[Kansas City.com] Marty Schottenheimer apparently is out; Scott Pioli could still be in – but there’s little time to waste.
The Chiefs’ search for a new general manager still appears centered on Pioli, the New England Patriots’ vice president of player personnel, and Kansas City reportedly has received permission to speak with him. It’s not clear when that meeting might take place, but Pioli met Wednesday with the Cleveland Browns, who have a history with Pioli and reportedly are eager for an answer as soon as possible.
The Boston Herald reported that Browns owner Randy Lerner was prepared to make a “huge” financial offer to Pioli that would include full control of the organization. The Browns also have a coach to hire after relieving Romeo Crennel of his duties this week.
Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt has already decided that the duties of former GM Carl Peterson will be divided rather than giving full control to his replacement. The new president will handle the team’s business operations; the new general manager will oversee the football side.
Denny Thum, the Chiefs’ longtime executive vice president, is serving as interim president and GM, and is expected to be a strong candidate to be named president.
The interviews scheduled for Pioli are the first he’s accepted since joining the Patriots in 2000. In the past few years, he had been granted permission to interview with two teams but declined both offers. In 2005, the Seattle Seahawks, despite having not formally interviewed Pioli, offered him a five-year, $15 million deal, which he turned down. He also declined a request to be interviewed by the New York Giants in January 2007.
The 43-year-old Pioli began his NFL career in 1992 in Cleveland as a pro personnel assistant under current Patriots coach Bill Belichick. He gradually became Belichick’s right-hand man and is one of the NFL’s hottest front-office commodities.