1991 Kansas City Chiefs season

The 1991 Kansas City Chiefs season was the franchise's 22nd season in the National Football League and 32nd overall. They failed to improve on their 11–5 record from 1990 and finished with a 10–6 record. The Chiefs passing game wasn't as good as their 1990 campaign as Steve DeBerg’s consistency dropped. The running game made up for lost time as Christian Okoye ran for 1,031 yards for the season, and Barry Word was productive, and rookie Harvey Williams was outstanding in limited playing time. The Chiefs defeated their division rival, the Los Angeles Raiders in the Wild Card round, resulting in the franchise's first playoff victory since Super Bowl IV in 1970. The next week, the Chiefs lost to the Buffalo Bills in the divisional playoffs.

The season began on July 27 when Jan Stenerud, the hero of Super Bowl IV was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

But the Chiefs rebounded to win 4 straight games, including an October 7 game in which the Chiefs trounced the Buffalo Bills 33–6. It was the Chiefs' first home Monday Night Football game since 1983 and on October 13, The Chiefs blasted the Miami Dolphins 42–7 as Christian Okoye ran for 153 yards.

The Chiefs continued to play playoff football and on December 22 Christmas came early for the Chiefs and their fans. By playing brilliantly and holding off the Raiders, in the end, they left Los Angeles with a 27–21 win. The victory gave the Chiefs a home playoff game against the Raiders. A loss would have meant playing in Los Angeles again the following week. It was the first playoff game in Kansas City in 20 years.

The offense was superb as quarterback Steve DeBerg completed 14 of 20 passes for 227 yards and 2 touchdowns. Barry Word rushed for 152 yards, and J. J. Birden caught 8 passes for 188 yards and 2 touchdowns. Even more impressive was that the Chiefs didn’t have to punt in the game and held the ball for almost 40 minutes.

1991 Kansas City Chiefs season
Head coachMarty Schottenheimer
Home fieldArrowhead Stadium
Division place2nd AFC West
Playoff finishWon Wild Card Playoffs (Raiders) 10–6
Lost Divisional Playoffs (Bills) 14–37
Pro BowlersFB Christian Okoye
DE Neil Smith
LB Derrick Thomas


NFL draft

1991 Kansas City Chiefs draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 21 Harvey Williams  Running back LSU
2 50 Joe Valerio  Center Pennsylvania
3 77 Tim Barnett  Wide receiver Jackson State
5 133 Charles Mincy  Defensive back Washington
6 162 Darrell Malone  Defensive back Jacksonville State
7 189 Bernard Ellison  Defensive back Nevada
8 218 Tom Dohring  Offensive tackle Michigan
9 244 Robbie Keen  Placekicker California
10 273 Eric Ramsey  Defensive back Auburn
11 300 Bobby Olive  Wide receiver Ohio State
12 329 Ron Shipley  Guard New Mexico
      Made roster  




1991 Kansas City Chiefs staff
Front office
  • Founder – Lamar Hunt
  • Chairman of the Board – Jack Steadman
  • President/General Manager/Chief Executive Officer – Carl Peterson
  • Assistant General Manager – Dennis Thum
  • Director of Player Personnel – Whitey Dovell
  • Director of Pro Personnel – Mark Hatley

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches
  • Defensive Line – Tom Pratt
  • Defensive Backs – Tony Dungy
  • Special Assistant/Quality Control – Darvin Wallis

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning



1991 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


Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 1, 1991 Atlanta Falcons W 14–3
2 September 8, 1991 New Orleans Saints L 17–10
3 September 16, 1991 at Houston Oilers L 17–7
4 September 22, 1991 Seattle Seahawks W 20–13
5 September 29, 1991 at San Diego Chargers W 14–13
6 October 7, 1991 Buffalo Bills W 33–6
7 October 13, 1991 Miami Dolphins W 42–7
8 October 20, 1991 at Denver Broncos L 19–16
9 October 28, 1991 Los Angeles Raiders W 24–21
10 Bye
11 November 10, 1991 at Los Angeles Rams W 27–20
12 November 17, 1991 Denver Broncos L 24–20
13 November 24, 1991 at Cleveland Browns L 20–15
14 December 1, 1991 at Seattle Seahawks W 19–6
15 December 8, 1991 San Diego Chargers W 20–17
16 December 14, 1991 at San Francisco 49ers L 28–14
17 December 22, 1991 at Los Angeles Raiders W 27–21


AFC West
(2) Denver Broncos 12 4 0 .750 5–3 10–4 304 235 W4
(4) Kansas City Chiefs 10 6 0 .625 6–2 8–4 316 252 W1
(5) Los Angeles Raiders 9 7 0 .563 5–3 7–5 298 297 L3
Seattle Seahawks 7 9 0 .438 2–6 6–6 276 261 W1
San Diego Chargers 4 12 0 .250 2–6 3–9 274 342 L1


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Wildcard December 28, 1991 Los Angeles Raiders W 10–6
Division January 5, 1992 at Buffalo Bills L 37–14


  1. ^ "1991 Kansas City Chiefs draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 3, 2014.
  2. ^ Kansas City Chiefs 1991 Media Guide. pp. 4–21.
  3. ^ "1991 Kansas City Chiefs starters and roster". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 3, 2014.
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
Former league affiliation
Seasons (59)

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