Coaches Get the Game Ball

KANSAS CITY, MO - So do you think the coaches placed some importance on the final game before the bye? The Chiefs came out of the gate with an aggression we haven't seen around Kansas City for some time, and this week the coaches get the credit.

The Chiefs rolled to a 31-10 victory on Sunday against a very good San Francisco team that was due for a win. But the Chiefs' coaching staff around the board got very creative with the game plan.

It was apparent early that the coaching staff was pulling out all the stops when, at the end of the first quarter, the Chiefs ran the punting unit off the field at the last second, then off, then on, then off again as the Chiefs converted a statement first down.

This play proved to be par for the course as the creativity of the coaching staff continued to shine. Whether it was an onside kick, using Demorrio Williams as a pass rush specialist, or declaring offensive guard Jon Asamoah as an eligible receiver, the Chiefs coaching couldn't make a bad call on Sunday.

Again and again, this coaching staff continues to contradict the philosophy that coaching additions can't make a difference. Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel should split the coach of the year award for what they have done with a team that presumably had many flaws.

Crennel has this defense playing like they are chalked full of Pro Bowlers despite adding little in the offseason to help one of the consistently worst defenses in the league.

The same can be said for Charlie Weis, who despite inheriting an offensive line that yielded 45 sacks last season, put up 457 total yards against the fourth best defense in the NFL coming into Sunday's contest.

Weis finally opened up the playbook and got his best offensive playmakers involved in the game. Dexter McCluster had his best game as a Chief with 69 yards on 3 carries. Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones are proving to be one of the best tandems in the NFL as the carries were distributed evenly. Tony Moeaki is making it easy to forget about the "other" Tony. But the biggest turnaround this week came from Matt Cassel.

Again, I credit the coaches for putting Cassel in a position to be successful this week. Ironically, Cassel's second touchdown pass of the season came when he lined up as a wide receiver, then fielded a toss in the backfield from McCluster on a hybrid flea-flicker, before hitting a 45 yard pass to Dwayne Bowe.

The coordinators deserve a lot of credit this week, but it's about time head coach Todd Haley starts reaping some praise for his ability to get his team mentally prepared week in and week out. For a coach who came into football without ever playing a snap in his life, Haley sure understands what makes his players tick.

Although it is still very early, these coaches have a 3-0 team heading into the bye week. And already it appears the coaching staff, as a whole is currently the MVP.

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