Scott Pioli came into Kansas City with the promise of bringing the Patriot Way to Kansas City. He leaves just four years later having turned them into the Patriots of the early 1990’s owned by Victor Kiam. If you look at the power ratings at Pro Football Reference for the Chiefs franchise, the four worst seasons in franchise history were 2008 (the year before he was hired) and three of Pioli’s four seasons as Kansas City GM. To put that in some perspective, only two of Detroit’s worst four seasons came when Matt Millen was GM. 2012 was the worst in Kansas City franchise history, whether you look at wins, points scored and allowed, or the fact that Kansas City now has earned #1 overall pick for the first time as a member of the NFL.
He came in promising the Patriot Way, but the results pointed to the bad portions, and not the good ones. Remember when Todd Haley feared that his phones were bugged, or the candy wrapper story? If you get results, people ignore the other stuff. When you put up three of the worst seasons in franchise history, it just amplifies it. Pioli now joins others like Charlie Weis, Romeo Crennel, and Josh McDaniels as spectacular flameouts after moving away from Bill Belichick.
Good riddance, and on to the future.
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