Current Chiefs head coach Andy Reid
Current Chiefs head coach Andy Reid

The Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL) have had 13 head coaches in their franchise history. The franchise was founded in 1960 by Lamar Hunt and were known as the Dallas Texans when the team was located in Dallas, Texas.[1] The team relocated to Kansas City, Missouri and were renamed the Chiefs in 1963. The franchise was a charter member of the American Football League (AFL) before entering into the NFL following the AFL-NFL merger.[1][2]

Hank Stram, the team's first head coach, led the Chiefs to three AFL championship victories and two appearances in the Super Bowl. Stram was the team's longest-tenured head coach, holding the position from 1960 to 1974.[2][3][4] Marty Schottenheimer was hired in 1989 and led Kansas City to seven playoff appearances in his ten seasons as head coach. Of the thirteen Chiefs coaches, Hank Stram and Marv Levy have been elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.[5] Seven head coaches have led the Chiefs to the playoffs, of those seven, only three won a game in the playoffs. Romeo Crennel, who coached the team for three games in 2011 and the entire 2012 season, is the team’s shortest tenured head coach. He was fired following what was statistically the worst season in franchise history in 2012. Andy Reid has been the head coach since 2013. Following the Chiefs' Super Bowl championship in the 2019 season, Reid became the franchise leader in playoff wins.

Key

# Number of coaches[N 1]
Yrs Years coached
First First season coached
Last Last season coached
GC Games Coached
W Wins
L Loses
T Ties
Win% Win – Loss percentage
00 Elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a coach
00* Spent entire NFL head coaching career with the Texans/Chiefs

Coaches

Note: Statistics are accurate through the end of the 2020 NFL season.
# Name Term[N 2] Regular season Playoffs Accomplishments Ref.
Yrs First Last GC W L T Win% GC W L
Dallas Texans
1 Hank Stram[N 3] 3 1960 1962 44 27 17 0 .614 1 1 0 Inducted Pro Football Hall of Fame (2003)
1 AFL Championship (1962)
1 AFL Western Championship (1962)
1 AFL Playoff Berth
[6]
Kansas City Chiefs
Hank Stram[N 3] 12 1963 1974 166 97 59 10 .614 7 4 3 1 Super Bowl Championship (IV)
2 AFL Championship (1966, 1969)
1 AFL Western Championship (1966)
1 AFL Playoff Berth
1 UPI AFL Coach of the Year Award (1968)[7]
1 Pro Football Weekly AFL Coach of the Year Award (1968)[7]
[6]
2 Paul Wiggin* 3 1975 1977[N 4] 35 11 24 0 .314 [8]
3 Tom Bettis* 1 1977[N 4] 7 1 6 0 .143 [9]
4 Marv Levy 5 1978 1982 73 31 42 0 .425 Inducted Pro Football Hall of Fame (2001) [10]
5 John Mackovic* 4 1983 1986 64 30 34 0 .469 1 0 1 1 Playoff Berth [11]
6 Frank Gansz* 2 1987 1988 31 8 22 1 .274 [12]
7 Marty Schottenheimer 10 1989 1998 160 101 58 1 .634 10 3 7 3 AFC West Championships (1993, 1995, 1997)
7 Playoff Berths
1 UPI NFL Coach of the Year (1995)[7]
[13]
8 Gunther Cunningham* 2 1999 2000 32 16 16 0 .500 [14]
9 Dick Vermeil 5 2001 2005 80 44 36 0 .550 1 0 1 1 AFC West Championship (2003)
1 Playoff Berth
1 Maxwell Football Club NFL Coach of the Year (2003)[7]
[15]
10 Herm Edwards 3 2006 2008 48 15 33 0 .313 1 0 1 1 Playoff Berth [16]
11 Todd Haley* 3 2009 2011[N 5] 45 19 26 0 .422 1 0 1 1 AFC West Championship (2010)
1 Playoff Berth
[19]
12 Romeo Crennel 2 2011[N 5] 2012 19 4 15 0 .211 [20]
13 Andy Reid 8 2013 present 128 91 37 0 .711 13 7 6 1 Super Bowl Championship (LIV)
2 AFC Championships (2019, 2020)
5 AFC West Championships (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
7 Playoff Berths
[21]

Notes

  1. ^ A running total of the number of coaches of the Texans/Chiefs. Thus, any coach who has two or more terms as head coach is only counted once.
  2. ^ Each year is linked to an article about that particular NFL season.
  3. ^ a b Hank Stram was head coach of the franchise when it was known as the Dallas Texans from 1960 to 1962, and remained with the franchise after relocation to Kansas City, Missouri.
  4. ^ a b Paul Wiggin was fired after seven games in the 1977 season and was replaced by Tom Bettis for the remainder of the season.
  5. ^ a b After 13 games of the 2011 season, with the Chiefs at 5–8, Haley was fired as head coach and replaced by defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel on an interim basis,[17] however following the 2011 season Crennel was named permanent head coach.[18]

References

General
  • Herb, Patrick, Kuhbander, Brad, Looney, Josh, and Moris, Pete, eds. 2008 Kansas City Chiefs Media Guide, Kansas City Chiefs Football Club, Inc., 2008
  • "History of the Kansas City Chiefs". CBS Sportsline. Retrieved 2008-07-09.
  • "Kansas City Chiefs coaching records and history". DatabaseFootball.com. Archived from the original on 2007-04-08. Retrieved 2008-07-09.
Specific
  1. ^ a b "Kansas City Chiefs History–1960s". Kansas City Chiefs official website. Archived from the original on 2008-06-09. Retrieved 2008-07-09.
  2. ^ a b "Kansas City Chiefs History–1970s". Kansas City Chiefs official website. Archived from the original on 2008-06-09. Retrieved 2008-07-09.
  3. ^ "Kansas City Chiefs History–1980s". Kansas City Chiefs official website. Archived from the original on 2008-05-01. Retrieved 2008-07-09.
  4. ^ "Kansas City Chiefs History–1990s". Kansas City Chiefs official website. Archived from the original on 2008-06-10. Retrieved 2008-07-09.
  5. ^ "Hall of Famers by Franchise". Pro Football Hall of Fame Official website. Archived from the original on 2008-07-07. Retrieved 2008-07-09.
  6. ^ a b "Hank Stram's coaching record". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 2009-11-24.
  7. ^ a b c d "NFL Coach of the Year Award". About.com. Retrieved 2009-11-24.
  8. ^ "Paul Wiggin's coaching record". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 2009-11-24.
  9. ^ "Tom Bettis' coaching record". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 2009-11-24.
  10. ^ "Marv Levy's coaching record". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 2009-11-24.
  11. ^ "John Mackovic's coaching record". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 2009-11-24.
  12. ^ "Frank Gansz' coaching record". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 2009-11-24.
  13. ^ "Marty Schottenheimer's coaching record". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 2009-11-24.
  14. ^ "Gunther Cunningham's coaching record". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 2009-11-24.
  15. ^ "Dick Vermeil's coaching record". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 2009-11-24.
  16. ^ "Herman Edwards' coaching record". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 2009-11-24.
  17. ^ "Chiefs fire coach Haley after two-plus seasons, 19–27 record". NFL.com. National Football League. December 12, 2011. Retrieved December 12, 2011.
  18. ^ "CHIEFS TO NAME ROMEO CRENNEL HEAD COACH". KCChiefs.com. Archived from the original on 2012-01-12. Retrieved 2012-01-09.
  19. ^ "Todd Haley's coaching record". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 2009-11-24.
  20. ^ "Romeo Crennel's Coaching Record". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 12, 2011.
  21. ^ "Andy Reid Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 5, 2021.