Also states that clark expects results quickly. So pioli knows his next choice needs to be the right one or it's his head.
IMO, Scott Pioli forced Todd Haley to fall on his sword and in keeping with the analogy, with his "acceptance of blame for the lack of depth" he is falling on what is essentially a sliver for Clark Hunt.
I firmly believe (and have mentioned this before), I believe that the big draw that Clark Hunt initially had to Scott Pioli and the "Patriot Way" was the perceived ability to make "diamonds out of coal" to get the most impact from player personnel talent with the least hit on the bottom line.
Of course Pioli has signed Tamba Hali, Derrick Johnson, Jamaal Charles, and most recently Brandon Flowers to long term contracts, but the fact remains we are currently right around $30 million under the cap right now. Keep in mind that this year and next year (IIRC) there is no team-by-team salary minimum, just the league-wide spending must hit certain minimum thresholds. But the owners that want to pocket the allowed "savings" are banking on the big market teams to spend more in player salaries to balance the overall league spending out.
Again, IIRC, Clark wanted to get public funding for the stadium rennovations but IIRC, that failed. As a businessman, he wants to recoup the money he had to spend on the stadium.
Pioli got caught with the injuries this year...and tried to make up for the lack of depth with for example, the Jake O'Connell/Anthony Becht flavor of the week game over and over.
It is fairly apparent to me that Hunt is taking advantage of the lack of a salary "floor" and I don't get an overwhelming feeling that next year is going to be any different.
Oddly that doesn't make me feel any better, sounds just like Haley did. Heres an idea Scott, we all know your to blame so shut up and fix the damn thing.
He should be blamed and I think most are blameing him
I wanna watch the vid but it says "sorry!not authorized"
guess you have to create an account????
trust but verify
pioli is part to blame. like all problems there is a "root","cancer" at the heart. his name is tight-wad,cheap-*** clark hunt. pioli may say it starts and stops with him but it dosent. it not just last year but has been building for years. it just caught up with him this year.
i can remember what a chief super bowl team looks like! ......
I don't see firing the other guy as taking responsibility.
If you take But I think the fact that Pioli is expressing concern about his position with the team is ridiculous.
As with any personal relationship, gone bad, with little inside information, I have to give 50% of the blame for his and Todd Haley's "falling out" to Pioli.
And, as stated above, Hunt is at the root of it all. (Not that I think this team was is bad shape)
Not that spending on FAs is some sort of cure-all, but it is one of the biggest tools in the GMs arsenal.
But again, I was not upset with 5-8. It seemed completely appropriate, considering the situation.