In 2010, their performance improved tremendously as they worked through a tough season to finish a positive 10 – 6. A part of this turnaround to success was due to the major trades and acquisitions that they made throughout the 2009 and 2010 seasons. For instance, they worked to find veteran players like Matt Cassel, Mike Brown and Andy Alleman to supplement their incredibly young squad. It resulted in a much better squad as they won the AFC West Title in 2010 by beating the Tennessee Titans.
In 2011, they started with a relatively rough start coming right after the lockout. As the NFL lockout ended in late July after a player strike, the Kansas City Chiefs started their training camp shortly thereafter and had their first preseason game in August against the Buccs. While many hoped for a very strong season with top talent, once again they struggled to win a game until week 4 when they defeated the Vikings.
Head coach Todd Haley, working with the Chiefs since 2009, has brought experience in working with other teams like the Jets, Bears, Cowboys and Cardinals. However, coach Haley gained extensive criticism in early 2011 for playing some of his best starters against the Packers second string squad. Indeed, not only did they lose the game but star tight end Tony Moeaki went on to injure himself and was declared our for the whole season.