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How First-Year Chiefs Coaches Have “Improved” The Team

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Can long-suffering Kansas City Chiefs fans expect new head coach Todd Haley to turn the boys in red around in one season?

Recent NFL history suggests its possible. The Kansas City Chiefs' history is more of mixed situation.

Kansas City Chiefs coach Todd HaleyAfter the late, great Hank Stram's last season in 1974 of 5-9, first year coach Paul Wiggin also had that same win-loss record in 1975. No improvement.

After Wiggin replacement Tom Bettis combined with Wiggin for a 2-12 record in 1977, eventual Hall of Fame coach Marv Levy improved to a still miserable 4-12 in 1978.

Levy replacement John Mackovic improved on Levy's 1983 record by going a pedestrian 6-10 in 1985.

Hank StramAfter Mackovic's decent 10-6 final record in 1986, Frank Ganz dropped to 4-11 in 1987.

Following another four-win final Ganz season in 1988, even Marty Schottenheimer, who would go on to success in Kansas City, did bring the boys in red up to a 8-7-1 winning records his first season in 1989.

Defensive coach Gunther Cunningham moved to the sidelines in 1999 and did improve on Schottenheimer's final 7-9 season.

The following season, Cunningham was 7-9 himself and was moved aside for Super Bowl winning coach Dick Vermeil from St. Louis.  Under Vermeil's first year in 2001, the emotional coach regressed to 6-10.

Following Vermeil's decent 10-6 outing in 2005, Herm Edwards' first season in 2006 only slipped one game to 9-7.

Now, coming off Edwards' final season and a 2-14 record — the worst record since Wiggin's 2-12 in 1977 — the attention turns to Haley

Ex-Chiefs coach Marty SchottenheimerCertainly, the bar has not been set very high for the former Cardinal offensive guru.  Exceeding two wins should be doable. But a winning record and the playoffs? Possible but not likely. 

But as we've learned about the NFL, any team can go from worst to first in a single season.  So, hope springs eternal at Arrowhead.

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  • dt4eva58

    tdepp-

    I’m glad to find another Chiefs fan in the Sioux Falls area. My family (including my wife and 9 year old son) have been season ticket holders for 16 years now – including this year. Until last year, my son had never missed a home game (regular season) since the day he was born. Yes – we’re die-hard Chiefs fans!

    I lost my job (financial/investment advisor) last year due to the economy so we couldn’t afford to make it to every game last year. Fortunately, I had renewed our tickets for this year way ahead of time – and before I lost my job – so we still have tickets this year. Now – I just need to find another job so we can get back into our routine of making it to every game. We love our Chiefs!

    Hey – do you have a need for a college educated, well rounded, efficient and motivated staff member?! Ha ha ha

    Back on topic – I think the Chiefs are headed in the right direction and I’m happy to see Coach Haley taking a no-nonsense approach – i.e. – making sure the players know who’s running the show. I thought Herm Edwards was a decent coach but didn’t come down on them enough. He always praised them for playing hard but *never* said a word about playing *smart*. I think Haley and Pioli will make that a high priority going forward.

    I’m looking for the Chiefs to improve dramatically this year – assuming Cassel continues to develop – but still miss the playoffs. Who knows though…the AFC West isn’t that strong again this year. Well, on paper anyway…

    There’s nowhere else to go but up, right?! Heck, a 3-win season will be an improvement over last year!

    I’m looking forward to reading more from you as the year/season goes on.

    Go Chiefs!

  • dt4eva58

    tdepp-

    I’m glad to find another Chiefs fan in the Sioux Falls area. My family (including my wife and 9 year old son) have been season ticket holders for 16 years now – including this year. Until last year, my son had never missed a home game (regular season) since the day he was born. Yes – we’re die-hard Chiefs fans!

    I lost my job (financial/investment advisor) last year due to the economy so we couldn’t afford to make it to every game last year. Fortunately, I had renewed our tickets for this year way ahead of time – and before I lost my job – so we still have tickets this year. Now – I just need to find another job so we can get back into our routine of making it to every game. We love our Chiefs!

    Hey – do you have a need for a college educated, well rounded, efficient and motivated staff member?! Ha ha ha

    Back on topic – I think the Chiefs are headed in the right direction and I’m happy to see Coach Haley taking a no-nonsense approach – i.e. – making sure the players know who’s running the show. I thought Herm Edwards was a decent coach but didn’t come down on them enough. He always praised them for playing hard but *never* said a word about playing *smart*. I think Haley and Pioli will make that a high priority going forward.

    I’m looking for the Chiefs to improve dramatically this year – assuming Cassel continues to develop – but still miss the playoffs. Who knows though…the AFC West isn’t that strong again this year. Well, on paper anyway…

    There’s nowhere else to go but up, right?! Heck, a 3-win season will be an improvement over last year!

    I’m looking forward to reading more from you as the year/season goes on.

    Go Chiefs!

  • http://www.middlebordersun.com Todd Epp

    DT:

    Thanks for the comments. I’ve never seen the Chiefs at Arrowhead. I saw them play the Houston Oilers (yes, the Oilers) in their last season at the Astrodome and at the Edwardsdome in St. Louis against the Rams.

    I have a couple friends with Chiefs season tickets and they say it is an awesome atmosphere. Getting to Arrowhead for a game is on my “bucket list.”

    [personal contact info deleted]

    Todd Epp
    My Chiefs Complaint

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