Mark Twain famously once said, "There's lies, damned lies, and then there's statistics."
You be the judge. I feel that way about numbers sometimes. But the more I look at what's brewing in KC, the more alarmed I am that no one else is noticing...
Scott Pioli (pictured). Romeo Crennel. Charlie Weis.
You know how many Super Bowl rings these guys have? Three. And they earned them all together while building the Patriots—Pioli as scout, Crennel as DC, and Weis as OC. All under the icy glare of HC Bill Belichick.
...and the draft twist here? I think we should be drafting for Kansas City.
The San Diego Chargers, bless them, are going dimly into the night. LT is fired. Norv Turner is probably next. Belichick protege Josh McDaniels, who looked like a genius (to me) for shipping off crybaby pick machine Jay Cutler, actually did some damage in the AFC West.
RB Moreno was a genius pick by Denver, too. But the hired gun approach of no names is a very Patriot thing to do—and Josh McDaniels succeeded, more or less. But he was not as sly as Belichick. Denver is a wild card.
I'm not going to give you any real analysis. You can laugh Weis out of Notre Dame and laugh Crennel out of Cleveland—but they earned three Super Bowl rings. I want you to read the numbers and see if a picture forms...
Patriots win the Super Bowl in 2001, 2003, and 2004.
Scott Pioli did a '90s stint as OC and DC at Murray State (Kentucky) before transitioning to a personnel guru for the Ravens, Jets, and Browns. Belichick hired him in 2000. Pioli's strength is team-building.
Pioli left in 2008 with a 104-42 record in his Patriots role. Pioli is credited for the Tom Brady pick. He worked closely with Belichick in free agency signings. The list of superstar Pats is long.
On Pioli's watch: Tom Brady, Antwoine Harris, J.R Redmond (ASU!), Hakim Akbar, Richard Seymour, Matt Light, David Givens, Daniel Graham, Deion Branch, Tully Banta-Cain, Dan Koppen, Assante Samuel, Eugene Wilson, Ty Warren, Ben Watson, Vince Wilfork, Nick Kaczur, Ellis Hobbs, Logan Mankins, Matt Cassell, Stephen Gostkowski, Laurence Maroney, and Brandon Merriweather.
This is not chump change.
Charlie Weis has coached nearly every NFL offensive position before the Pats hired him in 2000. He is a Bill Parcells understudy. The Patriots hired Weis as OC.
I'm not going to bore you with numbers here. Tom Brady set records. And when Brady was off, there was a running game. They had decent WRs (not spectacular) and decent RBs (not spectacular).
How do you think Weis pulled off three Super Bowls? Innovative offensive schemes designed for maximum yardage and big plays. All this with Antoine Smith, Marshall Faulk, Corey Dillon, Troy Brown, and Deion Branch.
Weis' tenure: '01: 11-5, 371 points; '02: 9-7, 346 points; '03: 14-2, 348 points; '04: 14-2, 437 points.
This brings us to Romeo Crennel, with the Pats 2001 to 2004 as DC. Crennel's history in the NFL was always Defensive Coordinator: Giants, Pats, Jets. Another Parcells understudy who blossomed under Belichick.
You think Weis cooked up some innovative offense? Look what Crennel did on defense: points allowed: '01: 270; '02: 346; '03: 238; '04: 260. Not bad.
The points scored to points allowed differential on Crennel's watch? From '01 to '04: 99, 35, 110, and 177, respectively.
Read this how you want. The Patriots were quiet, unassuming, modest, and under the radar before they hit the NFL hard in a compressed amount of time.
I'll do you one better: Is there a Raider Fan that can tell me why this combination of men poses no danger to the AFC West?
Referenced: profootballreference.com; Browns, Pats, Chiefs Web sites. Wikipedia for minor biographical.