At Kansas City, Wiggin has inherited a club that is decidedly long in the tooth, with the exception of the offensive line. His major problem will be finding a successor to Quarterback Len Dawson, who at the age of 40 has lost little of his class but some of his durability. Dawson's backups are Tony Adams from the WFL and Mike Livingston.
The Chiefs' strength is the defensive backfield, with All-Pro Linebacker Willie Lanier coming out of retirement and Emmitt Thomas, the NFL interception leader, at corner-back. The running game is built around last year's rookie flash, Woody Green. Morris LaGrand, a newcomer from Tampa, looks stylish at fullback, and Cleophus Miller had a late surge of good running last year. Ed Podalak, long the main cog in the running attack, will alternate with Green, and Jeff Kinney will back up MacArthur Lane, who was obtained from Green Bay. On the receiving end will be Otis Taylor, the Chiefs' big-play man since 1965.
Wiggin, who replaces Hank Stram, Kansas City's only coach until he was fired last year, has brought a measure of informality to the job. He has done away with Stram's ban on beards, mustaches and the like, and most players, if not all, are pleased with the change.
Wiggin won't have to wait long to find out how the Chiefs are going to shape up. Four of the first six games are against division rivals.