3. Carl Peterson, General Manager
This is probably going to be the one that raises a lot of eyebrows. Yes, Carl Peterson, the guy tabbed as “King Carl,” deserves to be in the Chiefs Ring of Honor.
From 1974 (Hank Stram’s and Len Dawson’s last year with the Chiefs) through 1988 (the final season before Peterson arrived), the Chiefs finished below .500 11 times, finished above .500 twice while finishing right at .500 twice. If we could put that in the form of a record, the Chiefs were 2-11-2. That’s obviously bad.
When Peterson was hired in 1989, it took the Chiefs 10 seasons before having a season below .500. Since the NFL-AFL merger, the Chiefs were one of the most irrelevant teams in the NFL. Peterson, alongside Marty Schottenheimer, his first coaching hire, helped revamp the franchise.
The Chiefs became one of the most competitive teams in the NFL. The only issue with Peterson was that the Chiefs could never reach the Super Bowl during his time in Kansas City.
During Peterson’s 20 seasons with the Chiefs, the Chiefs reached the postseason nine times and finished below .500 just six times.
Yes, Peterson’s last couple of years were among the worst in Chiefs history. The Chiefs won only six games in the final two years under Peterson in 2007 and 2008. Despite the bad ending to Peterson’s time in Kansas City, the Chiefs franchise also gained a lot of attention and relevance because of him.