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Former Kansas City Chiefs GM Scott Pioli to Appear on NBC’s “Football Night in America” This Season

June 17th, 2013 at 1:46 PM
By Aaron Friedland

When the 2012 season came to a close, there was nothing more that Chiefs fans wanted than for Scott Pioli to be fired as their general manager. It only took a couple weeks until fans got their wish as team owner Clark Hunt showed Pioli the door in what was deemed a "mutual parting."

Since his departure, Pioli has made appearances on the NFL Network, NBC Sports, and Sirius XM Radio as an analyst leading up to the 2013 NFL Draft. Now Pioli has been hired by NBC to appear on "Football Night in America" as a part of their Sunday Night Football coverage this fall. He will also be on the network's show "Pro Football Talk" on Mondays. 

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Chiefs fans know all too well the bad taste Pioli left after calling the shots for four years in KC. After failing to hire the right head coach and building a consistent winner in Kansas City, it was only a matter of time until the Pioli era was over in the city of fountains. The huge mistake of bringing in a career backup in Matt Cassel to be the team's franchise QB and giving him a five year extension was by far the biggest blunder made by Pioli. The continuous lack of depth on this team was also his responsibility and one of the main reasons why the Chiefs were not contenders. Although they won the division in 2010, the Chiefs still have yet to win a playoff game in almost 20 years and finished with a 23-41 record during Pioli's time as GM.

As someone who claimed he didn't do a good job understanding the media and what their job is, Pioli said this opportunity to work for NBC will allow him to learn and grow in a number of areas. 

"I am an evaluator by nature so I wanted to spend time taking it all in to make a thoughtful decision," Pioli told SI. "I decided this would be a great, new opportunity. Evaluating in my old job the things I did well and the things I did not do well, I certainly believe understanding the media and what their job is was something I did not do a good job of." 

Chiefs fans are hoping new GM John Dorsey cleans up the mess that Pioli left. While he stands in the NBC studios each Sunday night in the fall discussing games and players, hopefully he will be analyzing how his old team has dramatically improved. 

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