Chiefs 'part ways' with general manager Scott Pioli

KANSAS CITY, Mo - The Kansas City Chiefs have parted ways with general manager Scott Pioli, the team announced Friday.

"After several productive conversations, we made the difficult decision to part ways with Scott Pioli and allow him to pursue other opportunities," Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said in a statement announcing the move. "Scott has been an invaluable member of the Chiefs family since joining us in 2009, and we sincerely appreciate his tremendous contributions over the last four years."

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The move comes after a tumultuous season, where the team's only wins were an overtime thriller in New Orleans and a convincing victory over Carolina the day after Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend in their home and then killed himself in the Arrowhead Stadium training facility parking lot.

PIoli, who witnessed Belcher's suicide along with then-head coach Romeo Crennel, was long regarded as one of the NFL's top executives after helping build a dynasty in New England as the Patriots' Vice President of Player Personnel. But his leadership came under heavy scrutiny as his player and personnel moves failed to garner results in Kansas City.

Hunt said he has a tremendous level of "respect and admiration" for Pioli on a personal level.

"His character, loyalty, integrity and commitment to a team are extraordinary, and throughout the last four years, he has consistently put the best interests of the Chiefs ahead of his own," Hunt said. "I know he will go on to enjoy further success in the National Football League, and I certainly wish him the best in the future."

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Perhaps the biggest of Pioli's perceived gaffes was signing quarterback Matt Cassel to a multi-year contract after only one successful season in New England, when he played for an injured Tom Brady.

Neither of Pioli's coaching hires has seen very much success. Todd Haley was fired with three games remaining in 2012 – his third season – finishing with a 19-26 record at the helm in Kansas City. Interim head coach Romeo Crennel had the interim taken off his job title in the offseason, but has come under as much fire as Pioli as the Chiefs continue to struggle in 2012.

Pioli had worked with Crennel from 2001 to 2004 in New England when Crennel was the defensive coordinator and from 1997 to 1999 when both worked with the New York Jets.

Crennel was fired Monday after a 2-14 season, his first full year as the coach in Kansas City.

The Chiefs announced that former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid would be replacing him Friday evening.

Reid reportedly wants to bring not only his own coaching staff, but his own general manager, along to Kansas City.

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Pioli joined the Chiefs prior to the 2009 season. He spent seven years in his VP position with New England after two years as Assistant Director (2000) and Director (2001) of Player Personnel.

He served as the Director of Pro Personnel during his three years in New York. Before that, he served in the scouting department in Cleveland.

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