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Lighten up, guys

Posted on: February 21, 2009 5:21 pm


 INDIANAPOLIS --- I'd like to take this opportunity to remind certain NFL coaches and personnel people that if it weren't for the league's fans they've probably be coaching high school football making $40,000 a year instead of $2 million a season.

So quit the tight-lipped act, the paranoia is annoying.

Why do I bring this up? It's getting worse, rather than better -- even here at the scouting combine.

New Kansas City Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli has put the clamps on the entire Chiefs organization in terms of talking with the media. Employees have been warned that they can be fired.

Now Jerry Jones, the everyman owner, the guy who never tires of hearing his own voice, is the lone voice when it comes to the Dallas Cowboys. His coaches can't talk to the media anymore.

Memo to Jerry: I said hello to Wade Phillips in the hotel elevator here at the combine and he said hello back.

Sorry, Wade. Didn't mean to tell.

This CIA-like mentality is getting sickening in the NFL. There's no reason for it.

There are no secrets.
But the Tyrant Trickle is now flowing faster and faster.

We lose guys like Tony Dungy to retirement, and get Pioli. We lose Jim Haslett and get another round of Eric Mangini.

I can't stand coaches and general managers who act like they invented the damn game.

It's football.

We need more coaches like Dungy, Atlanta's Mike Smith, Jacksonville's Jack Del Rio and Arizona's Ken Whisenhunt, all accommodating and accessible. We need more front office personnel like Atlanta's Thomas Dimitroff, Carolina's Marty Hurney, Baltimore's Ozzie Newsome, Green Bay's Ted Thompson and Pittsburgh Steelers director of player Kevin Colbert.

In an economy where even the NFL is suffering layoffs and tickets might be tougher to sell in 2009, the league can't afford to tighten up the flow of information even more.

Enough is enough.

The fans, who have a right to know, pay those big salaries. And believe this: They're a lot bigger than coaching Nowhere High School.


Quick hits

---Teams are doing the smart thing and locking up their own free agents before the period begins next week. The Colts gave corner Kelvin Hayden a five-year, $43-million deal, the Dolphins signed Vernon Carey to a six-year, $42-million contract and the Eagles paid nickel corner Joselio Hanson to a five-year, $21-million deal. Keeping your own is always the best way to go.

---Look for Kurt Warner and the Cardinals to agree to a new deal soon. Word is Warner will take a two-year, $20-million contract to stay with the Cardinals. They're expecting him back.

 ---The more I watch and hear Baylor tackle Jason Smith, the more I like him. I had him rated as the top tackle before the combine and now I'm convinced of it. He did 225 pounds 33 times, but more than that it's his attitude. ""When I'm on the field, I take a lot of pride in physically assaulting somebody," Smith said.
Smith's case as the top tackle was helped Saturday when Alabama offensive tackle Andre Smith left the combine unexpectedly and didn't show up for the workouts. Smith wasn't going to work out anyway, and said it was miscommunication, but that's not a good sign to be sending teams readying to spend millions on him.
It looks like a two-man race to be the top tackle drafted between Jason Smith and Virginia's Eugene Monroe.


Category: NFL
Tags: Scott Pioli

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2009 11:29 am

Lighten up, guys

So you'd be okay with the government keeping everything from you too?


Since: Aug 6, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2009 3:01 am

Lighten up, guys

Amen.  I too, am a huge Chiefs fan and Scott Pioli is doing the right thing.  He just took over an organization that in the draft of '07 basically told the world that they were taking Brady Quinn with the 23rd pick.  Immediatly, the Browns trade to get the 22nd pick and get him.  I'm not saying that Quinn would have been our answer for QB.  What I am saying is the info leaked out probably cost the Chiefs a chance to get him.  Not only that, it seems the media has slacked on some standards of reporting...remember the all but done deal for X-King Donkey Shanahan?  ESPN just straight fed it to us for a whole freakin day and then it comes out that they hadn't even contacted each other.  Are you kidding me?  The media (mainly just ESPN but other outlets do apply) just misconstrues and manipulates comments and then proceeds to beat a dead horse for days.   Locally, it's no better.  I read Whitlock's column a few weeks ago about him complaining the Chiefs new brass were moving slow and that Arrowhead was on lockdown.  So what?  I like methodical approch these guys are taking.  The less they give away, the better off they are.  Just ask Jerry Jones...

Since: Dec 20, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2009 4:01 am

Lighten up, guys

Prisco is only mad because they are making it harder for him to do his job.  I'm a huge Chiefs fan and I love that Pioli isn't talking.  He doesn't "owe" it to me to keep me in the loop of all the decisions he's making, he owes it to me to put the best team he can on the field.  How can he do that if everyone knows what his plan is?


Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2009 6:43 pm

Lighten up, guys

Anyone who disagrees with Prisco here is no fan of football. It's really pathetic when coaches act like they're protecting Pentagon secrets.

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