The first things most Chiefs fans said after hearing Pioli had accepted the Chiefs GM job was " WOOHOO!". Ten seconds later they asked: "Why hasn't Herm Edwards been fired yet?!?!"
The ecstacy of landing the hottest GM candidate in the NFL was quickly tainted by fear. The fear that maybe Pioli wasn't as smart as we thought he was if he is even giving a thought at keeping Herm as head coach. Well fear not, Herm Edwards has no chance of remaining with the Chiefs next year.
"BUT, BUT, BUT! IF HE WAS GOING TO FIRE HERM HE SHOULD HAVE DONE IT ALREADY! DOESN'T HE KNOW "HERM THE (insert juvenille nickname here)" IS THE WORST COACH IN THE HISTORY OF ORGANIZED SPORTS?!?!?!? THAT MORON HERM IS MANIPULATING CLARK AND PIOLI LIKE A PUPPET MASTER AND WILL TALK THEM INTO KEEPING HIM WITH HIS EVIL PLOT TO LOSE GAMES SO HE CAN GET A LIFETIME CONTRACT EXTENSION!!!!!!"
What we are seeing is simple common courtesy. It would be bad form for a new GM to walk in the door and fire the head coach his first day on the job. Especially one that inherited as bad a situation as Herm did and worked so hard to break the stale thinking of the previous 19 years of the Peterson era to point the organization in the direction it NEEDED to go.
Despite the opinions of frustrated fans, Herm Edwards is greatly respected in the NFL community. Not for his coaching accumen, we all know Herms limitations as a head coach, but because he is a good and decent man, a passionate football fan, a sterling representative of the NFL and a great mentor to young people and players.
Aside from the fact that a man with that heart and reputation doesn't DESERVE to be treated like the piece of crap that some think he is, consider this: The players on this team LOVE Herm Edwards. How much harm would be done to the attitude of our young players towards the organization if their NFL mentor were treated with such disrespect of being quickly cut loose without at least being given the opportunity to state his case?
Considering Pioli has stated he is going to shake the organization up from top to bottom, it is inconceivable that the head coach would not be included, but Pioli is playing things the proper way. He is praising Herm in public and meeting with him not just once, but multiple times to at least give the impression that he is giving him a fair shake. It is all part of the dance all good front office men do to give proper public respect to a member of the NFL community before letting him go.