The 1977 Kansas City Chiefs season was the franchise's 8th season in the National Football League, the 15th as the Kansas City Chiefs, and the 18th overall. This season was the worst in franchise history until the 2008 season, with the Chiefs winning only two of fourteen games. After an 0–5 start, Head coach Paul Wiggin was fired following a 44–7 loss to Cleveland in week seven. Tom Bettis took over as interim head coach for the rest of the season. The team endured a six-game losing streak to conclude the season at 2–12.
|1977 Kansas City Chiefs season|
|Head coach||Paul Wiggin (Fired)|
Tom Bettis (Interim)
|Home field||Arrowhead Stadium|
|Division place||5th AFC West|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
|2||9||37||Tony Reeds||University of Colorado|
|3||11||67||Thomas Howard||Texas Tech|
|4||8||92||Mark Bailey||Long Beach State|
|4||11||95||Darius Helton||North Carolina Central|
|4||20||104||Eric Harris||Memphis State|
|6||11||150||Rick Burleson||University of Texas|
|6||28||167||Andre Herrera||Southern Illinois|
|8||9||204||Ron Olsonoski||St. Thomas (MN)|
|9||11||234||Dave Green||New Mexico|
|11||9||288||Maurice Mitchell||Northern Michigan|
|1977 Kansas City Chiefs roster|
An 0–5 start doomed the squad with a 44–7 loss at Cleveland (10/30) effectively sealing Wiggin's fate. Despite the club's record Wiggin was still a popular figure in Kansas City, but was nonetheless relieved of his duties on Halloween, marking the only in-season coaching switch in team history. Wiggin concluded his tenure with an 11–24 record.
Defensive backs coach Tom Bettis was named interim coach and claimed a 20–10 victory vs. Green Bay (11/6) in the franchise's initial contest under his direction, but it was the only victory of his brief head coaching tenure. The team endured a six-game losing streak to conclude the season at 2–12.
Bettis and the remainder of the coaching staff assembled by Wiggin were released on December 19, one day after a 21–20 loss at Oakland (12/18) in the regular season finale. Marv Levy, the former head coach of the CFL's Montreal Alouettes, was named the fourth head coach in franchise history on December 20.
The heart and soul of the Chiefs once-vaunted defense departed when roommates Willie Lanier and Jim Lynch, who both joined the club together as second-round draft picks in 1967, retired following the ‘77 campaign. Baltimore later acquired Lanier's rights in a trade, but failed to lure him out of retirement.
|1||at New England Patriots||L 17–21||Schaefer Stadium|
|2||San Diego Chargers||L 7–23||Arrowhead Stadium|
|3||Oakland Raiders||L 28–37||Arrowhead Stadium|
|4||at Denver Broncos||L 7–23||Mile High Stadium|
|5||Baltimore Colts||L 6–17||Arrowhead Stadium|
|6||at San Diego Chargers||W 21–16||San Diego Stadium|
|7||at Cleveland Browns||L 7–44||Cleveland Stadium|
|8||Green Bay Packers||W 20–10||Arrowhead Stadium|
|9||at Chicago Bears||L 27–28||Soldier Field|
|10||Denver Broncos||L 7–14||Arrowhead Stadium|
|11||at Houston Oilers||L 20–34||Astrodome|
|12||Cincinnati Bengals||L 7–27||Arrowhead Stadium|
|13||Seattle Seahawks||L 31–34||Arrowhead Stadium|
|14||at Oakland Raiders||L 20–21||Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum|
|San Diego Chargers||7||7||0||.500||3–4||6–6||222||205||L2|
|Kansas City Chiefs||2||12||0||.143||1–6||1–11||225||349||L6|
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