Chiefs, GM Scott Pioli part ways

Share This Story

Jay Glazer

Jay Glazer is one of NFL's top insiders. In addition to providing breaking news, columns and video, he appears weekly on "FOX NFL Sunday." Visit Jay's exclusive page for hot scoops and watch MMAthetics and The After Party.


Scott Pioli is out as general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs after four years.

NFL head coaches fired


Which NFL head coaches have been fired? Find out right here.

A team statement said the two sides ''mutually parted ways.''

The NFL club had already dismissed coach Romeo Crennel earlier this week following a 2-14 season, and Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said then additional changes could be made.

''I truly apologize for not getting the job done,'' Pioli said. ''The bottom line is that I did not accomplish all of what I set out to do. To the Hunt family - to the great fans of the Kansas City Chiefs - to the players, all employees and alumni, I truly apologize for not getting the job done''

Pioli was hired from the New England Patriots in January 2009 and quickly fired coach Herm Edwards.

Pioli turned to Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Todd Haley as head coach and made his first major player move that offseason by acquiring quarterback Matt Cassel from the Patriots following his strong performance in place of the injured Tom Brady.

In 2010, the Chiefs won their first AFC West title since 2003. But a poor start the following season cost Haley his job late in 2011, with Crennel promoted from defensive coordinator.

''After several productive conversations, we made the difficult decision to part ways with Scott Pioli and allow him to pursue other opportunities,'' Hunt said in a statement Friday.

''This was a difficult decision for Scott as well,'' Hunt said. ''He has a great deal of appreciation for the history of this franchise, for our players, coaches and employees, and especially our great fans.''

Since the firing, the Chiefs have come to an agreement with former Eagles head coach Andy Reid.

Kansas City will have the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, and with five players voted to the Pro Bowl, there are certainly pieces in place for the Chiefs to make rapid improvement.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Tagged: Chiefs, Patriots

More Stories From Jay Glazer

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by

More Than Sports on MSN