KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli has often said free agency is a flawed way to build a team, where players available are often overpriced or on the downward side of their careers.
Sure, it's always necessary to sign a couple guys to plug holes, but Pioli would much rather draft the right guys, develop them from within the organization, and generate the kind of stability that has made franchises such as the Pittsburgh Steelers the model of NFL success.
Problems arise when you don't draft the right guys, though.
The result can be a 1-8 record.
"It's never just one thing. It's always just a combination and a total," said Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel, who's been a part of sustainable success with the Patriots and Giants.
"It's drafting. It's developing players. It's coaching players - it is players taking ownership. It's the whole gamut," Crennel said. "When you talk about an organization being a solid, good organization, all of those things are involved in it...