Kansas City Chiefs: Top 5 Assistant Coaches In Chiefs History

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Dec 22, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid walks onto the field before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Arrowhead Stadium. The Colts won 23-7. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 22, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid walks onto the field before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Arrowhead Stadium. The Colts won 23-7. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs have had a good history of head coaching, and with that usually comes good assistant coaching. Many remember how Marty Schottenheimer built some of the best staffs in the 90′s having several coaches move on to head coaching jobs, and some winning Super Bowls.

Today, I wanted to take you through a list of the top 5 assistant coaches in Chiefs history. Most of them were part of Kansas City at the same time, which still frustrates me to this day that the Chiefs couldn’t put it all together in the 90′s and win a championship.

I think most of you will agree with my selections and the order I put them in. Some of you might not even realize that a couple of these guys were a part of the Chiefs in the beginning of their careers, so it should be fun to take a little stroll down memory lane. I used an awesome website, coachingroots.com which is a website that breaks down all the coaching trees you can imagine. It even has a link to every coaching staff in the history of the organization. You can check that out by clicking the link I posted above.

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  • berttheclock

    Great list. Not in the same league as the above, but, Mike Solari is often overlooked. He was an excellent offensive line coach, but, became a Peter Principle when promoted to OC. Now, with the Niners, he has been credited with really moving their offensive line forward.

    • Josh Michaels

      Excellent comment and thanks for reading. Definitely considered Solari, but decided he’d be in my top ten, not top five.

    • Joel Wagler

      Nice SF info. Was interesting to see.

  • jimfromkcj

    Glad to see some one else who recognized the genus of Al Saunders. The greatest mistake in chief’s history in bypassing him for the head coach position when Vermiel retired. I think it was a political correct decision to hire a black Head coach as Herm had absolutely nothing in his resume to assume he had the credentials to be a head coach.

    • Joel Wagler

      Other than taking the Jets to the playoffs…

      • jimfromkcj

        Joel, he took the jets to the playoffs with the precedeing coach’s team. He also took the chiefs to the playoffs with Vermiel’s team. He never won anything with a team he built, and was one of the worst time managers the chief’s have ever had. Reid is a terrible time manager too.

        • berttheclock

          The only time I faulted Saunders was in his refusing to let Trent Green call an audible. It cost the Chiefs the game against Philly. The Chiefs had them on the ropes leading by 17-0, when, Saunders went to the well one play too much. He had picked them apart by having Green throw a quick out to Kennison, but, on the third try, the Philly D-B started inching up and Green was not allowed to change the play. He threw it for a Pick Six which really changed the momentum of the game. After the game, one of the writers for the Star wrote about Green not having the green light on audibles. However, I still believe those two years spent under Coryell really developed his talents to work with both receivers and call plays. Yes, the Chiefs made a major mistake by not elevating him to HC.

          • jimfromkcj

            bert I wanted the Chiefs to hire Al as coach and bring in Marty as GM when they hired Pioli and Haley. I still think we would have been in a super bowl with that combination. Marty had a closed mind when it came to coaching, but he knew how to build a defence and with Al running the offence and Marty building a defense it would have been Katie bar the door.

    • Josh Michaels

      Couldn’t agree more!