In a move that didn’t surprise many, Kansas City Chiefs Chairman, Clark Hunt, announced that he and Scott Pioli, have mutually parted ways.
“After several productive conversations, we made the difficult decision to part ways with Scott Pioli and allow him to pursue other opportunities,” Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said. “Scott has been an invaluable member of the Chiefs family since joining us in 2009, and we sincerely appreciate his tremendous contributions over the last four years.”
That pretty much said all that Chiefs fans have been hoping to hear from their owner since mid-season, when the team on the field began crumbling.
On Monday, Clark Hunt, made it very clear to the fan base that he was going to regain control of his struggling franchise. He swiftly fired Romeo Crennel and his coaching staff and put his general manager on notice. That meant that Pioli’s days in Kansas City were numbered.
From our sources, the split on Friday was amicable, the Chiefs likely negotiated a buyout that would indeed shave off a fraction or more of the $7.5 million Pioli was to be paid in 2013.
By doing that now before they announce the hiring of Andy Reid as their next head coach, Pioli is now free to interview with other NFL teams. Warpaint Illustrated.com has learned several AFC teams might want to consider Pioli in their scouting department but they won’t consider him as a General Manager. Those team include Tennesse, Cleveland and Jacksonville.
Then again you’d have to assume he could land in either Atlanta or back in some capacity with the New England Patriots.
On his way out the door Friday morning, Scott Pioli, did offer some words for the Hunts and all Chiefs fans.
“I would like to thank Norma, Clark and the Hunt Family for the opportunity that they gave me four years ago. I’d also like to thank the players, coaches, scouts and countless other employees, throughout the organization and at Arrowhead Stadium that have worked so hard during my time here. I would also like to genuinely thank Chiefs fans.
“The bottom line is that I did not accomplish all of what I set out to do. To the Hunt family – to the great fans of the Kansas City Chiefs – to the players, all employees and alumni, I truly apologize for not getting the job done.”
With Andy Reid set to be announced as the Chiefs next head coach in a matter of hours, it appears that he’ll choose the next General Manager of the Chiefs.
And based on the fast moving track this organization has been on the last 48 hours, one would assume since Pioli was let go on Friday, that Reid already has his his successor well in hand.
And Warpaint Illustrated has learned that former Tom Heckert, Tom Gamble and John Dorsey are the leading candidates at the moment.
For more on those candidates, check out our previous column from this morning at Warpaint Illustrated.com Reid’sNextGM
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