This is the one that kicked it off for me:
Heard from a league source last night that Scott Pioli will survive in KC, but only with significant changes (new coach, new QB). We'll see.— Jason Cole (@JasonColeYahoo) December 30, 2012
Not really a report as much as passing along a rumor. Stay calm, Chiefs fans.
Shortly thereafter, Mike Florio of PFT passed along a similar rumor:
The prevailing rumor in league circles is that first-year coach Romeo Crennel will be replaced, but that Pioli will remain.
Hmm ... so Pioli is likely staying?
These people are going to be disappointed!
ESPN's Adam Schefter weighs in:
ESPN's Adam Schefter on Pioli's future: "Leaning out". Confirmed: No one knows what the hell is going on sbn.to/S03OAR— Arrowhead Pride (@ArrowheadPride) December 30, 2012
So a couple votes for Pioli staying, one for him maybe going.
What about Romeo?
Jason La Canfora says there is a "strong expectation" Romeo is out.
After surveying with execs, team sources and agents, there is a strong expectation that Andy Reid (Eagles), Norv Turner (Chargers), Romeo Crennel (Chiefs), Pat Shurmur (Browns), Ken Whisenhunt (Cardinals) and Mike Mularkey (Jacksonville) will be out shortly after the season ends. Of that group, league sources said Reid, Turner, Crennel and Shurmur are all certain to go and are bracing for that outcome (Reid is prepared to leave Philadelphia even should ownership opt to try to keep him).
Jay Glazer of FOX Sports also said Crennel is likely out.
Romeo laughs at your guessing games.
Screw it, the others say, let's just assume he's gone and talk about his replacement instead!
On KC: Pioli's best to stay w #Chiefs is to bring in #Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz. Hear Iowa coaches are calling around, inquiring about jobs.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 30, 2012
If Pioli gets another chance in KC, it could be w/the coach he wanted all along - Kirk Ferentz. Again, nothing completely certain there yet.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) December 30, 2012
Hmm. Whaddya think, Kirk?
Glazer also said Pioli will have to state his case to team owner Clark Hunt.
Pioli celebrates this news.
In conclusion, we have a lot of reports, rumors and guesses on what will happen, but no action yet.
Update: Another "Pioli in, Romeo out" report from NFL.com
According to NFL.com's Steve Wyche, the Kansas City Chiefs are expected to retain general manager Scott Pioli despite a disastrous season, according to a source briefed on the situation. Coach Romeo Crennel won't be as fortunate. The source said Crennel likely will be fired, although no final decision has been made on the coach's future.
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