Friday, January 4, 2013
Scott Pioli is out in Kansas City
By Bill Williamson
The Kansas City Chiefs made a big move Friday morning that will probably soon be followed by an even bigger move.
The Chiefs announced they parted ways with general manager Scott Pioli after four years with the team. On Monday, when the team fired Romeo Crennel, it indicated that Pioli would be under review.
The team is on the brink of hiring former Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid. Barring a breakdown, the Chiefs should have their targeted coach by the end of the day. ESPN is reporting that Reid has canceled planned interviews with the Chargers and the Cardinals. Reid’s focus remains solely on finishing a deal with the Chiefs.
Reid is expected to get significant power in Kansas City. That is likely a reason he canceled in San Diego. Reid is from Southern California and has been said to be intensely interested in working for the Chargers. But the Chargers want to maintain a more traditional structure.
That is not a problem in Kansas City, where Pioli is out. There was little chance a strong-willed, powerful coach like Reid would work with Pioli, who is also strong-willed. Pioli’s time in Kansas City was met with great anticipation, but it produced little.
I will be back with more thoughts on Pioli’s departure. Here are some statements on the move.
From owner Clark Hunt:
“After several productive conversations, we made the difficult decision to part ways with Scott Pioli and allow him to pursue other opportunities,” said the Chiefs chairman and CEO. “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.
“I know that this was a difficult decision for Scott as well. He has a great deal of appreciation for the history of this franchise, for our players, coaches and employees, and especially our great fans.
“There is no way to overstate the level of respect and admiration I have for Scott on a personal level. His character, loyalty, integrity and commitment to a team are extraordinary, and throughout the last four years, he has consistently put the best interests of the Chiefs ahead of his own. I know he will go on to enjoy further success in the National Football League, and I certainly wish him the best in the future.”
“I would like to thank Norma, Clark and the Hunt Family for the opportunity that they gave me four years ago. I’d also like to thank the players, coaches, scouts and countless other employees, throughout the organization and at Arrowhead Stadium that have worked so hard during my time here. I would also like to genuinely thank Chiefs fans.
“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.”
With Reid out, the Chargers’ search might be focused on former Chicago coach Lovie Smith and Indianapolis offensive coordinator Bruce Arians.