The only game the Chiefs played in January 2010, they went into Denver and routed the Broncos. The lowly Chiefs won only their 4th game of the season, while the Broncos, who still had a chance at the playoffs, could barely put up a fight at home.
Then as 2010 progressed, the Chiefs signed some useful free agents, added two of the top coordinators in the game, and had a draft that has been raved about and has already provided big dividends on the field.
The rest of 2010, the Chiefs played 15 regular season games and won 10 of them, equaling their win totals of the previous three seasons combined.
Then 2010 ended. Unfortunately.
In January 2011, the Chiefs played two games, getting demolished at home in Arrowhead by the Raiders, and then trounced by Baltimore in Arrowhead in the first round of the playoffs.
Also in 2011, Charlie Weis left as offensive coordinator, and rather than another big name being brought in, he was replaced by the offensive line coach already on staff.
2010 was a magical year where everything seemed to go right. 2011 has already had a miserable beginning. The 2010 schedule seemed to break very nicely for the Chiefs, but the 2011 schedule looks far rougher, loaded with playoff teams including both conference champions.
Tamba Hali is currently without a contract, as are several other key performers from 2010. The collective bargaining agreement in the NFL is still up in the air, and no one knows what that will mean going forward.
Was 2010 just a fluky year where everything went right, and when the clock struck midnight on December 31, 2010, it all came crashing back down?
It's all just a coincidence, right? We'll be good again in 2011... right?