The Coaching Ranks Part #2 … Tuesday Cup O’Chiefs

There’s one thing for certain that can be said for the coordinators that Todd Haley has collected for his 2010 Chiefs coaching staff – they’ve got plenty of rings.

The trio of Charlie Weis, Romeo Crennel and Steve Hoffman has coached in 13 Super Bowls and walked away with 12 championships. No other staff in the league comes close to matching those dozen titles among their coordinators.

What does that mean for the Chiefs? They have coaching staff leaders who have been there, done that at the highest level of the game. Discussion can be had on whether Weis and Crennel are products of the successful system of Bill Belichick. It’s the old chicken or egg question; were the Patriots so good because Belichick was the key decision maker, or did New England win because it had talented coaches on the staff like Weis and Crennel.

Last season, Hoffman led the most consistent and successful facet of the Chiefs game during the 2009 season. The kicking game had very few mistakes and developed a top kicking prospect in Ryan Succop.

There’s no doubt the Chiefs start the 2010 season next week with a significantly improved coaching staff, especially on the coordinator-level. Without a doubt, both Haley and GM Scott Pioli are hanging their football hats on the additions of Weis and Crennel making a big difference on their roster.

On offense, Weis is expected to help in pushing the development of QB Matt Cassel, the player that Pioli/Haley has heavily invested in during their 18 months in charge. On defense, the Chiefs did little to improve the talent level of their front seven and are counting on Crennel to be the man who makes their defense against the run better, and makes their pass rush better and helps the defense create turnovers and field position.

Whether Weis and Crennel can live up to what is expected of them will depend on the players they can put on the field. With his skills, a coach can make an average player good, and a good player great. But he can’t make an average player great. The Chiefs roster is heavily populated with average players.


Being a head coach in the NFL is one of the most unstable jobs in sports. Turnover at the top is common place; nearly half of the 32 jobs involved changes in the last three seasons.

Same goes for coordinators. Most years, there’s even more turnover among the coordinators. There are just three new head coaches from the end of last season. But there are eight new offensive coordinators, six defensive coordinators in jobs for the first year and five new special teams coordinators.

Other than the three teams with new head coaches – Buffalo, Seattle and Washington – the Chiefs were the only other team that changed two coordinators.

On offense, the new guys in charge are Weis, Hue Jackson (Oakland), Curtis Modkins (Buffalo), Rick Dennison (Houston), Clyde Christensen (Indianapolis), Mike Martz (Chicago), Jeremy Bates (Seattle) and Kyle Shanahan (Washington). Now, Modkins, Dennison and Shanahan are all guys that won’t call the plays in weekend action, as they work for head coaches who will be their own game planners. That would be Chan Gailey in Buffalo, Gary Kubiak in Houston and Mike Shanahan in Washington. Yes, if you did not already know, Kyle Shanahan is Mike Shanahan’s son.

Jackson joins the Raiders after leaving the Ravens where he was the quarterbacks coach. Martz spent the ’09 season out of coaching, but now has the keys to the Bears offense and the development of QB Jay Cutler. Christensen steps in for Tom Moore, who remains on the Indy coaching staff as senior consultant.

New defensive coordinators this year are Crennel, George Edwards (Buffalo), Don Martindale (Denver), Mike Nolan (Miami), Perry Fewell (N.Y. Giants) and Jim Haslett (Washington). Martindale replaces Nolan with the Broncos. Fewell left the Bills with the change over in head coaches and landed on the other side of the state of New York. Haslett was coaching last year in the United Football League.

In the kicking game, the new leaders are Bruce DeHaven (Buffalo), Al Everest (Pittsburgh), Bobby April (Philadelphia), Kurt Schottenheimer (San Francisco) and Brian Schneider (Seattle).

Here’s the breakdown of this year’s coordinators:









Super Bowls/



Cam Cameron

Greg Mattison

Jerry Rosburg



Curtis Modkins

George Edwards

Bruce DeHaven



Bob Bratkowski

Mike Zimmer

Darrin Simmons



Brian Daboll

Rob Ryan

Brad Seely



Mike McCoy

Don Martindale

Mike Priefer



Rick Dennison

Frank Bush

Joe Marciano



Clyde Christensen

Larry Coyer

Ray Rychleski



Dirk Koetter

Mel Tucker

Russ Purnell



Charlie Weis

Romeo Crennel

Steve Hoffman



Dan Henning

Mike Nolan

John Bonamego


New England



Scott O’Brien


N.Y. Jets

Brian Schottenheimer

Mike Pettine

Mike Westhoff



Hue Jackson

John Marshall

John Fassel



Bruce Arians

Dick LeBeau

Al Everest


San Diego

Clarence Shelmon

Ron Rivera

Steve Crosby



Mike Heimerdinger

Chuck Cecil

Alan Lowry










Super Bowls/



Russ Grimm &

Mike Miller

Bill Davis

Kevin Spencer



Mike Mularkey

Brian Van Gorder

Keith Armstrong



Jeff Davidson

Ron Meeks

Jeff Rodgers



Mike Martz

Rod Marinelli

Dave Toub



Jason Garrett


Joe DeCamillis



Scott Linehan

G. Cunningham

Danny Crossman


Green Bay

Joe Philbin

Dom Capers

Shawn Slocum



Darrell Bevell

Leslie Frazier

Brian Murphy


New Orleans

Pete Carmichael

Greg Williams

Greg McMahon


N.Y. Giants

Kevin Gillbride

Perry Fewell

Tom Quinn



Marty Mornhinweg

Sean McDermott

Bobby April


St. Louis

Pat Shurmur

Ken Flajole

Tom McMahon


San Francisco

Jimmy Raye

Greg Manusky

Kurt Schottenheimer



Jeremy Bates

Gus Bradley

Brian Schneider


Tampa Bay

Greg Olson


Richard Bisaccia



Kyle Shanahan

Jim Haslett

Danny Smith


                                                                   *-Bill Belichick has not designated anyone as offensive or defensive leader. **-Wade Phillips serves as his

                                                                     own defensive coordinator. ***-Raheem Morris serves as his own defensive coordinator.
A few other items involving the coordinators:

  • Indianapolis has the team of coordinators with the most overall coaching experience with 109 years of service. The Chiefs trio is fourth with 97 years in coaching.
  • Pittsburgh has the coordinators with the most NFL coaching experience with a combined 70 years. That’s due to Dick LeBeau with 38 years of pro coaching. Weis/Crennel/Hoffman have 66 years in the NFL.
  • The coordinating group with the least amount of coaching experience is Seattle with a combined 47 years in the game. The Seahawks and Tampa Bay coordinators have the fewest number of seasons in NFL coaching with each one having a combined 17 years.
  • There are 14 coordinators this year who are 60 years or older. There are 14 coordinators who are in the 30s. The oldest coordinator is LeBeau at the age of 73 for the coming season. The youngest is Kyle Shanahan who is 30 years old. LeBeau had been coaching for seven years after his playing career ended when the younger Shanahan was born.


In a nice gesture by the Chiefs organization they allowed former WR Eddie Kennison to sign one final contract with the team on Monday. Then Kennison officially announced his retirement, officially ending his career two years after he played in his last game.

“I am honored and humbled to officially conclude my NFL player career as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs,” Kennison said in a statement released by the Chiefs. “I feel very blessed to have been extended the opportunity to retire as a member of the Chiefs.”

Kennison took part in 91 games in 2001-07 after joining the Chiefs at the end of what became a 13-year career. When he arrived after a controversial exit in Denver, Kennison was an underachiever. But he found a football home under head coach Dick Vermeil and he immediately began producing. He finished his Chiefs career with 321 catches for 5,230 yards and 25 TDs. He had 17 games when he caught passes for 100 yards or more.


  • COLLEGES – more players have been caught up in the NCAA investigation of the football program at the University of North Carolina. DT Marvin Austin was the first name mentioned, and now investigators have interviewed WR Greg Little, S Deunta Williams, CB Kendric Burney, LB Bruce Carter and LB Quan Sturdivant. The situation involves dealing with agents … NCAA investigators have also been looking into the Florida program and potential violations involving former OL Maurkice Pouncey, the Steelers 1st-round draft choice. They are looking into whether an agent paid Pouncey $100,000 at the end of the ’09 Gators season. Florida reported information about the alleged violation.
  • JURISPRUDENCE – Dolphins DE Philip Merling faces an aggravated battery charge involving an incident in May when he allegedly beat up his pregnant girlfriend, striking her in the face five times.
  • BENGALS – released G Jason Shirley – he tore an Achilles back in April while playing basketball – if he goes unclaimed on the waiver wire, Shirley will be moved to Cincinnati’s non-football injury list and will be done for the season.
  • BILLS – signed 3rd-round draft choice DE Alex Carrington to a 4-year, – a product of Arkansas State, he had 21.5 quarterback sacks during his career, including nine last year.
  • BROWNS – signed TE Joel Gamble – he spent last year on the Eagles practices squad and has several years of experience with indoor football.
  • COWBOYS – signed 4th-round draft choice CB Akwasi Owusu-Ansah to a 4-year contract – out of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Owusu-Ansah is physically gifted on the corner and also does a nice job on returns, where he scored nine during his college career.
  • RAIDERS – signed 4th-round draft choice WR Jacoby Ford to a 4-year, $2,300,000 contract with a $510,000 signing bonus – the Clemson product has a chance to participate quickly for Oakland thanks to his speed and ability as a returner.
  • SAINTS – signed 7th-round draft choice QB Sean Canfield to a 4-year contract – Canfield was accurate in throwing the ball for Oregon, completing 64 percent of his passes.
  • TITANS – reached a restructured contract for 2010 with RB Chris Johnson. The club moved some escalator payments that were due in 2011 into this season, pushing Johnson’s pay for the ’10 season from $550,000 to over $2 million.

11 Responses to “The Coaching Ranks Part #2 … Tuesday Cup O’Chiefs”

  • July 20, 2010  - Tracy says:

    The emerging scandals at UNC and Florida evoke memories of Paul Palmer and the questionable duo representing him–Norby Walters and Lloyd Bloom. Walters was an East Coast guy who had worked a long time in the entertainment and music business; Bloom, considerably younger, was his protege and was likely the one who made initial contacts with college athletes.

    They were not only corrupt in the traditional sense of passing money to athletes still playing college ball but also at their trial it came out that some clients were threatened with broken limbs if they strayed from the fold.

    Palmer was probably the highest drafted player on their NFL roster and was infamously quoted as threatening to “put the ball on the ground”–fumbling at an inopportune time.

    Perhaps there were character flaws in that triumvirate that were mutually attractive. Who knows?

    Ultimately Walters served 18 months Federal time, Bloom was shot to death and Palmer’s accomplishments in the NFL were squat.

    That was nearly 30 years ago but now it seems corruption never have really gone away. Was Reggie Bush the tip of the iceberg, or an aberration?
    Was Maurkice Pouncey’s hiring of his agent coincidental to the $100K figure being kicked around?

    Just as helmet design/brain trauma looms as a menace to the NFL, the rotten presence of pro agents on college campuses bodes ominously in its future. Commissioner Goodell, whose father famously protested the Vietnam War as RFK’s successor in the Senate, should set ground rules for agent activity that at least establish some standards to relieve college coaches of this pressure and to protect the amateur standing, such as it is, of college athletes

  • July 20, 2010  - SG says:

    Thanks Mr. Kennison for your quality work while wearing the Red & Gold.

    While we’re thinking about the years Kennison was with the team…

    Note to Don Pioli and Coach Haley: A few years ago, we had a dismal defense and thought selecting a better D-Coordinator would get the job done. A nice sentiment, but upgrading roster talent might be nice as well.

  • July 20, 2010  - Mad Chief says:

    Weis and Crennel are both significant upgrades over what we had last year in OC and DC.

    However, it will be quite interesting to see if they can live up to the expectations. Re-creating magic is a whole lot harder than creating it in the first place.

    Very cool of the “new regime” to let an old Chief retire a Chief. Good luck, Eddie K.

  • July 20, 2010  - SG says:

    Who and when will be our next draft pick signing?

  • July 20, 2010  - Jimbo says:

    Wow Tracy,
    You have a gift of the english language. Very well written comment (article). I was unfamiliar with the word “triumvirate” & had to look it up.

    Correct me if I’m wrong. Was’nt Paul Palmer drafted by & played for the Chiefs in the early to mid 80′s? There was a ton of hype about him, just very little production.
    Go Chiefs.

  • July 20, 2010  - Justin says:

    Did you guys see that Cassel is working out with Palmer and Leinart at schools in L.A.? Hopefully, it will do him good. I must confess I really like the attitude. here is the article:

  • July 20, 2010  - gorillafan says:

    hope Cassel is taking more in from Palmer than Leinart!!

  • July 20, 2010  - dan in joplin says:

    gorillafan, AGREED!

  • July 20, 2010  - Tracy says:

    Thanks, Jimbo. Yes, Palmer played for the Chiefs, which is the only reason I was familiar with his woes. I also thought he was on the team in the early ’80s but actually he was drafted in 1987 after playing at Temple; that was three years after the Chiefs drafted Kevin Ross who also played at Temple. Ross, of course, got much more out of his ability than Palmer.
    As for Lloyd Bloom’s demise, it was not specifically related to his representation of Palmer but happened a few years later.

  • July 20, 2010  - Michael says:

    Yes, I remember Palmer. He came in the same year as Christian Okoye. Palmer was ok, a quick little scatback type, but of course once the Chiefs figured out that they had the “nigerian nightmare” Palmer became pretty much of an afterthought. That’s how the draft goes sometimes. Palmer was taken number one, and I think Okoye was a 3rd or 4th round pick.

  • July 22, 2010  - Roger says:

    Bob, great read. I think all total when adding the entire staff, we have something like 21 or so SB titles. I do think we’re destined to be the team of the decade (2010-2019). All Aboard!!

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