Scott Pioli’s working for NBC this season, giving insight on Football Night in America and on NBC Sports Network’s Pro Football Talk.
But his personnel handiwork is still very evident.
When the NFL’s Pro Bowlers were announced Friday, Eric Berry, Justin Houston, Dexter McCluster and Dontari Poe all made it. All four were drafted by Pioli during his four-year run as GM of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Tamba Hali, Brandon Flowers and Jamaal Charles were also selected. Each of those players were extended by Pioli before their original contracts were up, keeping them out of free agency. Good foresight.
Meanwhile, three guys Pioli had a hand in drafting to the Patriots -- Tom Brady, Matt Slater and Logan Mankins -- all made the Pro Bowl again.
Last year, as Pioli was being chased out of Kansas City by a torch and pitchfork-wielding media horde during a 2-14 season, the Chiefs had six Pro Bowlers: Charles, Berry, Hali, Houston, Derrick Johnson and Dustin Colquitt. Johnson was re-signed by Pioli in 2010.
Pioli, 48, was in extremely high demand after winning back-to-back Executive of the Year awards in 2003 and 2004 (he won another in 2010 with the Chiefs). He took years before deciding on the right situation. Even though it didn’t end well in KC, there’s no arguing he left behind a winner.
The question now becomes which team in 2014 looks to make an overhaul and comes calling. And whether Pioli will answer.