One of the Worst NFL Coaches of All Time Is to Thank for a Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl Win

When mentioning the greatest coaches of all times in football, some names are immediate headliners, such as Don Shula, Vince Lombardi, and Tom Landry. Then some coaches are often overlooked, and their names didn’t gain much recognition either due to not winning a championship or not having a notable personality. Though unable to lead the Philadelphia Eagles to victory in the Super Bowl, Andy Reid was able to revitalize the struggling franchise and later led the Kansas City Chiefs to Super Bowl success, cementing his stature.

However, this wouldn’t have been possible without Romeo Crennel, often considered to be one of the worst NFL coaches of all time. His lackluster career, especially a particularly awful season with the Chiefs, led to Reid taking the reins, and the rest is history.

When the Kansas City Chiefs had the worst season ever

Former Kansas City Chiefs and current Houston Texans Head Coach Romeo Crennel during a game against the Indianapolis Colts
Houston Texans head coach Romeo Crennel | Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

Romeo Crennel took over the Kansas City Chiefs on Jan. 10, 2012, acting as an interim in a three-game trial period following the firing of Todd Haley after a 5-8 record and a 40-37 loss. As interim head coach, Crennel led the Chiefs for the remainder of the 2011 season winning two of three games to finish 7-9, which gave him a chance to be selected as the permanent head coach for the 2012 season.

The Chiefs didn’t start well in the 2012 season with a 40-24 loss to the Atlanta Falcons and a 35-17 loss to the Buffalo Bills. Even though the Chiefs were able to secure their first win of the season in Week 3 after defeating the New Orleans Saints, they lost eight games in a row. The losing streak continued up to Week 13, when they beat the Carolina Panthers, then continued to lose en route to a 2-14 finish.

The 2012 season was the worst in Kansas City Chiefs history. Chiefs owner Clark Hunt fired Crennel in Dec. 2012 after the “Save our Chiefs” movement, followed shortly by the firing of general manager Scott Pioli. Andy Reid replaced Crennel as head coach, and John Dorsey replaced Pioli as general manager.

The win-loss record of the Kansas City Chiefs’ 2012 season

The Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL finished the 2012 season with two wins and 14 losses, placing fourth in the AFC West. The only two wins came against the New Orleans Saints in late September and the Carolina Panthers in early December.

The 2005-08 seasons with the Cleveland Browns

Prior to his work with the Kansas City Chiefs, Romeo Crennel was viewed as a serious head coach candidate in 2005, and the Browns were able to secure him.

He served as Cleveland’s head coach from 2005 through 2008 and compiled a 24-40 record.

Andy Reid leads Kansas City Chiefs to success

John Dorsey and Andy Reid’s hard work helped get the team back on track during the 2013 season. After the Kansas City Chiefs hired him as their head coach, Reid helped revitalize the struggling organization; he was able to end the eight-game playoff losing streak that dated back to 1993. Reid has coached the Chiefs to great success for 10 seasons.

In those 10 seasons, the Chiefs have appeared in the postseason eight times, won six division titles, and participated in four AFC Championship Games. Additionally, the team has appeared twice in Super Bowls and won a title in 2019 — the team’s first Super Bowl title in 50 years and Reid’s first.

After years of hard work, Reid has achieved a sustained level of success unlike anything the organization had seen in years.

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