Chiefs announce that G.M. Scott Pioli has been fired

AP

Scott Pioli has been fired as general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs.

“After several productive conversations, we made the difficult decision to part ways with Scott Pioli and allow him to pursue other opportunities,” Chiefs owner Clark Hunt said in a statement released by the team. “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.”

Pioli, who was hired to take over the Chiefs’ front office in January of 2009, released his own statement thanking the team and apologizing for not building a winner.

“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,” Pioli said.

As the Chiefs continue to change the direction of their franchise, former Eagles head coach Andy Reid is widely expected to be named their next head coach.

97 responses to “Chiefs announce that G.M. Scott Pioli has been fired

  1. I can’t help but wonder if this is part of getting Reid, so he can bring in his own guy as GM. The timing of this just doesn’t sit right with me.

  2. Not a Chiefs fan but they have a lot of talent and it gets wasted. Chiefs fans are really passionate about their team and they deserve better. Congrats, Chiefs fans, I hope your team turns it around.

  3. Nice statement. It probably won’t do much to placate Chiefs fans, but he owned up to his shortcomings.

  4. this means andy was hired. he will be coach/gm ….thus he will find a gm he likes like caroll did in seattle.

  5. Glad it is done. I never really expected that Pioli was going to stay after basically being demoted. I’m just hoping that they bring in a GM and don’t just give Reid absolute power. That would be a disaster in the making.

  6. So the dysfunction will continue? Hire a head coach first, then find a GM? Unless they’re intending to give the HC final say in all personnel issues this is a really bad situation shaping up… and how often does this situation fail miserably (rhetorical question, as it’s VERY often).

  7. I wonder if this means the CIA-style monitoring and clampdown on staffers being able to talk freely (as per Todd Haley after he departed) will also be over in KC. If Andy Reid is taking over, hopefully he will put the brakes on all of that.

  8. Pioli did some good things in KC. That roster was a lot better than a 2 win team. It only goes to show you that it is extremely hard to win in this league without a good QB.

    Matt Cassell was a good QB for the Pats in 2008, over 4000 yds, 11 wins, and not nearly as good a running game as he had in KC. To go from that to a pro bowl season his first year to be being beat out by Brady Quinn is really a fall from grace.

    I think the story I’d want to hear is what happened to cause Cassell to regress to that point. As to his future. Here’s one scenario. In a bad draft year for QB’s, someone gives the Pats a 2nd or 3rd for Ryan Mallett, and Cassell returns to the Pats and Josh McDaniels to be Tom Brady’s dependable back up.

  9. Notice that all of Belicheats henchmen get fired.

    It’s easy to be called a genius when you have Tom Brady, but it’s hard to win in the league without an Elite QB.

  10. So what was the point of waiting those four extra days????

    Being the class guy he is, Pioli went along with the charade, whatever the point of it was.

    Bob Kraft, get on the phone with this guy, bring him home and let Bill focus on the field again.

  11. Classy move by Pioli. Not enough people take responsibility for themselves these days and this was good to see. Andy Reid couldn’t even muster a “thank you” let alone an “I’m sorry for not getting the job done” to the fans after 14 years! Class-less.

  12. Always seemed like a decent guy. Money isn’t everything, this has to hurt. I hope he lands on his feet somewhere.

  13. I’m happy the Clark’s made the right move, we needed this. Pioli, on the surface, is taking it like a man and we fans have what we needed badly, a new regime.

  14. Well, the KC Chiefs are officially setting their franchise back 10 years. This likely means Reid will be hired and will have full control of personnel decisions.

    Chief fans, from the bottom of this Eagles’ fans heart…I’m sorry.

  15. Thank you Clark Hunt, I look forward to Arrowhead coming back full force and your season ticket holders now know you’re serious about winning. This was the #1 priority this off season, now get a coach, a QB, and we can compete.

  16. Seems like he did a good job and failed because he made the wrong decisions at QB. I think hiring Reid and dumping Pioli will make Fan Base happier more than it will improve the on field product though.

  17. Pioli helped revamp a few of our positions, however a few things killed him.

    1st his blind loyalty to Matt Cassel

    2nd his Smug Arrogant attitude. In a midwest city like KC where most people are generally down to earth and friendly, it doesnt work.

    3rd His EGO got in the way. He’d rather do it his way and lose than adjust to win. Its just who he is.

  18. wow another Pats coach/exec/player who left and had no where near the success the cheating Patriot organization has had.
    Problem they all had is that they didnt bring Ernie Adams/ulitmate cheater with them.

    Just more proof how the NE Pats cheat/cheated the past 12 years.

  19. With Pioli gone from KC now you will see the movement on Reid and his hiring in KC go quickly. Reid is going to be KC’s next HC and yes he dictated that Pioli and him could not work together. Bank on it.

  20. gregbeau says:
    Jan 4, 2013 10:24 AM
    I wonder if this means the CIA-style monitoring and clampdown on staffers being able to talk freely (as per Todd Haley after he departed) will also be over in KC. If Andy Reid is taking over, hopefully he will put the brakes on all of that.

    ===========

    Sure. As long as you dont criticize Reid or Tom Heckert.

    Joshua Cribbs, come on down!

  21. No thanks, he was a part of the dreadful 2006-2008 drafts. Now that he’s gone the Patriots have gotten great players from 2009-2012.

    Ah, yes, Ernie Adams. Just think, all other teams need to do is hire Rain Man, and you’ll have 12 years of success (except the Bills)!

  22. Man if he goes to the NYJ…that’s the end of his relationship with BB. LOL

    Pioli wouldn’t even leave BB for his own father in law back in the day. He was a loyal dude, because BB gave him his start. Always respected that about Pioli.

  23. You’re a Bills fan…I get the frustration, but you make yourself look foolish with remarks like this. Especially on a thread about the KC Chiefs mind you.

    Since the Patriots “cheated” there have been 6 seasons (including this one). They’ve gone to TWO more SBs and have combined for a 76-20 reg. season record. That’s better than the previous 6 seasons where they won 3 SBs.

    “0-2” since spygate is such a ridiculous comment. They ran into a better team/OR the Giants just have their number. It’s that simple.

    Jim Kelly/Thurman Thomas aren’t walking through that door. Maybe Cassell will? lol

  24. Have fun with Andy Reid Chiefs fans. He’s a good man and a good coach. He gave us a lot of exciting years here in philly. But after 14 years it ran it’s course. Just don’t expect to run the ball. Good luck to you and your family Andy.

  25. Dear KC fans… Get your ears ready for the following words:

    “I have to do a better job” and “It is my responsibility”….

    Seriously, you have no idea tha agony you are in for.. However, it is not Philadelphia either…

  26. Time to pick-up the phone and call Mr. Kraft, Caserio and BB.. “we’re putting the band back together.”

  27. thestewman3 says: Notice that all of Belicheats henchmen get fired.

    So tell us. How does it feel to be a small, petty man consumed with envy?

  28. I think that if this proves anything, it’s that Belichick was the real key to the New England dynasty. You may not like him, but you have to respect him.

  29. For the record, former Pats FO exec, Thomas Dimitroff has done very well saving the Atlanta franchise after the Vick fiasco. But why let the facts get in the way of blind jealousy and the facts

  30. wow another Pats coach/exec/player who left and had no where near the success the cheating Patriot organization has had.
    Problem they all had is that they didnt bring Ernie Adams/ulitmate cheater with them.

    Just more proof how the NE Pats cheat/cheated the past 12 years.

    ——————————–

    Awwwwww, someone is sad, bitter, and jealous that his team will forever live in mediocrity and constantly lose to the Patriots. Keep bringing up, SpyGate though. It reeeeeeally bothers us. Wait, no it doesn’t. All the Pats do is win. Pioli can come back and be a consultant.

  31. [i]Seriously, you have no idea tha agony you are in for.. However, it is not Philadelphia either…[/i]

    We haven’t seen our team win a playoff game since 1993! TWO 2-14 season in 4 years! By all means bring us the agony of 10 playoff wins and a Super Bowl apperance for the next 14 seasons.

  32. The dude was great at finding talent. That chiefs team is loaded. He just couldnt find a qb or a coach to save his life.

    Life is different on the other side when you dont have the killer bees : brady and belicheck.

  33. “I think that if this proves anything, it’s that Belichick was the real key to the New England dynasty. You may not like him, but you have to respect him.”

    The Key to the dynasty is that the Pats got lucky and drafted the best QB to come out of the NFL in the last 13 years in the 6th round. Having a great QB hides a lot of deficiencies in your team. See Andrew Luck, RGIII, and Payton Manning this year.

    Also, the Dynasty was helped with the realignment of the AFC east, moving the Colts out of the division. The AFC east since the 1980’s always had two Elite QB’s. With the Colt’s gone and the other teams Elite QB retired and rebuilding the stage was set for the Dynasty.

  34. buffalobills2012 says:Jan 4, 2013 10:44 AM

    wow another Pats coach/exec/player who left and had no where near the success the cheating Patriot organization has had.
    Problem they all had is that they didnt bring Ernie Adams/ulitmate cheater with them.

    Just more proof how the NE Pats cheat/cheated the past 12 years.
    ———————————————————
    Hey, wasn’t this the year the Bills were gonna have a breakout season with Ryan “Got a fat new contract” Fitzpatrick and an awesome new defense, and challenge for the Conference title and a legitimate shot at the Super Bowl?

    How’s that working’ out for you, Bills fans?

    Bitter, much?

  35. Notice that all of Belicheats henchmen get fired.

    It’s easy to be called a genius when you have Tom Brady, but it’s hard to win in the league without an Elite QB.
    ====================================
    way to prove a point the other way. all it shows is this guy is as good as advertised and none of those coaches are worth anything away from bellichek.

  36. Brady was lucky to be drafted by the Patriots, not the other way around. BB gets the most out of his players. Do you think Brady would have ever seen the field or still be in the league if he was picked by Green Bay? BB turned Matt Cassel into a serviceable QB.

    Players and coaches that leave New England almost always are a bust. BB is the constant here.

    for all you clowns (and lets stop using Belicheat, thats so dumb), you would love to have BB running your team.

    and you know it.

  37. Bummer . I really liked this guy (from a raiders fan point of view). Maybe the chargers will hire him as their GM, and Josh McDaniels as their coach…..i would love that.

  38. “Brady was lucky to be drafted by the Patriots, not the other way around. BB gets the most out of his players. Do you think Brady would have ever seen the field or still be in the league if he was picked by Green Bay? BB turned Matt Cassel into a serviceable QB.”

    If Belicheat get’s the most of his players, then why did he get fired from the Browns?

  39. pinion8ted
    read spygatebook.com (released in july, and is footnoted with FACTS) and get educated on what the ramifications would have been if fans really knew how and to what extent the Patriots cheated/cheat.

    What would happen to just the gambling community if they found out that all the money lost was due to a game/Super bowl (3x) that was unfairly played.

    NE has Goodell in their pocket. Thats the only thing im bitter about sir.

    Law of averages will play out and when Tommy and Billy and Ernie leave, your days of Steve Grogan and Tony Eason will reimerge.

  40. Blah blah blah… It is not all Brady… They went 11-5 without him in 08. BB setup a system of “just do your job” and ‘next man up”. It works for the players as well as the coaching staff. It is a system where no one part is greater than the whole.

    Now having a great QB is key and I am not in anyway downplaying Brady’s impact but even he will admit … The past 12 seasons the Pats are a team first.

    Trying to duplicate the Patriots way would require hiring the right guy at the top. Something Kraft got right after the 90’s trial and error phase.

    Scott Pioli is a good personel guy and under his tenure with the Pats, there were some misses too and he reported to BB… he wasn’t the man… I think the KC experience proved he is not a good guy to run the whole show. (YET)

  41. buffalobills2012 says: Jan 4, 2013 12:43 PM

    pinion8ted
    read spygatebook.com (released in july, and is footnoted with FACTS) and get educated on what the ramifications would have been if fans really knew how and to what extent the Patriots cheated/cheat.

    =======================

    buffalobills2012 = Bryan O’Leary

    nice try selling your book.

  42. Anyone using terms like ‘class act’ and ‘good guy’ in the same sentence as Scott Pioli clearly did not follow his time in KC. The guy created one of the most toxic environments in recent NFL history and was a total jerk to anyone and everyone he came in contact with. The guy has some serious sociopathic issues as well.

    He was an awful, awful GM. Just absolutely terrible.

  43. Yet another from the Belicheat flunky parade. This guys amassed quite a list

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    Belicheat! Ha, what a funny and original pun!

    Have fun watching the Giants-Free playoffs. That Super Bowl must seem forever ago, huh? I know it does for me.

  44. Look in to how many pro bowlers the roster has. He improved the Chiefs a lot but in a league decided by QBs, he fall short for lack of average QB.

  45. He’s getting a bad rap here. Sure, they didn’t win a Super Bowl while he was there… or make the playoffs… or look competent… but when he arrived he took over a 2-14 team. And you know what? He departs a 2-14 team.

    That, friends, is called CONSISTENCY. And it’s hard to find that in the modern workplace.

  46. thebigtim2012 says:
    Jan 4, 2013 10:11 AM
    Love him or hate him he always seemed like a class act. C’mon back to the pats and regroup
    =================================
    Nick Caserio has outperformed Pioli (helped rebuild the defense and offense) the past couple of years and it makes no sense to bring Pioli back to Foxboro. Maybe Dimitroff in Atlanta has something for him.

  47. When I was younger, I used to think blindly that Pioli was a great GM because of the Patriots dynasty.

    Then as I grew older and watched a lot more Patriot games, I realized that the system there was Tom Brady runs the offense, Bill Belichick runs the defense, and the other pieces are interchangeable. It wasn’t Pioli drafting truly great players, but role players that made a great team!

  48. No person is more responsible for the mess the Chiefs have become than this rotten Pioli.

    1) The first thing he did when hired was fire every one of the Chiefs scouts. Some with over 20 years experience. Why? because “he didn’t know them.” So he hired less competent people that would only be loyal to him and not the team. Good scouts don’t bounce from team to team.
    Unbelievably stupid!!

    2) Immediately he needed to find a QB. Rather than search for a good one, he overpays the Patriots for a low talent backup, Cassel. Just he had heard of him.

    3) Then there was the change in the defense to what the Patriots had run. That was an excuse to dump personnel and then try to find others.

    Without a quality scouting department and without a QB the Chiefs far worse now than the day before this jerk was hired.

    What is truly amazing is how blind the Chiefs ownership was in allowing the destruction to go on so long without stopping it.

    I feel so sorry for Chiefs fans. Recovery from this level of destruction will take several years.

  49. reidstinks says: Jan 4, 2013 10:32 AM

    Well, the KC Chiefs are officially setting their franchise back 10 years. This likely means Reid will be hired and will have full control of personnel decisions.

    Chief fans, from the bottom of this Eagles’ fans heart…I’m sorry.
    ==========================

    Chiefs fans, from the bottom of this Eagles’ fan’s heart…congratulations.

  50. Maybe the only reason Pioli and Cassel were any good in New England was because that team likely continues to spy on and record other teams…they’re just better at covering their tracks.

    Patriots: 3-0 in Super Bowls before Spygate, 0-2 after.

  51. Actually stewman it wasn’t until the 2002 season that the realignment happened as Brady did face off against Manning twice in the regular season in 01 and beat him both times.

    And not to mention, Brady and Manning virtually played each other once or twice anyway due to the new reg scheduling from the realignment (the second time would be in the playoffs).

    Bledsoe and Marino were more of a rival as Manning didn’t come into the fold until Marino was just about done.

  52. oh Pioli – it’s easy to sound “classy” in a written statement to to the press. Your actions spoke louder than those words during your time here in KC.
    Hasta la vista, baby!

  53. Kelly retired in 96, Marino in 99

    Manning entered the league in 98

    Bledsoe was always inconsistent, so I wouldn’t put him up with those three guys.

    Brady vs Manning would have been great for the last 10 years, and I would have believe the Pat’s would have had more competition in the division instead of running rough-shot since.

  54. Scott Pioli, I hope you look back and admit that you have to treat people as people and not like a dictator. Your ego is bigger than Arrowhead Stadium and the results you produced are smaller that your memory. I have read many books and clearly saw how you were taken in under the wings of others in the NFL but when it came time for you to do the same thing for others, you kicked them to the curb like garbage for fear of them doing a good job and not being a yes man to you without the threat of being fired or having a cell phone bugged. I strongly suggest you take the money you were paid and return it to the loyal fans of the Chiefs who are smart enough to put tradition and people skills together to work as a winning formula. Or better yet, use the money on years of therapy for your insecurities, paranoia, and egotistical manner. Or open up your GM (general maintenance) business to clean up gum and candy wrappers it NFL facilities since thats the only way you can judge why a team wins or not. Priorities!!!! A course in people skills and self honesty? Look at the atmosphere you created of hostility, toxic, and fear within a proud organization which I live and die for. I LOVE the CHIEFS. You don’t!!! You first have to love something other than your self to take pride in it. I hope the next book that comes out mentioning you focuses on “The Pioli Way” = Hostility, anger, and failure. It saddens me to see this happen to the great game of football and my Beloved Chiefs for which I would give anything to represent and work for because of someone who forgets how he got started and fails to appreciate what he has and do whats best for the organization instead of his selfish self centered ways. I am so FRUSTRATED over you.

  55. thestewman3 says:
    Jan 4, 2013 1:18 PM
    Before Spygate the Pats/Belicheat was 10-1 in the Playoffs and After Spygate Belicheat is 4-6

    Sorry, thats wrong.

    Its called “Google”, use it.

  56. This whole organization is a joke. First they Let Orton walk and keep Cassel only to bench him for Ortons back up who couldnt beat out Tebow Then after the worst season in franchise history they hire an over the hill west coast offense (which is in decline in the league) whos pass happy for a team that has no QB, gettin rid of the only true WR they have and whos only weapon is a rb whos not gonna be user. Then you fire ur GM and most likely give him personnel control to a guy who just assembled one of the most under ultilized and under motivated team in the league. The eagles made the cowboys look clutch. 5 pro bowlers on that roster cuz the rest of the league felt bad for them. IMO they shoulda went after Whisenhunt or Lovie Smith

  57. Look in to how many pro bowlers the roster has. He improved the Chiefs a lot but in a league decided by QBs, he fall short for lack of average QB.

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    He didn’t draft any of the pro bowl players. He drafted Tyson Jackson, Eric Berry, Jonathon Baldwin, and Dontari Powe all with very high picks. Berry is the only guy worth a crap. He drafted 3 turds and 1 good, not great, player in 4 years. And the QB didn’t help but other teams find ways to win more than 2 games with trash behind center.

  58. azarkhan:

    So tell us. How does it feel to be a small, petty man consumed with envy?

    – – – – – – – – – – –

    I laughed out loud at that one. Says it all on a thumbnail.

  59. thestewman3 says: Jan 4, 2013 1:18 PM

    Before Spygate the Pats/Belicheat was 10-1 in the Playoffs and After Spygate Belicheat is 4-6
    _______

    I’m sure that has nothing to do with losing guys named Harrison, Bruschi, Seymour, Vrabel, and McGinest to name a few.

    Because if we’ve learned anything, it’s that defense has nothing to do with winning championships. Get a clue guy.

  60. horatio69 says: Jan 4, 2013 2:10 PM

    Maybe the only reason Pioli and Cassel were any good in New England was because that team likely continues to spy on and record other teams…they’re just better at covering their tracks.

    Patriots: 3-0 in Super Bowls before Spygate, 0-2 after.
    __________

    I love the haters who thought the Patriots would disappear after their ESPN-created non-story called spygate broke out are now clinging for life trying to come up with some explanation as to why the Patriots keep killing their team (aside from the Giants). Love it.

  61. Pats haters – if you MUST show us all how ignorant you are – how about starting out your posts by telling us what team you root for?

    Stealing signals – it’s been going on in all sports – baseball, football, hockey, tennis – whatever – since the invention of dirt.

    Or didn’t you know that?

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