Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel is 0-4 in season openers as a head coach, all with the Cleveland Browns during 2005-08. So winning his first opener as the Chiefs head coach would be special for him, considering a new Kansas City coach hasn’t won his first season opener since Frank Gansz in 1987.
“As a head coach, you always want to get off to a good start,” said Crennel, who did win his debut as the Chiefs’ interim coach last Dec. 18 with a shocking 19-14 win over then unbeaten Green Bay. “And if you win the first one, it’s a pretty good start. It would be a good shot in the arm for all of us.”
Crennel has some fond memories of opening day.
“A couple of years ago, as defensive coordinator, it seemed like we beat a pretty good team that came in here,” he said of the Monday-night win over San Diego in 2010.
Here’s the rundown on how the last six Chiefs’ head coaches fared in their season openers:
1987 Frank Gansz W, 20-13 vs. San Diego
1989 Marty Schottenheimer L, 34-20 at Denver
1999 Gunther Cunningham L, 20-17 at Chicago
2001 Dick Vermeil L, 27-24 Oakland
2006 Herm Edwards L, 23-10 Cincinnati
2009 Todd Haley L, 38-24 at Baltimore