INDIANAPOLIS — For those of us not working out, testing and interviewing this week, not everything at the combine is so serious. As such, Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli offered a fresh take on being here when he took the podium for a media session Thursday.
“It’s good to be back here,” offered Pioli, who’s attending his second combine since joining the Chiefs. “Actually, it’s a great time of year to be here. It’s also nice to actually walk through. … It’s the first time in a number of years I can walk down the streets of Indy and not be cursed at by Colts fans. So obviously I’m making progress.”
The very cordial Pioli spent the allotted 15 minutes at the podium, before spending another 25 minutes in a side session surrounded by at least another 25 reporters.
Pioli didn’t hide from the Chiefs’ 4-12 record last season, saying, “Unfortunately, when you win four games, you have to do a lot of things better.” He also promised that the Chiefs would be active in free agency.
“We were active last year,” Pioli said. “I think what happens sometimes is that you try to be active and you don’t always get deals done. We’re going to try to improve our team and supplement our team with free agents this year, as we did last year. So we will be involved in free agency, absolutely.”
Pioli also had some interesting takes on the interview process for players at the combine, as well as quarterbacks who elect not to work out, which I’ll get back to later tonight.
— Frank Tadych