The arrival of Scott Pioli and Todd Haley was supposed to be a calming drama free force to guide the Chiefs into their next era of dominance.
So far the results have been mixed disgruntled running back Larry Johnson has been on sports talk radio pleading for his release or trade, Tony Gonzalez speculated his Chiefs future publicly at the Pro Bowl and now team leader and perennial Pro Bowler Brian Waters has came public with his desire to be released.
Waters earlier in the week flew into Kansas City on his own dime to meet with Pioli and new coach Todd Haley so the could go over the Chiefs 2009 plans with him. What waters did not realize is he did not call to set up a appointment with Pioli and Pioli does not stop what he is doing in the middle of his day to meet with players even if they were the best player on a bad team.
Waters was told they had nothing to discuss. Felling jilted by Pioli Waters ran into Todd Haley in the hallway only for Haley to tell him that he could have found 22 players of the street who could have won two games. All of this has lead to Waters frustration and then release request.
What Waters fails to see is that there is a new hierarchy at Arrowhead players report to the coach coaches report to the G.M. and the G.M. reports to the owner.
Not like when King Carl was here and if you were the teachers pet you could just stroll into his office any time. Waters was ready to throw his endorsement behind Pioli and Haley just like he did for Gunther Cunningham, Dick Vermeil and Herm Edwards but Waters put himself in a prime place to be a example for the rest of the team on how business was going to be handled at Arrowhead from here on out.
Scott Pioli would be irresponsible in his duties if he stopped what he was doing at the beginning of free agency to meet with players he already has. Especially when players the caliber of Derrick Brooks and Marvin Harrison suddenly hit the market.
Pioli promised to shake the foundation of the Chiefs to turn over a new leaf and he has done that by trading the #3 pick in the second round to the Patriots for QB Matt Cassell who will assume the starting QB role and defensive leader Mike Vrabel who at 34 is not in the future for the Chiefs but is still a productive player and a leader in the club house something that will ease the transition period for Pioli while he installs the Patriot way of doing things.
One thing is for sure Pioli and Haley have a plan for this team and they are not going to stop and share their plan with each player until they need to. The days of players dictating situations in Kansas City are done and every player 1 thru 53 will be treated the same. Each player is just a piece of the puzzle and if a player is not on board with the Patriot way they will probably be shown the door.
Not when they request to be shown the door but when it is best for the Chiefs. If Scott Pioli thinks the Chiefs are a better team in 2009 with Larry Johnson than Larry Johnson will be on the opening day roster regardless of what Johnson wants.
If teams are only willing to offer a fifth round pick for Gonzalez then he will be in Kansas City regardless of what he wants and if Brian Waters got his feelings hurt he only has one choice to get glad in the same pants he got mad in because he like every other player in Kansas City no longer controls his fate on this team.