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Scott Pioli
The one on the camera’s right … or the left of Bill’s Bells

There’s a new sheriff general manager in town over at One Arrowhead Drive, as the announcement of Scott Pioli’s hiring is hitting the blogs, trades and everywhere else sports news is reported. According to reports, Pioli is not expected to retain current head coach, Herm Edwards, although, nothing concrete has been announced.

As expected, the Chiefs blogs seem to be pleased with the hire. Of course, at this point, a different direction than the one being offered by previous GM Carl Peterson will be welcomed with open arms. Arrowhead Pride has more on the hire:

Ramifications of this hire

Clark Hunt repeatedly made the point that the new Chiefs GM will be a large part of the decision on whether or not to retain Herm Edwards as head coach. More than likely, Herm will not return as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2009. Pioli will almost assuredly want to work from a clean slate.

Keeping with the head coach thoughts, Pioli was also rumored to be interested in bringing either Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz or Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels with him as the new head coach. McDaniels was recently hired by the Denver Broncos.

Are the Chiefs about to be made over, becoming the Midwest version of the New England Patriots? Chiefs fans can only hope for that kind of impact.