How Will Todd Haley and Company Redefine Kansas City Chiefs Football?

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How Will Todd Haley and Company Redefine Kansas City Chiefs Football?
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"Marty Ball" and some truly brilliant defenses ruled the '90s. Dick Vermeil and Al Saunders' aerial circus coupled with a brilliant rushing attack and impotent defense defined the franchise in the early part of the new millennium, so what will Todd Haley and his new coaching staff conjure up for the Kansas City Chiefs heading into the next decade?

Defensively speaking, we have a pretty good idea what Kansas City will do. Out is the odd combination of Herm Edward's signature Cover 2 and Gunther Cunningham's affinity for blitz-laden packages.

In is the 3-4. Most observers expected the Chiefs to go this way when Pioli was hired, given his long relationship with the formation in New England. With the selection of defensive end Tyson Jackson with the third-overall pick in this year's draft, the move to a 3-4 has been all but cemented.

On offense however, the picture is a bit more fuzzy. Todd Haley comes from Arizona, where deep passes intended for Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin seem to fill the playbook. Last season, Arizona's passing offense ranked second in the league and their rushing attack ranked dead last.

When you have a possible future Hall of Fame quarterback like Kurt Warner and two young studs like Fitzgerald and Boldin on the roster, that kind of unbalanced attack can be effective.

However, instead of those three, Haley is now working with Matt Cassel, Dwayne Bowe, and who whould we put Boldin's place, Bobby Engram?

So, let's take a look at the coaching staff and player personnel, and deduct what they might be able to tell us about how the new Chiefs will operate.

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