside and out. They know there's still a partial disconnect between the Chiefs and the city. The passion is still there but the love affair isn't what it was during the Peterson regime.

As a city, fans take pride in the fact that that they're willing to support the Chiefs through the worst and best of times. And they do that because; they believe that this football team belongs to the them.

But since Pioli has arrived, despite the incredible job he's done in two years re-building the foundation of this football team and guiding the Chiefs to a playoff birth this season, in eleven games at the New Arrowhead this year and ten games in 2009, the stadium never reached full capacity.

And the only way that's going to change isn't with the ‘if you build it they will come' mantra. Instead Pioli and the Chiefs need to work hand in hand with the local media and not drool over the national media that shows up for a few days here or there in training camp or for one or two games during the regular season. Or further, allow one-on-one access to Chiefs executives, coaches and players who ride into town for just a few short hours. Then go back to New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and move onto the next assignment.

All that does is damage the opportunity for the local press to do their jobs.

Because they are the ones who cover this team tirelessly and have been hit the hardest by depleting advertising sales, staff down sizing and budget cuts so deep; that they struggle to do the basics of their own expanded jobs and those of their co-workers who have been laid off.

Yet they fight through it working twice and sometimes three times as hard while making half of what they used to earn; just so they can take care of their own families. And men like Fescoe and many others in this city, cover sports in this market because of their love affair with their local sports teams. And no one passion is bigger in Kansas City than the Chiefs.

Maybe next time should Fescoe or anyone else bring up something that ruffles this many feathers, that they can sit down hash it out like men and be honest about the facts. Because in this instance, it's an insult to the fan base that could plainly see with their own educated eyes, that something was off between the head coach and the offensive coordinator for much of the 2010 season.

Is Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy the best fit for Head Coach Todd Haley?
Getty Images/Ezra Shaw



2. The Next OC in KC? - I admit my love affair with Josh McDaniels is on extreme overload. At the time of my thoughts on the topic, he may end up in St. Louis as the Rams new offensive coordinator.

If that happens, Sam Bradford will be a household name next season and a Pro Bowl quarterback by 2012. McDaniels is the best young offensive mind in football.

But with ‘snub gate' still fresh in the minds of Haley and the Chiefs, it's not logical that he would come to BBQ central.

Either way, it's a shame that he won't be the Chiefs new offensive coordinator. After what we've seen between Weis and Haley, I doubt these two guys could get along either. I was hoping that Scott Pioli would take control of the next hire and insist to Haley that McDaniels runs the offense the next few years. But that does not appear to be the case.

That leaves Mike McCoy, the man who replaced McDaniels as the play caller in Denver and Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator, Darrell Bevell as the leading candidates.

It does not appear that Assistant Head Coach Maurice Carthon is going to get the gig. He along with McDaniels might be the front-runners for the Dolphins offensive coordinator position.

Either way no matter the direction Haley or Pioli go in this regard, it's imperative that the Head Coach let the new offensive coordinator do his job. And after Haley indicated in his final press conference of the year on Tuesday that he wouldn't rule out the possibility that he could call the plays next season, I'm not sure he can work with anyone in that regard. And that's not the news fans want to hear after the Weis fiasco.

3. Pioli's top Move in 2011 - The playoff loss against Baltimore exposed several weaknesses about the Kansas City Chiefs. But the biggest is the fact, Pioli never found a complimentary receiver to Dwayne Bowe. As Bowe began to unleash his will on the rest of the NFL, opposing teams felt his success might just be a flash in the pan from one week to the next.

When he became an All Pro performer, teams started double teaming the rising star to the point he became completely ineffective. In four of the teams final six games, Bowe was a no show on offense. And without another receiver for opposing defenses to worry about, stopping Bowe was relatively easy.

Oklahoma State Wide Receiver Justin Blackmon would be a perfect fit for the Chiefs 2011 offense.
Getty Images/Jackson Laizure



In my view, Pioli has to add another stud receiver. All indications for that to happen, might lead to Arizona. The Cardinals, though they've recently admitted that they've begun attempts to sign wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald to a long-term contract, might just be offering up lip service to appease their fleeting fan base.

To get a trade done with Arizona, Pioli is going to have to give up his first round draft pick. But by adding Fitzgerald, the Chiefs offense could take a gigantic leap forward. If Quarterback Matt Cassel has a pair of capable receivers to work with on every snap in 2011, then this offense won't be as exposed as they were in 2010.

If Pioli can't get Fitzgerald to Kansas City, then he has to hope the San Diego Chargers don't place the franchise tag on wide receiver Vincent Jackson. There isn't any doubt he has a troubled past but Pioli should be able to do for Jackson what he did for Randy Moss when he was at New England.

If neither of those players are an option for the Chiefs, then with the 21st pick of the NFL draft in April, he has to land Oklahoma State Wide Receiver Justin Blackmon. He's the best receiver I've seen at the college level since Michael Irvin. However, to nab him, Pioli likely will have to move up to the 15th or 16th spot of the first round to insure that Cowboy becomes a Chief. So that means either way to get the right man in Arizona, San Diego or Oklahoma, he's going to have to think outside of the box.

4. Sign Tamba! - I admit not being a fan of the move two years ago that moved Tamba Hali from defensive end to outside linebacker. But his play over the last two seasons debunked that thought. Because I didn't think he could still be an effective pass rusher with twenty pounds less bulk on his frame.

Pioli can't afford to let Tamba Hali walk away in free agency this March.
Getty Images/Jamie Squire



In 2010, he led the AFC with 15 sacks and his performance in the post season game against Baltimore, tells me he's also a player that can be effective in January. The two sides have been trying to get a long-term contract done but the two sides aren't close on agreeing on the amount in which Hali should get paid for his past and future work.

If Pioli can stomach the fact, he can part with $50-55 million for the teams only legitimate pass rusher, then signing Hali could be relatively easy. If not, then this could be the first real free agent tragedy that slips away from Pioli.

5. NFT: The Kings Back in KC? - The other hot rumor I've heard the last several days was the fact that the Sacramento Kings might be heading back to Kansas City. On Tuesday morning, the Sacramento Bee reported the teams owner, the highly successful Maloof Brothers (Joe and Gavin), are not opposed to relocating the team to another city. In fact, there are reports that a group in Anaheim is willing to buy the Kings somewhere south of $355 million.

With the Sprint Center hoping to land a third franchise for Kansas City, this one appears to have the most irony to it. However, the Kings are an absolutely horrific basketball team. They have no stars and not much talent to work with. And that means it's going to take some hard work to even make the team competitive again. And I'm talking about becoming a .500 basketball team.

When Nate ‘Tiny' Archibald ran the Kansas City Kings they had one of the best offenses in the NBA.
Getty Images/NBA/Dick Raphael



And like the NFL, with a potential lockout looming, this NBA team might not play in Kansas City until the fall of 2012; which I'd be fine with to be honest with you.

But the bigger question is can another professional sports franchise work in Kansas City? I'm not sure because right now the Chiefs are the top team, followed by the Kansas Jayhawks basketball team, then the Kansas City Royals baseball team. And I can't see an NBA team cracking that top three. Still it would be nice to bring the Kings back.

However, I think it'd be a tough sell and I'd much rather see the New Orleans Hornets in Kansas City than the Kings. At least they have a marquee player in guard Chris Paul.

WARPAINT ILLUSTRATED MESSAGE BOARDS:
Do you think the Chiefs mishandled the leaks about Haley and Weis?

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\r\n1. Defending Bob Fescoe – In training camp, I spent a lot of time getting to know 610 Sports, Morning Radio Host, Bob Fescoe. Over the season, he's been a strong contributor to Warpaint Illustrated the Magazine. And in turn, I've been part of his Bobservations every Monday and Friday mornings throughout the regular season on their website at 610 Sports.com. \r\n\r\n

In the last several days, he stood by his sources stating that in the second half of the Ravens playoff loss, that Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach Todd Haley stripped the play calling duties from outbound offensive coordinator Charlie Weis. And if anyone watched that playoff game in the second half, it was clear that the pass happy influence of Haley was on display, while in the first half, Weis's offense attack was centered on running the ball. \r\n\r\n

Want more proof? Jamaal Charles ran seven times in the first half and only twice in the second half. Still not satisfied? \r\n\r\n

On the game changing fourth and inches call in the third quarter, ask your self this? In virtually every fourth down and one call this season that the Chiefs ran through seventeen games, did Weis ever call a play that didn't involve giving the ball to one of his running backs that was designed to go anywhere but between the tackles? \r\n\r\n

And if you still don't subscribe to what Fescoe was told by his sources. Then how about this one last undeniable fact that could suggest one man over another took control of the offense in quarters three and four. \r\n\r\n

In the first half against the Ravens, the Chiefs were outscored 10-7. In the second half, they were outscored 20-0. So I ask you the fans, which offensive game plan was working? \r\n\r\n

But what irks me and the reason for my tirade, is that the Chiefs shouldn't attack anyone who spends three hours every morning talking about the very product they're trying to convince fans to buy into. And that's the problem with the way the Chiefs treat the local press. \r\n\r\n

On Monday afternoon, I had CBS Broadcaster Kevin Harlan on our Out of Bounds Podcast. He started talking about Scott Pioli. He depicted him as a great leader, a good family man and deeply rooted in the fabric of the Kansas City community. Lastly Harlan said he was a very classy human being and one that he had the utmost respect for. He went on to say that in his opinion, Pioli was the right man for the Chiefs and he believes him to be one of the top NFL executives in the game today. And from his view, he's absolutely correct. And for the record, I believe his comments were sincere and accurate. I've heard similar things about Pioli from close observers of the organization who have had dealings with Pioli and from others associated within the Chiefs organization. \r\n\r\n

How can Kansas City Chiefs fans be expected to believe in Scott Pioli if they know very little about him?
Getty Images/Doug Pensinger\r\n

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Still Harlan is a national sports broadcaster and the local media isn't even allowed to get that close to Pioli – so we don't really know much about the man running the Chiefs. But I'm going to take his word for it because of my respect for Kevin Harlan. He's sat down with him one on one and I haven't. \r\n\r\n

But when we do learn something about Pioli or the Chiefs in general, the details of that information comes from national markets that don't have zip codes that begin with the number six. \r\n\r\n

Pioli needs the local media. They are the only free direct link he has to the Chiefs Nation. He needs us because we help the organization sell season tickets and we talk about the Chiefs 365 days a year – which is good for his business bottom line. \r\n\r\n

Chiefs fans might be the most educated in the NFL. As a blue-collar town, they understand football inside and out. They know there's still a partial disconnect between the Chiefs and the city. The passion is still there but the love affair isn't what it was during the Peterson regime.\r\n\r\n

As a city, fans take pride in the fact that that they're willing to support the Chiefs through the worst and best of times. And they do that because; they believe that this football team belongs to the them. \r\n\r\n

But since Pioli has arrived, despite the incredible job he's done in two years re-building the foundation of this football team and guiding the Chiefs to a playoff birth this season, in eleven games at the New Arrowhead this year and ten games in 2009, the stadium never reached full capacity. \r\n\r\n

And the only way that's going to change isn't with the ‘if you build it they will come' mantra. Instead Pioli and the Chiefs need to work hand in hand with the local media and not drool over the national media that shows up for a few days here or there in training camp or for one or two games during the regular season. Or further, allow one-on-one access to Chiefs executives, coaches and players who ride into town for just a few short hours. Then go back to New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and move onto the next assignment. \r\n\r\n

All that does is damage the opportunity for the local press to do their jobs. \r\n\r\n

Because they are the ones who cover this team tirelessly and have been hit the hardest by depleting advertising sales, staff down sizing and budget cuts so deep; that they struggle to do the basics of their own expanded jobs and those of their co-workers who have been laid off. \r\n\r\n

Yet they fight through it working twice and sometimes three times as hard while making half of what they used to earn; just so they can take care of their own families. And men like Fescoe and many others in this city, cover sports in this market because of their love affair with their local sports teams. And no one passion is bigger in Kansas City than the Chiefs. \r\n\r\n

Maybe next time should Fescoe or anyone else bring up something that ruffles this many feathers, that they can sit down hash it out like men and be honest about the facts. Because in this instance, it's an insult to the fan base that could plainly see with their own educated eyes, that something was off between the head coach and the offensive coordinator for much of the 2010 season. \r\n\r\n

Is Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy the best fit for Head Coach Todd Haley?
Getty Images/Ezra Shaw\r\n

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2. The Next OC in KC? - I admit my love affair with Josh McDaniels is on extreme overload. At the time of my thoughts on the topic, he may end up in St. Louis as the Rams new offensive coordinator. \r\n\r\n

If that happens, Sam Bradford will be a household name next season and a Pro Bowl quarterback by 2012. McDaniels is the best young offensive mind in football. \r\n\r\n

But with ‘snub gate' still fresh in the minds of Haley and the Chiefs, it's not logical that he would come to BBQ central. \r\n\r\n

Either way, it's a shame that he won't be the Chiefs new offensive coordinator. After what we've seen between Weis and Haley, I doubt these two guys could get along either. I was hoping that Scott Pioli would take control of the next hire and insist to Haley that McDaniels runs the offense the next few years. But that does not appear to be the case.\r\n\r\n

That leaves Mike McCoy, the man who replaced McDaniels as the play caller in Denver and Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator, Darrell Bevell as the leading candidates.\r\n\r\n

It does not appear that Assistant Head Coach Maurice Carthon is going to get the gig. He along with McDaniels might be the front-runners for the Dolphins offensive coordinator position.\r\n\r\n

Either way no matter the direction Haley or Pioli go in this regard, it's imperative that the Head Coach let the new offensive coordinator do his job. And after Haley indicated in his final press conference of the year on Tuesday that he wouldn't rule out the possibility that he could call the plays next season, I'm not sure he can work with anyone in that regard. And that's not the news fans want to hear after the Weis fiasco. \r\n\r\n

3. Pioli's top Move in 2011 - The playoff loss against Baltimore exposed several weaknesses about the Kansas City Chiefs. But the biggest is the fact, Pioli never found a complimentary receiver to Dwayne Bowe. As Bowe began to unleash his will on the rest of the NFL, opposing teams felt his success might just be a flash in the pan from one week to the next.\r\n\r\n

When he became an All Pro performer, teams started double teaming the rising star to the point he became completely ineffective. In four of the teams final six games, Bowe was a no show on offense. And without another receiver for opposing defenses to worry about, stopping Bowe was relatively easy.\r\n\r\n

Oklahoma State Wide Receiver Justin Blackmon would be a perfect fit for the Chiefs 2011 offense.
Getty Images/Jackson Laizure\r\n

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In my view, Pioli has to add another stud receiver. All indications for that to happen, might lead to Arizona. The Cardinals, though they've recently admitted that they've begun attempts to sign wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald to a long-term contract, might just be offering up lip service to appease their fleeting fan base. \r\n\r\n

To get a trade done with Arizona, Pioli is going to have to give up his first round draft pick. But by adding Fitzgerald, the Chiefs offense could take a gigantic leap forward. If Quarterback Matt Cassel has a pair of capable receivers to work with on every snap in 2011, then this offense won't be as exposed as they were in 2010. \r\n\r\n

If Pioli can't get Fitzgerald to Kansas City, then he has to hope the San Diego Chargers don't place the franchise tag on wide receiver Vincent Jackson. There isn't any doubt he has a troubled past but Pioli should be able to do for Jackson what he did for Randy Moss when he was at New England. \r\n\r\n

If neither of those players are an option for the Chiefs, then with the 21st pick of the NFL draft in April, he has to land Oklahoma State Wide Receiver Justin Blackmon. He's the best receiver I've seen at the college level since Michael Irvin. However, to nab him, Pioli likely will have to move up to the 15th or 16th spot of the first round to insure that Cowboy becomes a Chief. So that means either way to get the right man in Arizona, San Diego or Oklahoma, he's going to have to think outside of the box. \r\n\r\n

4. Sign Tamba! - I admit not being a fan of the move two years ago that moved Tamba Hali from defensive end to outside linebacker. But his play over the last two seasons debunked that thought. Because I didn't think he could still be an effective pass rusher with twenty pounds less bulk on his frame. \r\n\r\n

Pioli can't afford to let Tamba Hali walk away in free agency this March.
Getty Images/Jamie Squire\r\n

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In 2010, he led the AFC with 15 sacks and his performance in the post season game against Baltimore, tells me he's also a player that can be effective in January. The two sides have been trying to get a long-term contract done but the two sides aren't close on agreeing on the amount in which Hali should get paid for his past and future work.\r\n\r\n

If Pioli can stomach the fact, he can part with $50-55 million for the teams only legitimate pass rusher, then signing Hali could be relatively easy. If not, then this could be the first real free agent tragedy that slips away from Pioli.\r\n\r\n

5. NFT: The Kings Back in KC? - The other hot rumor I've heard the last several days was the fact that the Sacramento Kings might be heading back to Kansas City. On Tuesday morning, the Sacramento Bee reported the teams owner, the highly successful Maloof Brothers (Joe and Gavin), are not opposed to relocating the team to another city. In fact, there are reports that a group in Anaheim is willing to buy the Kings somewhere south of $355 million. \r\n\r\n

With the Sprint Center hoping to land a third franchise for Kansas City, this one appears to have the most irony to it. However, the Kings are an absolutely horrific basketball team. They have no stars and not much talent to work with. And that means it's going to take some hard work to even make the team competitive again. And I'm talking about becoming a .500 basketball team. \r\n\r\n

When Nate ‘Tiny' Archibald ran the Kansas City Kings they had one of the best offenses in the NBA.
Getty Images/NBA/Dick Raphael\r\n

\r\n\r\n

And like the NFL, with a potential lockout looming, this NBA team might not play in Kansas City until the fall of 2012; which I'd be fine with to be honest with you. \r\n\r\n

But the bigger question is can another professional sports franchise work in Kansas City? I'm not sure because right now the Chiefs are the top team, followed by the Kansas Jayhawks basketball team, then the Kansas City Royals baseball team. And I can't see an NBA team cracking that top three. Still it would be nice to bring the Kings back. \r\n\r\n

However, I think it'd be a tough sell and I'd much rather see the New Orleans Hornets in Kansas City than the Kings. At least they have a marquee player in guard Chris Paul. \r\n\r\n

WARPAINT ILLUSTRATED MESSAGE BOARDS:
Do you think the Chiefs mishandled the leaks about Haley and Weis?\r\n\r\n\r\n","mobileBody":" In training camp, I spent a lot of time getting to know 610 Sports, Morning Radio Host, Bob Fescoe. Over the season, he's been a strong contributor to . And in turn, I've been part of his every Monday and Friday mornings throughout the regular season on their website at 610 Sports.com. In the last several days, he stood by his sources stating that in the second half of the Ravens playoff loss, that Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach Todd Haley stripped the play calling duties from outbound offensive coordinator Charlie Weis. And if anyone watched that playoff game in the second half, it was clear that the pass happy influence of Haley was on display, while in the first half, Weis's offense attack was centered on running the ball. Want more proof? Jamaal Charles ran seven times in the first half and only twice in the second half. Still not satisfied? On the game changing fourth and inches call in the third quarter, ask your self this? In virtually every fourth down and one call this season that the Chiefs ran through seventeen games, did Weis ever call a play that didn't involve giving the ball to one of his running backs that was designed to go anywhere but between the tackles? And if you still don't subscribe to what Fescoe was told by his sources. Then how about this one last undeniable fact that could suggest one man over another took control of the offense in quarters three and four. In the first half against the Ravens, the Chiefs were outscored 10-7. In the second half, they were outscored 20-0. So I ask you the fans, which offensive game plan was working? But what irks me and the reason for my tirade, is that the Chiefs shouldn't attack anyone who spends three hours every morning talking about the very product they're trying to convince fans to buy into. And that's the problem with the way the Chiefs treat the local press. On Monday afternoon, I had CBS Broadcaster Kevin Harlan on our Out of Bounds Podcast. He started talking about Scott Pioli. He depicted him as a great leader, a good family man and deeply rooted in the fabric of the Kansas City community. Lastly Harlan said he was a very classy human being and one that he had the utmost respect for. He went on to say that in his opinion, Pioli was the right man for the Chiefs and he believes him to be one of the top NFL executives in the game today. And from his view, he's absolutely correct. And for the record, I believe his comments were sincere and accurate. I've heard similar things about Pioli from close observers of the organization who have had dealings with Pioli and from others associated within the Chiefs organization.

Still Harlan is a national sports broadcaster and the local media isn't even allowed to get that close to Pioli – so we don't really know much about the man running the Chiefs. But I'm going to take his word for it because of my respect for Kevin Harlan. He's sat down with him one on one and I haven't. But when we do learn something about Pioli or the Chiefs in general, the details of that information comes from national markets that don't have zip codes that begin with the number six. Pioli needs the local media. They are the only free direct link he has to the Chiefs Nation. He needs us because we help the organization sell season tickets and we talk about the Chiefs 365 days a year – which is good for his business bottom line. Chiefs fans might be the most educated in the NFL. As a blue-collar town, they understand football inside and out. They know there's still a partial disconnect between the Chiefs and the city. The passion is still there but the love affair isn't what it was during the Peterson regime. As a city, fans take pride in the fact that that they're willing to support the Chiefs through the worst and best of times. And they do that because; they believe that this football team belongs to the them. But since Pioli has arrived, despite the incredible job he's done in two years re-building the foundation of this football team and guiding the Chiefs to a playoff birth this season, in eleven games at the New Arrowhead this year and ten games in 2009, the stadium never reached full capacity. And the only way that's going to change isn't with the ‘if you build it they will come' mantra. Instead Pioli and the Chiefs need to work hand in hand with the local media and not drool over the national media that shows up for a few days here or there in training camp or for one or two games during the regular season. Or further, allow one-on-one access to Chiefs executives, coaches and players who ride into town for just a few short hours. Then go back to New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and move onto the next assignment. All that does is damage the opportunity for the local press to do their jobs. Because they are the ones who cover this team tirelessly and have been hit the hardest by depleting advertising sales, staff down sizing and budget cuts so deep; that they struggle to do the basics of their own expanded jobs and those of their co-workers who have been laid off. Yet they fight through it working twice and sometimes three times as hard while making half of what they used to earn; just so they can take care of their own families. And men like Fescoe and many others in this city, cover sports in this market because of their love affair with their local sports teams. And no one passion is bigger in Kansas City than the Chiefs. Maybe next time should Fescoe or anyone else bring up something that ruffles this many feathers, that they can sit down hash it out like men and be honest about the facts. Because in this instance, it's an insult to the fan base that could plainly see with their own educated eyes, that something was off between the head coach and the offensive coordinator for much of the 2010 season.

I admit my love affair with Josh McDaniels is on extreme overload. At the time of my thoughts on the topic, he may end up in St. Louis as the Rams new offensive coordinator. If that happens, Sam Bradford will be a household name next season and a Pro Bowl quarterback by 2012. McDaniels is the best young offensive mind in football. But with ‘snub gate' still fresh in the minds of Haley and the Chiefs, it's not logical that he would come to BBQ central. Either way, it's a shame that he won't be the Chiefs new offensive coordinator. After what we've seen between Weis and Haley, I doubt these two guys could get along either. I was hoping that Scott Pioli would take control of the next hire and insist to Haley that McDaniels runs the offense the next few years. But that does not appear to be the case. That leaves Mike McCoy, the man who replaced McDaniels as the play caller in Denver and Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator, Darrell Bevell as the leading candidates. It does not appear that Assistant Head Coach Maurice Carthon is going to get the gig. He along with McDaniels might be the front-runners for the Dolphins offensive coordinator position. Either way no matter the direction Haley or Pioli go in this regard, it's imperative that the Head Coach let the new offensive coordinator do his job. And after Haley indicated in his final press conference of the year on Tuesday that he wouldn't rule out the possibility that he could call the plays next season, I'm not sure he can work with anyone in that regard. And that's not the news fans want to hear after the Weis fiasco. The playoff loss against Baltimore exposed several weaknesses about the Kansas City Chiefs. But the biggest is the fact, Pioli never found a complimentary receiver to Dwayne Bowe. As Bowe began to unleash his will on the rest of the NFL, opposing teams felt his success might just be a flash in the pan from one week to the next. When he became an All Pro performer, teams started double teaming the rising star to the point he became completely ineffective. In four of the teams final six games, Bowe was a no show on offense. And without another receiver for opposing defenses to worry about, stopping Bowe was relatively easy.

In my view, Pioli has to add another stud receiver. All indications for that to happen, might lead to Arizona. The Cardinals, though they've recently admitted that they've begun attempts to sign wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald to a long-term contract, might just be offering up lip service to appease their fleeting fan base. To get a trade done with Arizona, Pioli is going to have to give up his first round draft pick. But by adding Fitzgerald, the Chiefs offense could take a gigantic leap forward. If Quarterback Matt Cassel has a pair of capable receivers to work with on every snap in 2011, then this offense won't be as exposed as they were in 2010. If Pioli can't get Fitzgerald to Kansas City, then he has to hope the San Diego Chargers don't place the franchise tag on wide receiver Vincent Jackson. There isn't any doubt he has a troubled past but Pioli should be able to do for Jackson what he did for Randy Moss when he was at New England. If neither of those players are an option for the Chiefs, then with the 21st pick of the NFL draft in April, he has to land Oklahoma State Wide Receiver Justin Blackmon. He's the best receiver I've seen at the college level since Michael Irvin. However, to nab him, Pioli likely will have to move up to the 15th or 16th spot of the first round to insure that Cowboy becomes a Chief. So that means either way to get the right man in Arizona, San Diego or Oklahoma, he's going to have to think outside of the box. I admit not being a fan of the move two years ago that moved Tamba Hali from defensive end to outside linebacker. But his play over the last two seasons debunked that thought. Because I didn't think he could still be an effective pass rusher with twenty pounds less bulk on his frame.

In 2010, he led the AFC with 15 sacks and his performance in the post season game against Baltimore, tells me he's also a player that can be effective in January. The two sides have been trying to get a long-term contract done but the two sides aren't close on agreeing on the amount in which Hali should get paid for his past and future work. If Pioli can stomach the fact, he can part with $50-55 million for the teams only legitimate pass rusher, then signing Hali could be relatively easy. If not, then this could be the first real free agent tragedy that slips away from Pioli. The other hot rumor I've heard the last several days was the fact that the Sacramento Kings might be heading back to Kansas City. On Tuesday morning, the Sacramento Bee reported the teams owner, the highly successful Maloof Brothers (Joe and Gavin), are not opposed to relocating the team to another city. In fact, there are reports that a group in Anaheim is willing to buy the Kings somewhere south of $355 million. With the Sprint Center hoping to land a third franchise for Kansas City, this one appears to have the most irony to it. However, the Kings are an absolutely horrific basketball team. They have no stars and not much talent to work with. And that means it's going to take some hard work to even make the team competitive again. And I'm talking about becoming a .500 basketball team.

And like the NFL, with a potential lockout looming, this NBA team might not play in Kansas City until the fall of 2012; which I'd be fine with to be honest with you. But the bigger question is can another professional sports franchise work in Kansas City? I'm not sure because right now the Chiefs are the top team, followed by the Kansas Jayhawks basketball team, then the Kansas City Royals baseball team. And I can't see an NBA team cracking that top three. Still it would be nice to bring the Kings back. However, I think it'd be a tough sell and I'd much rather see the New Orleans Hornets in Kansas City than the Kings. At least they have a marquee player in guard Chris Paul. Do you think the Chiefs mishandled the leaks about Haley and Weis? 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