The best part about Super Bowl week is seeing who shows up to do the rounds on radio row. The biggest names in the NFL will go from station to station talking about the big game and their own team. Considering how hard it is to control the content, it was a bit of a surprise when Kansas City Chiefs GM Scott PIoli’s name popped up on Thursday.
When he sat down to talk with WEEI in Boston along with his friend, Atlanta Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff, Pioli was asked about the less-than-flattering “Arrowhead Anxiety” story in The Kansas City Star.
Pioli didn’t deny there were/are employees unhappy with how things have run in Kansas City since he took over for Carl Peterson. Instead, the GM simply said there are two sides to every story.
“You ask two different people and you get two different stories,” Pioli said. “I know what we do have there, there are a lot of employees who are very, very happy, very energetic, really enjoy what they are doing, and they love accountability, they love being held to a certain standard and I see it as a place where there are a lot of people who are very happy to work there and love the ownership.”
When the suggestion he tampered with former head coach Todd Haley’s phone, Pioli was much more emphatic.
“I read that. Clark Hunt and Mark Donovan said at the time and I’ll say it again, unequivocally, completely, totally untrue.”
Even when hosts Michael Holley and Glenn Ordway attempted to move on to the Falcons, Dimitroff instead wanted to defend his buddy, calling the accusation “ridiculous”.
“When you go into a building you try to turn things around, you try to change the proverbial arrow, move it up, there are going to some tough decisions to be made. From what I understand and knowing Scott, he’s going to do all in his power to make that organization what it should be.”