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Keeping Pioli Would Be A Huge Mistake By Hunt

As we told you earlier, according to Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports, Kansas City Chiefs GM Scott Pioli will not be fired in the wake of the team’s poor season.

Cole sites a league source that claims Pioli will be retained but only after significant changes are made within the organization.


While I think Hunt retaining Pioli would be a huge mistake, I do have to say I could see this report turning out to be true. There have been whispers that Hunt is reluctant to cut Pioli loose. Given the groundswell of fan anger after yet another losing season, it seemed as though Hunt would be forced to make a change whether he wanted to or not.

If Pioli is indeed kept on, Hunt could be facing a fan revolt of epic proportions. Chiefs fans have been calling for Pioli’s head since early on in the 2012 season. Fans seem to feel that the organization doesn’t value them. After all, ticket prices go up, parking prices go up, but the product on the field continues to be underwhelming.

Just from a business perspective, I would be shocked that Hunt would stay the course with Pioli. Hunt has said publicly that he admires the way the Pittsburgh Steelers are run. Not panicking and keeping Pioli would certainly fit into the Pittsburgh model of consistency, however, firing Crennel would mean Pioli would be hiring his third coach in four years. That is the exact opposite of the way the Pittsburgh Steelers go about their business.

To be frank, I think many Chiefs fans would look at Pioli staying on board as a slap in the face. There is no telling whether or not Cole’s report is accurate. Likely, we will find out one way or the other on Monday.

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  • Stacy D. Smith

    If he were to hire Andy Reid and draft Geno Smith, I could live with him for a few more years.

    • Lyle Graversen

      No way Reid would work for a control freak like Pioli, no top coaching candidate that would want any say in personnel would. So if Pioli stays you can cross off names like Reid, Cowher, Gruden, etc.

      • Jim Harper

        That is true Lyle. I also think that is why Manning would not give us the time of day.

  • Lyle Graversen

    LaCanfora and Glazer both reporting that Romeo is gone tomorrow, so you can take that to the bank. Neither would go on record as saying Pioli will stay, so it sounds like that is yet to be determined. I’m hoping that the Pioli will stay and hire Ferentz rumors were floated by Pioli himself.

    • Kansas_City

      There is no doubt that Pioli uses leaks to help himself, but I don’t see how such leaks would help him much, if at all. I guess he could figure it might influence Hunt, but how stupid does he think Hunt is?

  • Lyle Graversen

    Schefter now has Pioli on his “leaning towards out” list. My head hurts, I think I better just stay off twitter until tomorrow, the rumors are killing me.

    • d-block

      Hey, leaning towards the toilet is better than leaning away from it. Nobody in their right mind would think bringing scottie back. But Lamar’s down syndrome induced son Clarkie Grisswald may prove us all wrong.

      • Jim Harper

        Hey that is not funny!

  • Matt Dickson

    What kind of HC do people expect Pioli will be able to find when he’s already on thin ice? A desirable, incoming HC is going want to come into a situation where there is some time to turn things around… Besides Pioli has shown terrible judgement in HCs and QBs. Is that the track record of the man we want choosing our next ones? This whole thing is just incredible in its stupidity.

  • Matt Finucane

    I’ve had this feeling the whole time that Pioli will be kept. That would just be so……Chiefs.

    Can’t say I’ll be following the team very closely if he’s in charge. I’m not even mad anymore, I’ve just lost all interest.

    • Brady Warshawsky

      You are not alone in this feeling man. The Chiefs make lame excuses, and they continue to suck. Only difference is a lot of life long fans seem to be jumping ship. It sucks being a KC Sports fan in general. The owners don’t care about championships, just their pocket books.

      • Kansas_City

        Let’s Go Royals. It is their time.

  • superman_25_58

    Ferentz??????????? This is exactly why Scott “DB” Pioli needs to be fired strait after the damn game today. For one Ferentz career record is just above .500 but within the last four years here is Ferentzs record 30-21, and is 16-16 in conference play. Now here is Chip Kelleys record as four year head coach of the Ducks. Chip is 45-7, and 33-3 is his conference record. If were bringing in a new coach from the college level I would much rather have CHIP KELLEY #1, AND NICK SABAN #2. FERENTZ SHOULD NOT EVEN BE IN THE TALK OF HEAD COACH WITH THESE TWO GREAT COLLEGE COACHES AND BRUCE ARIANS WOULD BE IN THE MIX WITH THESE TWO…………… GET A DAMN CLUE CLARK HUNT!!!!!!!!

  • Chiefswatch

    Hunt better understand that no decent HC will come to work under Egoli. How could this Ferentz rumor make Hunt comfortable. Is it me or have Pioli’s people all turned out to be shit. Isn’t this Ferentz connection what lead us to Stanzi? What the hell. Why would Hunt want fan unrest. There is not one good reason to keep him outside of some money angle that I am not aware of. Which would make sense because we all are now aware that Clark is not his father and cares not about the team or its fans the way Lamar did. If Pioli is not fired we will suck next year too. I wont watch. If Pioli isn’t fired I am done with the Chiefs.

  • d-block

    If this happens I will sell off all my chiefs gear and buy Bronco and Raider apparel.

    • Jim Harper

      Why wait?

  • Kansas_City

    NFL owners have such a fool proof product and profits that they can get away with stupid decisions and still do okay. Nonetheless, Hunt would be making an enourmous mistake in keeping Pioli. The only apparent reason for doing so is to save the cost of the two year extension he gave him. But he might lose as much as 20,000 fans per game and risk not being able to get them back very easily. Knowing how poorly run the organization is, I would not be surprised by no announcement tomorrow regarding Crennel or Pioli (or maybe just the firing of Crennel), but then Pioli still getting fired in the not too distant future when Hunt recognizes the magnitude of his mistake.