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Chiefs president resigns

After 36 years with the Kansas City Chiefs, team president Denny Thum has resigned. 

The team announced the move today.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working for the best franchise in the NFL,” Thum said in a team-issued release.  “I appreciate every opportunity the Hunt family has afforded me and my family and I wish the Kansas City Chiefs all the success they deserve in the future.”

Thum began working for the team as an accountant, way back in 1974.  Team chairman Clark Hunt has added the title of CEO to his office door, and Hunt “will continue” to lead the football and business operations of the Chiefs.

As we understand the division of authority in Kansas City, the duties held by former G.M. and president Carl Peterson were split between G.M. Scott Pioli (who took over the football operation) and Thum (who ran the business side of the franchise).

Hunt said that there are no immediate plans to fill the position held by Thum and that no outside search will take place.

In our view, the move has no impact on the football operations.  If anything, it’s a sign of Pioli’s growing influence.  And we wouldn’t be surprised if the “president” title is painted onto his office door at some point, if the Chiefs continue to show improvement over the next year or so.

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  1. Bigbluefan says: Sep 14, 2010 7:51 PM

    What happen he have a stroke after his team beat the Chargers?

  2. Flvikesfan says: Sep 14, 2010 7:54 PM

    What would they have done to the poor bastard if they had lost the game?

  3. robert ethen says: Sep 14, 2010 7:55 PM

    Thum was tired of being sat on by assholes like Peterson and Pioli.

  4. Wrathchild says: Sep 14, 2010 8:05 PM

    Who own the Chiefs???

  5. Poo Flinging Monkey says: Sep 14, 2010 8:06 PM

    Bill Parcells will be working for the Chiefs soon, likely before the season ends.

  6. ChiefsFan4Life says: Sep 14, 2010 8:06 PM

    Robert Eathen your an idiot pioli is not an asshole he is a winner period if anyone is an asshole i’ll give u carl cuz i agree he was a complete prick
    but pioli uis far from an asshole infact he is vary likeable and is a winner so in other words your the asshole ok asshole

  7. nutbuster says: Sep 14, 2010 8:16 PM

    who?

  8. LowVoltage says: Sep 14, 2010 8:22 PM

    Pioli was tired of having a Thum up his ass.

  9. robert ethen says: Sep 14, 2010 8:23 PM

    @CheifsFan4Life….no way, man.
    Pioli just sits around all day with Thum up his ass.

  10. JustDieBaby says: Sep 14, 2010 8:24 PM

    Please God. Let me live long enough to see the resignation of Al Davis….
    Being a Raider fan liveing in Al Davis hell is as bad as it gets…..

  11. WVUColumbus says: Sep 14, 2010 8:26 PM

    I am a Steeler fan living in Columbus Ohio. The KC Chiefs are one of the best organizations in the NFL, despite the on field troubles in recent years. Kansas City is an underrated football town and that atmosphere last night was electric in the elements.
    The Hunt family also owns the Columbus Crew franchise, which has been a solid franchise, operationally and fiscally. The Hunt family is right up there w/ some of the best in the business including the Rooneys, Richardsons (Panthers) and Adams (Titans).

  12. ttommytom says: Sep 14, 2010 8:34 PM

    SpellCheck4Life….

  13. DeVoodoo says: Sep 14, 2010 8:42 PM

    @Wrathchild:
    Nice one, bro.

  14. DeluxeReverb says: Sep 14, 2010 8:42 PM

    chiefsfan4life is vary entertaining.

  15. Poo Flinging Monkey says: Sep 14, 2010 8:56 PM

    @# ChiefsFan4Life says: September 14, 2010 8:06 PM
    “Robert Eathen your an idiot pioli is not an asshole he is a winner period if anyone is an asshole i’ll give u carl cuz i agree he was a complete prick
    but pioli uis far from an asshole infact he is vary likeable and is a winner so in other words your the asshole ok asshole”
    Dude, do Chiefs fans a favor and change your handle.

  16. wtfChiefs says: Sep 14, 2010 8:57 PM

    I would like to throw my hat in the ring to be the President of the Chiefs. Cassel…..you’re cut

  17. TheWizard says: Sep 14, 2010 9:31 PM

    I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working for the best franchise in the NFL
    He was also with the Patriots?

  18. Barometer says: Sep 14, 2010 9:33 PM

    As a Pats fan, I can tell you Chiefs fans that you are going to love Pioli. He’s smart, solid, and above all else, hard working… Sets an example for the entire organization. You’ll see. Crennel and Weiss were not accidents or lucky coincidences. The Man has a Plan.

  19. Dolfan34 says: Sep 14, 2010 9:48 PM

    Parcells will be there in some role with his son-in law before long.

  20. Chiefforlife says: Sep 14, 2010 9:50 PM

    Another GREAT move by the Chiefs! If Pioli is behind this, then I hope he gets in front of it. Pioli, El Presidente. Viva Pioli!

  21. SATAN says: Sep 14, 2010 10:10 PM

    Timing is a bit unusual. If your retiring from an NFL Franchise you have been with for 36 years then just after the season ends makes more sense. Could be a health problem, he would be near 60 and it could also be a family member instead of him…
    Or he could have been pushed

  22. FinFan68 says: Sep 14, 2010 10:12 PM

    Looking like Parcells got a heads-up on this one. He stepped away first so it would not look as bad as swapping teams mid season. If true, that is only slightly better than what Saban did.

  23. Craig M. says: Sep 14, 2010 10:35 PM

    Thum’s ‘legacy’ project was to manage the Arrowhead Stadium renovations, that was his baby, and now that it’s done, it’s time to ride off into the sunset. He had a job as long as he wanted one, this was on his own terms . . . .

  24. burntorangehorn says: Sep 14, 2010 10:38 PM

    I’m glad to see another one of Carl Peterson’s cronies gone.
    I’m not 100% sold on Pioli and Haley, but Lamar Hunt turned into a terrible, absentee owner in the last decade of his life, and I really hated how he kept sticking with Carl Peterson through all the mediocrity and outright failure. Clark Peterson has demonstrated a commitment to winning, and Pioli and Haley are definitely a better direction. Thum was a holdover from Peterson’s era, and while I don’t have the animosity toward him that I had for Peterson, I do wish he had found comfortable retirement a little earlier. Happy trails, and best wishes.

  25. JMClarkent says: Sep 14, 2010 10:55 PM

    He did a Costanza… You have to go out on a high note.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O27RzZEOkeA

  26. Terry says: Sep 15, 2010 6:18 AM

    Pioli is a “twit”; but for his father in law being Bill Parcels, he wouldn’t be in football at all!

  27. LuvThatDirtyWatah says: Sep 15, 2010 6:51 AM

    @Terry
    Why would you say Pioli is a twit? The guys done nothing but help build an elite championship franchise in New England. He’ll do the same in KC.

  28. Rockhawks1 says: Sep 15, 2010 10:34 AM

    It is amazing that in the current NFL environment, a high level employee can stay with the same organization for 36 years. Thum is a class act and always conducts himself in a respectful manner as to not tarnish the image of the Chiefs or his family, a quality lacking in many people within the NFL today. The Chiefs organization and Kansas City will miss having a positive role model and leader for the city as well as the young people who enter the organization. My hat goes off to Thum. I am sure he was offered many different positions throughout the NFL during his tenure with the Chiefs but he chose to stick by the Chiefs and Kansas City.
    @burntorangehorn: You do realize that Peterson was hired in 1989. Denny had been the organization for 15 years previous. Denny was one of, if not the last Lamar guy around organization.

  29. JSpicoli says: Sep 15, 2010 12:04 PM

    Beating the Chargers on MNF opening night at home is not necessarily “Continuing to show improvement”.
    One game and the Chiefs are a force. Geez. If you ask me the Chiefs are one of the franchises in the worst trouble.
    Their offense was ridiculously poor and if not for a couple kick returns, would have lost a very stale game against another weak opponent.

  30. sullijo says: Sep 17, 2010 7:00 PM

    Does anybody realize these “great Chiefs fans” couldn’t even sellout their stadium last year?
    Myth protects reality….
    Thum was let go because the tickets aren’t selling – ads on TV/ Radio every day in KC.

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