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  1. megold0715

    megold0715 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    Posted 37 minutes ago 2 Comments12 Recommendations E-mail
    Chiefs give new GM Pioli 'final say' over football decisions
    NFL.com Wire Reports
    Scott Pioli, who helped build a dynasty at New England, is the new general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs.

    The Chiefs announced the hire in a statement from team chairman Clark Hunt late Monday. As GM, Pioli will have complete control over all football operations and report directly to Hunt.

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    "We are very excited to welcome Scott to the Chiefs," Hunt said. "With his proven track record of success, Scott is the finest player personnel executive in the NFL, and we look forward to his leadership in building a championship organization."

    The Chiefs will officially introduce Pioli at a news conference at 6 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

    The fate of coach Herm Edwards and his staff was not immediately known.

    Pioli, who spent nine years working with head coach Bill Belichick and became vice president of player personnel for the Patriots in 2002, also interviewed for the general manager vacancy this month in Cleveland. The Patriots won three Super Bowls, four conference championships and six division titles during Pioli's nine seasons in New England.

    "To sum up in words everything Scott Pioli has meant to this organization and to me personally would be difficult, if not impossible," Belichick said in a statement. "From the day I met him, he has demonstrated a passion for football and respect for the game that is second to none.

    "It has been extremely gratifying for me to follow Scott's career ascension from the bottom of the totem pole in Cleveland to his place as a pillar of championship teams in New England. Now with the opportunity to steer his own ship and a vision of building a winner, there is no more capable, hardworking, loyal, team-oriented person than Scott Pioli."

    The Chiefs have been conducting a search for the position since Carl Peterson resigned after 20 years as president, general manager and CEO. Pioli inherits a young team coming off a 2-14 season in 2008, but is stepping into a situation that seems ripe for a quick turnaround.

    The fan base is loyal, though restive, and the team will be playing next year in a virtually new stadium. Arrowhead, which opened in 1972 and is notorious for being loud and rough on visiting teams, is undergoing a $325 million renovation, which includes new luxury boxes, wider concourses and enhanced amenities in addition to new practice facilities, an enlarged indoor field and a brand new state-of-the-art headquarters building.

    In addition, the Chiefs are about $32 million under the salary cap, extra money that will come in handy because KC owns the overall No. 3 pick in the draft.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report
  2. Aggieman

    Aggieman I bleed blue and gold

    Aug 14, 2008
    If there is one organization that had it "right" it was the New England Patriots. I think this will really help the Chiefs rebuild but right now that doesn't mean they're going to be a contender for the AFC West Title. However they will be soon.
  3. HollywoodLeo

    HollywoodLeo Well-Known Member

    Mar 13, 2006

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