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.
After 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.
After 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
Certainly, 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.Powered by Sidelines