OTC Archive: Looking Back When Pioli & Cassel Were Fresh, New & Attractive To KC

After digesting the Chiefs’ inept first four games this season, I decided to go back and review some Off The Couch columns from the summer of 2009. Scott Pioli was in his early months as the Chiefs’ GM and he had just signed Matt Cassel to replace Tyler Thigpen as the Chiefs’ quarterback. The view from there is both starling and humorous. Read on.

“There can only be positives on a day like this.”
Kevin Kietzman, expressing his pleasure with the Chiefs signing Cassel to this long-term contract back in the summer of 2009, 810 AM July 2009
GH: KK was so sure Cassel would be a hit as a Chief that he asked listeners who disagreed with him to email him with both their first and last names so he could have documented proof two years from now on how wrong they were about Cassel. I did not email KK because I was almost as sure as he that Cassel was a good upgrade for the Chiefs. Not everyone though was…

“To me, this is a lot of money you’re guaranteeing this guy. That is Tom Brady money you’re paying this guy for the first three years of this deal. He could come here and be very, very average. That is a real possibility. I think the Chiefs just gave a butt-load of cash to a guy who still has a lot to prove. I’m not going to say this is a mistake, but I am very apprehensive about this being a good thing. …If you think this is awesome, you are throwing blind faith at Scott Pioli. I’m not a big fan of this move.”
Cowboy Cory Anderson, on the Chiefs signing Cassel to a reported $66-million contract, 610 AM July 2009
GH: I somewhat scoffed at Anderson at the time for his pessimistic outlook about Cassel. I wrote the following regarding his above comment…

“Yeah, it is a bit of a gamble — but no more than dumping millions into an untested first-round pick like Mark Sanchez or Matt Stafford. I like the risk.”
Greg Hall, OTC July 2009
GH: Looks like I was right about Sanchez but wrong on Cassel and Stafford. But Cory Anderson is the one who comes out looking the best in how he cautioned his listeners about Cassel.

“I am still very surprised that there was more excitement in this town last year about Tyler Thigpen as the starting quarterback than I have heard for Matt Cassel. I don’t get it! There is no reason not to believe! None! We should be much more excited about this acquisition than even Trent Green!”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM July 2009
GH: Kietzman was the lead cheerleader for Matt Cassel back in 2009. Today, not so much.

“This reminds me a little bit, well, not a little bit but a lot of when the Chiefs signed Elvis Grbac. We’ll see how this one turns out. I thought they could have made a winner out of [Grbac]. You’re always concerned when a guy has played one year and he’s had a great system with great people supporting him and great players to play with. You wonder about that. I’m sort of comparing [Cassel] to Elvis [Grbac] right now. I think that’s what Chiefs’ fans can expect as far as production. You don’t know how a guy is going to react when all of a sudden it’s his team.”
Adam Teicher, 610 AM July 2009
GH: Teicher looks prophetic now with his Grbac comparison. I was far more optimistic. Read on.

“Cassel has exhibited better leadership skills than the sulking and just plain weird Grbac. Cassel also appears to have a work ethic that eluded Grbac-up. What I’m trying to say is that I sure as hell hope Teicher is wrong.”
Greg Hall, OTC July 2009

“I want to say this to you guys because I read The Kansas City Star every now and then and I listen to you guys. It’s interesting that Pioli is seen as this mystery man. The idea that he’s a mystery man really cracks me up. He is not really a man of mystery. And you guys will see it eventually once he gets thing straightened out in Kansas City.”
Michael Holley, Patriots’ beat writer and author of War Room, 610 AM June 2009
GH: Looking back over Holley’s comments about Pioli, it is obvious he is a huge fan of the former Patriots’ personnel manager. Read on.

“[Pioli’s] got a great sense of humor. He’s a HUGE fan of music. I worked at The Boston Globe for 10 years and I remember making a reference to Tangled Up In Blue in a column. And I had an email the next day from Scott Pioli who wanted to talk about Bob Dylan. Then we started talking about hip-hop. Then we started talking about Jazz. Then we started talking about Earth, Wind and Fire. So we really had a music connection first.”
Michael Holley, 610 AM June 2009
GH: I am guessing Todd Haley would say that Pioli is not a fan of Lil Wayne.

“The good news is, despite the lack of access you guys are apparently getting right now, that team is going to win and it’s going to win fairly soon. I don’t know about this year, but I’d be very surprised if Kansas City is not a .500 team in 2010.”
Michael Holley, 610 AM June 2009
GH: Holley was right about 2010…just not any of Pioli’s other years with the Chiefs.

“I’m a big Scott Pioli and Todd Haley fan. I think they are both outstanding coaches and personnel people [who came] from arguable two of the better people in the history of our game that understand how to do things and build it from the ground floor, and that’s Bill Parcels and Bill Belichick.”
Gregg Williams, Excelsior Springs native and current Saints defensive coordinator, 610 AM June 2009
GH: Back in 2009, a compliment from Gregg Williams was a good thing.

“Now I’ll find out if I’m any good, is the way I look at it.”
Todd Haley, on the Chiefs job being his first one as a head coach, KCTV 5
GH: Oops.

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16 Responses to OTC Archive: Looking Back When Pioli & Cassel Were Fresh, New & Attractive To KC

  1. KCPRGuy says:

    GH –

    You need to post today’s David Glass column on opening day next season. What are the chances someone other than Chen or Luke are pitching?

  2. Smartman says:

    Hindsight is hindsight. I never thought that Matt Cassel was anything more than a backup. I knew nothing of Pioli but quickly realized that with the deal he gave Cassel he was an idiot. After about 6 games it became pretty clear that Todd Haley wasn’t Taco Bell material. If we had an owner with the kinda balls Jerry Jones has Pioli and Cassel would have been gone at the end of last season. Patience is a virtue and mediocrity is not, yet we have an owner that mixes them like a 7&7 at Olive Garden.

    • mauicat1 says:

      Glad you mentioned Jones. First, I totally agree with you take on Cassel and Pioli. as to Jones, I think you are a little off there. First of all, Jones does not now have, nor will he ever have a GM. He IS the GM. And he has said that he will never give up those duties. JJ May have big stones, but his job for picking sucks to the max. Look back at the last fifteen or so drafts, and Jones has whiffed on way more picks than he has hit big with.Look at the Tony Romo. Jones refuses to give up on this guy, and Romo just keeps getting them beat. Hey, personally, I like Romo, and think in the right system he could win. I would rather have him than Cassel. In their last 244 games, the Cowboys are exactly 500. In fact, if Mike Lynn doesn’t trade an entire draft for Hershell Walker, the Cowboys are just another mediocre NFL franchise. God, why did you have to bring up Jones?

  3. So, I am thinking about the folks here in KC, those folks who want to cling to the hope of a better day, at least a better day in our minds, and the hope, that those better days, by way of victory on a field not so dangerous, would translate into the relief of a midwestern malaise, that has diminished our conversations, our Monday morning amenities and our, by way of association, future.

    Lift your head up.

    The Chiefs will not play Alabama.

    Lift, bear your pikes and torch.

    Take heart my dear friends, take heart in emotion.

    The lack of talent, the lack of preperation, the lack of prescience, can be overcome.

    “”Nessun dorma” (English: None shall sleep)[1] is an aria from the final act of Giacomo Puccini’s opera Turandot,[2] and is one of the best-known tenor arias in all opera. It is sung by Calaf, il principe ignoto (the unknown prince), who falls in love at first sight with the beautiful but cold Princess Turandot. However, any man who wishes to wed Turandot must first answer her three riddles; if he fails, he will be beheaded.”

    We, fans all, have loved our teams and the love we feel for them, is articulated, here in KC by Puccini.

    Please give Puccini a chance.


    Please listen to the whole thing, we have already lost our collective heads for our sports teams.

    Lets lose them with style.

    God bless Pavarotti.


  4. Susan Boyle says:

    I love the Chiefs and I am dreaming a dream.


  5. Scott Pioli says:

    Time to say goodbye.

    This is KC fans favorite song.

    Scott Quits at 1:33. gets his final check at 2:32.

    God bless ya Scott.

  6. Herb says:

    Cassel was a gamble just like Grbac. Anyone who couldn’t see that in 2009 was….blind.

  7. Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

    How bad does it suck that the coach the Chiefs SHOULD have hired, Jeff Fisher is just down I-70 making a huge impact on the Rams? It’s telling that Fisher wouldn’t even blow a bad fart in the Chiefs’ direction. PIOLI SUCKS.

  8. Cliffy says:

    Edit: “The Warm Room” describes Pioli’s current situation. Holley’s book is titled “War Room.”

  9. J Rok says:

    I remember calling Chris and Cowboy and comparing Cassel to Cleveland Browns Pro-Bowl QB, Derek Anderson……doesn’t seem I was too far off.