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Clark Hunt Statment: Crennel Out, Pioli’s Fate Undecided

Kansas City Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt has released a statement to the media. He has announced the firing of head coach Romeo Crennel, making that news official. He has also stated that the future of GM Scott Pioli has not yet been decided.

I’m embarrassed by the poor product we gave our fans this season, and I believe we have no choice but to move the franchise in a new direction. I will immediately begin the search for the next head coach of the Chiefs. The entire football operation will remain under review, and there may be additional changes to come. No final determination has been made at this point on the future of of General Manager Scott Pioli.

Finally, I want to personally apologize to our fans for our performance this season. We are blessed to play for some of the best and most passionate fans in the NFL and they deserve better than what we gave them this season. I want our fans to know that I will do everything I can to provide them with a dramatically better team – both next season and in the seasons to come – and our entire organization appreciates their support.

Here are the initial takeaways:

1. Pioli is not safe. Not yet.

2. Hunt said that HE will conduct the search for the next head coach of the Chiefs. That could be a bad sign for Pioli.

3. Hurry up and wait. If you thought there would be news of Pioli’s fate coming today, you are likely to be disappointed. Now that this statement has been released it is hard to imagine Pioli being fired today, though you never know.

I don’t understand Hunt’s angle here. He’s basically just announced that he doesn’t trust Pioli to hire the next head coach. What is the point in keeping Pioli on?

Is Hunt waiting to see what GM candidates come available? How can he hire a head coach without that head coach knowing who his boss is going to be? Is Hunt going to keep Pioli but strip him of major powers and assign them to the new head coach?

I just don’t understand.

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  • Patrick Allen

    Just wanted to reiterate in the comments that still don’t get it.

  • chiefridgy


    • Patrick Allen


  • Patrick Allen

    He did say more changes could come. Seems to be hinting Pioli is probably gone. Just not sure why he hasn’t done it yet.

    • Doc

      He may be waiting to see who is available/interested. Some play off teams have given OK for them to talk to other teams. While the suspense is killing everyone, it does make a little sense to proceed with caution and see who is available/interested before dropping the axe on Pioli. If you can him too quick and nobody is interested, we could end up with someone even worse than Pioli, or be strong armed in asking him to come back. In the words of many Chiefs fans AARRRRGGGGGGHHHHH!!!!

  • Guest

    Pioli is the architect of this disater. How he makes it through I have no idea. Romeo only had one year, Pioli’s had several?

    • Patrick Allen

      They should both be gone. You just can’t let Pioli hang around IMO. Time to start fresh.

  • Lyle Graversen

    My take:

    Hunt wants a big name alpha dog coach who will call the shots. If that coach is willing to have Pioli work FOR him then Pioli can stay in a role similar to what he did in NE with Bellichick. If not, Pioli is gone.

    • Zach

      This is exactly the case

      • Patrick Allen

        Hope you are right. Still, if he can’t get the aplpha dog, he’d still be better off canning Pioli. No Cowher or Gruden is going to want Pioli around.

    • ArrowFan

      Pi. makes a lot money in this case you are talking about restructuring his contract.

  • ladner morse

    Perhaps Pioli has spoken with Hunt prior to his releasing Crennel and asked that if Hunt was going to release him (Pioli) as well, that Hunt give him (Pioli) an opportunity to resign first.

  • Patrick Allen

    Potential reason for the delay here could be that Hunt wants to break up with Pioli face to face instead of over text message.

    • toperspective

      Makes no sense. Then why not just wait to make the Crennel announcement. Actual reason for the delay….Hunt is an idiot who without the fortune of being born to Lamar would not be involved in the NFL.

  • ArrowFan

    When do we loose exclusive rights to our FA’s?

  • toperspective

    How about…Hunt is horribly incompetent and has no idea what he is doing?

  • toperspective

    Yes, the problem was the coach. Not the GM who drafted the players and hired the coach.

  • tm1946

    First I doubt Hunt could name 10 HC candidates. He is not involved in football locally except to show up sundays and now he want us to accept he can pick a HC for the future.

    Second, this memo indicates Pioli is here for the long run. He is doing what the owner wants. No need to rehash all of it but Pioli has made hunt a lot of money while tossing the trashiest team in the NFL. Pioli should go if for no other reason than no quality HC would work with this stiff.

    All that said, our problem is our owner not the GM. That is unfixable. So we better hope some other stiff like McDaniels can save this current roster. Doubt it but just tired of being so negative.

  • gjrchief

    I don’t undertand everyone’s confusion. Hunt knows he is hated by fans, no changing that. He wants the new coach to be the face of his franchise. If he fails to get a big dawg to coach…. he needs an out. How about a new coach comes in and “saves the chiefs” by being the one who kicks Pioli out of town… instant fan suppot no matter who Hunt chooses. It is a ver smart move, one that any new HC will appreciate.

  • drakeku

    heres the part thats really frustrating: clark hunt a man who knows very little about football to begin with hires a man whos sole purpose is to hire a head coach and players. then that man fails and instead of firing him and hiring another qualified GM to make qualified decisions he himself (a man who has no football history or knowledgable creditials) is going to hire a head coach? this a decision clark hunt is not qualified in the least bit to make! otherwise why doesnt clark hunt just make himself the GM and save himself sum cash? this is absurd!

  • Rob932

    Anyone who thinks Clark isn’t involved in this team is delusional. While he has many other businesses that may make more money…an NFL team is still a huge asset. He might not have much background in the NFL, but he certainly has many trusted advisers to talk with regularly. He is a smart man and while I don’t agree with his strategy thus far, I can tell you he spends countless hours thinking about the Chiefs.

    And just to be clear…If Scott Pioli isn’t fired, I may vomit the second I hear it. And I think it would be a huge, indefensible mistake.