KANSAS CITY, Mo. When Scott Pioli took over as general manager in 2009, he flushed the Chiefs' organization of virtually everything and everyone connected to its recent past, including coaches and office personnel from numerous departments, all in an effort to launch a new beginning.
With all the changes, however, Pioli also might have flushed the Chiefs-Raiders rivalry, at times one of the most bitter in all of sports.
It's really not a rivalry anymore, former Chiefs defensive back Jayice Pearson said by phone Wednesday. It's not anything like it was in the 1960s or the 1970s or in the '90s when Marty Schottenheimer was here.
Now it's nothing. This new regime came in and wiped out most of the people in the building with ties to Kansas City that had a connection to that rivalry. There are very few Kansas City people left in the organization so no one really knows about the rivalry.
There's no such thing as 'Raiders Week' anymore. This might as well be Tampa Bay or the Colts c...