The early returns are in on Scott Pioli and not surprisingly Clark Hunt is pleased with his new general manager according to Adam Teicher.
Hunt hired Scott Pioli for weeks like this one. Hired as Chiefs GM in large part because of his expertise in talent evaluation, Pioli conducted a draft over the weekend in which he selected eight players. He has also landed a slew of veteran players. Hunt said things were run much differently than in years past — and that’s a good thing.
“I was very impressed with how things went. Certainly, the preparation was very thorough. It was evident to me that Scott personally had spent many, many hours studying tape on not only everybody we picked but a lot of people we weren’t able to pick. That was his reputation. He’s been a GM willing to roll up his sleeves and do the work himself.
Not that anyone expected Hunt to say something negative about Scott Pioli but he also didn’t have to say anything at all. Sure, he brought Pioli in here to run things his way, but at the end of the day Hunt signs the checks and autonomy or not the owner has to be happy. Hunt also told Teicher that he expects the team to be a lot more active during next year’s draft when it comes to pulling the trigger on trades. Judging by the emails I’ve been getting from the “not-so-sure about Pioli” folks, that will take care of most of their complaints.
Even with the flurry of moves Scott Pioli have made over the past week, Bob Gretz thinks there are still three positions that need to be addressed: Pass rusher, WR and offensive line.
We all know the Chiefs were the worst defense in the history of the NFL at sacking the QB, bringing the passer down just 10 times. From total, 2.5 sacks are gone: two by Jason Babin and a ½ by Pat Thomas.
Currently there are 14 players on the Chiefs roster with at least one NFL sack. There are only three that have more than 15 sacks over their career.
The top three active sackers that are currently available as free agents are Jason Taylor, Kevin Carter and Willi McGinist.
As we have talked about here over the past few weeks, I think a change in scheme and having better talent across the board will lead to a better pass rush, even without having a true “pass rusher”. Someone like Tyson Jackson might not rack up sexy sack numbers, but just having him being a disruptive force will open things up for the rest of the line and linebackers. I wouldn’t be upset if they bring in another veteran like Taylor, but unlike some I don’t think it’s a necessity.
Could Scott Pioli be looking to an undrafted free agent from Baylor to fill another one of those positions — WR — that needs to be addressed?
Former Baylor wide receiver Thomas White is hoping to catch on with an NFL team. His options are narrowed to the Kansas City Chiefs, Tennessee Titans, St. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks. The Plano, TX native finished his career with 95 catches for 1,232 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Scouts Inc. assigned a rating of 30 to Smith and ranked him as the 83rd WR.
You can check out his Baylor profile here.
If White doesn’t take part in the first rookie mini-camp then I can’t imagine he’ll be anything more than camp fodder if he ends up signing with Kansas City. The one thing that does intrigue me is his size (6-1/205) and number of teams interested.
Yesterday, the Charlotte Knights of the International League lost to Syracuse 6-3.
The losing pitcher for Charlotte was Justin Cassel, younger brother of Matt. Justin lasted just four inning and allowed six runs on eight hits.
Just a quick note on Cassel’s brother. For those of you out there that are fans of the International league, the same two teams will continue their series tonight at 7:15 EST!