1977 Kansas City Chiefs season

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[1] 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 coachPaul Wiggin (Fired)
Tom Bettis (Interim)
Home fieldArrowhead Stadium
Division place5th AFC West
Playoff finishdid not qualify
Pro Bowlersnone


1977 NFL Draft

Round Selection Overall Player College
1 10 10 Gary Green Baylor
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
7 10 177 Chris Golub Kansas
8 9 204 Ron Olsonoski St. Thomas (MN)
8 20 215 Waddell Smith Kansas
9 3 226 Derrick Glanton Bishop
9 11 234 Dave Green New Mexico
10 10 261 Mark Vitali Purdue
11 9 288 Maurice Mitchell Northern Michigan
12 11 318 Ray Burks UCLA


1977 Kansas City Chiefs roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad {{{practice_squad}}}

Rookies in italics

Regular season

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.[1]

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.[1]

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.[1]

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]

By managing to win only twice in the 1977 season, the team was given the second pick in the 1978 NFL Draft.


Week Opponent Result Game site Attendance
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


AFC West
Denver Broncos(1) 12 2 0 .857 6–1 11–1 274 148 L1
Oakland Raiders(4) 11 3 0 .786 5–2 10–2 351 230 W2
San Diego Chargers 7 7 0 .500 3–4 6–6 222 205 L2
Seattle Seahawks 5 9 0 .357 1–3 4–9 282 373 W2
Kansas City Chiefs 2 12 0 .143 1–6 1–11 225 349 L6


  1. ^ a b c d e Chiefs History: 1970s Archived June 9, 2008, at the Wayback Machine Kansas City Chiefs, January 2, 2006.

External links

List of Kansas City Chiefs starting quarterbacks

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)
Retired numbers
Current league affiliations
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Seasons (59)

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