Heat turned up on Pioli in Kansas City


Heat turned up on Pioli in Kansas City

After the Chiefs 35-17 loss to the Bills on Sunday, Scott Pioli finds himself in the crosshairs of the Kansas City media. Kent Babb of the Kansas City Star empties the chamber on Pioli. It sounds like Babb has an axe to grind about the way he believes Pioli tries to influence opinion by back-channeling information to "opinion makers."Writes Babb: "Pioli is now in his fourth year of trying to justify the hype that earned him accolades in New England, respect within the NFL, and a multi-million-dollar job as a GM. Expectations were unreachable, maybe, but Pioli has done himself no favors by obsessing over trivial details, spending too much time trying to feed his addiction to his own reputation, and engineering a team using the discount football philosophy that has made the Hunt family richer but has gotten the Chiefs only marginally closer to a Super Bowl."Once Babb was done, his Star colleague Sam Mellinger tagged in and dropped a few flying elbows of his own. "Pioli came to Kansas City promising multiple championships and a consistent approach focused on building The Right 53, not necessarily the best 53.
Instead, hes on his second head coach and fifth offensive coordinator, and his four years in Kansas City are known much more for middle-school-type drama than consistency. He came here talking about modeling after the Steelers but created something closer to The Real Housewives of the NFL."When you get blown out in the first two games of the year and you haven't developed a comfortable relationship with the local media, this is the result. And Mellinger and Babb are not without salient points. Or tremendous writing ability (thank God there's still some of that around, right?). But two games in is a bit early to start poking the GM down the plank.

Report: Revis return to the Patriots looks 'increasingly likely'

Report: Revis return to the Patriots looks 'increasingly likely'

Darrelle Revis put together the worst year of his career in 2016 and was released by the Jets despite being guaranteed $6 million next season. The team was willing to pay him to simply stay home. 

A return to the NFL hasn't been ruled out for the 31-year-old and seven-time Pro Bowler, though, and multiple people are reportedly under the impression that Revis will make his way back to New England.

According to Jason La Canfora, a Revis return to the Patriots "looks increasingly likely." One personnel person told La Canfora that he believes Revis can still play, but his team is convinced he's headed to New England.

"We did our work on him," the personnel man told La Canfora. "He can still play. He can cover. He doesn’t have that long speed anymore; he’s not going to cover a No. 1 receiver deep. But he can cover in tight spaces and he has great instincts. The film is not as bad as some would have you believe. He’s a perfect fit in that quarters scheme Belichick runs, and they have the kind of safeties who can help him out, too. We’re convinced he’s going back to New England. It just makes too much sense."

The Patriots could have some depth concerns at corner should Malcolm Butler play elsewhere in 2017. They signed Stephon Gilmore to be their top bread-winner at the position, and they have Eric Rowe, Cyrus Jones and Jonathan Jones rounding out the depth chart.

Revis could be an attractive option to potentially fit into the mix as a top-three guy at the position, but does he still have the ability to reach that level? Quarterbacks had a rating of 104.2 when targeting him last season, and he has admitted he was in less than peak physical condition for the 2016 season. 

Bill Belichick typically likes to field motivated teams that are hungry to compete for championships. After Revis won his title in 2014 with the Patriots, he earned a huge pay day from the Jets and seemed less than fully-motivated in his second season after returning to the team that drafted him. 

Revis insisted recently that he still wants to play. 

"The hunger is definitely there," Revis told reporters last week after he had assault charges dismissed in Pittsburgh. "It’s just passion and love for the game. I’m excited for the season to start. I can focus on what team I can fit with and the best system."

Some believe a move to safety is coming for Revis, but the Patriots are well-stocked there with Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung and Duron Harmon as their top-three options.

Bennett goes after NFL for 'educational' video on celebrations

Bennett goes after NFL for 'educational' video on celebrations

Martellus Bennett’s personality was on full display in his one year in New England. Upon hearing the NFL is trying to scale back personality during games, he wasn’t happy. 

The Packers tight end sent out a number of tweets directed at the NFL after executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent announced the league was developing an “educational video” to show players what kinds of celebrations are appropriate and inappropriate. 

Bennett’s rant initially began with him saying that the league was wasting its money and that it would be better spent on “something that will help the players.”

“Who gives a [expletive] what they do when they celebrate?” he added.