The Scott Pioli-Todd Haley Kansas City Chiefs were born on Sunday.
This game shows the Chiefs have some life in them and the program is headed in the right direction. Beating the defending Super Bowl champions is a big deal for the Chiefs.
This wasn’t some fluky game. The Chiefs earned this win in overtime. The Kansas City defense played well and the offense came alive when it needed to.
A lot has gone wrong for the Chiefs, but they are showing life under Haley, whose tough love approach may be getting through to the players.
The Chiefs, who are now 3-7 after back-to-back wins over Oakland and Pittsburgh, have dealt with adversity off the field in addition to a slow learning curve on it. Last week, Dwayne Bowe, the team’s top receiver, was suspended four games by the NFL for using performance enhancing substances last week. That development came on the heels of the team’s divorce with running back Larry Johnson.
Life hasn’t been easy for the Chiefs, but this win gives the team hope.
The Chiefs, who still need help on both sides of the ball, may not start being competitive on a weekly basis until next week. But it will happen. And when it does Sunday’s win over Pittsburgh will be remembered as the beginning of the process.