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Regardless of coach, Chiefs are changing structure

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As momentum builds toward the Chiefs possibly hiring former Eagles coach Andy Reid (wake me up when it’s a 95-percent certainty), the question becomes whether the Chiefs would then keep G.M. Scott Pioli.

The easy answer is no.  Reid and Pioli come from two different coaching trees.

Or perhaps it would best be described as two separate coaching forests.  Reid traces back to offensive guru Mike Holmgren, Pioli to defensive genius Bill Belichick.  So Reid would potentially want his own guy, someone who comes from the same mindset and pedigree, to help set the table.

The unknown in this is whether and to what extent Reid and Pioli have fashioned a relationship that could be transformed into a partnership.  And a partnership it would be; Chiefs owner Clark Hunt recently told NFL Network that the next coach will report directly to the owner.

We are going to change the structure,” Hunt told Albert Breer of NFL Network.  “Historically, the head coach has reported to the General Manager.  I think that’s true going back to the early days of the franchise.  And I’m changing it today.  Going forward, the head coach will report directly to me.  The G.M. will report to me as well.

“The goal, Hunt explained, is to make Kansas City more enticing to a talented coach.  “I think it gives us the best chance of hiring the best candidate,” Hunt said.  “You mentioned a while ago that some of the coaches want more control.  I think that’s right, and if we find the right coach, I certainly want to have a structure that’s acceptable to him.”

Lost in this adjustment is the question of whether a new structure meshes with Pioli’s contract, which may or may not give him final say over the roster and which may or may not give him the power to hire and fire the coach.  Though there’s no indication Pioli is pushing the issue, all sorts of things may or may not be happening behind the scenes.

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11 Responses to “Regardless of coach, Chiefs are changing structure”
  1. jjackwagon says: Jan 3, 2013 10:10 AM

    Clak Hunt better get rid of Pioli or everything else he has said this week is all BS. Why isn’t CLark interviewing Lovie Smith? He is the only coach available that ended the year with a winning record. The Bears were stupid to fire him.

  2. klutch14u says: Jan 3, 2013 10:20 AM

    And the right coach is William Cowher. Marty Schottenhiemer as GM, Norv Turner as OC and Romeo Crennel brought back as DC

  3. footballhistorian says: Jan 3, 2013 10:26 AM

    I guess the Chiefs haven’t learned from the Cowboys about the owner directly running operations (i.e. the coach reporting directly to the owner).

  4. acmepackers says: Jan 3, 2013 10:31 AM

    The Chiefs still have a team? Here in Kansas City? Yeah, they have uniforms and everything. It’s really great.

  5. realfootballfan says: Jan 3, 2013 10:46 AM

    I don’t think anybody should care about what Pioli wants after he’s done absolutely nothing since arriving in KC.

    The only quality players on the roster are hold overs from the previous regime and making sure he doesn’t screw up another draft when you have the number one pick should be priority number one. When Karl Peterson is head and shoulders above you at picking players, you’re not that good.

    The only reason Reid would keep him is if he can’t get Heckert on board with moving to KC and needs somebody to negotiate the contracts for him.

  6. realfootballfan says: Jan 3, 2013 10:52 AM

    I’d be surprised if the Bills can attract a quality coach. they’re essentially waiting for the owner to die, which puts anybody hired in a precarious position when the family sells the team because the new owner will probably fire everybody in the building.

  7. jimmysee says: Jan 3, 2013 11:07 AM

    I do not believe the “new structure” will help the Chiefs in the long run. No G.M. will want to be in a situation where the head coach is not a direct report.

    It’s certain that any GM you’d want to hire knows way more about football than Clark Hunt.

    Clark Hunt, as a football man, is way closer to Jerry Jones than Ron Wolf.

    He does his team no favors with this move.

  8. cantonbound13 says: Jan 3, 2013 11:12 AM

    Pioli to Jets, bet the house on it.

  9. deathspiralx says: Jan 3, 2013 12:43 PM

    Yeah, looking at how productive that has been for the Raiders and Cowboys in recent years, how can Clark pass that up?

    That is good news for the rest of the AFC West.

  10. usetabe says: Jan 3, 2013 12:43 PM

    Happy that you’re not breathlessly reporting the latest from this Adam Shefter character. Should be obvious by now that he’s a total tool of the agents.

  11. eljefe322 says: Jan 3, 2013 1:36 PM

    Bears were not stupid to fire Lovie. Consistently awful offenses and very few playoff appearances. Bears were about 4 yards a game from having the worst offense in the NFL during Lovie’s tenure (instead, Browns hold that distinction). Defenses were great at creating turnovers and scores – no question. But offense was simply not good enough.

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