Well it is now officially the new NFL football year. The slate gets wiped clean for 32 teams and all have to begin a new journey for 2010. The Chiefs started out the new year with some big changes in the coaching staff. Charlie Weis, Romeo Crennel, Emmit Thomas, Richie Anderson, Bernie Parmalee, Anthony Pleasant and Otis Smith.
Our "Rookie" General Manager Scott Pioli and Head Coach Todd Haley are no longer considered in that status any longer. After having a year under their belt and lessons learned from the previous they now begin the year in earnest scouting, determine who it is they want to get in the up coming draft, confer as to which way the team is going this year and draft up a new play book for the season. Basically the "reset" button has been pressed at Arrowhead One.
Something else to look forward to is that the Chiefs will not be heading to Minnesota this year for Training camp, instead they will be staying in Missouri and going to camp in St. Joesph in a brand new facility in 2010. The facility's construction is still on schedule. This makes it even more exciting for the fans that live and work in the surrounding areas. It's closer to the Mothership as well and a lot of the staff and players closer to home.
The Mothership it's self will be completely finished this year. Even if you attended any of the games this year Arrowhead Stadium will still look different. Construction continues at Arrowhead and has stepped up after the completion of the Chiefs season. With the exception of glazing, some road work and work on the North and South Plazas, the exterior of Arrowhead is almost complete. The most visible difference is the enclosure of the new Horizon Level/Press Box. The enclosure of this area was completed ahead of schedule. Rough-in and framing continues and workers are installing the mechanical, electrical and fire protection. The area that used to house the press box on the Plaza Level has been demolished and preparations have begun to convert this space into additional suites for the upcoming season. On the Upper concourse, rough-in and concrete work is being concentrated on the new food service areas and restrooms.
Even Joel, whom I'm sure will get Press credentials again this coming year will be pleasantly surprised about his new/old stomping grounds in the press box. It will be a brand new area for him to enjoy as he once again keeps us all up to date on the games and players here on Arrowhead Pride.
The Chiefs this year have a new slogan "New Body. Same Soul." . There has been some minor speculation as to exactly what this means for the Chiefs and fans this new season. My speculation is that it is refering to the new completed stadium as the "New Body." and the fans and history as being "Same soul."
What do you guys think? Any thing you can think of that will be new this year that I haven't mentioned?
In any regard we as fans of the Kansas City Chiefs should be extremely excited at the prospects of things to come in 2010.