Kansas City Chiefs

Kansas City Chiefs: General Manager Scott Pioli Doesn't Deserve an Extension Yet

October 07, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli talks with head coach Romeo Crennel before the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE
Farzin VousoughianContributor IIIOctober 14, 2012

Updated: 7:25 p.m. ET

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported Sunday morning that Kansas City Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli was offered a two-year extension this week by owner Clark Hunt. The deal has yet to be signed.

What is it that Hunt sees in Pioli that made him offer an extension, if this report is true?

Just less than a year ago, Pioli fired Todd Haley, the first head coach he hired in 2009. Romeo Crennel, Pioli's second head coach, has coached the Chiefs to a 1-4 record.

The Chiefs have a 22-32 record under Pioli, including the playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens. The Chiefs have yet to capture their first playoff victory since 1994.

Pioli traded for Matt Cassel and signed him to a six-year deal worth $63 million before the 2009 season got underway. Looking at Cassel now, he has not done much, and the 2010 Pro Bowl bid is due to the easy schedule the Chiefs had.

Pioli's draft has not been impressive either. Tyson Jackson was a big mistake with the third overall pick in 2009 and has not made much noise. Pioli has not signed nor drafted a player who made an impact for multiple seasons. His best draft pick might be the final pick in the 2009 draft, kicker Ryan Succop.

Looking back at the Chiefs' limited amount of success, there is no reason why Pioli deserves a two-year extension. But Hunt thinks otherwise.

Just last week, a fan flew a banner above Arrowhead Stadium. The sign pleaded to fire Pioli, as well as bench Cassel.


The Kansas City Star is reporting that Pioli was never offered an extension. The Chiefs said they do not comment on contracts of employees who are not players.

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