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Thursday, February 25, 2010
Pioli likes his two new coordinators

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- Scott Pioli is excited about his first key additions to his 2010 Kansas City Chiefs.

While here for the NFL combine, Pioli spoke to the media Thursday. In his typical close-to-the-vest approach, the Chiefs general manager had little to say about the team’s draft or free-agency plans.

Yet, Pioli was effusive in his praise of his new coordinators, Charlie Weis (offense) and Romeo Crennel (defense). The three men were together during the New England dynasty days of the early 2000s.

Pioli believes the presence of Crennel and Weis -- who were both head coaches after leaving New England following the 2004 season -- will only help young head coach Todd Haley. All four men worked together with the New York Jets in the late 1990s.

“It’s a good dynamic,” Pioli said.

Pioli said he and Haley will benefit from Crennel and Weis because the two coordinators won’t be afraid to tell the truth and tell the head men what they believe.

“It’s a good sounding board,” Pioli said.

Pioli also addressed several topics Thursday. Here are some of the highlights:

Pioli said the team will be active in free agency. The Chiefs weren’t overly active last year, but Pioli indicated that the team tried but didn’t finalize deals with some players.

“We’re to try to be active and improve and supplement our team through free agency,” said Pioli, who added he believes the draft is the best way of building a team.

He said the team has been in touch with all of the Chiefs’ pending free agents and talks will continue.

Pioli said he’d consider entering restricted free agency buying market if there was a deal that made sense.

Asked if he thought Weis could have the same impact on Matt Cassel that he had on Tom Brady, Pioli said, “they are different people. I want Matt Cassel to be the best Matt Cassel he can be.”

Pioli said Haley is getting better at delegating responsibilities as he enters his second season as an NFL head coach.

Pioli said the team will look at adding some offense linemen.

“We have some good offensive linemen and we need some more good offensive linemen,” he said.

Pioli admitted that when healthy players choose not to work out at the combine that it does affect their draft status in his eyes.

“I want to see them compete,” he said.