I also write for the Patriots blog here and temporarily filling in as a blogger for the Chiefs. Scott Pioli used to draft with Bill Belicheck on draft day and the two acquired premium talent in the NFL Draft.
In 20o9 and 2010 you could argue that Bill Belicheck outdrafted Scott Pioli, but this year Pioli acquired enough talent for Kansas City’s 3-4 scheme to be in the running for one of the best 3-4 defenses down the road. Houston was another team that drafted well with the 3-4.
Bill Belicheck could have acquired a rush linebacker and a 3-4 defensive end, but he didn’t. Belicheck still had a good draft, but reached for some players while Scott Pioli probably had one of the best drafts among the AFC Teams so he really deserves a lot of recognition and credit. Pioli has modeled his defense after Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and New England’s 3-4 defense since he made the Chiefs switch to the 3-4 transition in 2009. This transition struggled at first, but now he has added more pieces to this defense after bringing in Romeo Crennell as a Defensive Coordinator as Tamba Hali had a career year last year during Crennel’s first year as a defensive coordinator.. Kansas City got an immediate impact player in Eric Berry. Quarterbacks threw away from Barry and Brnadon Flowers and Brandon Carr played like corners that were impossible to throw against when teams were throwing away from Berry. Now that the Chiefs defense is formidable the only thing left to do in Kansas City is to add a left tackle so Branden Albert moves inside to left guard while Rodney Hudson becomes the center. Kansas City may struggle to get to the Super Bowl over the next 2 years, but they will contend for a spot and by 2013 the Chiefs may return the Lombardi Trophy to Kansas City who knows.