AFC West Preview- Kansas City Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs have ingested themselves with a New England revival and are looking to return to their winning ways that have been gone for the past two seasons. After going 6-26 in the past two seasons, including a franchise worst 2-14 in 2008, Kansas City turned to former Patriots’ assistant general manager Scott Pioli to right the ship. Pioli hired former Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Todd Haley as the new head coach, replacing Herman Edwards, and made the trade for breakthrough player Matt Cassel. With these new moves in place, the Chiefs are looking to get back in the right direction… The only question is: How long will this rebuilding process take?

Todd Haley is going to be calling the plays on the sidelines as offensive coordinator as he fired Chan Gailey as the offensive coordinator and reassigned him to a different position in the organization. Haley likes the spread offense, but also knows he has a weapon on the ground in Larry Johnson. With the relationship with Johnson and the Chiefs somewhat simmered, expect a good mix of run and pass, as the Chiefs don’t have as many offensive weapons to work with like Haley had in Arizona. Cassel proved himself of handling the Patriots while Tom Brady was hurt, so now that he has a shot to do the same for the Chiefs, he will take advantage of the opportunity. They acquired Bobby Engram, an experienced wide receiver, who will compliment Dwayne Bowe. The offense will improve

On defense, expect a mix of schemes from defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast as he will put in 4-3 and 3-4 formations in different situations. First round draft pick Tyson Jackson will be a good compliment to Glen Dorsey on the defensive line, and with the additions of Zach Thomas and Mike Vrabel, who have something left in the tank, expect the mix of youth and experience pay off over the course of the season on defense for the Chiefs.

The Chiefs are rebuilding with a whole new regime, and it will pay off in the years to come. The formula is simple: put the tools from the Patriot Way into your system, and your franchise will get back on track. Haley’s intensity and passion could be a gift and a curse for Kansas City, especially with Larry Johnson and the strained relationship that is already existent with him and the organization. If he uses the passion wisely, it will be a easier transition, if not, it’s going to be another long season in Kansas City.

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