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Top 10 Kansas City Chiefs Stories Of The Year: The Weis-Crennel Additions

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As we continue on with our top Kansas City Chiefs stories of 2010, we come to No. 5: the additions of Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel to the coaching staff. 

Just over 17 months ago, the Chiefs coaching staff consisted of Chan Gailey and Clancy Pendergast at the coordinator positions. Pendergast had led a weak Arizona Cardinals defense for the last four years. Todd Haley relieved Gailey of his duties right before the 2009 season and called the offensive plays himself. The result? The Chiefs ranked 25th on offense and 30th on defense in 2009.

Fast forward to January 2010. On January 6th, Charlie Weis was hired. One week later, Romeo Crennel was the Chiefs new defensive coordinator. 

The results of these hires were dramatic. The Chiefs' offensive finished 2010 ranked 12th in the NFL. The Chiefs' defense ranked 14th. Matt Cassel threw 11 more touchdowns and 9 fewer picks this past season. Scoring overall for the team was up 25% over 2009. Teams scored about 25% fewer points on the Chiefs' defense this year too. 

And as well know, the most important stat is that the Chiefs won six more games in 2010 than they did in 2009. 

The improvements in the Chiefs' offense and defense, and the increase in number of wins makes the additions of Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel our No. 5 story of the year. 

Previous stories of the year

10. Monday Night Football

9. Tamba Hali

8. Derrick Johnson

7. Charlie Weis' exit

6. Dwayne Bowe