KANSAS CITY, MO – CIRCA 1989: Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer (R) and General Manager Carl Peterson (L) of the Kansas City Chiefs poses for this photo circa 1989 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Schottenheimer was the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs from 1989-98. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
27. Chiefs hire Carl Peterson (1989)
In 1989, things were not very good for the Kansas City Chiefs. The team had been cycling through coaches and players without finding much success. In 1972, the Chiefs began a streak of not being able to reach the playoffs all the way through 1986. After a one-and-done loss to the New York Jets, the playoffs eluded them for the next two campaigns.
After the 1988 season, owner and founder Lamar Hunt went looking for a new general manager. Hunt found and hired Carl Peterson, who would stay in that post until moving on at the end of the 2008 season. Peterson would go on to have major success, including a streak of six straight playoff appearances from 1990-95.
Peterson made believers out of many in Kansas City from the start, hiring Marty Schottenheimer to be the head coach before drafting Derrick Thomas with his first-ever selection.
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