The 2011 season shed some light on some of the more apparent deficiencies in the Kansas City Chiefs organization.
Firstly, Todd Haley definitely wasn't the answer at head coach. Secondly, the team lacked depth and talent at key positions to endure success in the postseason.
Coming off a 10-6 season in 2010, Haley was celebrated by fans and the organization for the job he did in leading the Chiefs.
However, his fortunes couldn't have changed any more in 2011. Haley was let go prior to Week 15 after apparently losing interest and making some questionable personnel moves.
For example, his decision to continue to start Tyler Palko at quarterback instead of newly acquired Kyle Orton or seeing what the team had with rookie Ricky Stanzi.
Enter Romeo Crennel, who led the Chiefs to a 2-1 record in the final three games of the season.
A branch from the New England Patriots coaching tree, Crennel is getting a second shot at being a head coach in the NFL after a stint with the Cleveland Browns. Placing a premium on the defensive side of the ball, the Chiefs only allowed 30 points during Crennel's three-game audition to be the next head coach.
The Chiefs also brought in coordinator Brian Daboll to direct the offense.
The biggest reason the Chiefs' season transpired the way it did was because of injuries to Tony Moeaki, Eric Berry, Jamaal Charles and Matt Cassel. The lack of depth at tight end, safety, running back and quarterback ultimately cost the organization back-to-back AFC West titles.
Scott Pioli made it a point this offseason to not only add depth at key positions on the roster, but also bring in starters at spots that desperately needed an upgrade.
Some of the more notable signings were right tackle Eric Winston, running back Peyton Hillis, cornerback Stanford Routt, tight end Kevin Boss and quarterback Brady Quinn.
While it is common to have a gap in talent behind the team's starters, the Chiefs are in a much better position in 2012 for that drop-off to not be so severe.
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