There’s no need for an introduction anymore. By now, you know what we’re doing here. We are taking every single NFL franchise and ranking every head coach that they’ve hired during the Super Bowl era.

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Let’s Rank All Of The Kansas City Chiefs Head Coaches

 

 

12. Romeo Crennel

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Years Coached: 2011-2012

Total Games Coached: 19

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 4-15

 

Romeo Crennel never should have been head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs. He was the Chiefs DC and was named the interim head coach after they fired Todd Haley mid-season in 2011 after a 5-8 start. Crennel finished that season with a 2-1 record that included a HUGE win over the undefeated Green Bay Packers which crushed their hopes of a perfect season. In my opinion, that win is why the Chiefs decided to hire Crennel as permanent head coach even though everyone knew it was going to end in disaster. I guess we just didn’t know how bad it was going to get. In his lone season as Chiefs head coach, Crennel’s team was horrible as they went 2-14, KC player Jovan Belcher committed suicide in front of Crennel in the parking lot after murdering his girlfriend, and Romeo was fired just a few weeks later. Like I said, just as horrible a stint as a head coach as you can possibly get.


 

11. Frank Gansz

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Years Coached: 1987-1988

Total Games Coached: 31

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 8-22-1

 

From about 1971 to 1990, the Kansas City Chiefs were absolute garbage. They only had one post-season appearance in that time span and were pretty much an afterthought in the NFL at that time. One of the worst head coaches for the Chiefs during this era was Frank Gansz. Gansz was an assistant coach with the Chiefs who took over after John Mackovic was fired. Here’s where I remind you that you should never promote from within because it rarely works in the NFL. Gansz was fired by the Chiefs after back-to-back 4-11 seasons with no improvement. COACHES MUST MAKE THEIR TEAMS BETTER GUYS!


 

10. Paul Wiggin

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Years Coached: 1975-1977

Total Games Coached: 35

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 11-24

 

It’s never easy to replace a legend my friends. That’s what Paul Wiggin found out the hard way when the Chiefs tabbed him as the replacement for legendary head coach Hank Stram. Stram was a Super Bowl winning head coach who had a lot of success with the Chiefs. When Stram left the Chiefs in 1975, KC hired San Francisco 49ers position coach Wiggin and gave him his first job as a head coach in the NFL. The Chiefs underperformed under Wiggin as they went 5-9 in back-to-back seasons before the Chiefs fired him after a 1-6 start in 1977. The start of what would be a loooooooooong disappointing era for KC football.


 

9. Gunther Cunningham

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Years Coached: 1999-2000

Total Games Coached: 32

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 16-16

 

Here are some of the clichés’ I’ve used a lot during these rankings:

1. Never promote from with-in because it rarely works.

2. It’s hard to replace a legend in the coaching ranks.

Gunther Cunningham had both those things working against him when the Chiefs made him head coach after Marty Schottenheimer resigned following the 1998 season. Cunningham was a great defensive coordinator, but his Chiefs teams were extremely average when he was head coach and after consecutive seasons of missing the playoffs, KC was fired and hit the reset button completely. The team brought Cunningham back as defensive coordinator in 2004, so the story did have somewhat of a happy ending.


 

8. Herm Edwards

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Years Coached: 2006-2008

Total Games Coached: 48

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 15-33

 

As a Chiefs fan, I was pretty psyched when the team announced they had hired Herm Edwards as head coach in 2006. I had personally thought Edwards did a great job with the New York Jets in his time there and I thought the Chiefs were getting a hell of a coach. At first, it looked like I was onto something. In his first season with the Chiefs, the team finished 9-7 and made the playoffs for the first time in three seasons. Unfortunately for Herm, they got their ass kicked in the playoffs and the team never recovered. The next year they went 4-12 and the following year the wheels fell completely off as the Chiefs finished 2-14 and it was BYE BYE Herm. Edwards hasn’t coached in the NFL since, but he’s currently the head coach at Arizona State, so he has that going for him.


 

7. Marv Levy

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Years Coached: 1978-1982

Total Games Coached: 73

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 31-42

 

Marv Levy is a Hall-of-Fame NFL coach. His time spent with the Buffalo Bills speaks for itself. How many people remember that Levy was a mediocre head coach in KC before doing the things he did in Buffalo though? Very few I imagine, but yes it happened. The Chiefs made Levy the head coach in a time were they desperate for a turnaround. It had been seven years since the Chiefs saw post-season action when they hired Levy and a change was needed. Unfortunately, Levy could never get them over the hump though. In five seasons as Chiefs head coach, Levy’s teams were very average. They never made the playoffs and the team decided to fire him following a 3-6 mark after the 1982 shortened season. Yes, the Kansas City Chiefs fired Hall-of-Fame head football coach Marv Levy. See, the Cleveland Browns aren’t the only team who fires good head coaches.


 

6. Todd Haley

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Years Coached: 2009-2011

Total Games Coached: 45

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 19-26

 

I’m guess I’m going to be the one to say it. The Todd Haley Era in Kansas City wasn’t as bad as people think it was. Let’s start giving Haley a little bit of credit people. The Chiefs were a dumpster fire when he took over in 2009. In his first year with the team, they went a disappointing 4-12, but it was a slight improvement over the previous year. The next year was the best year of Haley’s head coaching career though. He got the Chiefs to a 10-6 record, they won a division title, and made the playoffs for the first time in four seasons. Even though the team lost to the Ravens in the playoffs, they still had something to build on. Unfortunately, the team started to regress the following year and Haley was fired after a 5-8 start. Most coaches probably would have been given a little more time to turn it around again, but Haley’s personality is well-known for rubbing EVERYONE the wrong way. He might have a decent offensive mind, but his personality issues will prevent him from ever having success as a head coach again.


 

5. John Mackovic

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Years Coached: 1983-1986

Total Games Coached: 64

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 30-34

 

John Mackovic was an assistant coach under Tom Landry when the Chiefs came calling and named him as their head coach in 1983. At this point, it had been 12 seasons since the Chiefs had made the playoffs and they were desperate, so why not go to the Tom Landry coaching tree? The good news for the Chiefs is, it kind of worked. Even though the team missed the playoffs in his first three seasons, they were competitive and were just on the outside looking in. In Mackovic’s fourth year is when the team really took a huge step. They reached double-digit wins and made the playoffs for the first time in 15 years. Unfortunately they ended up getting their butts kicked by the Jets in the playoffs and after a meeting with some of the Chiefs players, Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt decided to fire Mackovic.


 

4. Dick Vermeil

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Years Coached: 2001-2005

Total Games Coached: 80

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 44-36

 

I loved the Dick Vermeil Era in Kansas City. Vermiel’s KC teams were some of the funniest to watch offensively (PRIEST HOLMES Y’ALL!) in KC Chiefs history. Let’s just go ahead and ignore their play on the other side of the ball….okay? Anyway, Vermeil was a successful NFL head coach who had announced his retirement after winning the Super Bowl with the St. Louis Rams in 1999 in one of the most shocking Super Bowl winners we’ve ever seen (the Rams were 4-12 the previous year). Chiefs fans were hyped to get Vermeil after years of watching Gunther Cunningham’s offenses. Vermeil came into KC and his teams saw immediate improvement. KC went from 6-10 in his first season to 13-3 in his third year. They won the division title in 2003 and even got the #2 seed in the playoffs. Unfortunately they lost to the Colts in the second-round of the playoffs and this was pretty much the peak of Vermeil’s stint with the Chiefs. The team didn’t fall off the map or anything, but they missed the playoffs the next two seasons and Vermeil once again announced his retirement following the 2005 season. Vermiel had success in KC, he just didn’t have enough.


 

3. Marty Schottenheimer

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Years Coached: 1989-1998

Total Games Coached: 160

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 101-58-1

 

Marty Schottenheimer was a great coach for the Kansas City Chiefs. He was head coach of the Chiefs when I became a fan of the team and so I’ll always be a little biased towards him. In ten seasons with the Chiefs, Marty only had one losing season….his final one. He only won 3 division titles in that time span, but the Chiefs managed to make the playoffs seven different times under Schottenheimer. Marty will always be the guy who turned the Chiefs from the laughing-stock of the league into a respectable NFL franchise. It had been over 20 years since the Chiefs saw any kind of post-season victory before the Chiefs beat the Raiders in the first-round of the playoffs in 1991. The peak of Marty’s time in KC came in 1993 when the Chiefs traded for some dude named Joe Montana. With Montana at QB, the Chiefs finished 11-5 and made it all the way to the AFC Championship before losing to the Buffalo Bills. Schottenheimer spent three more seasons in KC before deciding to walk away after a disappointing 7-9 season in 1998. Yes, Schottenheimer often gets criticized for his lack of success in the post-season and for being way too conservative on offense, but he’s still one of the best coaches in KC Chiefs history.


 

2. Andy Reid

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Years Coached: 2013-present

Total Games Coached: 96

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 65-31

 

I love Andy Reid. I loved Andy Reid when he was head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles and I was shocked when they announced his termination, but I understood it. Sometimes, you just need a change of scenery in life to help rejuvenate yourself. It just so happens that when the Eagles fired Andy Reid, the Chiefs (my favorite NFL team) was looking for a head coach themselves. I prayed to the football gods that Reid and KC would get together AND IT HAPPENED! I was psyched! Reid is one of the best offensive-minded guys in the NFL and as a guy who loves watching good QB play, I knew this was going to be a home run hire and it has been so far. In just six seasons so far with the Chiefs, Reid is already one of the most successful head coaches in KC history. He has six straight winning seasons, four straight division titles, four straight playoff appearances, and the team is coming off it’s best season in almost 30 years. It wouldn’t shock me at all to see Andy Reid end his time in KC as #1 on this list in a few seasons. However, he still has one guy to beat and that guy is…….


 

1. Hank Stram

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Years Coached: 1960-1974

Total Games Coached: 206

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 124–74-10

 

The G.O.A.T. of head coaching when it comes to the Kansas City Chiefs. Hank Stram was the first ever head coach in Kansas City Chiefs history. He’s easily the longest tenured head coach in Kansas City Chiefs history. He’s won more games than any other Chiefs coach. And oh yeah….he’s the only Chiefs coach who has ever won the Super Bowl. Hank Stram needs to be put on notice though because if Andy Reid ever wins a Super Bowl while coaching the Chiefs, this list will need to be revised. But as of right now….enjoy your time up top Hank!