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Chiefs' D has improved confidence, chemistry

The time has come for K.C.'s defense to step up. The Chiefs' Super Bowl hopes depend on it, writes Michael Smith.

Originally Published: August 7, 2006
By Michael Smith | ESPN.com

RIVER FALLS, Wis. -- Friday evening, somewhere between 6:30 and 8:30, during the Chiefs-Vikings scrimmage in Mankato, Minn., Gunther Cunningham says he finally saw the proverbial light come on for Kansas City's defense.

"I saw something different in the players' eyes for the first time since I've been back," says Cunningham, entering his third season as Chiefs defensive coordinator. "A confidence, a growth, that intangible thing that you as a coordinator see more than anyone else. I hope what ...

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