I don't get the feeling that Pioli is gone. I think he'll get to hire one more coach and draft a franchise QB and make a go of it and he will sink or swim based on those two outcomes. RC is as good as gone as they'll hire someone else to make a fresh start w/ the rookie QB.
Of course that is just a guess. We don't really know for sure what Clark is thinking.
If I had my druthers I'd send Pioli packing too just like most other fans but I'm not sure we're going to get that this yr.
As to whether it works, I have little/no faith in Pioli at this point but depending on who they hire and draft may very well be feeling optimistic about the future come spring.