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Pioli Hire Might Cause Turnover in Chiefs Personnel Department

There has been a plethora of speculation regarding which members of the coaching staff will be retained and/or which ones will be let go in the event that Herm Edwards is out as the Kansas City Chiefs head coach.

The fate of the coaching staff is contingent on whether Edwards is fired and what kind of offense/defense the new head coach would run. Maybe the new head coach is buddies with Tim Krumrie and he's retained despite the perception that he under-performed as a defensive line coach this season.

The point is that we just don't know. There are too many factors to be looking at coaching staff decisions like that when the head coach isn't even completely determined. However, one area we can review is the personnel department, both college and pro.

Your two main men are Chuck Cook (Director of College Scouting) and Ray Farmer (Director of Pro Personnel).



Director of College Scouting - Chuck Cook

Years with organization: 25

Cook spent the first 13 years of his career in Kansas City as a southeast regional scout. In May of 1997 he was promoted to Director of College Scouting, a post he's held ever since.

The Chiefs drafting efforts in the last decade has been average, at best. Ultimately the responsible falls on the one who has final say in the war room (Carl Peterson), but Cook wasn't doing something right, not being assertive enough or just plain average at his job. We'll probably never know but Pioli's past history would indicate that he won't tolerate mediocrity.

The rest of the college scouting staff:

Regional Scout/Scouting Coordinator - Bruce Lemmerman
Scouts - Terry Delp, Cornell Gowdy, Mike Hagen, Matt Littlefield, Greg Olejack, Willie Davis
Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Player Personnel - Rosalind Ward



Director of Pro Personnel - Ray Farmer

Years with organization: 3

Farmer is relatively new to the scouting scene having been drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1996 in the 4th round. A knee injury sidelined him and ultimately ended his career.

However, he caught on as a pro scout with the Falcons for 4 years before being the first Director of Pro Personnel in the Herm Edwards era.

Farmer's duties include scouting all players with professional experience including the NFL, NFL Europe and Canadian leagues.

Quality free agent acquisitions in the Farmer era have been scarce and trades have been even scarcer (is "scarcer" the comparative for scarce??).

The rest of the pro personnel staff:

Pro Personnel Assistant - Marcus Edwards
Player Personnel Assistants - Kurtis Bell, Scott Aligo and Rod Perry
Player Personnel IT Specialist - David McOsker

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