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Scott Pioli: “I need to do a better job”

Scott Pioli

Kansas City Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli looks over his shoulder while signing autographs following practice at NFL football training camp Friday, July 30, 2010, in St. Joseph, Mo. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)


After Kansas City fired Todd Haley on Monday, some Chiefs fans said the team was only halfway to making the necessary changes at the top, as General Manager Scott Pioli should have been been on the way out as well.

Pioli says he agrees with the part about him needing to do better. But he also defended the talent he has acquired.

We have a locker room that has talent,” Pioli said. “We also have a good makeup of character in that locker room, but it’s abundantly clear that we’re not in a spot we need to be with our record where it is and our team in a position it is. I need to do a better job.”

Frustrated Chiefs fans would say that it’s a little hard to square Pioli’s belief that the roster has talent with the results on the field this season, but it sounds like Pioli has the trust of the one person whose opinion really matters, Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt.

“I do have a lot of confidence in Scott and I do believe he’s going to help us be successful over the long run,” Hunt said.

So Pioli may need to do a better job, but that doesn’t mean his job is on the line.