Pioli to join Chiefs
The Kansas City Star reported that according to two coaches, Edwards and the staff could be dismissed as soon as Wednesday.
Pioli, who became vice president of player personnel for the Patriots in 2002 and spent nine years working with head coach Bill Belichick, also interviewed for the general manager vacancy in Cleveland.He inherits a young team coming off a 2-14 season but is stepping into a situation that seems ripe for a quick turnaround.
Williamson: Spectacular Hire
The hiring of Scott Pioli is a monster move for the organization. Judging from his work in New England, Pioli could be a franchise-changing general manager, writes ESPN.com's Bill Williamson. Blog
Pioli will be handling the football side of the operations, with the Chiefs still to hire a president who would be in charge of the business end of things. According to the Star, the job is expected to go to longtime team executive vice president Denny Thum.
Pioli, the son-in-law of Miami Dolphins boss Bill Parcells, has been honored many times for his contributions to the Patriots' three Super Bowl championships. With Pioli working with Belichick, the Patriots used an effective mix and match of trades, free-agent signings and draft selections to dominate the league. In 2007, six players drafted by Pioli and Belichick made the Pro Bowl. "We are very excited to welcome Scott to the Chiefs," Hunt said in a statement. "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." Patriots owner Robert Kraft praised Pioli as an "integral part of the many championships the New England Patriots have celebrated this decade." "Scott is a great evaluator of talent," Kraft said. "He is thorough in his evaluations, extremely organized and has done a tremendous job mining all possible resources to help coach Belichick and his staff field the players needed to win consistently. He has played an important role in building a championship tradition with players that I am proud to call Patriots."
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