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Reasons for optimism

Better coaching: The Chiefs now have the makings of an outstanding coaching staff. Todd Haley went back to his own well and Pioli’s past by bringing in offensive coordinator Charlie Weis and defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel. The two worked together during New England’s dynasty years of the early 2000s. Weis and Crennel are premier coordinators and they will help the Chiefs’ young players. Weis and Crennel will help Haley immensely during practices, in the meeting rooms and on game days. Haley has raved about his new staff additions. The Chiefs will be better coached in 2010 and it should result with more victories.

Running game: Kansas City has a chance to be one of the most effective running teams in the NFL. Kansas City’s big player splash of free agency was signing Thomas Jones to a two-year deal. Jones is 31, but he is a tough runner who still appears to have plenty left in his legs. He had more than 1,400 yards rushing last season. Jones will be a complement to young star Jamaal Charles. He burst onto the scene last November after Larry Johnson was cut. Charles had 1,120 yards rushing and he had 259 yards in the season finale, an upset win at Denver. Charles is a game breaker. Jones’ presence will keep Charles fresh. The pounding style of Jones and the speed of Charles will frustrate defenses. Teams that can run and control games on the ground can win a lot of games. This is a huge boost for Kansas City.

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