1997 Kansas City Chiefs season

The 1997 Kansas City Chiefs season was the franchise's 28th season in the National Football League, and the 38th overall.

The Chiefs finished with a 13–3 record and as AFC West division champions. The season is best remembered for the Rich GannonElvis Grbac quarterback controversy [1] which brewed throughout the entire season and arguably cost the Chiefs a victory in the playoffs. The Chiefs were beaten by division rival and eventual Super Bowl champions, the Denver Broncos, in the 1998 playoffs. 1997 was the final season that the Chiefs would appear in the playoffs during the 1990s and for the next several seasons, they fell out of contention. They would return to the playoffs in 2003.

This was the last season that Marty Schottenheimer would coach the team into the playoffs, with the loss to Denver in the Divisional round 14-10 capping off many years of disappointing playoff losses. This was also the final season for future Hall of Fame running back Marcus Allen.

1997 Kansas City Chiefs season
Head coachMarty Schottenheimer
Home fieldArrowhead Stadium
Division place1st AFC West
Playoff finishLost AFC Divisional Playoffs (Broncos) 14–10
Pro BowlersWR Andre Rison
FB Kimble Anders
G Will Shields
LB Derrick Thomas
CB Dale Carter
CB James Hasty


NFL draft

1997 Kansas City Chiefs draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 13 Tony Gonzalez *  Tight end California
2 47 Kevin Lockett  Wide receiver Kansas State
4 110 Pat Barnes  Quarterback California
6 163 June Henley  Running back Kansas
6 195 Isaac Byrd  Wide receiver Kansas
7 214 Nathan Parks  Offensive tackle Stanford
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career




1997 Kansas City Chiefs staff
Front office
  • Founder – Lamar Hunt
  • Chairman of the Board – Jack Steadman
  • President/General Manager/Chief Executive Officer – Carl Peterson
  • Executive Vice President/Assistant General Manager – Dennis Thum
  • Administrative Assistant to the Head Coach – Russ Ball

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Dave Redding
  • Strength and Conditioning – Matt Schiotz
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Roberto Parker


1997 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


Week Opponent Result Game site TV Time (CT) TV Announcers Attendance
1 at Denver Broncos L 3–19 Mile High Stadium NBC 3:00pm Dick Enberg, Paul Maguire & Phil Simms
2 at Oakland Raiders W 28–27 Network Associates Coliseum ABC 8:00pm Al Michaels, Frank Gifford & Dan Dierdorf
3 Buffalo Bills W 22–16 Arrowhead Stadium NBC 12:00pm Mike Breen & James Lofton
4 at Carolina Panthers W 35–14 Bank of America Stadium NBC 12:00pm Dan Hicks & Jim Mora
5 Seattle Seahawks W 20–17 OT Arrowhead Stadium NBC 3:00pm Don Criqui & Jim Mora
6 at Miami Dolphins L 14–17 Pro Player Stadium NBC 12:00pm Charlie Jones, Randy Cross & Bob Trumpy
7 Bye
8 San Diego Chargers W 31–3 Arrowhead Stadium TNT 7:00pm Verne Lundquist, Pat Haden & Mark May
9 at St. Louis Rams W 28–20 Edward Jones Dome NBC 12:00pm Joel Meyers & Beasley Reece
10 Pittsburgh Steelers W 13–10 Arrowhead Stadium ABC 8:00pm Al Michaels, Frank Gifford & Dan Dierdorf
11 at Jacksonville Jaguars L 14–24 Alltel Stadium NBC 12:00pm Dan Hicks & Jim Kelly
12 Denver Broncos W 24–22 Arrowhead Stadium NBC 12:00pm Dick Enberg, Paul Maguire & Phil Simms
13 at Seattle Seahawks W 19–14 Kingdome NBC 3:00pm Mike Breen & James Lofton
14 San Francisco 49ers W 44–9 Arrowhead Stadium FOX 12:00pm Pat Summerall & John Madden
15 Oakland Raiders W 30–0 Arrowhead Stadium NBC 12:00pm Charlie Jones & Bob Trumpy
16 at San Diego Chargers W 29–7 Qualcomm Stadium NBC 3:00pm Tom Hammond & Randy Cross
17 New Orleans Saints W 25–13 Arrowhead Stadium FOX 12:00pm Joe Buck & Bill Maas


AFC West
(1) Kansas City Chiefs 13 3 0 .813 375 232 W6
(4) Denver Broncos 12 4 0 .750 472 287 W1
Seattle Seahawks 8 8 0 .500 365 362 W2
Oakland Raiders 4 12 0 .250 324 419 L5
San Diego Chargers 4 12 0 .250 266 425 L8


1998 playoffs
Denver Broncos L 10–14 Arrowhead Stadium NBC 4:15pm

Game summary

See also


  1. ^ Gretz, Bob. Quarterbacks and controversy Archived September 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine KCChiefs.com, November 1, 2006
  2. ^ "1997 Kansas City Chiefs draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 5, 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.

Game information
Playoff appearances (20)
Division championships (10)
League championships (3)
Retired numbers
Current league affiliations
Former league affiliation
Seasons (59)

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