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KCCD Editor: Jinx Allessio
When you refer to someone as a gambler it is because take on risks the average man would not engage in but also do not calculate the overall value of making such a move. Scott Pioli is often referred to as a gambler. I would be one of the first to dispute that. The calculated decisions Scott makes on draft picks, free agent signings and long term contracts are not that of a gambler. The types of choice Scott makes are missing a key component of the previously mentioned gambler definition. Scott does not discount value at the time of a decision, and actually uses value as one of the heaviest weighted determinants while making that choice.
The value of signing a player long term compared to letting that player go and how that affects a team short term and long term plans can be very different. The value of drafting a player must be carefully weighted because he may not be deemed the best player available at a position of need, and how can you discount what kind of off the field issues that player may have? So many moving parts to the evaluation process. What goes in to Scott’s decision making process and why is he not a gambler? He does not make the decisions in a vacuum and the common onlooker may not fully grasp the reasoning for such decisions.