Report: Lions to interview Scott Pioli for G.M. job

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The Lions can’t interview General Manager candidates from other teams while the season is going, but they are not waiting to talk to those who aren’t currently working for NFL clubs.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that they will interview former Chiefs General Manager Scott Pioli next week. Pioli currently works for NFL Network and CBS Sports.

Pioli was with the Chiefs from 2009 to 2012 and he worked in the Patriots front office for nearly a decade before going to Kansas City. Former Lions General Manager Bob Quinn also worked for the Patriots during Pioli’s time in New England.

Pioli’s most recent NFL job was as an assistant G.M. with the Falcons from 2014 to 2019. He worked under General Manager Thomas Dimitroff, who was fired by the Falcons earlier this year and is also scheduled for an interview with the Lions next week.

ESPN broadcaster Louis Riddick interviewed with the team on Wednesday and former Texans G.M. Rick Smith is expected to interview with the team. The team has also spoken with three internal candidates for the job.

9 responses to “Report: Lions to interview Scott Pioli for G.M. job

  1. beaarthursundergarments says:
    December 17, 2020 at 2:44 pm
    Haven’t they learned anything? The Belichick coaching tree bears no fruit.
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    Currently Brian Flores is doing quite well in Miami, and Joe Judge is doing a pretty good job with the Giants.

    Nick Saban is on a short list of the greatest college coaches of all-time. Others have had success as college coaches (Kirk Ferentz, Bill O’Brien, who also had some success as an NFL coach).

    Of course, Pioli is not a coach, so there is that….

  2. whywerule says:
    Nick Saban is on a short list of the greatest college coaches of all-time.
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    He had a losing record both as an assistant and a head coach in Miami. HE went back to Alabama because he won in college.

  3. Why do teams drudge up failed retreads?
    How about hiring someone new from a successful organization?

  4. “Why do teams drudge up failed retreads?
    How about hiring someone new from a successful organization?”

    Possibly because they just fired a guy who fit that description.

  5. Hiring a guy straight from the TV booth? Didn’t they try that once before? How did it work out? I (am trying to) forget.

    As for retreads, the Lions have a great track record of giving head coaches their first ever shot at the job, and there is a long list of those who never got hired again anywhere else. (Matt Patricia may eventually join that list, though he’s on the young side for never again.) So, a new guy is no guarantee to be better than a retread. It’s like saying why go free agent qb when you can just draft a guy? No sure thing either way.

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