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.”