Former Chiefs lineman Bill Maas had strong words this morning regarding his vision for the future of the organization. A future that, as he sees it, does not include current general manager Scott Pioli.
Speaking with Bob Fescoe this morning on KCSP (610 AM), Maas said he expected Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt to part ways with Pioli during the 1-5 Chiefs’ bye week.
If that happens, who might come next? Popular names, at least among fans, include coaches-turned-broadcasters Bill Cowher and Jon Gruden … and former Chiefs coach Marty Schottenheimer.
“They can come in and take control of this team and … instantly turn this organization around,” Maas said in an on-air interview.
Maas likened the Chiefs’ current situation to 1988, when Schottenheimer was brought in and revitalized the franchise.
The Chiefs went 4-11-1 in 1988, 8-7-1 in 1989, and 11-5 in 1990, when they made the playoffs as a wild card — the beginning of a turnaround that led to sustained, regular-season success throughout the 1990s.
“It can happen that quick,” Maas said. “I expect it to.”
There is recent precedent for removal of a GM during the season. In 2008, the Detroit Lions started 0-3 and parted ways with Matt Millen on Sept. 28, the team’s bye week. The Lions went 0-16 that season.
Speculation about Pioli’s future in Kansas City reached new fervor on Sunday, when CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported that an NFL source had told him the Chiefs had recently offered Pioli a two-year contract extension.
After the Chiefs lost 38-10 at Tampa Bay, a source told The Star’s Adam Teicher that the Chiefs had not even discussed a contract extension with Pioli.