Fear & Loathing in Kansas City?

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  1. Hostile

    Hostile The Duke

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    Report: Chiefs front office filled with fear and insecurity

    1/15/2012 9:52:31 AM

    Since Scott Pioli was hired as general manager in January 2009, life for many inside the Chiefs’ front office has been marked by massive staff turnover, fear and insecurity about how closely they are watched according to Kent Babb of the Kansas City Star.

    Numerous current and former staffers paint a picture of constant worry — and, in a few cases, of alleged age discrimination. Three former department heads sued the Chiefs in 2011, though the team has denied wrongdoing.
    Former head coach Todd Haley believed his personal cellphone and "many rooms" at Chiefs' team headquarters were bugged while he was coach.

    The Chiefs have adamantly denied that they tap phones or listen in on conversations. But as the team enters another period of transition after elevating defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel last week to head coach, interviews with more than two dozen current and former employees suggest that intimidation and secrecy are among the Chiefs’ principal management styles — and that Haley wasn’t the only one with paranoid thoughts.

    “When you’re mentally abused, you eventually lose it, too,” one former longtime Chiefs executive said.

    In the last three years, more than half the workforce has turned over, and the vast majority of senior staff members are no longer with the team. As dozens have left the organization, with some of the holdovers and new hires trying to adapt to what many described as a restrictive working environment, dread has permeated the franchise.

    “The level of paranoia was probably the highest that I had ever seen it anywhere,” another former high-ranking staffer said. “… If you make the wrong step, you might not be able to pay your mortgage.”
  2. Eskimo

    Eskimo Well-Known Member

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    It is understandable that the new guy in charge may seek to make changes in personnel. On that level I think the insecurity of the staff is understandable.

    What is funny is the level of paranoia that people are talking about - bugged phones and conference rooms? That is pretty far out. If Pioli is truly doing such things or creating an environment where people think such things are happening he is going to have trouble attracting good talent to his team.

    He really needs to seriously re-consider how he is doing his job or he risks getting gutted by other teams stealing his good employees.
  3. arglebargle

    arglebargle Well-Known Member

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    Wow, KC really knows how to pic 'em. They had crooked ol' Peterson mismanaging things for years, and now they've chosen a micromanaging paranoia inducer to continue the tradition.

    This is probably all on the Hunt's shoulders.
  4. DanteEXT

    DanteEXT Well-Known Member

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    Pioli was part of the Pats organization during the whole spygate scandal, doesn't seem that far out.
  5. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    True or not, it sounds like a nasty situation. Damn shame we aren't talking about the Redskins/Giants/Eagles/Steelers. :laugh2:
  6. GRD

    GRD Benched

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    I think not...So you all leave Jerry alone...

    Former Chiefs coach thinks team had him bugged..

    Haley suspected that “many rooms” at the team facility were “bugged,” and his own personal cellphone was “tampered with” during his time as Chiefs head coach. He believed the purpose of the alleged spying was to “monitor employees’ conversations.”

    This definitely reeks of paranoia by Haley, whose peculiar and volatile personality leads some to think he’s a few cards short of a deck. However, there appears to be more Deep Throat here than just a disgruntled (former) employee.

    The Star talked to “more than two dozen current and former employees” who hinted that Haley’s suspicions are valid, saying “intimidation and secrecy are among the Chiefs’ principal management styles.”

  7. Brian_C82

    Brian_C82 Member

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    It sounds like they do everything except win football games.

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