Scott Pioli Getting Poor Reviews in Fourth Season, and Other AFC West News

Christopher HansenNFL AnalystSeptember 17, 2012

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 01:  Kansas City Chiefs General Manager Scott Pioli looks on from the sidelines as the Chiefs prepare to face the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 1, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Scott Pioli is in his fourth season as general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs, but outside of an improbable run in 2010, his tenure has been filled with chaos and losses.

It made sense to give Pioli time to rebuild the Chiefs, but the Chiefs were supposed to be better than two blowout losses to the Falcons and Bills.

Kent Babb of the Kansas City Star says the Chiefs will never win big with Pioli running the Chiefs, but he's not the only one who thinks Pioli's job security should be questioned. Sam Mellenger, who is also from the Kansas City Star, thinks owner Clark Hunt should start thinking about who he wants to be his next general manager.

If the Chiefs don't start playing better, two columnists at the largest newspaper in Kansas City will not be the only people looking toward the end of the Pioli regime Kansas City. In New England—where Pioli built his reputation—the results have not been too dissimilar without Pioli. 

If Pioli was such a great general manager, whey have most of his top draft picks struggled to become impact players? Why have the Patriots continued to be an elite team (38-12 record) while the Chiefs have been below average (21-29)? Excuses can be made, but Pioli's leash is shortening with every loss. 

The Oakland Raiders—the Chiefs' division rival—have similar issues on the field, but are just two games into their rebuild, and the fans are already calling for the ouster of the team's offensive coordinator. If the Chiefs don't significantly improve in the next 14 weeks, it might be time for a change in Kansas City.

Sixty-four games is more than enough games to judge a general manager's work.


Monte Poole of the Contra Costa Times says the Raiders' embarrassing performance against the Miami Dolphins shows how far they have to go.

Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle says the Raiders are still trying to find their way.

Denver Broncos

The Denver Post gives their version of the game plan. Here's mine.

Mike Klis of the Denver Post writes about Demaryrius Thomas' return home as an emerging star receiver. 

San Diego

Scott Bair of the North County Times says the Chargers' backfield showed fight with Jackie Battle running the ball.

Nick Canepa of the San Diego Union-Tribune says it's just a start for the Chargers, but at least it is a fast start.