The Kansas City Chiefs and general manager Scott Pioli parted ways on January 4. Although the bad dwarfed the good during his four-year tenure with the team—in which the Chiefs amassed a 23-41 record—not all of Pioli's noteworthy transactions turned out to be failures.
Capitalizing off of his fame with the New England Patriots, Pioli agreed to terms with the Chiefs and was welcomed with open arms by the Kansas City community. After all, he was the man responsible for mining to the end of the 2000 NFL draft and striking gold in selecting quarterback Tom Brady in the seventh round.
The result? Three Super Bowl rings in four years, as the Patriots established a reign of dominance and accounted for the league's winningest record (102-42) throughout Pioli's eight-year stay.
Fast-forward to 2009.
Pioli answered the Chiefs' longstanding quarterback quandary by trading a second-round pick for Brady's backup, Matt Cassel—alongside veteran linebacker Mike Vrabel—and the rest is history.
Ultimately, Pioli's worst moves overshadowed any blips of genius, and the City of Fountains quickly evolved into a flood of controversy.