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Pioli sticks to the Patriot Way

Scott Pioli celebrated his one-year anniversary as the Kansas City Chiefs’ general manager by completing his best week on the job.

On Wednesday, Pioli and the Chiefs agreed to terms with Romeo Crennel, who will be the team’s defensive coordinator. Last week, Pioli brought in Charlie Weis to be his offensive coordinator. The three all worked together in New England early last decade.

The hiring of Weis and Crennel shows Pioli is continuing to stick to his way -- the Patriot Way.

Last year, Pioli slowly started to build the program in Kansas City with a strong New England influence. He traded for quarterback Matt Cassel and linebacker Mike Vrabel. Several lesser-known players were added throughout the year who previously played for New England.

Pioli added several people to the organization who had New England ties during his first year in Kansas City.

However, the additions of Weis and Crennel -- save for perhaps Cassel -- may be the most significant. These two were a big part of the Patriots’ success.

Pioli knows it. These hires show that Pioli has not changed his mind. Kansas City will continue to follow the path of the Patriot Way moving forward.