Pioli Fired … Waiting on Andy

Kansas City’s long football nightmare is over. Scott Pioli is gone.

The Chiefs announced this morning that they have “parted ways” with their beleaguered general manager. That’s the nice way of saying they have fired the No. 1 power in the organization over the last four years.

“After several productive conversations we made the difficult decision to part ways with Scott Pioli and allow him to pursue other opportunities,” reads a statement from Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt.

The disconnect finally came because it appears the Chiefs and Andy Reid are ready to dance. Some media outlets were reporting late Friday morning that the deal is done, at the same time they were saying the contract was in the hands of the lawyers. That means it isn’t done. But it appears headed in that direction.

In the same release from the team that announced his departure, Pioli is quoted as saying: “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.”

The 47-year old Pioli took over as the team’s general manager on January 13, 2009, replacing that portion of the duties of Carl Peterson. In four seasons under his direction, the Chiefs won the AFC West in 2010, but had an overall record of 23-42 and in 2012 finished with the NFL’s worst record.

The move comes on the heels of Monday’s firing of Pioli’s hand-picked head coach in Romeo Crennel and the apparent decision that former Eagles head coach Andy Reid is his replacement.

Reid’s hiring has not been announced nor acknowledged by the Chiefs in any fashion. But the firing of Pioli is an obvious move to clear the decks so the new head coach can bring in a G.M.

Hunt made it plain in his comments how much he liked Pioli.

“There is no way to overstate the level of respect and admiration I have for Scott on a personal level,” Hunt is quoted in the team’s statement. “His character, loyalty, integrity and commitment to a team are extraordinary. I certainly wish him the best in the future.”

26 Responses to “Pioli Fired … Waiting on Andy”

  • January 4, 2013  - St Paul 1 says:

    I hate to rejoice in another’s misfortune, and having been fired more than once, I know how gut-wrenching it can be. That said, WaHoooooooooooooo!

  • January 4, 2013  - R W says:

    I didn’t think Clark Hunt had it in him to stand down and take Pioli out of his job. Glad I was incorrect and I have a new respect for the young Chief’s owner. Way to go Mr. Hunt.

  • January 4, 2013  - el cid says:

    Guess, again, I got it wrong.

    Goodbye Scott. It could have been different but you chose the path to nowhere. Worse yet, you had a chance to change direction but it was not in you.

  • January 4, 2013  - Gerardo Marina says:

    Now we just need to here the official word about Reid!

  • January 4, 2013  - KC_Guy says:

    “His character, loyalty, integrity and commitment to a team are extraordinary.”

    No word on his professional or leadership skills. Revealing.

  • January 4, 2013  - Nathan Titus says:

    So we’re off the Patriot Way and on to the Packer Way. It’s a shame we can’t figure out a Chiefs Way.

  • January 4, 2013  - Tenand6 says:

    Good riddance.

  • January 4, 2013  - Johnfromwichita says:

    The night was dark and getting darker. Then the Son came up and he was bright enough to chase the Shadow away.

    Thank you, little Hunt. You did good and I am off your back. Until at least September.



  • January 4, 2013  - txchief says:

    Good! Time to scrub down the entire Chiefs facility to get rid of the stench of losing.

  • January 4, 2013  - Kent Pulliam says:

    I get it that everyone is frustrated with Clark. But he has demonstrated in four years (albeit four long years for Chiefs fans), that he isn’t willing to wait for success. Think how long Lamar stuck with the Steadman-Schaaf administration through many many losing years.
    Hiring Andy Reid, if it comes off, is a bit similar to CP’s hiring of Marty Schottenheimer. Chiefs fans should hope it brings the same level of success — or better. Regarding the GM’s, I am suspect of coach having too much input. But one could argue that before Heckert left Philly, they didn’t go on that stupid FA spree that failed. So Heckert could have been the personnel brains behind Reid’s early success.
    Other thing I would say is that I hear really good things about Clark from friends in the Kansas City business community and he is much more involved in Kansas City behind the scenes than Lamar ever was. And he is very well respected by business leaders in Kansas City.
    Just my 2-cents worth of observations.

  • January 4, 2013  - Szotty says:

    I re-read Kent Babb’s January, 2012 piece this morning about the dysfunction at Arrowhead. I am not convinced that extracting Mr. Pioli solves the overall environmental problem. For example, it was Mr. Donovan who delivered the “candy wrapper” message to the department heads. Messrs. Hunt and Donovan appear to be equally engaged in defining the current culture, and they remain.

  • January 4, 2013  - ObscureDave says:

    Finally. I think my feelings today are more of relief than excitement. Hopefully in due time that can come as well. C.S. Lewis said it well when he stated “The best way to go forward to your goal when you have taken a wrong turn is to go back and start over.” Scott could not do this but thankfully Clark did.

    I love my Chiefs and am cautiously optimistic that better days lie ahead. But the last several years have worn me down. I am weary of becoming overly confident following drafts, free agent signings and predictions of success by the media. After 2012, I am now channeling my inner Missourian and taking a “Show me” attitude. I will still follow team events in the coming months closely but I will await “W’s” in September before I board the band wagon again.

    Meanwhile, let us all savor the passing of the Pioli era. May he learn from this experience and do well somewhere else. And may Clark learn likewise. At long last, there is peace in Chiefs Nation. Let’s hope it is succeeded by the exuburance of playoff wins to come and a fan-friendly organization at 1 Arrowhead Drive.

    I feel good today.

  • January 4, 2013  - el cid says:

    NFL channel says the Chiefs are not in good shape personnel wise. It may take Reid two years to get this operation up and running, obvious need QB, no one there liked anyone in pros or college as the future. Also (they said) need at least one CB, OT. Did not mention WR or DL. Not sure if he will go 3-4 or 4-3.

  • January 4, 2013  - R W says:

    That’s a well thought out and intelligent piece of writing, ObscureDave. Well done and well stated.

  • January 4, 2013  - j.t. collins says:

    To all Chiefs fans……let us have a open mind,let’s give the Hunts sometime (2yrs ) at least,before we start bitching.After all it’s only been a decade since we mattered. GO Chiefs

  • January 4, 2013  - David says:

    I always thought Pioli’s biggest problem was that he had to show that he was the smartest guy in the room, especially at draft time.

    Exhibit A – Tyson Jackson. 3rd pick in the draft, while nobody else on the planet had him evaluated as a first round pick. If he had been selected in the third round, we’d look at his playing today and say, that’s about right. Anyone else remember that when they last had the fourth pick in the draft, the Chiefs selected Derrick Thomas?

    Exhibit B – Jon Baldwin. Again, NOBODY considered him a first-round talent, and opinion seemed divided between “talented but a troublemaker – worth a late second-to-fourth round gamble”, and “avoid at all costs”. Today, the impression he leaves is “doesn’t belong in the league, not even on a practice squad”.

    Exhibit C – “Matt Cassel is my guy, therefore he is terrific, therefore, we will not draft one of the 6 good QBs available in the 2012 draft.” (’nuff already said about this.)

  • January 4, 2013  - Niblick says:

    el cid-I’m hoping the OL issue can partially be resolved by resigning Albert. In addition, resigning Bowe would help the WR position. I obviously don’t know Reid and the new GM thoughts on those free agents. Finding the right QB is the NUMBER ONE priority. I’m concerned like all Chiefs fans that there is no franchise QB available in the draft. There are some decent ones that could be taken later in the draft. I’m leery of Alex Smith without Harbaugh as coach. I don’t really know much about Flynn. He could be another Cassell. They are supposely the two top QBs that mght be available.

  • January 4, 2013  - Ernie Barney says:

    Leaving Mile High last Sunday I joked with a Broncos fan that maybe the Chiefs could reach .500 next year. Being the eternal Chiefs optimist it’s possible, thanks to new coaching leadership, we could even do better. Gotta go get my rose colored glasses off the shelf and wipe 4 years of dirt off. As an aside I got a real kick out of the Denver media last Sunday night; they basically said “we are so great there is no need for playoffs or Super Bowl, give us the trophy now.” Well we will see. Bring on Andy and 2013.

  • January 4, 2013  - johnfromfairfax says:

    This was a decision that had to be made. I give Clark Hunt credit for finally making it and going after a well seasoned coach with experience at putting together and maintaining a contender on the field.

    As far as his patience, I hear you Kent regarding the years of losing with Steadman-Schaff that his dad put up with. I lived that agony as well. Keep in mind however that all of those years occurred in the dark ages of information. We were lucky to get small amounts of info on the team and certainly fans weren’t as in touch on a daily basis as today. The fans are responsible for this change and I’m guessing Pioli would be safe and in his job and Clark would still be counting the money he’ll now have to pay him and others if it weren’t for them.

    On that note I want to thank all of Chiefs Nation for getting this difficult task accomplished. All of us have only our voices and wallets to try to affect changes with the team. I have said in the past that nobody, including STH’s has more claim to the team than any other loyal fan but I will say that the STH’s get a vote with the owner(s) that many of us who live farther away don’t get. I thank you folks especially for making your voices heard and helping to make this happen.

    I’ll give Clark credit for seeing the need for change, with a lot of help, and all the credit in the world for making the team a franchise to be proud of in every way when we get there but I do think he made the best movement in that direction today.

    Now I’m looking forward to the next couple months and next season with the rest of you. You can smile again JFW. Oh, and thanks again Bob. I still say you are the cheapest and best therapy a Chiefs fan could ever buy.

  • January 4, 2013  - el cid says:

    Add Dorsey (?) as GM, guy from GB. Reid can take 3 years as far as I am concerned. Give Clark tons of credit. Am almost in a warm glow with these moves. For me,NOW we can sit back and enjoy this ride.

    Dieing to figure out who Reid wants as QB. Understand Reid is big on drafting OL early, we will see.

  • January 4, 2013  - BigJimInWisconsin says:

    Great news! I’ll give them a couple years to clean up the mess and mold the Chiefs into a winning team. I don’t expect miracles so soon. All I ask is that all the Coaches stay in place for consistency; rather than the merry-go-round we just experienced in the past 4 years. And no Michael Vick.

    Great posts by you fellow BobGretz.com guys as well.

    I wish Pioli well. I understand that the Chargers are looking for a new GM … ;p

    Go CHIEFS!

  • January 4, 2013  - DanO says:

    If we get that guy from Green Bay for GM, I would be happy. They always seem to come away from the draft with excellent picks.(at least a handful of starters)

  • January 4, 2013  - ChuckXX says:

    Pioli fits the old saying of “sometimes you rise to the level of your own incompetence”. All one has to look at are things like 23-42, Romeo, Jackson, Baldwin, cutting Routt, signing of Quinn, losing Carr and Orton. Surely, I need not keep going. The man was clearly “in over his head”.

  • January 4, 2013  - cychief24 says:

    I am one very happy STH! I told my son that today was like the day in ’89 when Marty was hired. It’s such a great day that I agree with el cid. Now it’s time to sit back and enjoy the ride. I can put my old black Chiefs jacket back in the basement and wear red again. I can wear my Chiefs shirts to school w/o my students giving me constant jabs.

    For any doubters out there please check Andy Reid’s record as a PROVEN Head Coach. The one move that didn’t work was Vick. When Heckert was with Reid he had his best success with Philly. Dorsey is a top flight Personnel guy too.

    It will be a blast to have a HC and coaching staff that is smarter than the average fan again. Just a suggestion to everyone, trust Andy, the next 10 years will be fun. I can’t wait!!!!

    Finally, kudos to our owner Clark Hunt. He got on his jet to get his guy and did. He didn’t hesitate , he was aggressive and decisive.

  • January 4, 2013  - cychief24 says:

    I almost forgot…

    Bob- a request… could you please never post another picture of pioli ever again? Let’s just try to forget what that egotistical turd looked like.

  • January 4, 2013  - johnfromfairfax says:

    I gotta say though, he kinda looks like a fat James Caan in that picture. Maybe he dropped his falling down glasses in the back stairwell. Let’s see if they’re still there in a couple weeks. Beam yourself up Scotty. There’s finally intelligent life at Arrowhead.

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