Scott Pioli survived black Monday, but his tenure as the General Manager of the Kansas City Chiefs was on shaky ground. That ground came tumbling down Friday morning with news that Pioli and the Chiefs were parting ways.
"After several productive conversations, we made the difficult decision to part ways with Scott Pioli and allow him to pursue other opportunities," Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said. "Scott has been an invaluable member of the Chiefs family since joining us in 2009, and we sincerely appreciate his tremendous contributions over the last four years.
"I know that this was a difficult decision for Scott as well. He has a great deal of appreciation for the history of this franchise, for our players, coaches and employees, and especially our great fans."
"There is no way to overstate the level of respect and admiration I have for Scott on a personal level. His character, loyalty, integrity and commitment to a team are extraordinary, and throughout the last four years, he has consistently put the best interests of the Chiefs ahead of his own. I know he will go on to enjoy further success in the National Football League, and I certainly wish him the best in the future."
The move is likely the final step in a process that will see former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid given full control of the football operations in Kansas City. Reid reportedly cancelled all other interviews after Clark Hunt offered Reid complete control over personnel - and the ability to hire his own GM.
This is likely the first domino in what will likely be a busy weekend of coaching hires in the NFL