Peter King of Monday Morning Quarterback named Scott Pioli as a possible replacement for Jerry Reese as New York Giants general manager.
Will Scott Pioli ever get another chance to run an NFL franchise? Perhaps his is a time that will come sooner than later if he’s among the first names mentioned in conjunction with general manager openings around the league.
Peter King mentioned Pioli and Elliot Wolf of the Green Bay Packers in his latest Monday Morning Quarterback column as potential hires for the New York Giants if they were to fire Jerry Reese. Little did King know (or maybe he did) that Reese would be fired by the time the majority of his readers were sipping coffee and reading his weekly trip around the NFL.
With Reese officially out, it won’t be long until columns of potential replacements will come up from multiple media outlets, but it’s interesting that Pioli would be at the top. While his history with the New England Patriots provided him with what was essentially a crown for some time, making him the top executive hire for teams to chase every offseason, the sheen of that crown wore off during his tenure in Kansas City.
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With the Chiefs, Pioli’s stint was defined by oddly controlling rules and a tenuous work environment. Combine an unhappy atmosphere, a complete wall between the team and the press and an overall 23-41 record, and you get a less-than-stellar bottom line during his time in K.C. He fought with Todd Haley only to replace him with an even less effective Romeo Crennel. In four years, Pioli left the Chiefs just as he found them, in the basement of the AFC West and standing atop the NFL Draft order.
Pioli has managed to reshape his image in Atlanta as their assistant general manager under Thomas Dimitroff. It certainly helps that the Falcons went to the Super Bowl last year, giving another star for Pioli to claim and pin on his lapel. However, it’s important to note that his only official time of ever being a GM was in K.C. and it was pretty much a complete disaster.
It would be interesting to watch what Scott Pioli would do if given a second chance to run a franchise. Doing it under the bright lights of the NYC media would only make what Pioli want to avoid what happened in K.C. (and what became a very contentious environment in the calmer waters of the Midwest) even more.