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Chiefs cut ties with Scott Pioli

The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Friday that general manager Scott Pioli, the former second-in-command to Bill Belichick in New England, would be leaving the organization.

“After several productive conversations, we made the difficult decision to part ways with Scott Pioli and allow him to pursue other opportunities,” Chiefs owner Clark Hunt said in a statement. “Scott has been an invaluable member of the Chiefs family since joining us in 2009, and we sincerely appreciate his tremendous contributions over the last four years.

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“I know he will go on to enjoy further success in the National Football League, and I certainly wish him the best in the future.”

The Chiefs went 23-41 in Pioli’s tenure in Kansas City.

The 47-year-old Pioli, who earned three Super Bowl rings during his time as Belichick’s lieutenant before leaving after the 2008 season, joined the Chiefs as GM in January 2009 and spent four seasons in Kansas City. During his time with the Chiefs, the team won its first division title since 2003 and Pioli was named NFL Executive of the Year in 2010.

Pioli thanked the Chiefs for giving him an opportunity.

“The bottom line is that I did not accomplish all of what I set out to do,” he said. “To the Hunt family – to the great fans of the Kansas City Chiefs – to the players, all employees and alumni, I truly apologize for not getting the job done.”

His departure came four days after the Chiefs fired head coach Romeo Crennel following a 2-14 season. Pioli’s exit may clear the way for the Chiefs to hire Andy Reid as the new head coach. If that happens, Reid is expected to bring in his own player personnel team.

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