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The New Offensive Coaching Staff Have Quite a Hill to Climb

Chan Gailey

Last year the Chiefs ranked 31st in points per game. The amount of yards they gained per game last year was also 2nd to last in the NFL and their rushing attack topped all coming up dead last in yards per game.. The passing game ranked 20th but that is a skewed statistic. The Chiefs spent the better part of the season trailing in contests and having to toss the ball around more than they wanted to.

Gone is the “Air Coryell”, Dick Vermeil, St. Louis offense. Along with the remaining strands of that coaching staff. When the Chiefs brought in Chan Gailey he lured with him a couple of assistants from his former employer Georgia Tech. To go along with that the Chiefs hired Eric Price, first brought in to talk about the available offensive coordinator position Price didn’t get that job. Impressed with what he accomplished at TCU where he coordinated one of the best passing attacks in college football.

They found a spot for him on the staff coaching receivers. Coming with Gailey from GT is assistant offensive line coach Joe D’Alessandris and running backs coach Curts Modkins.

The Chiefs brought in talent, speed and size to the offensive side of the ball. The problem is getting all the inexperienced players the Chiefs have up to speed on how to play at the NFL level. Gailey has said in numerous interviews that this offense does not have a name it is the “Chiefs offense”. He is assembling a offense to take advantage of his players strengths especially Brodie Croyle. With a lot of play action passing and rollouts to prevent Brodie from winding up on his back side as much as he did last year. Gailey will never ask Brodie to do something he cant or put him in a position to be unsuccessful. Gailey even found a way to make Kordell Stewart look like a legitimate quarterback.

Every where Gailey has been he has got the offense turned around and he has a couple things going in his favor. Key veteran leadership sprinkled throughout the offense from Brian Waters on the offensive line to Tony Gonzalez running with the receivers and Damon Huard to help with Brodie’s development. That should help speed along the growing pains of this young team and make Gailey’s job slightly easier. With the talent on board to be dangerous it looks as if it simply a matter of time before the offense gels and becomes force for defenses to reckon with.


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