There has been a lot of talk in recent days about a fractured relationship in Kansas City between general manager Scott Pioli and coach Todd Haley after the Chiefs fell to 0-2, both blowout losses.
If there is a rift between the two men, it is apparently not being felt in the Chiefs’ locker room. In a radio interview, Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel was adamant that he doesn’t know anything about a problem up top.
“I haven’t heard that,” Cassel said. “I haven’t read that. I don’t know anything about that. To be completely honest, I haven’t seen that with my own two eyes. From what I see, they talk to each other in the building. They are communicating and everything. It looks great, so I don’t know anything. I can’t really speculate on the article or what is being said out there because I haven’t seen that or know anything about it.”
I have heard rumors about a Haley-Pioli problem since the offseason. That’s not totally uncommon. You hear a lot about a lot of things in NFL circles. I think the rumors are now coming to the surface because the Chiefs are losing.
I mean, it’s hard to say there are problems when a team turns around its fortunes as dramatically as Kansas City did last year. Now, that the pressure is on (Kansas City has been outscored 89-10 in the first two games), things like this start floating around.
Look, both Pioli and Haley are strong-willed, competitive men. I wouldn’t be shocked if they occasionally butt heads. But until Pioli fires Haley, I don’t think too much should be made of it.
It’s obvious Cassel isn’t worried about it.