Tag:Scott Pioli
Posted on: August 3, 2011 11:47 pm

Tamba Hali to sign 5-year, $60 million deal

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In February, the Chiefs franchise-tagged DE Tamba Hali, who had exploded for 14.5 sacks in 2010, and at the time, Kansas City GM Scott Pioli said, “We want Tamba to remain a member of the Chiefs, and we will continue to work together with the hope of reaching a long-term agreement.”

That long-term agreement has been reached.

According to NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora, Hali has agreed to a five-year, $60 million deal with $35 million of that guaranteed.

It’s a big contract, but after last season, Hali showed he’s one of the best linebackers in the game. It makes sense for the Chiefs to give him a ton of money in order to secure his services for the next half-decade.

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Posted on: April 15, 2011 2:07 pm
Edited on: April 15, 2011 2:10 pm

Pioli would pick Tyson Jackson again

T. Jackson has been rather average in his career so far (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

This will be the third draft for Chiefs GM Scott Pioli and coach Todd Haley since the two landed in Kansas City, and though the teams, without question, have improved (a 10-6 record last year as opposed to a 2-14 mark in 2008 is pretty dramatic, I’d say), there are still some questions about their decision-making on draft day.

Particularly when it comes to discussing 2009’s No. 3 pick Tyson Jackson – who hasn’t exactly played like a superstar the past two seasons and who was No. 5 in my Top Ten list (with a Twist) of overpaid players.

But in a predraft news conference, Pioli said he’s not ready to give up on his defensive lineman.

"I look back to that draft and I would say that I think we do have a good player in Tyson Jackson," Pioli said, via Arrowhead Pride. "I know the jury is still out. We need to see that. I think everyone in our organization is pretty confident still that Tyson is going to be a good player."

Would he pick the same player again if he had it to do over again? Absolutely, he said. Absolutely.

Of course, Pioli and the rest of the Chiefs organization didn’t have as much time on the 2009 draft preparation following Herm Edwards' firing and GM Carl Peterson's retirement after the season, cutting down the opportunities to see college players for Pioli and his organization. Now, though, Pioli says the club is coming together as a unit when it comes to scouting future players.

"I think if you're going to be good consistently,you have to continue to evolve and improve and get better in everything you do, "he said. "It's not just on the field. It's in player acquisition, the draft, free agency and managing the entire operation."

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Posted on: September 30, 2010 10:55 pm

Haley continues winning coaching ways

Todd Haley has helped lead his Kansas City squad to a 3-0 record (AP).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If anybody is a candidate for coach of the year honors so far, it’d be Kansas City’s Todd Haley. After all, he inherited a team after the 2008 season that had gone 2-14, and he doubled the win total last year.

OK, that’s not such an impressive achievement, but after he was criticized for being too demanding on his team in his first season as a head coach – and, on an unrelated note, for playing golf in college – he learned from his mistakes in time for this season.

Now, even with a quarterback in Matt Cassel who ranks 25th in the league in passing yards per game, the Chiefs are a strong 3-0, and much of that has to do with Haley’s coaching (along with GM Scott Pioli, offensive coordinator Charlie Weis and defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel).

He had another good idea this week when he had 14 veteran players assume the roles of honorary coaches during the team’s bye week.

Before the team took off on its three-day weekend, Haley said the experiment worked splendidly.

“All 14 guys have really surprised me,” Haley said in the Kansas City Star. “There isn’t one that I wasn’t impressed with in some way or another. They took this and ran with it, took ownership over it and were into helping making our team better from a different perspective.”

See, that’s a smart move by Haley. No. 1: the players love it. No. 2: it’s a good learning experience for everybody involved. No 3: it sounded like there were a lot of laughs involved.

That's good enough to equal at least a couple more wins for Kansas City. 

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