The problem with Pioli is how it ended with Todd Haley. Haley by most accounts is a nasty peice fo work, but Pioli was a total control freak about phones, internet, visitors. It's a whole Bellicheat thing that works great when you have Tom Brady, but otherwise it sounds like bad management, pissing people off for no good reason. Granted Todd Haley may not be the greatest resource for such nonsense.
Pioli may not be a bad choice as a GM and Wisenhunt may not be a bad choice as a HC. Given that probably for the first time ever (as far as I can recall) there are so many teams looking for a GM at the same time he might be a good fallback option. And he knows more about talent evaluation than Tanny ever did.
What happened in KC and Arizona just shows that if a QB move does not succeed it takes the whole franchise down with the it. I think Pioli made a decision on Cassel based on his play pretty much one entire season. When he was traded the Pats fans were criticizing Belichick for doing so. But it did not work out. So now Pioli is gone.
That just tells you how important it is to have a QB. Now if only Sanchez was even playing at an average level no one would be questioning Rex's job but instead preparing for the playoffs this weekend.
Can guarantee that Parcells is talking up his son in law to Woody and at some point Pioli gets an interview for some job with the jts. Screw it: interview Mangini and Herm while you're at it.
One more reason Gamble or Ross make sense over Pioli; enough of the Parcells/Bellicheat nonsense.