After making a name for himself as the pass-happy offensive coordinator of the Arizona Cardinals, Chiefs head coach Todd Haley has run a much more conventional unit since coming to Kansas City. Haley told ESPN’s Bill Williamson that first round pick Jonathan Baldwin will allow him to open things up on offense.
“As well as we ran the ball last year, we want to build our offense with more weapons on the outside,” Haley said. “It will make us harder to defend, hopefully. The name of the game is matchups and this hopefully will create some good matchups for us. It should make Dwayne Bowe better. It should make [quarterback] Matt Cassel better, it should make [tight end] Tony Moeaki better and it should make the running game better. That’s the plan. Let’s see if Jon can come in do what we think he can do.”
Haley said Cassel is understandably excited about the chance to add the supremely athletic Baldwin to the offense.
“I don’t think Matt is ever going to turn down the chance to throw to a 6-foot-4 receiver who can jump higher than 40 inches,” Haley quipped.
Could we finally see the type of air assault in Kansas City that Haley used to get the Cardinals to the Super Bowl?
Besides the fact that Jamaal Charles is more explosive than any running back Haley had in Arizona, Cassel doesn’t exactly bring the type of arm that Kurt Warner was showing off every week. The Chiefs will, however, possess three legitimate threats in the passing game with Bowe, Moeaki and Baldwin.
New toys to play with won’t make Cassel’s arm any stronger, but does allow Haley to get much more creative with his play calling.