In an announcement posted Friday morning on the team’s website, the Kansas City Chiefs and general manager Scott Pioli have “mutually agreed to part ways.” Pioli took control of the Chiefs’ player personnel decisions on January 13th, 2009 and was named NFL Executive of the Year in 2010 after Kansas City won the AFC West title. However, after an abyssmal 2012 season with just two wins in 16 games, coach Romeo Crennel was fired and then the public outcry turned towards Pioli.
“After several productive conversations, we made the difficult decision to part ways with Scott Pioli and allow him to pursue other opportunities,” Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said. “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.
The Chiefs were just 23-39 in Pioli’s four seasons as GM, and have suffered through five losing seasons in the last six years. Pioli also released a statement via KCChiefs.com.
“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.”
According to various media reports, the Chiefs have reached a deal with former Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid to replace Crennel. Reid reportedly would like to have a say in the hiring of the Chiefs’ next GM.