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Sunday, September 26, 2010
Chiefs try to avoid trap of overconfidence

By Bill Williamson

The Kansas City Chiefs may be 2-0 for the first time in five years, but the team is doing everything it can to stay grounded as it heads into its home game Sunday against San Francisco.

Kansas City, which entered this season with 10 wins in the past three seasons combined, is not going crazy with self-admiration. Linebacker Derrick Johnson told the Kansas City Star the team is not getting carried away.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen had a great nugget Sunday morning, which may be evidence why the Chiefs are not getting too cocky.

Second-year coach Todd Haley borrowed an old trick from his mentor, Bill Parcells, after the team bet San Diego to open the season. Mortensen reported that Haley gave his players a piece of cheese.

The message: Don’t take the bait.

That one was an old standby for Parcells when he thought his team might be getting too confident.

Haley’s ploy worked as the Chiefs went to Cleveland and beat the Browns. Perhaps Haley will have more tricks up his sleeve Sunday for his young team.