The Chiefs have had two, maybe three. Len Dawson, who won one and lost one, Joe Montana, the greatest ever with four Championships but not in KC and the man who would have likely taken us to a title, Rich Gannon.
Not having a top five quarterback since has taken the Chiefs out of too many seasons that might have mattered. However the other dark note is we’ve had no long term head coach.
All the other consistent winners have a great coach for years.
The Eagles with Andy Reid, the New York Giants with Tom Coughlin, Pittsburgh with both Bill Cowher and now Mike Tomlin and of course New England with Bill Belichick.
In the past the Chiefs had both Hank Stram and Marty Schottenheimer for long runs. Stram had a 12 year run in KC with only 2 losing seasons, his first and his last. Hank also had two Super Bowls. Marty had 9 seasons with only 1 losing record, in ’98, his final year here. The only other long standing head coach was Marv Levy, with six seasons and a losing record, but he went on to Buffalo, won four AFC titles and went to four Super Bowls.
It’s been a long, sad story for most head coaches of the Kansas City Chiefs…
Paul Wiggin, Tom Bettis, John Mackovic, Frank Gansz, Guther Cunningham, Dick Vermeil, Herm Edwards and Todd Haley – none had much luck. And yes, I remember Vermeil and the ridiculous 2003 phony season that starting out 9-0 and then became a joke with no defense at all. In the end it was a bad football team.
So yeah without the right head coach, we stunk. Since Marty Schottenheimer the Chiefs have been a no show.
We all know that, so now what?
Romeo Crennel is now at the plate. His past coaching is nothing great to speak of. However he has some talent and the fans are buying in big time. Plus he’s a strong defensive minded guy. We saw that in the last three games of last season.
However, if the Chiefs struggle and win less than 8 games, he’s likely a goner. Even 8 is not a sure thing Crennel will be back. It’s my belief this team needs and expects post season play, at least a wild card. If so Romeo stays.
Let the games begin.