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Chiefs vs. Bills: The Chief Connection

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Happy Wednesday to all and welcome to the first installment of The Chief Connection (pun intended). Yesterday, we learned of the many connections between the Buffalo Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Today, and every Wednesday we will look at the most important/controversial/interesting of these connections and examine how it may effect the game or at least may be a storyline worth following.

This week's Chief Connection is the second matchup between former colleagues Todd Haley and Chan Gailey. If Round Two is anything like Round One, we could be in for another gut-wrenching, nerve-wracking Sunday afternoon.

Most of us know the backdrop of this story, but let's quickly review:

Let's not pretend like we know the specifics of the relationship of these two at this point in time. Having coached sports and worked briefly at the collegiate level, it is just human nature that Chan Gailey wants to destroy Todd Haley any chance he can get. We know Haley to be a man who wears his emotions on his sleeve, but rarely seeks out controversy unless he feels wronged. But while he has 1,000 things on his mind, deep down he also realizes he will always get Gailey's best effort. Beneath all of the cryptic talk that Haley uses during press conferences and the openness that Gailey uses lies, in my opinion, a deep-seeded dislike between these two men.

Thus, aside from being a huge Opening Day matchup, what we have is one of the few coaching faceoffs where there is some genuine bad blood. Forget Rex and Belichick, Rex heaps praise on Hoodie all the time. It's a storyline that should not take away from the game at all, but it is certainly an interesting one and one that should be followed every time these two teams face off.

Therefore, the rematch between Todd Haley and Chan Gailey is our Week 1 Chief Connection and hopefully Haley will improve to 2-0 against his new rival. And for the record, I am glad Chiefs Brass did not listen to Primetime, because we got the better coach and long-term leader.