Chiefs Report: Team Looks to Rebound in '09

Bill RobbinsCorrespondent IMay 29, 2009

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 28:  Matt Cassel #16 of the New England Patriots looks for a receiver during the game against the Buffalo Bills on December 28, 2008 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

"I can take 22 guys off the street to win 2 games."  These were of course the famous words muttered by new Chiefs Head Coach Todd Haley during this off-season.

In case you live under a rock during the '08 season, you will know that the Chiefs looked like a pee-wee level football team for most of the season as the offense was punch-less at times and the defense looked lost in many games.

Tyler Thigpen was thrust into the starting role, which he did a decent job, but the offense was not in sync the entire season. Larry Johnson was sidelined for a large chunk of the season due to off-the-field issues and all of the hope was placed on a no-name QB from Coastal Carolina and a weak offensive line that included two of the worst Chiefs O-linemen in recent history, Adrian Jones and Damien McIntosh.

The new-look Chiefs administration hope they solved the main problems that led to that awful 2-14 season last year. First, Carl Peterson stepped out as GM and President, then, Herm Edwards was relieved of his duties. Since, newly acquired GM Scott Pioli has come in and hired former Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Todd Haley.

Pioli and Haley seem to be much different than the previous regimes that we have been accustomed to in Kansas City. Carl Peterson, Dick Vermeil and Herm Edwards all wanted to be friends with the players instead of getting down and dirty and being tough with them. Pioli and Haley have made it clear that they are not here to make friends, and that they are here to build a solid football team from the top to the bottom.

Pioli has specifically mentioned that he wanted tough, smart, strong football players.

Looking at the roster moves that the Chiefs have made this off-season, it would seem to reflect that strategy. The Chiefs have acquired veteran LBs Mike Vrabel and Zach Thomas and Monty Beisel, all who seem to fit the part. They have also inserted veteran WR Bobby Engram along with veteran OL Mike Goff to help bolster the offense. After a solid draft which saw the Chiefs focus mainly on defense, I look to see the Chiefs turning some heads this season.

When you go 2-14, there is always room for improvement, and this team can do it.