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It’s offical. Another big branch from the Bill Belichick tree has been cut down. The Kansas City Chiefs have hired Patriots VP of Player Personnel Scott Pioli to run their football operations in Kansas City. The hiring of Pioli likely means that head coach Herm Edwards will likely be fired as a new administration will begin to take shape.
The 43-year-old Pioli has been with the team for nine seasons and has won two Sporting News Executive of the Year awards. Pioli, along with Bill Belichick, has been behind some incredible moves, like the sixth-round draft choice of Tom Brady, the seventh-round draft choice of Matt Cassel, and the trade for WR Randy Moss (for a fourth-round selection).
Patriots personnel director Nick Caserio will take Pioli’s old job with the Patriots.
The Chiefs aren’t a hopeless situation for Pioli. Despite finishing 2-14 last season, the Chiefs have a couple talented players in Dwayne Bowe and Glenn Dorsey, and are approximately $30 million under the cap. After trading Larry Johnson, their payroll my fall further. The Cheifs also own the No. 3 pick in April’s draft.
Bill Belichick released a statement after his close friend took the Chiefs job:
“To sum up in words everything Scott Pioli has meant to this organization and to me personally would be difficult, if not impossible,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said in a statement. “From the day I met him, he has demonstrated a passion for football and respect for the game that is second to none.
“On a personal level, the Belichick-Pioli bond runs far deeper than our workplace, as we and our families have shared countless memories away from football. Working side by side with one of my best friends for almost two decades is special enough in itself. But to help each other achieve success beyond our dreams is a blessing and something I will always remember and appreciate.”
Last year, the Patriots lost another football executive, losing College Scouting Director Tom Dimitroff to the Atlanta Falcons. He proceeded to sign Micheal Turner and draft Matt Ryan, who both led the Falcons to an 11-5 record and a playoff berth.