Archive for Thursday, February 12, 2009

Chiefs making right offseason moves

February 12, 2009

It seems the Kansas City Chiefs are making all the right moves.

After going through it’s worst season in franchise history – a season that totaled two wins and 14 losses – the Chiefs are putting together a group of young leaders for the future.

These young leaders are not football players, they are the new general manager and head coach. The Chiefs successful offseason started with owner Clark Hunt hiring Scott Pioli as the new general manager and culminated four days after the Super Bowl when the Chiefs announced former Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Todd Haley as their new head coach.

Pioli will be 42 in March, Haley will be 42 in a few weeks and Hunt will turn 44 next week. So there is a youth movement going on in Kansas City right now, and that’s a good thing because it was long overdue.

The announcement of Haley as head coach was a welcome one, albeit not a surprising one to many Chiefs’ fans. It was long-rumored that Haley was the Chiefs No. 1 choice for their head coaching position to replace Herm Edwards. Haley worked with Pioli when they both were with the New York Jets. Haley has also coached in Chicago and Dallas.

As offensive coordinator with Arizona, he orchestrated a juggernaut that was ranked third in the NFL in scoring and fourth in total offense. With Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin, the Cardinals’ offense scored the most points ever in the history of the team (427).

The Chiefs’ offense last year was nowhere near the force the Cardinals’ offense was, but the Chiefs do have some talent on offense. Last weekend Tony Gonzalez became the Pro-Bowl’s all-time leader in catches, yards and touchdowns.

Last year Gonzalez said he wanted a trade, but has since become more open to staying in Kansas City.

Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe – when he catches the ball – gives the Chiefs a catch-and-run threat and a big target to throw to. Bowe is entering his third season and could be prime for a break-out year.

The biggest question the Chiefs have now is what to do at quarterback. Tyler Thigpen played reasonably well last year, and showed he could play in the NFL.

But it is not uncommon for young owners who hire young general mangers who then hire young head coaches – which is exactly what the Chiefs have done – to go out and draft a young quarterback to go with them.

But with the Hunt, Pioli and Haley at the helm, Chiefs fans can rest assured that the team will be better in the not too distant future.

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