I have survived the flight back to Kansas City from Dallas where I spent the week covering the 2011 Super Bowl. I didn't bring a magazine with me on the flight and I have completed all the available levels of Angry Birds on my iPad which means I had a lot of time to sit and think.
So while I sat on my flight trying to finagle some elbow space from the man next to me who inexplicably had his arm falling into my side of the seat as he snored (and later farted in his sleep), I thought about the Chiefs hiring Bill Muir as offensive coordinator. As you know, Muir was promoted last week from offensive line coach to offensive coordinator (and he'll actually hold both titles).
During Todd Haley's conference call following the announcement last week, he stressed that this move was made with continuity in mind. He emphasized the same thing later that day in an appearance on 810 WHB. And as you know, I caught up with Matt Cassel in Dallas on Sunday morning, and he noted continuity as an important factor.
So why is continuity so important?
In general, I think it's a good thing, especially for the quarterback. As we learned through the process, the success of the quarterback was an important aspect in all of this.
But this year in particular continuity is critical. That's because if, as many expect, the owners lockout the players on March 4, there can not be any contact between coaches and players. And if a lockout strolls late into the summer, as some expect, the Chiefs simply wouldn't have the time to install significant tweaks to the offense to prepare for the season.
I'm just connecting the dots and not claiming any inside information here. But, to me, Muir's promotion indicates this move could have been made with a lockout in mind.
It's one of the many problems a possible lockout will cause this year.