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K.C. improving under Haley

June 13, 2010

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— The Kansas City Chiefs are feeling rather good about themselves.

For a team that hasn’t won a postseason game since 1994 and has averaged a shade better than three wins a year since 2007, it’s a refreshing change.

The talent level is no doubt better than when Todd Haley took over as head coach ahead of the 2009 season. Conditioning-wise, the Chiefs are also much improved. Plus, as they go through a rain-plagued mandatory minicamp this weekend, everybody admits to feeling more comfortable with their coaching staff and what’s expected from them.

“We know what coach Haley wants as a team atmosphere,” said veteran linebacker Derrick Johnson. “We kind of know where he’s going. We’ve been under him for a year. We’ve kind of got our feet under us. We’re learning a different scheme on defense and on offense, so we’re really geared into the classroom right now. There’s a good attitude, a good feedback among the coaches and players.”

The Chiefs have also been able to make more strides this offseason because conditioning has not been such a high priority.

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