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    Best Kansas City Chiefs Coaches of All Time: From Andy Reid to Hank Strahm

    The Kansas City Chiefs are a storied franchise that was founded in 1960. Who are the greatest coaches in the history of the team?

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    The Kansas City Chiefs own the league’s newest dynasty after their third Super Bowl win in five seasons. Behind the likes of MVP Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City is the apple of every fanbase’s eyes currently.

    A big part of that success comes from the coaching that the Chiefs have enjoyed over the last decade with Andy Reid.

    As “Big Red” prepares for his 13th season in Kansas City, it’s time to look at where he stands on the Chiefs’ all-time coaching list.

    Ranking the Greatest Coaches in Kansas City Chiefs History

    Over the franchise’s 64-year history, the Chiefs have had 13 different head coaches leading their organization. Some coaches have been elite, while others have struggled to get out of their second year.

    Whatever the reason, Kansas City has had multiple Hall-of-Fame coaches lead its teams over the years, and they make up most of the top rankings today.

    4. Dick Vermeil

    Few coaches in NFL history have the kind of passion for the sport and the willingness to rebuild down-on-their-luck franchises like Dick Vermeil.

    Whether it was the Eagles in the 70s, the “Greatest Show on Turf” Rams in the 90s, or the Chiefs early in the 2000s, Vermeil has won everywhere he has been.

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    Vermeil took over a talented Chiefs squad after mediocre seasons with Gunther Cunningham. In just three years, Vermeil had Kansas City as a top-two seed in the AFC playoffs, and posting a 44-36 record overall.

    He belongs on this list for getting the Chiefs back to relevancy.

    3. Marty Schottenheimer

    Whether it was his time talking about “the gleam” with the Cleveland Browns or helping L.T. reach MVP status with the Chargers in 2006, winning is not a foreign concept to Marty Schottenheimer.

    Taking over the Chiefs job in 1989 through 1998, Schottenheimer led the Chiefs to the playoffs seven times in his first eight years with the franchise.

    He even helped them reach the AFC Championship game in 1993 before bowing out to the Buffalo Bills.

    With the help of Joe Montana, Schottenheimer helped rebuild the Chiefs organization into one of the most feared in the NFL during the early ’90s. He belongs on this list for his playoff success and his ability to take over a team that had been to the playoffs just twice following their Super Bowl-winning season of 1970.

    2. Hank Strahm

    Any list talking about the greatest coaches in Chiefs history must have Hank Strahm in some form.

    Strahm was the Chiefs’ first-ever football coach and is the winningest coach in the AFL’s history. He won three AFL titles with Kansas City and led the Chiefs to an upset victory over the heavily favored Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV.

    While it may not have been the 18-point spread that the previous year’s upset was in 1968, the Chiefs dismantled the then 13-point favorite Vikings with their historically great linebacking core and workman-like running game.

    Strahm is credited with coaching some of the greatest players in Chiefs’ history, including Hall of Famers Len Dawson, Bobby Bell, Buck Buchanan, Curley Culp, Willie Lanier, Jan Stenerud, Emmitt Thomas, and Johnny Robinson, and others like Ed Budde and Otis Taylor.

    His unceremonial firing in 1974 notwithstanding, the Chiefs wouldn’t be where they are today had it not been for Strahm.

    1. Andy Reid

    At one point, it seemed that no coach in Chiefs history would ever be able to compare with the greatness that Strahm brought forth during the 1960s.

    That changed rather quickly.

    Reid took over a Chiefs team that was the worst in football in 2012 at 2-14. In many ways, the 2012 Chiefs could be seen as one of the worst organizations in league history, let alone franchise history.

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    Just like he did with the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2000s, though, Reid quickly built Kansas City into a league power. Since taking over, Reid has yet to have a losing season and has made the playoffs in 11 of the last 12 years he’s been on the job.

    Add three Super Bowl titles to his résumé, and Reid is no longer just vying for the best coach in Chiefs (and Eagles) history, but the greatest coach of all time.

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