1994 Kansas City Chiefs season

The 1994 Kansas City Chiefs season was the franchise's 25th season in the National Football League, the 32nd as the Kansas City Chiefs and the 35th overall. They failed to improve their 11-5 record from 1993 and finishing with a 9–7 record and Wild Card spot in the 1994–95 playoffs. The Chiefs lost to the Miami Dolphins 27–17 in the Wild Card round. Alongside celebrating the NFL's 75th anniversary season. Future Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana retired following the season.

1994 Kansas City Chiefs season
Head coachMarty Schottenheimer
Home fieldArrowhead Stadium
Results
Record9–7
Division place2nd AFC West
Playoff finishLost Wild Card Playoffs (Dolphins) 27-17
Pro BowlersDE Neil Smith
LB Derrick Thomas
CB Dale Carter

Offseason

NFL draft

1994 Kansas City Chiefs draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 25 Greg Hill  Running back Texas A&M
2 58 Donnell Bennett  Running back Miami (FL)
3 92 Lake Dawson  Wide receiver Notre Dame
3 96 Chris Penn  Wide receiver Tulsa
4 127 Bracy Walker  Defensive back North Carolina
5 151 James Burton  Defensive back Fresno State
5 156 Rob Waldrop  Defensive tackle Arizona
6 185 Anthony Daigle  Running back Fresno State
7 199 Steve Matthews  Quarterback Memphis
7 219 Tracy Greene  Tight end Grambling State
      Made roster  

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Personnel

Staff

1994 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
  • Vice President of Player Personnel – Lynn Stiles
  • Director of Pro Personnel – Mark Hatley
  • Director of College Scouting – Terry Bradway

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Roster

1994 Kansas City Chiefs roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad



Rookies in italics

Regular season

After an opening day win over the New Orleans Saints, the Chiefs faced the San Francisco 49ers on September 11. Facing his old team, Joe Montana led the Chiefs to a 24–17 win at Arrowhead. But after opening the season at 3–0, the Chiefs dropped 2 in a row to the Rams and Chargers.

On October 17, a 6-yard pass and a tightrope run into the end zone ended the Chiefs' 11-year drought in Mile High Stadium. Joe Montana and the Chiefs faced a 4-point deficit on Monday Night Football. The final drive in the final 82 seconds took nine plays, all of them Montana passes except one run of 10 yards by Marcus Allen; Montana's final pass was a five-yard score to Willie Davis for the 31–28 Kansas City win. For the game, Montana hit 34 of 54 pass attempts for 393 yards and 3 touchdowns and the Chiefs, now 4–2, had now thrust themselves back into the playoff hunt. The game was tied 14–14 at the half. Lin Elliott's field goal with 4:08 left in the game temporarily put the Chiefs ahead 24–21. A Marcus Allen fumble set up the Broncos' final touchdown, but Montana and his inspiring confidence resulted in the comeback.

Montana would have another great season, passing for 3,283 yards. The rushing game improved from 1993 as the Chiefs rushed for 1,732 yards and twelve touchdowns (up from the previous year's 1,655 yards). Allen's game trailed off from 1993 as he gained 709 yards to lead the team (to 764 the previous year), while rookie Greg Hill managed only 574 yards for the season. Fullback Kimble Anders was the leading receiver with 67 receptions. The defense showed flashes of brilliance as it improved to seventh in fewest points allowed from 1993's ninth, and as had become the standard, was led by perennial Pro Bowlers Derrick Thomas and Neil Smith. Defensive back Dale Carter had a superb year and was also chosen for the Pro Bowl.

On December 24, Marcus Allen gained 132 yards rushing as the Chiefs beat the Los Angeles Raiders 19–9 in the last Raider's game ever as host in Los Angeles. The win secured a fifth-straight playoff spot for the Chiefs.

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance TV Time TV Announcers
1 September 4, 1994 at New Orleans Saints W 30–17
69,362
NBC 12:00CT Dick Enberg & Bob Trumpy
2 September 11, 1994 San Francisco 49ers W 24–17
79,907
FOX 12:00CT Pat Summerall & John Madden
3 September 18, 1994 at Atlanta Falcons W 30–10
67,357
TNT 7:00CT Gary Bender & Pat Haden
4 September 25, 1994 Los Angeles Rams L 16–0
78,184
FOX 12:00CT Joe Buck & Tim Green
5 Bye
6 October 9, 1994 at San Diego Chargers L 20–6
62,923
NBC 3:00CT Charlie Jones & Randy Cross
7 October 17, 1994 at Denver Broncos W 31–28
75,151
ABC 8:00CT Al Michaels, Frank Gifford & Dan Dierdorf
8 October 23, 1994 Seattle Seahawks W 38–23
78,847
NBC 12:00CT Marv Albert & Paul Maguire
9 October 30, 1994 at Buffalo Bills L 44–10
79,501
NBC 12:00CT Dick Enberg & Bob Trumpy
10 November 6, 1994 Los Angeles Raiders W 13–3
78,709
ESPN 7:00CT Mike Patrick & Joe Theismann
11 November 13, 1994 San Diego Chargers L 14–13
76,997
NBC 12:00CT Dick Enberg & Bob Trumpy
12 November 20, 1994 Cleveland Browns W 20–13
69,121
NBC 12:00CT Marv Albert & Paul Mcguire
13 November 27, 1994 at Seattle Seahawks L 10–9
54,120
NBC 3:00CT Tom Hammond & Cris Collinsworth
14 December 4, 1994 Denver Broncos L 20–17
77,631
NBC 3:00CT Dick Enberg & Bob Trumpy
15 December 12, 1994 at Miami Dolphins L 45–28
71,578
ABC 8:00CT Al Michaels, Frank Gifford & Dan Dierdorf
16 December 18, 1994 Houston Oilers W 31–9
74,474
NBC 3:00CT Don Criqui & Beasley Reece
17 December 24, 1994 at Los Angeles Raiders W 19–9
64,130
NBC 3:00CT Dick Enberg & Bob Trumpy

Standings

AFC West
W L T PCT PF PA STK
(2) San Diego Chargers 11 5 0 .688 381 306 W2
(6) Kansas City Chiefs 9 7 0 .563 319 298 W2
Los Angeles Raiders 9 7 0 .563 303 327 L1
Denver Broncos 7 9 0 .438 347 396 L3
Seattle Seahawks 6 10 0 .375 287 323 L2

Playoffs

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Wildcard December 31, 1994 at Miami Dolphins L 27–17
69,757

References

  1. ^ "1994 Kansas City Chiefs draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 4, 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.

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