Former Chiefs GM Scott Pioli Hired by Atlanta Falcons

Dec 2, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli before the game against the Carolina Panthers at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

There’s big news out of Atlanta this morning as the Falcon’s digital content manager, Jay Adams’ Twitter account reports that the team has hired former Kansas City Chiefs’ general manager, Scott Pioli as the assistant GM.

Pioli is perhaps one of the most disliked men in Kansas City City. Hired by Chiefs CEO, Clark Hunt to replace longtime GM “King” Carl Peterson, Pioli began his reign of terror before the 2009 season and held onto his throne until last off season when he was let go in favor of new general manager John Dorsey.

Pioli’s tenure as the Chiefs GM was punctuated with several controversies such as the infamous “candy wrapper” incident and a heated and tenuous relationship with former Chiefs head coach Todd Haley. Many Addicts grew tired of Pioli’s incessant referral to the Chiefs drafting and free agency periods as a “process” and “looking for the right 53.”

The fanbase’s hatred for the former GM came to a head last season when a movement known as the “Save Our Chiefs” organization paid money to fly a plane over Arrowhead Stadium with a banner reading “Bench Cassel – Fire Pioli.”

It worked.

Pioli has had a long time friendship with Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff, so it’s no surprise that this is happening. Scotty is scheduled to join the team February 3, after his contract with NBC Sport Radio and Sirius XM expires.

Topics: Kansas City Chiefs, Scott Pioli

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  • Stacy D. Smith

    Makes sense. He and Dimitroff have a great relationship.

  • berttheclock

    Very happy to see the Falcons go into an irreversible tailspin.

    • toperspective

      Just wish she was going to destroy a franchise in the AFC

      • berttheclock

        The Falcons have become the common English sparrows.

        • toperspective

          Bird humor. Very good. But the area under their trees will be very clean.

  • DieHard_ChiefsFan

    That is sad and yet funny at the same time… Say goodbye to your good players, expect most of your cap money to go to the fat contract for your QB as I’m Sure Pioli wants to “Lock in” the QB. I guess Dimitroff needs some assistance installing microphones and cameras in the offices/locker room. If it all else fails, Pioli and his “right 53″ will always have a job cleaning up the wrappers/trash at Falcon stadium.

  • berttheclock

    The glow of the early days by Dmitroff in Atlanta is off the bloom. Mortgaged their future on giving away multiple picks, let several players grow far too old in the tooth, compounded by not picking up an easy lower draft choice for letting Tony G return to the Chiefs. So, really, it has become two peas in a pod. For a short while, Dmitroff seemingly was the only ex-Belichick higher up to succeed with other teams. Romeo failed as a HC with both the Browns and the Chiefs, although, I still believe Romeo is an exceptional defensive coach. Weiss failed as a HC with the Golden Domers. He had a brief stint as an OC with the Chiefs which was better than expected, but, as a Jayhawk, I really would like to see Weiss depart KU. Look at the problems McDaniels has had. There is really only one Tom Brady and the occasional burst of creativity by Belichick. It is readily apparent none of this was passed on to any of the top assistants under Belichick to move upward.

    No, Atlanta is not New England South. The Falcons look as though they are part and parcel of those wounded seen in “Gone With the Wind”, trying to keep Sherman from passing through.

  • freshmeat62

    Hey maybe we could work out a trade. Some of Pioli’s highly sought after draft picks that I’m sure he’d love to have back, like Tyson Jackson, Kendrick Lewis, for say, Julio Jones. Heck I might even throw in another Pioli pick, McCluster, so Atlanta has receiver to replace Jones.

    • berttheclock

      Geez, one of Pioli’s first moves may be in talking his buddy into signing Jonathan “Can’t get No Separation” Baldwin when he is cut by San Fran.

      • micah stephenson

        At the time he took Baldwin, Chris Chambers was our #2 wr and only had 22 catches the previous yr. Only mistake was not taking T.Smith at wr which every expert had pegged as a 2nd rd pick.

        • toperspective

          He reached for Baldwin. No one expected him to go so high

        • berttheclock

          Geez, I just felt the earth shake as I, actually, agree with you.

          • micah stephenson

            We prolly agree on most things, excluding Alex Smith.

        • berttheclock

          Speaking of so-called experts, I just went back and re-read comments by Walter Camp concerning Baldwin. He raved about him prior to that draft. Never mentioned the negatives, and many “experts” did the same, which scouts had said Baldwin needed long strides to get into top speed off the line of scrimmage and was not good at using his hands to gain separation from aggressive d-backs. So, his top speed was negated and when, one considers, he would have to face far better d-backs in the NFL, he became very suspect. With Torrey Smith, he could fly, but, really needed some top coaching to improve his game. He had the best potential to succeed. Look how he bloomed after his first year, whereas, Baldwin never could get separation, no matter who worked with him. The key ended up being with the Niners, where due to injuries, they really needed a wide out. No matter how much they wanted him and worked with him, he could not improve.

          As a result of this, I will never read Walter Camp again for his point of view concerning talent.

  • micah stephenson

    Ok. Cut the Micah Alex Smith hate comments and cue the Berttheclock Pioli hate comments in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…..

    • kcpauly

      Good one Micah…LMFAO ;~))
      Go Chiefs!!!!!!!!!!!

    • berttheclock

      Problems with speed reading, eh?

    • Calchiefsfan

      Count me in! lol.

  • tm1946

    Well at least, police call will keep Atl stadium very clean. In case you were not in the military, police call meant you got in a line fingertips to fingertip and walked forward, then you picked up anything that was not growing.

  • John Gabbard

    Talk about going from bad to worse. Good thing tony retired because pioli would have ran him out of town for the second time. Sure, pioli did have a small eye for talent, but his people skills suck, which I guess is why he’s only assistant gm. Maybe we can get some draft picks back by trading atl for some of pioli’s busts in kc

  • Calchiefsfan

    Dimitroff seems like an okay guy, Pioli is a jerk. I wonder how badly this will affect the front office? My initial reaction, this is a bad move by Dimitroff.

    • toperspective

      He will probably just be sharpening pencils and picking up candy wrappers like he did for the patriots.

      • Calchiefsfan

        Ha! I feel sorry for the pencils.

  • micah stephenson

    I thinks it pretty safe to say we don’t care what Piss-oli does and you can quit informing us of his career moves. Lol

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