The 2010 NFL season is fast approaching, and perhaps no group of fans in the NFL have as much cautious optimism about what it will bring as the fans in Kansas City.
A year ago, Chiefs owner Clark Hunt gutted the front office after the team's worst season in franchise history. And while many pundits questioned the youth of his new general manager and head coach, no one could question their pedigrees.
General manager Scott Pioli and head coach Todd Haley both came in with resumes that included Super Bowls and family ties to some of the best minds in the history of the NFL. And so the quest began in 2009, to turn the Chiefs into a dominant contender in the AFC.
While the team did improve and doubled its win total to four games in 2009, most of the season was spent finding the right combination of players that could help this team be successful.
By the team's final game, a 44-24 blowout of the division rival Broncos in Denver, Haley's team was clicking on almost all cylinders. For the Chiefs in 2010, Pioli and Haley hope to have found a few players to have this team hitting on all cylinders for their season opener on Monday Night Football against the San Diego Chargers.
Here are the 10 things to keep an eye on when training camp begins for the Chiefs, 45 minutes north of Kansas City in St. Joseph, MO on July 30th.