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  • Unfortunately, today's younger fans probably don't remember that considering they haven't won a postseason game since the 1990s
  • And, I love the addition of New England Patriots personnel guru Scott Pioli

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      I’ve been taking the time to look at NFL teams around the league and give my opinion on each of them, based both on what I’ve seen and what I can expect from them next year. In my search, the team that just came up next is the Kansas City Chiefs. The thing about the Chiefs is they were once one of the better teams in the NFL. Unfortunately, today’s younger fans probably don’t remember that considering they haven’t won a postseason game since the 1990s; when Joe Montana was still the quarterback. Looking at the roster today, I have two things to say. Chiefs fans have some reasons to be optimistic.

      But, they shouldn’t expect any major improvement anytime soon. I say that knowing the Miami Dolphins won the AFC East title and went to the playoffs just one season after finishing 1-15. And, I love the addition of New England Patriots personnel guru Scott Pioli. But, I also think the Chiefs have somethings working against them that the Dolphins did not. First of all, this is a very young team with very few legitimate playmakers.

      And, the two biggest names they have, Larry Johnson and Tony Gonzalez have indicated in the past that they are not happy playing for a team

      that is trying to re-build. Gonzalez has taken the high road and is not trying to force his way out of Kansas City. But, Johnson is. The team also had a revolving door at quarterback and the guy who emerged as the starter at the end of last season, Tyler Thigpen, probably isn’t really a starting QB in the league. He just had some limited success on a team that is desperate for something.

      The good news is the rebuilding process is needed. The Chiefs got old very fast and that came back to haunt them. It’s good to get some younger bodies on the field. And, judging by the fact the team has apparently hired Todd Haley as their new coach, a change to a 3-4 defensive philosophy will likely follow; helping a team that has had problems finding legitimate defensive linemen in the past. I do, however, wonder if the Haley hiring hurts them a bit too.

      First of all, from numerous reports, he tends to be a bit combative when it comes to dealing with his players. When you have a coach like that follow a coach like Herman Edwards (who was more soft spoken) that has the potential for distractions. Just think of Tom Coughlin when he first became ...

      • head coach of the New York Giants. Also, unlike the Dolphins, who got lucky when Chad Pennington became available in free agency, chances are the Chiefs aren’t going to find a high-caliber veteran quarterback to lead this offense for the next couple of years; unless they make a surprise trade. That means they will likely have to go with a younger developmental quarterback (a good choice for a new head coach on a young team anyway).

        If that’s the case, I’m not sure Haley is the right guy for the job. Let’s look at his stint in Arizona as the Cardinals’ offensive coordinator. He had a young quarterback on the roster but couldn’t’ get Matt Leinart to play up to his potential; veteran Kurt Warner had to do it instead. And, this isn’t really saying he can’t do it. It’s just questioning it.

        Some coaches are great with younger quarterbacks (Mike McCarthy, Bill Belichick, Mike Holmgren). Some are better with veterans (Steve Mariucci, Jon Gruden). Choosing Haley means the Chiefs will likely need to find a veteran guy if they want any chance at legitimate success. There’s also going to be the question about what kind of assistant coaches are going to be available to help the new coaching regime. The Chiefs took

        a long time to fire Edwards and hire a new coach.

        Sure, they had to wait until the Cardinals’ season was done before they could even interview Haley. But, a coach is only going to be as good as the staff he can assemble around him and a lot of the top assistants have already been signed. Haley may be stuck with coaches left over from Edwards’ regime which, if that’s the case, they didn’t really have much of a transition to begin with. I do have a lot of faith in Scott Pioli when it comes to bringing in talented players and I do think the Chiefs will be competitive again. Probably not this season though; they just have too many holes that need to be filled.

        They play in a weak division though so I would give them some credit and guess at least 6 wins this year. Down the road, they should be better. But, I’m not sure if Haley is the guy who will be leading them at that point. He might be one of those transitional coaches, like Dom Capers, who takes over a team for a couple of years but is replaced once the franchise is ready to take things to the next level. In any case, it’s great to see this once great franchise finally getting a much needed makeover.

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