The Chiefs announced today that President Carl Peterson has agreed to a four-year contract extension that, combined with the one-year remaining on his current deal, will keep him in Kansas City through the 2009 season.
So whether you love him or hate him. Think he’s to blame for all the Chiefs struggles, or to be praised for all their success. He’s here to stay, deal with it.
Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt obviously believes Peterson is doing a great job, and to be honest, he has presided over some of the most successful teams in franchise history.
During Peterson’s tenure, Kansas City has employed just three different head coaches and has finished first or second in the AFC West eleven times. Over that sixteen year span, the Chiefs made eight playoff appearances, won four AFC West titles and reached the only AFC Championship Game in team history. In the seventeen seasons prior to Peterson’s arrival, the Chiefs made just one playoff appearance and enjoyed just four winning seasons.
Peterson has pulled the trigger on trades that landed Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana in 1993, as well as Pro Bowl quarterback Trent Green in 2001 and nine-time Pro Bowl tackle Willie Roaf in 2002. Peterson was also responsible for two of the best unrestricted free agent signings in league history, inking Hall of Fame running back Marcus Allen in 1993 and running back Priest Holmes in 2001.
But despite all the success the Chiefs have had under his leadership, Peterson is still viewed by most Chief fans as a failure. Why?
When Peterson joined the Chiefs in December of 1988, he said he had a plan, a five-year plan that would lead the Chiefs to the Super Bowl.
Seventeen years later, were still waiting.
Peterson is well respected around the NFL, and I’m sure there are a lot of owners that would jump at the chance to have him lead their team if he ever left Kansas City. But Peterson sealed his own fate when he guaranteed a Super Bowl all those years ago, and until he delivers the Vince Lombardi Trophy, he will always be viewed as a failure in Kansas City.