The Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers were two of the NFL's most surprising teams. The Chiefs went from four wins in 2009 to 10 wins in 2010 while the Bucs went plus-seven moving from three to 10 wins.
When you do something like that, you're going to be up for a lot of end-of-season awards. Peter King of SI.com announced a bunch of his awards and the Chiefs and Bucs did battle on a couple of them.
First, coach of the year, went to New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.
Narrowly over Raheem Morris of the stunningly 10-6 Bucs, because Belichick oversaw the revamping of his offense with a great personnel and coaching job, winning 14 games.
I can't say this for certain, but I'd be surprised if Todd Haley wasn't right behind Morris on King's coach of the year list. It seems that a lot of the coach of the year candidates included Belichick and then Haley and/or Morris.
Second, King selects GM Scott Pioli over Bucs GM Mark Dominik for executive of the year.
Again, narrowly over the Bucs' Mark Dominik, whose team played 13 rookies in winning games at season's end. But Pioli's draft (strong character players and impact rookies), and the Chiefs winning the AFC West, gave him the edge.
Obviously I'm biased so I'm going to pick the Chiefs exec but both did an outstanding job this year.
Check out his full story where Ryan Lilja makes his All-Pro list.