Pay attention to the fine print. In announcing Romeo Crennel's firing, Chiefs owner Clark Hunt said he -- not GM Scott Pioli -- would begin the head coaching search.
As it stands now, Clark Hunt will make the decision on the Kansas City Chiefs next head coach. Hunt announced that Romeo Crennel was fired and in that same announcement he said a decision on GM Scott Pioli had not been made yet.
The devil is in the details (emphasis mine):
I will immediately begin the search for the next head coach of the Chiefs. The entire football operation will remain under review, and there may be additional changes to come. No final determination has been made at this point on the future of General Manager Scott Pioli.
Read into that what you will but to me it suggests that a decision on Pioli truly has not been made. Plenty of reports are saying he is likely to return but if that were the case wouldn't Pioli be making the decision on the head coach?
And, if Pioli isn't making the decision on the head coach ....
@arrowheadpride This is a dog and pony show. Why keep that guy on as GM if Clark, who paid him a ton to run the show, is hiring the coach?— Kent Babb (@kentbabb) December 31, 2012
Chiefs new HC will help determine fate of GM Scott Pioli like Jaguars new GM will help determine fate of HC Mike Mularkey.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 31, 2012
....then what exactly is he doing?