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.
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?