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Report: Chiefs' New Head Coach Will Help Decide Pioli's Fate

It appears as though Kansas City Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt could be going after some very big fish in his search for a new head coach.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Hunt’s choice for head coach will help determine Pioli’s fate.


Hunt said earlier in a statement that Pioli’s fate had not yet been decided. He also said that he, Hunt, would begin searching for a new head coach, indicating that Pioli would not be involved.

It is hard to foresee a situation where a new head coach would want Pioli involved. Unless Hunt decides to hire Josh McDaniels or someone else with Patriots roots, I’d imagine the new coach would want to work with his own people.

This also could indicate that Hunt is interested in some head coaching candidates that could want final say in personnel decisions. Think guys like Bill Cowher and John Gruden.

Hunt reportedly thinks highly of Pioli. By keeping him around for now, he gives the new coach the opportunity to work with Pioli or discard him. At the same time, Hunt keeps Pioli off the market, potentially from going to one of his competitors.

Looks like we could be in for an interesting couple of days.

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  • Brady Warshawsky

    Well… I will put my foot in my mouth if this is the case. I still believe that Pioli needs to go, but if an “alpha dog” HC comes in (Gruden, Cowher, etc) and has FINAL say on personnel decisions making Pioli a title holding GM with no true decision making ability or leadership, why do it? Just hire this “Alpha Dog” as a GM/HC… It makes no sense after 4 years, Pioli’s record speaks for itself. His drafting decisions, and FA signings speak about his talent scouting

  • tm1946

    Can anyone picture Clark getting before the media and announcing Josh McDaniels as the “big dog” type HC? Back to being NEwest, Clevelandwest did not work all that well, and another failed NE product to join Pioli for the great future of the Chiefs. Wow, why not just go to the Arrowhead parking lot and kicking all the tailgaters in the nuts.

    • Stefanie Smith

      Chargers’ fan here… omg, I spit out my coffee laughing when I read your post.

    • Stefanie Smith

      Plus Josh McDaniels is not a big His great decision making had Denver giving up picks for Tebow. Your owner can’t be that crazy, (Hey, I am on here because misery loves company… We (the Chargers) are no better than the Chiefs. So when I laugh, it’s friendly, not meant to be insulting.

      • ehhh

        tim tebow won more playoff games and made more big playoff game winning throws than any chief has in over a decade

  • Calchiefsfan

    Pioli going to one of our competitors? Please!

    • toperspective

      yeah, that strikes fear into the heart of Chiefs fans.

  • Stefanie Smith

    Maybe he doesn’t want to can Pioli just yet, because he is in discussions with the true “big dog”–wants to see what the big dog has to say about it.

  • toperspective

    This just shows how clueless Hunt is. The guy is a blithering idiot. I can’t imagine there is one Chiefs fan that has one iota of confidence that this guy will make the right decision.

  • Chief Hokie

    I dig this idea because the coach and gm would have a mutual dependency on each other.

  • Erika Groth

    Some might think this is stupid but by doing this he can attempt some big names that might not want to work for pioli. While at the same time he could be looking for a head coach who wants control over personnel. Basically he doesn’t know who to replace pioli with that wouldnt limit his options at hc. This way he doesn’t A) get a hc who only got the job because him and pioli once ate at the same McDonalds and B) doesn’t hav a pioli/Haley issue.

  • chiefs94

    All is this Clark bashing is a bit much!!! 4 years ago he hired what was then the hottest GM candidate around, we were all Giddy. No of us new what a douche Pioli would turn out to be and if you say you did your are a liar!!! Clark is still a realtively new and young owner and he will get it right! Give the guy a freaking chance