Scott Pioli, who has spent nine years helping create a dynasty in New England, will be the Chiefs’ new general manager.
A news conference will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday to introduce Pioli. He will have the final say over all football operations at Arrowhead Stadium, reporting to Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt.
Pioli, who turns 44 in March, has been with New England since 2000 as vice president for player personnel.
“We are very excited to welcome Scott to the Chiefs,” Hunt said. “With his proven track record of success, Scott is the finest player personnel executive in the NFL, and we look forward to his leadership in building a championship organization.”
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No decision has been made yet on whether Herm Edwards will remain Chiefs coach, although it appears unlikely Pioli will retain him. Edwards was still working at his office earlier today, but the Arrowhead Stadium offices were virtually empty in the late afternoon.
During Pioli’s tenure in New England, the Patriots won three Super Bowls, four AFC championships and six AFC East titles.
Pioli began his NFL career when current Patriots coach Bill Belichick hired him as a pro personnel assistant for the Browns in 1992. He was promoted to director of pro personnel after the franchise moved to Baltimore in 1996. He spent one season with the Ravens, where he oversaw all aspects of pro personnel and negotiated the contracts of free agents and several draft choices.
In 1997, he was hired by the N.Y. Jets as director of pro personnel.
Pioli played defensive tackle at Central Connecticut State (1983-87), where he was a three-time Division II All-New England selection.