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Scott Pioli Hired As Sunday Night Football Analyst

Former Kansas City Chiefs GM Scott Pioli has been hired to be an analyst for NBC’s Sunday Night Football covers this season, according to a report from Sports Illustrated.

From SI:

NBC Sports has hired the former Chiefs general manager for its Football Night In America studio program. Pioli will appear weekly on either the FNIA studio set in New York City or at the game site of Sunday Night Football. He’ll also appear every Monday on the NBC Sports Network’s Pro Football Talk in segments with FNIA analyst Rodney Harrison.
Pioli said NBC Sports executives have told him they want him to be an “informationalist.” He described that position as “being able to talk about experiences, tie them into what is happening currently, and attempt to educate fans and viewers about how things really work behind the scenes.”

Pioli has been making appearances for various media outlets since being parting ways from the Chiefs. He has been on Sirius XM NFL Radio and is a frequent guest on NFL Network.

I like this move for Pioli. I’ve watched him on a number of these segments and I think he does a really good job. He’s well-spoken and knowledgeable about the word of the NFL and since his new job is to provide information, rather than keep information secret, he is much more interesting to listen to than when he was dodging questions as a GM.

It will be interesting to see how long Pioli decides to stay in the media. He strikes me as a guy who would want to get back into the NFL eventually to prove that he can make it as a GM. Despite his failures in Kansas City, Pioli has to be hard worker to rise as high as he did and so I don’t imagine he will be content on the sidelines for very long.

I think Pioli will eventually get another chance to prove himself but it may take some time. His tenure in KC was mostly a disaster so I think it is wise that he takes some time to distance himself from that before jumping back into the fray. The time may also allow him to reflect on his time in KC so that he can do better next time around.

What do you think, Addicts? Should Pioli try to get back into football or should he stay in the media as an analyst?

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  • PunjabiPete

    I can see it now:

    Announcer 1: “So, Scott, what did you think of that play”
    Pioli: “I am a creature of the night, I will never reveal anything about anything, I am the darkness”
    Announcer 1: *stunned silence*
    *Rustling heard as if a scuffle has broken out*

    aaaaand scene

    • Patrick Allen


    • Patrick Allen

      He sees you when you’re sleeping…

    • Da Menace

      Lol that is some funny shit right there!

  • Altarium

    As long as he doesn’t start giving the play-by-play or color commentary! Don’t think I’d want to listen to him for an entire SNF game.
    Also, I don’t think his first job back in the league will be as a GM. Unless it’s a terrible, awful, hopeless team like the Jags, Jets, Cards, etc., and they’re in dire need of any GM they can get their hands on. Otherwise he may get a job as a pro scout before taking another crack at GM.

    • toperspective

      He is not qualified for any of those positions. It turns out he just sharpened pencils for Belichick.

      • Da Menace

        …and cut the sleeves off his hoodies for him

  • Lyle Graversen

    Translation: I can’t get a GM job with anyone and my ego demands that I keep a high profile and seem important.

  • toperspective

    Pioli will never get another job as a GM unless he has incriminating photos of an owner. No one is going to entrust their team to a man who so utterly and completely failed as a GM. Good hire by NBC if the position calls for someone who is insipid and who has a low likeability ranking.

  • Matt Finucane

    All joking aside, this really is a lot like Matt Millen, right?

    • Patrick Allen

      Totally. Though I think Scotty will be way more engaging than Millen.

  • tm1946

    Besides he can be counted on to bring everyone coffee as needed.

  • berttheclock

    But, couldn’t he be paired with Matt Millen to discuss drafting?

    • Da Menace

      Bahaha! Yep draft pundit gurus right there!

  • Chief Hokie

    Back when he was our GM, I was desperate to hear his input on things because he never said a word. Now… I just don’t give a flying f what he has to say.

  • Da Menace

    I think I just puked in my mouth…

  • Bosco Cletus

    I’ll take Herm instead and how he starts every analysis with “Hey look, Teddys right.”

  • paul pace

    He was a total train wreck as a GM. He is too arrogant and stubborn to change his ways but I am sure there is some team out there that will one day hire him again as a GM!