The Kansas City Chiefs have parted ways with General Manager Scott Pioli, the team announced in a statement. It’s officially being deemed mutual.
Owner Clark Hunt, who has taken a much more aggressive role in the search for a new head coach than he has in the past, explained the move.
“After several productive conversations, we made the difficult decision to part ways with Scott Pioli and allow him to pursue other opportunities,” 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.”
It’s a move that Hunt needed to make to prove to a battered fan base he was indeed in charge and likely necessary so soon-to-be head coach Andy Reid can hire his own personnel men.