OTC: 89-year-old Bud Adams Shows Clark Hunt How To Get Pissed At His Team / 10 Questions For Romeo

“In my 50 years of owning an NFL franchise, I am at a loss to recall a regular-season home game that was such a disappointment for myself and fans of the Titans. We were grossly outcoached and outplayed from start to finish today. At this time, all aspects of the organization will be closely evaluated, including front office, coaches and players over the next seven games. If performance and competitiveness does not improve, I will look at all alternatives to get back to having the Titans become a playoff and championship football team.”
Bud Adams, 89-year-old owner of the Titans, after his team was mauled 51-20 by the Bears, The Tennessean
GH: When you are 89 years old, the filter comes off. Are we going to have to wait until the Chiefs’ Clark Hunt reaches his octogenarian stage for him to display some passion for winning in the NFL?

“Those people who are being hard on Clark Hunt forget that he got out the checkbook for the guy everybody said was the best [GM prospect].”
Bill Maas, 610 AM
GH: We all applauded Clark when he signed Pioli. But four years and an embarrassment of a franchise later we all look like fools. So we’re all supposed to continue to be fools? Maas has consistently and publicly stood up for Clark as the heat is being turned up on the Chiefs’ owner. It makes me wonder if Maas expects a future role with this organization once the Candy Man gets canned.

“I just can’t be flying up there to see that happen.”
Bud Adams, after leaving the Titans’ LP Field in the third quarter of the Titans’ embarrassing loss, The Tennessean
GH: Chiefs’ fans have been witness to similar thrashing this season at almost every game. Bud has a lot invested in his team but his financial losses aren’t going to alter his monthly budget. You can’t say the same for a lot of Chiefs’ fans.

“If a team underperforms, I’m the first guy you should look at for that, not anybody else, not assistant coaches. It starts with me. If we don’t finish this season the way (we) should, then what needs to happen will happen. Sure, it starts with me, I’m the head coach.”
Mike Munchak, the Titans’ second-year head coach, The Tennessean
GH: That sounds a lot different than a Romeo, “I’m not sure what happened,” postgame comment. 

“Now you’re playing to see who obviously is going to be on your football team for years to come. Now we get a chance to evaluate players and see where we’re at. Obviously, we’re not out of it statistically, but now we find out what type of character we’ve got and how guys keep on fighting through the rest of the season.”
Mike Shanahan, Washington’s head coach, after his Skins lost 21-13 to Carolina to fall to 3-6, Washington Post
GH: Shanahan is being panned by the media and the talking heads for “giving up” on the season – despite saying, “Obviously, we’re not out of it statistically…” I see Shanahan’s comments as a challenge to his team – a very public one. I don’t know of a Rat yet who gives up halfway to the cheese.

“Peyton Manning in 2012: 5-3, 2,404 passing yards… Andrew Luck in 2012: 5-3, 2,404 passing yards. What a stat by @ESPNStatsInfo.”
Linda Cohn, @lindacohn, Twitter
GH: Would the Colts have taken Soren Petro’s offer of five number one picks in last year’s NFL draft for Luck? I wish the Chiefs would have tried.

 “What would YOU ask #Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel? Tweet me some good questions for tomorrow’s midday presser.”
Jeff Rosen, KC Star sports editor, @jeff_rosen88, Twitter
GH: My ten questions for Romeo…add yours below in the Comments section.

1)      Is the animosity being shown by Chiefs’ fans similar to what you experienced in your last season at Cleveland?

2)      Is the quarterback the single most important variable in winning games in the NFL? If not, what is?

3)      Have you seen Geno Smith and Matt Barkley play? If not, why not? Pioli says he has not, isn’t that a dereliction of his duty to evaluate personnel for the draft?

4)      Is the Chiefs’ roster simply not very good? At 1-7, it appears we all were wildly optimistic about this team’s talent.

5)      Did you make a mistake in accepting the head coaching position? You have exceled as a DC but have now failed miserably as a head coach twice.

6)      How do you plan to turn around the attitude of a 1-7 team that has appeared to underachieve in almost every game?

7)      Washington’s Mike Shanahan has stated he’ll use the remainder of their season to evaluate players and see who wants to remain on the team. Have you given up as well? If not, wouldn’t it be better to prepare for 2013 then try to win a few games in 2012?

8)      Can you lead this Chiefs’ team to the playoffs in 2013? How?

9)      Just how bad is Ricky Stanzi? He’s worse than Tyler Palko, right?

10)   With half the season remaining, what would be a realistic goal for the number of wins your team can attain?

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21 Responses to OTC: 89-year-old Bud Adams Shows Clark Hunt How To Get Pissed At His Team / 10 Questions For Romeo

  1. Jim says:

    Chiefs and Royals fans should KNOW who they are cheering for by now. Any complaining or bitching about Hunt or Glass should be immediately followed by a kick to the groin. They ARE who they ARE!! Why does anyone think that is ever going to change? How many decades of the SAME thing does it take to FINALLY convince you rubes that winning is NOT the first priority of either of these franchises. It never has been. How thick do you have to be to GET THAT?

  2. Gavin says:

    I didn’t hear Maas’ comments but I don’t read them to suggest that we should all still want Pioli to still be around or that we should allow ourselves to continue to be “fooled.” Maybe the quote above, in context, actually is a wholeheared defense of The Clarks, but I think Maas is right. We ALL (me included) wanted him to hire Pioli. He was an obvious grad-slam pick, at least at the time. Obviously, it turns out he sucks when he isn’t under the protective umbrella that in Bill Belechik, but Clark did the right thing and I think he’ll do it again.

    Just because Hunt isn’t frothing at the mouth like Bud Adams doesn’t mean he isn’t taking this seriously and looking hard at this situation. Hunt is obviously his father’s son and he plays his cards close to the vest, but the fact that he hasn’t had a tirade in the media doesn’t mean anything. Let’s just wait to get out our pitchforks and torches until the end of the season. If he doesn’t clean house then, okay, we can burn him in effigy. But I don’t think it does any good to fire him now (it’s not as if he can hire someone in the middle of the season, at least not a candidate anyone would want) and he might as well bide his time and get through this endless sinkhole of a season.

    • kylerohde says:

      Agreed 100%. All the Bud Adams comments did was make the fans feel good while telling the players their coach is a dead man walking.

      • Mike says:

        Also, Bud’s comment about ‘flying up there’ doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. The Bears-Titans game was in Nashville. The only way it makes sense is if Bud still lives in Houston.
        But Clark is a different breed. Too cold and businesslike, unfortunately. Peter King had a terrific nugget in MMQB today about how a bad mix of a relationship that a conservative owner as Clark would have with a guy like Sean Payton. There’s no chance KC ever lands him, but it does give a distinct impression at how narrow a head-coach candidate pool would be out there, whenever the Chiefs get their next head coach.

    • Mike says:

      I don’t know if Lamar played it close to the vest, or if he trusted Jack Steadman to do that for him. And we see what the end result of that turned out to be….until ’88.

  3. The Smartman says:

    I suspect Bud Adams would have done the same thing if he were 40 years younger. It’s got nothing to do with age. It’s all about BALLS! It’s about character, integrity, expectations and doing the RIGHT THING! The Clark’s are not in the same league with the Adams Family.

    Making mistakes is not the issue. It’s how you correct the mistake that defines you. Scott Pioli hasn’t gottenthe job done. He’s not going to get it done. He’s the Jimmy Carter of football. He should be immediately dismissed after the Steelers game if the Chiefs don’t walk away with a convincing win.

    Bill Maas; serial philanderer, wife beater, mysogynist, coke head, and otherwise loose cannon is a perfect fit for this Chiefs organization. Gotta be a job for him in groupie sales.

    Asking questions of Romeo Crennel makes less sense than asking questions of Harley. I ran into Harley’s mom. She said he’s been teaching CPR at the nursing home, except that he calls it 96.

    • kylerohde says:

      Pretty sure the Adams family has one less Super Bowl win than the Hunt family, though they’ve at least been there in a year starting with 2___, and not 196_.

  4. harwood benjamin says:

    The game was in Tennessee. Remember, Bud, just like the Hunts, is a carpetbagger from Texas.

  5. George Wilson says:

    Comparing the Hunt family to Bud Adams and using words like “character” and “integrity” to describe Adams is beyond absurd. This is the guy who broke the hearts of Oilers’ fans when he moved the franchise from his adopted hometown of Houston, where he had lived for 50 years. Yeah, that’s just who we want our onwership to emulate.

    • The Smartman says:

      Adams did what he needed to do for the success of the franchise by moving the team. He had the full support of the NFL owners. Just like we got bent over in KC for stadium improvements….to increase revenue, he was looking for a new stadium in Houston for ithe same reason. The Astrodome, even with its’ improvements, was not enough. He got shot down from Day 1 by the mayor, who was just as much at fault for the team moving as Bud was. Nashville offered $140,000,000.00 for a stadium and guaranteed $70,000,000.00 in ticket sales. Not the kind of deal you turn down.

    • bs says:

      uh, george, the hunts moved their team from texas to kc.

  6. The Word says:

    I think Maas is kissing Clarks butt is because Dawson is close to retirement from the booth. Maas wants to be the color man for the Chiefs.

    • The Smartman says:

      Damn! I was hoping that Jayice Pearson would get Lenny’s gig. Can you imagine how hilarious he would be with the Centaur of Broadcasting?

      • The Word says:

        It will be interesting to see who gets the color gig when Lenny either retires or leaves this world. Normally NFL teams want former player or coach as their color guy. What former Chiefs player or coach with broadcast experience would get this job?

        Maas? Maybe he was the B team at Fox before the drugs and nine-finger chicks ruined it.

        Trent Green? He’s OK, kind of boring.

        Jayice Pearson? He’s alright. He was listenable when he did MIAA games on 62.

        Rich Baldinger? Horrible on the MIAA football broadcasts.

        Dick Vermeil? Too Old.

        Marty? Maybe….but the Cameroheads will have O’s everytime he talks about, “One play at a time.”

  7. Java Man says:

    “It makes me wonder if Maas expects a future role with this organization once the Candy Man gets canned.”

    What could go wrong with that plan?
    -Frank White

  8. Arte says:

    Bud needs to come back to Lawrence and light a fire under his alma mater’s football team.
    As for Clark Hunt, I don’t think the guy knows anything about football. Soccer maybe, but not football. And the only reason he hired Pioli, because everybody–including the media–told him to. And while it sounded like a good idea at the time, did Hunt really explore whether or not Pioli was a good fit for KC? And whether the guy was legit or just somebody hyped up beyond what he really was and is–a guy who gained a reputation, riding on the coattails of Bill Belichik and Tom Brady and to a lesser degree, his father-in-law, Bill Parcells.
    At least Bud Adams played the game.

    • kylerohde says:

      There’s no second-guessing hiring the hirint of Pioli – every analyst, writer, guru, etc. had him as the top choice for a General Manager. The only second-guessing that decision should come if he gets the chance to run another draft for this team.

      With the failures of Mangini, McDaniels, Pioli, Crennel and probably some others, hiring Patriots guys looks less smart, though Dimitroff and Weis (all his NFL work has been successful) have done well.

  9. Gasseduppp says:

    Our Cornerback goes from starter to cut? We pick up a guy who’s been laying on the couch to fill need on D line? Romeo gives up D coaching duties cause the other guys on the offense are pouting he doesn’t spend enough time with them?

    It’s getting to be comedy central over at Arrowhead.

  10. MightyMo says:

    How excited are you to be a part of history?

    Have you ever considered firing yourself as head coach but remaining the defensive coordinator?

    Have you scouted the current backup QB for the Patriots?

    Do blowouts hurt worse or less than close losses?

    You stated at one point that you were playing a certain style so the fans could see competitive games. What happened?

    Do you and Charlie Weis ever get together, share a beer, and just chuckle?

    Should Jamal Charles be traded for draft picks?

    Was letting Brandon Carr go, in a pass happy NFL, a mistake?

    If we do not have the right 53, can we try to have the right 22? 10? 1?

    Do you remember when we beat the Packers?

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