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Chiefs hire Pioli as new GM

New England’s Pioli to be named today as Peterson’s replacement

January 13, 2009

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Scott Pioli, left, New England Patriots vice president of player personnel, chats with Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel, right, before an NFL football game in East Rutherford, N.J., on Sept. 14, 2008. Pioli, who helped build and lead a dynasty in New England, is now in charge of the Kansas City Chiefs as general manager of the NFL football team.

Scott Pioli, left, New England Patriots vice president of player personnel, chats with Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel, right, before an NFL football game in East Rutherford, N.J., on Sept. 14, 2008. Pioli, who helped build and lead a dynasty in New England, is now in charge of the Kansas City Chiefs as general manager of the NFL football team.

— Scott Pioli, who helped build and lead a dynasty in New England, is now in charge of a Kansas City franchise which hasn’t won a playoff game in 14 years.

The 43-year-old Pioli will be introduced today as Chiefs general manager, replacing Carl Peterson.

“He will have complete charge of football operations,” Ryan Petkoff, a spokesman for Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt, told the Associated Press. “He will report only to Clark.”

The fate of coach Herm Edwards and his staff was not immediately known.

Pioli, who became vice president of player personnel for the Patriots in 2002 and spent nine years working with head coach Bill Belichick, also interviewed for the general manager vacancy in Cleveland.

He inherits a young team coming off a 2-14 season, but is stepping into a situation that seems ripe for a quick turnaround.

The fan base is loyal, though restive, and the team will be playing next year in a virtually new stadium. Arrowhead, which opened in 1972 and is notorious for being loud and rough on visiting teams, is undergoing a $325 million renovation, which includes new luxury boxes, wider concourses and enhanced amenities in addition to new practice facilities, an enlarged indoor field and a brand new state-of-the-art headquarters building.

In addition, the Chiefs are about $32 million under the salary cap, extra money that will come in handy because KC owns the overall No. 3 pick in the draft.

Besides that, there are a number of promising young players who Edwards was counting on as the foundation of his rebuilding project.

Pioli, the son-in-law of Miami Dolphins boss Bill Parcells, has been honored many times for his contributions to the Patriots’ three Super Bowl championships. With Pioli working with Belichick, the Patriots used an effective mix-and-match of trades, free agent signings and draft selections to dominate the league. In 2007, six players drafted by Pioli and Belichick made the Pro Bowl.

“We are very excited to welcome Scott to the Chiefs,” Hunt said in a statement.

Comments

SMe 5 years, 11 months ago

Herm Edwards was okay but just too cockey.

VTHawk 5 years, 11 months ago

A good hire, I think. Why would Pioli want to come to KC?

number1jayhawker 5 years, 11 months ago

Barry, if Scott's wife is Bill Parcells' daughter, how could she be from Wichita? I don't recall Parcells being a Kansas guy.

jaywalker 5 years, 11 months ago

Fantastic hire. And I do hope this will mean Herm's out. He's a good man, class act, but not a very good coach. He cost the Chiefs at least two wins all by himself this year, (Jets and Niners), and I don't believe he's a molder of young talent. A team this young needs a drill sergeant, not a players coach like Herm.

yankeevet 5 years, 11 months ago

just dump edwards; he is worthless............

misseve 5 years, 11 months ago

With Scott in Herm is out? ( Please, please, please)

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