New England Patriots vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli has agreed to become head of football operations for the Kansas City Chiefs, two NFL sources confirmed to ESPN's Michael Smith. The vice president for player personnel at New England, Pioli, 43, is close to Patriots coach Bill Belichick and has been with the Patriots for nine years. Pioli should find a warm welcome in Kansas City. At the last Chiefs' home game, shortly after the embattled Carl Peterson resigned after 20 years as president, general manager and CEO, several signs were spotted in the crowd proclaiming, "We want Pioli."
Losing players and coaches doesn't worry me, but I am a worried about Scott Pioli leaving since he has gotten a lot of credit for the way this team is built. From everything I read he was the Yin to Belichick's Yang.
Any idea why he left? More money? A new challenge?
Between McDaniels and Pioli, the AFC West will be getting a Patriots makeover next season. The only problem is...some of the other branches on the New England tree (Crennel, Mangini, Weis) have been miserable failures. Hopefully Pioli does better, since I have a soft spot for the Chiefs from the Joe Montana days.
Skinner: Well, I was wrong. The lizards are a godsend.
Lisa: But isn't that a bit short-sighted? What happens when we're overrun by lizards?
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Lisa: But aren't the snakes even worse?
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Lisa: But then we're stuck with gorillas!
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Bielema admitted at his Arkansas presser that he won't coach the Badgers in the Rose Bowl. I think Alvarez should do it. As for replacements, I like Paul Chryst but there are a lot of hold-ups to him coming on board. After that (and maybe Mel Tucker)