Years: 1939-44, 1954-56
Overall Record: 30-55-5
Best Season: 7-4 (1942)
Worst Season: 0-10 (1944)*
Like the Ravens, it's almost impossible to choose a bad head coach in the recent history of the franchise. The last three hires—Chuck Noll, Bill Cowher, Mike Tomlin—have all won Super Bowls.
But Pittsburgh's history was loaded with failures for its first 40-some years. And while there are a handful of terrible tenures to choose from in the franchise's history, I've chosen Walt "Keys" Kiesling for one simple reason.
This is not due to his winless 1944 season in which he was coaching a conglomerate of the Cardinals, Steelers and Eagles because of World War II.
According to the late Steelers founder Art Rooney, Kiesling once actually instructed his player to commit an offsides penalty. The story, as Rooney told it to NFL Films, goes like this:
Kiesling started every Steelers game off with the same play, a run-dive handoff up the middle. After this went on for several years, Rooney ordered Kiesling to start the game off differently, with a pass (which resulted in a long completion).
But because he didn't want Rooney to give him instructions for the rest of the year, he ordered an offensive lineman to commit a false start penalty so the play would be nullified.