The 1974 Kansas City Chiefs season was the franchise's 5th season in the National Football League, the 12th as the Kansas City Chiefs, and the 15th overall, it ended with a 5–9 record and the Chiefs missed the playoffs for the 3rd straight year and third-place finish in the AFC West, Hank Stram was fired after the season and was replaced by Paul Wiggin in 1975.
While the club's sparkling new facility at Arrowhead Stadium was drawing rave reviews, the Chiefs roster was beginning to show its age. The result was the team's first losing season in 11 years as the club was unable to string together consecutive victories during the year, a first in franchise history. Many of the club's key players were entering the twilight of their careers: Len Dawson was 39, Jim Tyrer was 35, Bobby Bell, Buck Buchanan, and Ed Budde were 34, Dave Hill was 33 and Otis Taylor was 32.
One of the year's few bright spots in the 5–9 season was cornerback Emmitt Thomas, who led the league with a franchise-record 12 interceptions. The final game of the 1974 campaign marked the final time all seven of Kansas City's Pro Football Hall of Fame players from the club's AFL champion era took the field together with coach Hank Stram. Including owner Lamar Hunt and seven future Minnesota Vikings Hall of Famers, an amazing total of 16 Hall of Fame inductees were involved in that 1974 season finale game. That 35–15 loss against Minnesota provided an anticlimactic conclusion to Hank Stram's illustrious coaching career in Kansas City. Three days later, Stram, the only head coach in franchise history was relieved of his duties on December 27 after compiling a 124–76–10 regular season record with the club.
|1974 Kansas City Chiefs season|
|Head coach||Hank Stram|
|Home field||Arrowhead Stadium|
|Division place||3rd AFC West|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
|Pro Bowlers||C Jack Rudnay|
LB Willie Lanier
CB Emmitt Thomas
|1974 Kansas City Chiefs roster|
|1||September 15, 1974||New York Jets||W 24–16|
|2||September 22, 1974||at Oakland Raiders||L 27–7|
|3||September 29, 1974||at Houston Oilers||W 17–7|
|4||October 6, 1974||Denver Broncos||L 17–14|
|5||October 13, 1974||Pittsburgh Steelers||L 34–24|
|6||October 20, 1974||at Miami Dolphins||L 9–3|
|7||October 27, 1974||at San Diego Chargers||W 24–14|
|8||November 3, 1974||New York Giants||L 33–27|
|9||November 10, 1974||San Diego Chargers||L 14–7|
|10||November 18, 1974||at Denver Broncos||W 42–34|
|11||November 24, 1974||at Cincinnati Bengals||L 33–6|
|12||December 1, 1974||at St. Louis Cardinals||W 17–13|
|13||December 8, 1974||Oakland Raiders||L 7–6|
|14||December 14, 1974||Minnesota Vikings||L 35–15|
|Kansas City Chiefs||5||9||0||.357||2–4||4–7||233||285||L2|
|San Diego Chargers||5||9||0||.357||2–4||4–7||212||293||W2|
The Kansas City Chiefs are a professional American football team based in Kansas City, Missouri. The Chiefs are a member of the Western Division of the American Football Conference in the National Football League (NFL). Originally named the Dallas Texans, the club was founded by Lamar Hunt in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League. In 1963, the team moved to Kansas City, Missouri and were renamed the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Chiefs have had 37 different quarterbacks start at least one game in their franchise's history, 21 of which have started at least 10 games. Cotton Davidson was the team's first starting quarterback; he played all 14 games for the Texans in their inaugural 1960 season. Davidson played with the franchise from 1960 to 1962, and was traded in 1963 to the Oakland Raiders. Len Dawson signed with on July 2, 1962 and played for the franchise for 14 seasons. With Dawson as the team's starter, the Texans/Chiefs won three American Football League championships and appeared in two Super Bowl championship games. Dawson was named Most Valuable Player after the Chiefs' victory in Super Bowl IV and retired in 1975 with several franchise records. Three quarterbacks currently in the Pro Football Hall of Fame have started at least one game for Kansas City: Dawson, Joe Montana, and Warren Moon. In the 2008 season, the Chiefs started three quarterbacks: Brodie Croyle, Damon Huard, and Tyler Thigpen. After Croyle and Huard were sidelined by injuries, Thigpen played in eleven games, winning one and losing ten. In 2009 and 2010, Matt Cassel started 15 of 16 games each season, while Croyle started the other 2 games.
|Playoff appearances (20)|
|Division championships (10)|
|League championships (3)|
|Current league affiliations|
|Former league affiliation|
Championship seasons in bold