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Scott Pioli does not know his future with the Kansas City Chiefs, but he is part of the process as the team tries to figure out its own path.
A report out of Philadelphia said Pioli is part of a large Kansas City committee that spent nine hours with former Eagles’ coach Andy Reid on Wednesday.
Kansas City owner Clark Hunt has announced that Pioli’s future with the team has not been determined. He has been the general manager the past four years. ESPN’s Adam Schefter has reported that Hunt and the new coach will discuss Pioli’s future.
There has been heavy speculation that Reid, whose power extended beyond the sideline in Philadelphia, likely would not want to work with Pioli. Regardless of who is the coach, it seems like Pioli’s power will be reduced if he is kept. The best he may get is the setup he had in New England -- being the coach’s right-hand man.
While Pioli is in limbo, at the very least, he is still a part of the process in Kansas City. Had he not been in Philadelphia for Reid’s interview, it would be a clear sign of his demise. But it looks like he still has a fighting chance.
In other AFC West news:
Denver quarterback Peyton Manning endorsed his offensive coordinator, Mike McCoy, as a top head-coaching candidate. McCoy has interviews set up with Arizona, Buffalo, Chicago and Philadelphia.
This is what Manning had to say about McCoy’s readiness to be a head coach: “I think he’s ready. I think he’s paid his dues. Mike’s a good leader. He’s had some good coaches that have been mentors to him, different coaches that he’s worked with in his years in the NFL that I think he’s incorporated some of their leadership philosophies and his own philosophy and like I said, he’s a strong leader. In my opinion, he deserves a shot at one of these head coaching jobs."
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