Latest Update 1/15/09: Scott Pioli has officially joined the Kansas City Chiefs. Pioli held a news conference on Wednesday evening. HE described his philosophy and how it will be implemented in Kansas City. “My job is not to collect talent, but to build a team,’’ he said. “Individuals make the Pro Bowl. Teams win championships. That is our goal.” For more on Pioli's press conference, check Warpaint Illustrated or the Newswire.
PatriotsInsider has some more unpublished details from behind the scenes prior to the hire. What you haven't read elsewhere... To learn more about those developments check the latest updates in the lounge (in)
New England Patriots VP of Player Personnel Scott Pioli has apparently made his decision to leave the New England Patriots and take a position with the Kansas City Chiefs. Follow the updates here in the Patriots Insider Tracker. Also check the NEWSWIRE for recent updates by other media outlets.
1/3/09: Mangini's stock is on the rise in Cleveland. A new GM candidate emerges in Cleveland as well. Kansas City's owner has a new idea on what to do with Pioli?
1/4/09: Pioli May be losing his appeal as a candidate. Browns considering new options, Kansas City also looking not to miss out on their shot at Pioli as GM.
1/5/09: Kansas City gets to take their shot at landing Pioli. New GM Candidates enter the mix. One league source tells scout.com insiders what he thinks of the Browns candidates... and not all of it is flattering.
1/6/09 Rumors that Bill Parcells may opt out of Miami could sway teams vying for Pioli. More speculation on where and when the GM search will end? Check the Newswire and the lounge
1/7/08: the Browns have made it clear, head coach first and GM second. Randy Lerner believes Eric Mangini can be his Bill Belichick. What works in New England -- a coach before GM -- is what Lerner believes will work in Cleveland. What does this mean for the Browns' quest to land Scott Pioli? If you believe the volume of owner source leaks to the media, it looks like a lot of saving face efforts by the head man.
1/8/09- Eric Mangini agrees to a 4-year deal in Cleveland, which prompts the Browns to pursue Tom Heckert and George Kokonis as their GM candidates. Pioli is believed to be out of the picture in Cleveland, but developments in Kansas City seem to have changed. Is it a done deal in Kansas City? Conflicting account of reports thet it's a done deal continue to cloud the issue. Check the lounge for the latest udpate 1/8 afternoon (get the latest)
1/8/09: Pioli to Kansas City is a done deal according to two sources [EDIT: Should read 2 reports]. Here's the update (in)
1/9/09: Pioli is not yet a done deal. Reports indicating the offer was made remain unconfirmed, but unlikely from what we're hearing. Reaction to a Boston radio interview of an NFL anlayst's speculation can be found in the lounge. Insider update from Kansas City connection: Compensation required may not be as be as high as initially reported. Pioli may be offered less than the $5 million number it will reportedly take to lure him away from New England.
1/10/09: The Newswire has a story about Browns owner Randy Lerner, who says ''We talked for hours about football organizations,'' Lerner said. ''Money never came into the conversation with Scott.'' Lerner went on to dispel the notion that Pioli wanted too much. ''That's completely and utterly untrue.'' Lerner also throws new names for the Browns vacant GM position into the mix.
TheOBR (in) has an update on why Mangini was hired and what league sources are saying about the move to hire a head coach before a GM.
1/11/09: The Boston Globe reports the Chiefs and the Scott Pioli are closing in on an agreement. The report confirms what Warpaint Illustrated has been telling readers for the past week. Word out of other sources confirm the news. Both sides may be closing in on a possible agreement. With the Senior Bowl looming, it's important for a resolution to the situation so new staff can be in place to start the scouting process.
1/12/09: Warpaint Illustrated addressed two developments in the Pioli situation late last night. They also shed light on one of the rumors reportedly stemming from a SIRUS NFL Radio report. See the update in the lounge (in)
Tues Afternoon A source confirms that Scott Pioli will become the Chiefs new head man of football operations. Multiple media outlets now reporting similar news to a report by Warpaint Illustrated early Tuesday. ESPN and the National Football Post have also reported Pioli's acceptance of the job in KC.
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Kraft, Hunt, Belichick Speak Highly Of Pioli - Welcome your new Chiefs' GM. Plenty of compliments to pass around
Pioli Does It The Right Way - Rick Dean goes inside the Scott Pioli hire in Kansas City.
Pioli New Chiefs Head of Football Operations - Clark Hunt gets his man. Patriots VP agrees to run the Chiefs organization
Pioli To Kansas City - Scout.com reports "dead on" regarding situation in KC
If Not Pioli, Then What? (in) -- Who else needs to adjust their GM search now?
Truth and Fiction: The GM Search (in) - Lane Adkins and John Taylor help clarify what's really happening (and what's not) in Cleveland's search for a GM.
What We've Been Told (in) - More on the coaching search, Savage/RAC dysfunction, and a media item inducing chuckles in Berea...
Pioli Seeking New England Closure? (in) - Nick Athan has the latest on Scott Pioli
Dear Abby: Pioli Problems! - Nick Athan is desperate. -- Chiefs editor wants the voices in his head to stop, asks Dear Abby for advice.
OBR Insider Blog Recap (in) - More scoop straight from the OBR's newest subscriber feature - the Insider Blog! -- Inside take on what really happened with the Mangini hire from a league source, including a reaction to Scott Pioli's candidacy.
Mangini Locked, So What's Next? (in) - Lane Adkins and John Taylor's scoops didn't stop when the Browns announced a head coach...
Rich's Rant: A Sense of Deja Vu - Mr. Passan believes that the Mangini hire just repeats the mistakes of the recent past. What could hav ebeen had Lerner not been so enamoured with the past.
EXCLUSIVE: Assisting Mangini? (in) - While the Browns stay publicly mum on next steps, Eric Mangini is quietly assembling his staff...
Pioli News Runs Dry - Who will be KC's new GM?
Tales From The Inbox: The GM Game (in) - Tough questions, straight answers.What we're hearing about the GM candidates
Adkins: Close, Waiting and Limbo (in) - Lane Adkins offers his perspective on the coaching search and where it stands today...
Rich's Rant: Repeating the Same Mistakes - Rich Passan believes that the Browns GM/Coach search shows they have failed to learn their lesson...
Closing In On Mangini? (in) - Rumors fly that the Browns and the ex-Jets HC are getting close to an agreement. How close are they?
Pioli, Mangini and... Kokinis??? (in) - Could we really be staring at the pairing of an ex-Pats DC and an Ozzie underling yet again? Browns faithful in disbelief of owner's search for new leadership
Fact or Fiction? GM Edition (in) - Nick Athan answers key questions concerning KC's GM search. More Scott Pioli updates including what Kansas City insiders are hearing about Pioli's improved chances to land in KC.
Rumbilngs: Browns-Pioli Dance May Be Done (in) - From what we're hearing the odds of Scott Pioli leaving aren't good. Inside info on Pioli job offers and the new candidates entering the mix.
The Pioli Power Problem (in) - How much is too much? NFL insider looks at specifics of Pioli's demands...
Cleveland GM Search Goes Through New England - The Browns are determined to make the right hire this time, or are they?
Whither Scott Pioli? (in) - Lane and John are at it again, with the latest on Scott Pioli, plus info behind ESPN's speculation
Fan View: Head Coach = Stumbling Block?!? - Jeff B. doesn't understand why in the world the Browns owner is focusing on interviewing coaches... Eric Mangini emerges as a possibilty in Cleveland
Pioli’s Decision - Browns, Chiefs, Patriots? (in) - The latest on the Pioli sweepstakes. Does KC have a new GM candidate?
EXCLUSIVE: Friday Night Pioliwatch (in) - Lane Adkins has the very latest on the negotiations between Scott Pioli and the Cleveland Browns
Thursday Night Pioli/Cowher Update (in) - Nick Athan reports on the latest Pioli news
Pioli's Quest For Control (in) - In what is being described as a stalemate over limits of authority, PI has an update on Scott Pioli
The Randy-And-Scott Tango (in) - NFL teams looking to establish a new direction do not take New Years Day off. Neither does the OBR.
EXCLUSIVE: The Long, Dark Reboot (in) - What is stopping the Browns and Pioli from closing the deal? Why was (is) Rich McKay so intruiging?
Adkins: More Than Meets the Eye (in) - Lane Adkins' sources tell him more about what happened in the Pioli-Lerner meeting...
Pioli, Lerner Meeting Ends; No Deal in Place - While rumors fly about why no deal was reached, the process continues...
Chiefs Ready To Meet With Pioli? (in) - Nick Athan has the latest on KC's GM pursuit
What We've Been Told (in) - Lane Adkins busts out with the exact status of the Scott Pioli discussions as of Wednesday evening.
Browns Set up McDaniels Interview - : The Browns have received permission to talk to Patriots OC Josh McDaniels
Outback Q&A: Kirk Ferentz (in) - In one of his longest press conferences ever, Ferentz covered a ton of topics. one hot topic was Ferentz's opportunity to join friend Scott Pioli in Cleveland
EXCLUSIVE: Browns, Pioli Close? (in) - Here's the latest we've heard about the discussions with the potential new Browns leader...
Recap: Browns Start Again. Again. - Scout.com recaps the thudding end to the 2008 season, and the Browns new start
Is Cowher A Candidate To Join Chiefs? (in) - Could an old friend return to Kansas City? Change in the Pioli situation in KC?
Exclusive: Browns Look to Move Fast (in) - A lot of names are swirling around the Browns now, as the team looks to quickly set up a new team...
Exclusive: The Pioli Dance (in) - The very latest on the talks with Pioli, and exclusive notes on Parcells, McDaniels and Holmgren.
Analysis: Pioli in the Pole Position (in) - Lane Adkins looks at the potential Browns leader, and what he would bring to Cleveland...
Browns: The Plot Thickens (in) - John Taylor provides a brand new on the still-unfinished Bill Cowher story, and lots more...
Browns Start Making Their Moves (in) - GM in place or not, the Browns are starting to move ahead with head coaching interviews...
Lerner Explains the Firings - From Berea, Randy Lerner offers his perspective on letting Savage and Crennel go...
Pioli Beyond Chiefs' Reach? (in) - Nick Athan has the latest on Scott Pioli
Berea Report: Lerner Looking at Options - The Browns owner will be looking at a number of potential choices to run his team.
Rumor Mill: Is Pioli To Cleveland Inevitable? (in) - What we're hearing about the Patriots VP of Player Personnel
New England Show the Hot Ticket - Things may move very quickly to bring Scott Pioli to Cleveland
Schottenheimer to KC? Not Likely (in) - Nick Athan reports on the latest Chiefs rumors
Savage Out as Browns GM - The OBR has independently confirmed that Phil Savage is leaving the organization
What We've Been Told: The GM Job (in) - With rumors bursting that the Browns have already made a move in the front office, here's Lane.
Taylor's Circling The Browns (in) - The Browns play the Steelers on Sunday, but the real action will likely start after the game. Pioli Interest becoming apparent
NFL Insider Blog: Pioli Could Draft Browns' Interest (in) - Scout.com's NFL insider breaks down various behind the scenes developments around the NFL.
What We've Been Told (in) - OK, we'll do this. Here's exactly what went down between Shaun Smith and Brady Quinn. Update on potential replacements for Crennel and Savage
Pioli Is No Guarantee - Michael Ash talks about why Scott Pioli may not be the messiah of NFL general managers
Chiefs Have Several Candidates For New GM - A list of potential Carl Peterson successors
Taylor's Tales From A Notebook (in) - Another game, another loss, another John Taylor rant... or is it?
What’s Next For Chiefs? - Could Scott Pioli be coming to Kansas City?
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