Are Chiefs creating a Kremlin-type environment?

What sort of operation are the Kansas City Chiefs running?

From this in-depth story from Kent Babb of the Kansas City Star, it sounds as if the Chiefs' organization is running a "Big Brother" type organization, watching (and perhaps even bugging, according to former Coach Todd Haley) the facilities to monitor everything from employee conversations to what employees might be watching on the practice field through their office windows. In just three years, more than half the staff has been overturned in Kansas City.

Former Chiefs coach Todd Haley said he believed his office and even his personal cellphone were being monitored.

According to Babb, changes toward a culture of secrecy have prevailed in Kansas City, as he said "Some of the first changes involved shutting off access and protecting information. Non-football employees, including those who had worked for the Chiefs for decades, were told that they weren’t allowed on certain floors, or in certain areas of the team facility. Business-side staffers with an office window facing the practice fields were made to keep their shades drawn during practices. The team president was no exception. A security guard made the rounds during practices, sometimes interrupting phone calls and meetings to lower shades."

Chiefs employees from different departments apparently would leave the facility in separate cars so no one would know they were having lunch together.

Some blamed the culture change on Pioli for bringing the New England Patriots' clandestine ways to the organization, while others said Hunt was responsible for the change in philosophy, preferring to operate far differently than his father, Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt, did.

Whatever the reason, it is alleged in this story that Chiefs employees are walking on eggshells when they are in the facility and fearing for their jobs in many cases.

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