Early Friday morning, it was announced that the Kansas City Chiefs were going to part ways with their General Manager, Scott Pioli. Chiefs CEO and Owner, Clark Hunt said in a statement,
“After several productive conversations, we made the difficult decision to part ways with Scott Pioli and allow him to pursue other opportunities, 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.”
On December 31st, the Kansas City Chiefs released fired Romeo Crennel and many thought Pioli was going to be fired after Crennel. Pioli was never fired and people were mad because of the “bad decisions” Pioli had made, including the signing Matt Cassel to a multi-year contract. But perhaps the final straw was a terrible 2012 season with the Chiefs winning only two games. After many words from the Chiefs fan base and the Chiefs new head coach, Andy Reid, Pioli was fired.
ESPN reported, that the two sides were secretly talking about parting ways and that Andy Reid would not have accepted the coaching job if Pioli was not fired. Reid also said that he wanted to bring not only his own coaching staff, but his own general manager, along to Kansas City. Some options for Reid’s GM are Tom Heckert and John Dorsey. Heckert worked with Reid from 2001-2009 and is the most likely option for Reid. Dorsey was a linebacker for five years with the Green Bay Packers and is a less likely option for the GM job.
With the first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft and a new Head Coach, the Kansas City Chiefs will start their process of re-building. Many expect them to have one more losing season before they get back to winning but we will not know until next season if this process pans out.