1980 Kansas City Chiefs season

The 1980 Kansas City Chiefs season was the franchise's 11th season in the National Football League and 21st overall. They improved from 1979 from a 7–9 to an 8–8 record, the most wins for the franchise since an 8–6 season in 1972, but with missing the playoffs for the ninth consecutive season.

The Chiefs selected guard Brad Budde, the son of Chiefs Hall of Fame guard Ed Budde, as the team's first-round draft choice, making the Buddes the first father-son combination to become first-round draftees of the same team in NFL history.[1] In a then-controversial move on August 26, the Chiefs released placekicker Jan Stenerud, who at the time was club's all-time leading scorer. He was replaced by journeyman Nick Lowery, who had been cut 11 times by eight different teams himself.[1]

After suffering an 0–4 start, the team rebounded to post a four-game winning streak.[1] After Steve Fuller was sidelined with a knee injury late in the season, former Miami 12th-round draft choice Bill Kenney became the team's starting quarterback. He was so anonymous that when he appeared in that contest, the name on the back of his jersey was inadvertently misspelled "Kenny."[1] Kenney went on to lead the club to a 31–14 victory against Denver on December 7 in his initial NFL start. The defense continued to evolve as defensive end Art Still and safety Gary Barbaro became the first Chiefs defensive players to be elected to the Pro Bowl in five seasons.[1]

1980 Kansas City Chiefs season
Head coachMarv Levy
General managerJim Schaaf
OwnerLamar Hunt
Home fieldArrowhead Stadium
Division place4th AFC West
Playoff finishdid not qualify
Pro BowlersWR J. T. Smith
DE Art Still
S Gary Barbaro

NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team



1980 Kansas City Chiefs staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches
  • Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers – Rod Rust
  • Defensive Line – Walt Corey
  • Defensive Backs – Dick Roach

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Rick Abernethy


1980 Kansas City Chiefs roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad

Rookies in italics


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 7, 1980 Oakland Raiders L 27–14
2 September 14, 1980 Seattle Seahawks L 17–16
3 September 21, 1980 at Cleveland Browns L 20–13
4 September 28, 1980 San Diego Chargers L 24–7
5 October 5, 1980 at Oakland Raiders W 31–17
6 October 12, 1980 Houston Oilers W 21–20
7 October 19, 1980 at Denver Broncos W 23–17
8 October 26, 1980 Detroit Lions W 20–17
9 November 2, 1980 Baltimore Colts L 31–24
10 November 9, 1980 at Seattle Seahawks W 31–30
11 November 16, 1980 at San Diego Chargers L 20–7
12 November 23, 1980 at St. Louis Cardinals W 21–13
13 November 30, 1980 Cincinnati Bengals L 20–6
14 December 7, 1980 Denver Broncos W 31–14
15 December 14, 1980 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 21–16
16 December 21, 1980 at Baltimore Colts W 38–28


AFC West
San Diego Chargers(1) 11 5 0 .688 6–2 9–3 418 327 W2
Oakland Raiders(4) 11 5 0 .688 6–2 9–3 364 306 W2
Kansas City Chiefs 8 8 0 .500 4–4 6–8 319 336 W1
Denver Broncos 8 8 0 .500 3–5 5–7 310 323 W1
Seattle Seahawks 4 12 0 .250 1–7 3–9 291 408 L9

Game summaries

Week 1: Oakland Raiders


  1. ^ a b c d e "Kansas City Chiefs History 1980s". Archived from the original on August 6, 2007. Retrieved July 31, 2007.

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.

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP Raiders Chiefs
1 Chiefs Ted McKnight 7-yard touchdown run, Nick Lowery kick good 0 7
1 Raiders Bob Chandler 16-yard touchdown reception from Dan Pastorini, Chris Bahr kick good 7 7
3 Raiders Mark van Eeghen 1-yard touchdown run, Chris Bahr kick good 14 7
3 Raiders Bob Chandler 32-yard touchdown reception from Dan Pastorini, Chris Bahr kick good 21 7
4 Raiders 41-yard field goal by Chris Bahr 24 7
4 Chiefs Tony Samuels 4-yard touchdown reception from Steve Fuller, Nick Lowery kick good 24 14
4 Raiders 39-yard field goal by Chris Bahr 27 14
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 27 14
Playoff appearances (20)
Division championships (10)
League championships (3)
Retired numbers
Current league affiliations
Former league affiliation
Seasons (59)

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