The Kansas City Chiefs have to part ways with Scott Pioli to turn the franchise around.
Since taking over K.C. in 2009, the Chiefs have just one winning season and entered Week 11 of 2012 at 1-8. Also, in an article by Jeffri Chadiha of ESPN.com, Chadiha writes:
Pioli has become such a laughingstock in Kansas City that the biggest story in town is whether Chiefs owner Clark Hunt actually has extended his general manager's contract. There have been reports of such a deal. There have been denials by the franchise. The bottom line is that it's an issue because the Chiefs no longer can sell Pioli to their fan base.
For the third straight home game, Save Our Chiefs has hired an aircraft to fly a banner over Arrowhead. This one, like the banner that flew Oct. 28 during the Chiefs’ game against Oakland, will read “Restore Hope … Fire Pioli … Save Our Chiefs.com.”
With that, let's go forward and see which former NFL general managers can revive K.C.'s future.
Charley Casserly was the Washington Redskins' GM for 11 seasons—from 1989 to 1999.
Prior to becoming Washington's GM, he was part of the Redskins' organization dating back to the days of George Allen. Once taking on the new role, though, Washington enjoyed four consecutive winning seasons, including another Super Bowl victory in 1991.
Now, the Redskins failed to make the postseason from 1993 through 1998 and had four losing seasons in that span. Still, in Casserly's final year, the Redskins made the postseason and bowed out in the NFC Divisional Round.
In that season alone, Casserly did more than anything achieved by Pioli.
Obviously, Casserly's time with the Houston Texans was nowhere near as impressive as with Washington, but his resume still surpasses that of Pioli.
Bill Polian is easily one of the best general managers in NFL history.
The Buffalo Bills went six straight postseasons and four Super Bowls with Polian in the organization. And during that six-year span Buffalo sported a regular-season record of 70-26.
He then became part of the then-expansion franchise Carolina Panthers, who made an NFC title game appearance in just their second season of existence. After that short stint with Carolina, though, Polian joined the Indianapolis Colts and the rest is history.
Indy then selected Peyton Manning in the 1998 NFL draft, and Polian was part of two more Super Bowls.
If there's a guy who can turn K.C. immediately around, Polian's track record speaks for itself.
Jerry Angelo became the Chicago Bears' GM in 2001 and lasted through the 2011 season.
Chicago won a division title and earned a playoff bye during his first year and made three more playoff appearances thereafter: one of which was an appearance in Super Bowl XLI.
Obviously, by comparison to Charley Casserly and Bill Polian, Angelo's experience and total resume does not match up. Nonetheless, he's still proven much more success than Pioli, and it's not like Kansas City can get much worse.
After all, the Bears had gone a dismal 26-61 from 1996 through 2000 and had a single-season record no better than 7-9 in that time frame. Angelo possesses the capabilities to turn the Chiefs around, especially when you consider K.C.'s current talent of players like Jamaal Charles, Derrick Johnson and Eric Berry.
Although the game appeared to have passed Bill Parcells when he coached the Dallas Cowboys, his brief tenure in the front office is worth noting.
For one, Parcells served as the general manager of the New York Jets from 1997 through 2000 (also was head coach from '97 through '99). Of those four seasons, Gang Green never had a losing season and made one AFC title-game appearance.
Beginning in 2008, Parcells returned to the front office and this time with the Miami Dolphins.
That season Miami won the AFC East by going 11-5; however, the Dolphins failed to qualify for postseason play in 2009 and 2010. Just from an NFL-experience perspective, though, Parcells is much more appealing than K.C. continuing forward with Pioli.
His impact in the front office may not be as proven as Charley Casserly, Bill Polian or Jerry Angelo, but Parcells still isn't a bad option.
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