Originally written on The Victory Formation  |  Last updated 1/17/12

Let’s face it, the Kansas City Chiefs have been a poorly ran organization as of late. Sure, they were quite good for a long time, with former GM Carl Peterson making some very good moves (Priest Holmes, for example) that led to an extended period of winning football. Peterson resigned at the end of the 2008 season,  and Scott Pioli was brought in from the New England Patriots. That’s when things at Chiefs Headquarters took a turn for the worse.

As a disciple of Darth Belichek, Pioli’s maneuverings were mostly done in secrecy. However, Pioli’s secrecy bordered on paranoia. In an article with the KC Star, former employees were interviewed, and the changes the new GM made were unpopular. It started with Pioli’s drawing of the blinds on the windows looking into the organization. The secret shrowd of Pioli then moved on to monitoring staff phone calls and emails made from within headquarters. Pioli may have delved even deeper though, with former head coach Todd Haley being positive that his personal cell phone was bugged (no word on if he also saw Christina Aguilera bugs at random times).

As Pioli worked behind closed doors, he moved to make a regime change. For the most part, if you worked for former GM Peterson you were let go, encouraged to resign or forced to quit. As the saying goes, winning cures all ills. If all of these changes had transformed the Chiefs into a winner, there would be less rabble coming from the Chiefs’ front office. It hasn’t yet, and it may not happen soon. Makes me happy I root for a less (although not by much) dysfunctional team.

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