His reputation as a football mind has taken a hit in recent years, but Scott Pioli still knows when the general manager needs to go into damage-control mode.
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It's Pioli now in the crosshairs, and on Wednesday, he acknowledged in an interview with The Associated Press that he has made mistakes during his four-year run with the franchise. He declined to discuss specifically what those mistakes were, but he said it covered all areas of his job with the team: player personnel, fan relationships and a failure to fully understand the role of the GM.
Pioli said changes are coming, though "getting into the specifics publicly is not in anybody's best interest right now."
It's not hard for the mind to wander to Romeo Crennel, the coach who took up residence in our Warming Seat series this week. The good feelings garnered by last season's strong finish have worn off, but Pioli said he remains confident in the coach.
If the Chiefs make changes after this season, it's hard to see Pioli surviving. Too much has happened at this point, and Pioli's style of management might have poisoned the well. A strong finish could earn him a reprieve, though this Chiefs team has given little indication a turnaround is in the offing.