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Scott Pioli: Chiefs’ 0-2 start is not the end of the world

Scott Pioli

CORRECTS TITLE TO GENERAL MANAGER, NOT COACH - Kansas City Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli answers a question during a news conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Friday, Feb. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)


Chiefs G.M. Scott Pioli still thinks the team he assembled can have a good 2012 season, despite back-to-back big losses.

Pioli acknowledged that the Chiefs haven’t looked as good as he thought they would so far this season, but that doesn’t mean they’re not a good team.

If any one of us knew what the answer was, we wouldn’t be sitting where we’re sitting right now,” Pioli told the Kansas City Star. “But I also don’t think it’s the end of the world. We have 14 games left. We’re certainly digging a hole but it’s not something we can’t get out of. Everyone within the organization is disappointed in the results so far. We’re all surprised because I don’t think any one of us went into the season thinking we would be 0-2. I don’t think any of us anticipated that.”

Pioli stressed that Week Two of the season is too early to panic.

“Our expectations at the beginning of this year were that we were going to be winning games,” Pioli said. “Right now, we haven’t done that. [But] we’re two games into a 16-game season.”

And Pioli insisted that Romeo Crennel is the right man to coach the Chiefs.

“Absolutely he is. I think he’s doing a good job. I really do,” Pioli said.

Expressing confidence in staying the course is about the only thing a general manager can do after an 0-2 start. But while it may not be the end of the world, the Chiefs need to play better this season, or it could be the end of Pioli’s reign as their general manager.