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Postby The Lung » Thu Jul 09, 2009 7:07 pm

Chiefs: Getting a facelift


The head coach and quarterback are the two most important faces of a franchise, so you may have to do a double-take at the Chiefs this season. Todd Haley, whose star rose as the offensive coordinator of the high-powered Cardinals last season, replaces defensive-minded Herm Edwards as the head coach. And the Chiefs, who started three different quarterbacks in 2008, made one of the biggest moves of the offseason when new GM Scott Pioli traded for Matt Cassel, who was a viable fantasy starter (and a fantasy playoff star) while filling in for Tom Brady for Pioli's Patriots in 2008.

Both moves will seemingly bring more fantasy oomph to a 2-14 team that ranked 24th in yards per game and 26th in scoring. But there are big questions surrounding both: How will Haley's offense fare when he's not designing routes for Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin, and how will Cassel's stats look when he's no longer playing pitch and catch with Randy Moss and Wes Welker?

More reason for skepticism when it comes to this offense: Tony Gonzalez is gone. He was traded in the offseason as part of the team's rebuilding efforts. Even at 32, Gonzalez had 1,058 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns last season for an offense that struggled to move the ball much less put it in the end zone.



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