Kansas City Chiefs: Paranoia over Spying Will Hinder Organization

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IJanuary 15, 2012

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 01:  Kansas City Chiefs General Manager Scott Pioli looks on from the sidelines as the Chiefs prepare to face the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 1, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Details are coming to light of the Kansas City Chiefs that paint a picture of an organization that few people are going to want to work for. 

After a surprisingly successful 2010, the Chiefs struggled through an injury-riddled 2011 season that resulted in coach Todd Haley losing his job before the season was over. Kansas City has since promoted interim coach Romeo Crennel to their full-time coach. 

And that is a good thing because they were going to have a hard time attracting any legitimate coaching options with details like the following floating around. 


The Report

Kent Babb of the Kansas City Star:

Todd Haley walked into the public relations office at Chiefs headquarters on a Thursday in early December. Four days before he was fired as the team’s coach, he wanted to talk about what life was like inside this organization. But he didn’t know who else might be listening.

Looking up toward the ceiling, he darted into a back hallway before hesitating. Then he turned around, going back through a door and stopping again. Haley suspected that many rooms at the team facility were bugged so that team administrators could monitor employees’ conversations. Stopping finally in a conference room, Haley said he believed his personal cellphone, a line he used before being hired by the Chiefs in 2009, had been tampered with.

Babb makes it known that the Chiefs say that they absolutely do not conduct this kind of behavior. However, he also offers up that the Star conducted interviews with more than two dozen former and current employees and those interviews "suggest that intimidation and secrecy are among the Chiefs’ principal management styles."

He offers up this quote from a former longtime Chiefs front office executive:

When you’re mentally abused, you eventually lose it, too.


What This Means for the Chiefs

Babb's report is fascinating. There are several examples of the extent of Pioli's grip over all things that happen with this organization and the level of paranoia they have created. 

This is not an environment where many employees are going to want to work. While it is impossible to tell to what extent these concerns are warranted, there are enough tales of worry that the job is going to be surrounded by red flags for any possible employees. 

This is not just going to affect the head coach position either. This makes the job less attractive for every position in the front office and on the coaching staff. 

This is a hard way to make a franchise successful. The Chiefs are going to be reduced to picking employees that other NFL teams don't want. 

This will eventually take its toll on Kansas City and they will embark on a downward slide until Scott Pioli either changes perception or is no longer employed by the Chiefs.