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Chiefs GM Scott Pioli: Number of problems on this team


Kansas City Chiefs Scott Pioli said turnovers and penalties are among the problems costing the Chiefs games.

"There are a number of problems on this team," Pioli said in an interview with KCTV5 sports director Michael Coleman on Wednesday. "There is a combination of things that not going well here right now."

He said he understands the frustrations from fans.

"I think it's fair to say everyone is disappointed and a little bit or a lot frustrated," Pioli said. "The fans are. I think people in this building are. The players. The coaches. Myself. The reality is we put ourselves here so we've got to get ourselves out."

He said "all of us involved in this thing" must "buck up" and take ownership and responsibility for the team's disappointing 1-5 start.

"I am at the top of the list when things aren't going well right now. It starts with me," he said. "We are part of the problem."

Pioli met with several members of the media on Wednesday. This came after CBS on Sunday reported that the Chiefs had offered him a contract extension. But the Kansas City Star, KCTV5's reporting partner, cited a source who said that no extension has been offered.

Neither Pioli or Chiefs owner Clark Hunt publicly discuss contracts, including Pioli's. But during the five-minute interview, Pioli discussed his job performance.

He said his focus is leading the Chiefs to victory over the Oakland Raiders in 10 days. He said he doesn't worry about people hoping Hunt will fire him, saying that would be a waste of energy.

"This isn't about me. It's about this football team. This football team, this franchise, this fan base, the Hunt family, is (sic) so much bigger than me," Pioli said. "It's my job to get it right and to get it fixed. So that's what I've got to concern myself with is doing my job and doing my job well."

Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel still enjoys Pioli's confidence. He noted he was interim coach for just three games at the end of last season and this is his first year as the permanent coach.

"I know Romeo is a heck of a coach," Pioli said.

He did not directly address who should be the starting quarterback against the Raiders: Matt Cassel or Brady Quinn. Pioli brought Cassel to Kansas City from New England where Pioli had been part of the management.

"Matt can obviously play better and Matt has said that," Pioli said before discussing the numerous issues facing the team.

As far as offensive lineman Eric Winston igniting a firestorm by saying 70,000 fans cheering Cassel going down with a concussion, Pioli said Winston reacted from an emotional place.

"I know this about Eric," Pioli said. "He wanted to be here and he still wants to be here."

Pioli didn't reveal how the plans "to get it right and get it fixed," other than the Chiefs have to concentrate on winning each game.

"What you have on paper has to translate on the field. And things can look wonderful on paper but you still have to go out on Sundays and win games," he said. "That's what we've got to do right now. Stop worrying. Stop thinking that we are better than we are and just go out and win on Sunday and win the next Sunday and the next Sunday."

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