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Kansas City Chiefs part ways with Kirk Ferentz’s key link to NFL

[ 0 ] January 4, 2013 |

Scott Pioli, the man that had Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz’s name linked to NFL jobs for years, is out as general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs.

The team announced in a statement Friday that the two sides have “mutually parted ways” after four seasons marked by poor personnel decisions and failed coaching hires.

Pioli, 47, is the former right-hand man of New England Patriots coach Bill Belichik. Pioli and Ferentz have known each other for more than 20 years and worked together in the Cleveland Browns/Baltimore Ravens organization in the 1990s before Ferentz became the Hawkeyes’ coach in 1999.

Recently, Iowa athletic director Gary Barta told the Register that he expected Ferentz to remain the Hawkeyes’ head coach in 2013 despite the NFL rumors and the recent 4-8 season.

The Chiefs fired coach Romeo Crennel on Monday after going 2-14, matching the worst record in their 53-year history. Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said at the time other changes could be made, and indicated Pioli’s future could be determined by their next coach. It was unclear what Pioli’s next professional step would be.

The Chiefs are nearing a deal with Andy Reid to replace Crennel. The team and the former Eagles coach have been negotiating at length the past couple days.

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