Former Chiefs head coach Gunther Cunningham, 72, dies



May 14, 2019 - 10:06 AM

Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham gives cornerback Maurice Leggett (31) a hug in the closing seconds. The Chiefs defeated the Oakland Raiders 20-13, at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California, in 2008. John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS

Gunther Cunningham was a defensive mastermind. As the Chiefs defensive coordinator for four seasons before becoming head coach, the team allowed the fewest points in the NFL.

Cunningham died on Saturday. He was 72. He last worked in the NFL for the Detroit Lions, and the team announced the news.

After spending four seasons with the Raiders, Cunningham was hired by Marty Schottenheimer as the Chiefs defensive coordinator ahead of the 1995 season. He worked with star players such as Derrick Thomas and Neil Smith, and the Chiefs had the top-ranked scoring defense in Cunningham’s first season.

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