Former exec and current NFL analyst Scott Pioli will interview for the Lions GM job next week, according to ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter (on Twitter). Although Pioli has relocated from the front office to the broadcast booth, he offers 27 years of league experience with the Patriots, Chiefs, and Falcons.
Pioli’s last stop in Atlanta ended abruptly in the spring of 2019. He had been serving as an assistant GM and top lieutenant to GM Thomas Dimitroff before leaving on his own accord. At least, that was Pioli’s account. Prior to that, Pioli was the Chiefs’ general manager for four seasons. The multi-time Executive of the Year award-winner may have been looking to get back to running his own front office. It’s also possible that the Falcons were looking to shake things up before their full-on renovation that followed.
Interestingly, his former Atlanta boss will also be interviewing for the role. In addition to Dimitroff and Pioli, the Lions have former Texans GM Rick Smith and ESPN’s Louis Riddick on the docket.