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SBD/January 3, 2013/Franchises
Clark Hunt Plans To Have Larger Role In Chiefs' Operations, Including Hiring New Coach
Published January 3, 2013
CHANGE IN PLANS: In K.C., Sam Mellinger wrote, "Faced with two logical options, Hunt instead created a third that will either mean finishing Pioli off later or setting up an untenable power structure with a new alpha male coach and a former alpha male GM." Hunt’s new plan is to "assume more control over football operations," to find the "best coaching candidate in the NFL and have him report to the owner instead of the GM." It also is to have more "cohesion within an organization where turmoil is the new normal." This is a "public admonishment of Pioli and a flashing neon sign to the football world that the Chiefs are changing how they operate." Hunt’s plan "might work, but the last four years have given Chiefs fans every honest reason to be skeptical." This is Hunt's "most important moment." This might be "the best chance Hunt will ever have to turn around both his franchise and reputation among fans" (K.C. STAR, 1/1).
KNOCKED DOWN A PEG: FOXSPORTS.com's Jason Whitlock wrote Pioli has been "reduced to his former size," and he is "back in the role he played for Bill Belichick in New England: behind-the-scenes puppet." Pioli "will not leave." No other organization will "elevate him to the perch he enjoyed for four years" in K.C., and "certainly no other organization will make him one of the highest-paid executives in the NFL." But the best chance of "hiring the most outstanding coach comes with Pioli in a different zip code." Whitlock: "Why would any highly qualified coach want to participate in the Chiefs' dysfunction? Why would any highly qualified coach want Pioli leading and/or participating in draft and free-agent preparations?" (FOXSPORTS.com, 1/2).