MULARKEY AND Bratkowski's No. 1 job will be changing the fortunes of quarterback Blaine Gabbert, now entering his second year. Bratkowski (above), who coached a young Carson Palmer in Cincinnati, is old-school, and he will push Gabbert to master the fundamentals he clearly lacked in 2011. Bratkowski believes Gabbert has the talent to put it all together, but it will be a long slog. Even as Gabbert matures, Mularkey and Bratkowski will turn to running back Maurice Jones-Drew to carry the offense. His production should continue to be among the NFL's best.
ROMEO CRENNEL COACH
BRIAN DABOLL COORDINATOR
DABOLL'S hiring continues the Chiefs' metamorphosis into Patriots Midwest. Daboll coached New England's receivers while Crennel was the Pats' defensive coordinator. From a philosophical standpoint (ex--Pats G.M. Scott Pioli and QB Matt Cassel are also on board), this should be a good fit for Kansas City. Daboll (above) says he wants to create an offense that attacks in an up-tempo fashion. Expect Cassel to emphasize short, quick passes while employing some no-huddle. If he and running back Jamaal Charles are healthy, both could have strong showings.
JOE PHILBIN COACH
MIKE SHERMAN COORDINATOR