John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE
Clark Hunt cannot afford to fire Scott Pioli without having a plan in place for what happens after that move.
It seems as though much of the talk regarding the employment status of Kansas City Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli has swayed away from giving him more time and towards the 'fire him yesterday' department. While that might appease most fans that want to see an immediate change due to the poor performance of this team and the growing list of failures under his watch....it's just not that simple.
Not that he won't/shouldn't be fired. He should absolutely be held responsible for the hiring of two coaches that have flamed out in embarrassing fashion (on national TV no less). You can't miss on those moves and expect to keep your job as general manager of a NFL team, and he missed on them. The puzzle isn't fitting together and giving him a chance to hire a third head coach in four years just doesn't make sense.
For Clark Hunt to make the decision to remove Scott Pioli as general manager I think he needs to have an idea of who will step in to replace him first. Or at least have a list of legitimate candidates to approach about the job. I recently sat down with someone who is much smarter than me who described this situation as one where Clark Hunt can't be 'reactionary'. He needs to know what the next move is going to be before he goes public with a firing. As a business owner it would only be good business to have a plan in place for what you are going to do. But that process takes time.
The best way to fix a problem is to get out in front of it, even if it's not public that you're doing so. While that idea may annoy some who are thinking they should have gotten out in front of this a long time ago. We need not go back any further than before pre-season to hear the so-called 'experts' thinking the Chiefs were among the favorites to win the AFC West. That was only three months ago. It seems a lot longer than that because we feel like we base jumped the Grand Canyon without a parachute. The dust is finally settling from that fall and here we are.
It's been a hard, quick fall and as fans we want immediate change and accountability. I believe that change is coming and as long as the new guy has enough time to get HIS organization and people prepared for that HUGE decision next April, we should be just fine in terms of the timing of all of these changes.
Even if this decision isn't coming fast enough for most people it doesn't mean things aren't happening behind the scenes to make it smoother once it does.
The next big question is who is working on Branden Albert's contract extension? Lame duck situation? That's something we'll touch on in the next Arrowhead Pride YouTube video.