For the third time in his career, Chiefs General Manager Scott Pioli has been named NFL Executive of the Year by the Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers of America (PFW/PFWA).
Although Pioli won the award in 2007 and 2003, it could be argued that he was most deserving of the award after this season. Pioli signed key free agent additions like RB Thomas Jones, G Ryan Lilja, and C Casey Wiegmann; all of whom started and contributed greatly to the team’s success in 2010.
In addition to those key free agent signings, Pioli and his scouting staff put together one of the best drafts in Chiefs history. Of the Chiefs seven draft picks, only LB Cameron Sheffield, who was lost for the season to a neck injury, didn’t contribute regularly. Top pick Eric Berry was also selected to the PFW/PFWA All-Rookie team.
And while the Chiefs playoff journey was cut short in the Wildcard round, rookies like DB Javier Arenas, TE Tony Moeaki, S Kendrick Lewis, and WR Dexter McCluster all made significant contributions in 2010. Enough so that Chiefs fans should have plenty of reasons to be optimistic about their playoff chances in 2011 and beyond.
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