2001 Kansas City Chiefs season

The 2001 Kansas City Chiefs season was the franchise's 32nd season in the National Football League, the 42nd overall and the first under head coach Dick Vermeil, and failing to qualify for the playoffs or to improve upon their 7–9 record from 2000, with a 6–10 record, which netted them a fourth place finish in the AFC West.

Along with new coaches joining the team, new additions appeared on the Chiefs’ roster, including running back Priest Holmes and quarterback Trent Green. Coach Dick Vermeil began to install a powerful offense similar to the one he installed in St. Louis to win Super Bowl XXXIV.

2001 Kansas City Chiefs season
Head coachDick Vermeil
Home fieldArrowhead Stadium
Division place4th AFC West
Playoff finishdid not qualify
Pro BowlersRB Priest Holmes
TE Tony Gonzalez
G Will Shields


NFL draft

2001 Kansas City Chiefs draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
3 75 Eric Downing  Defensive Tackle Syracuse
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Undrafted free agents

2001 Undrafted Free Agents of note
Player Position College
Ian Allen Tackle Purdue



2001 Kansas City Chiefs staff
Front office
  • Founder – Lamar Hunt
  • President/General Manager/Chief Executive Officer – Carl Peterson
  • Chairman of the Board – Jack Steadman
  • Executive Vice President/Assistant General Manager – Dennis Thum
  • Vice President of Football Operations/Player Personnel – Lynn Stiles
  • Director of Football Administration – Mike White
  • Director of Pro Personnel – Bill Kuharich

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Frank Gansz Jr

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Jeff Hurd
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Billy Long


2001 Kansas City Chiefs final roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad

Rookies in italics
Active, Inactive, Practice squad


In 2001, the Chiefs’ regular-season, non-conference opponents were from the NFC East.

Week Date Opponent Result Network TV Time (CT) Attendance
1 September 9, 2001 Oakland Raiders L 27–24 CBS 12:00PM
2 September 23, 2001 New York Giants L 13–3 FOX 12:00PM
3 September 30, 2001 at Washington Redskins W 45–13 CBS 12:00PM
4 October 7, 2001 at Denver Broncos L 20–6 CBS 3:15PM
5 October 14, 2001 Pittsburgh Steelers L 20–17 CBS 12:00PM
6 October 21, 2001 at Arizona Cardinals L 24–16 CBS 3:05PM
7 October 25, 2001 Indianapolis Colts L 35–28 ESPN 7:30PM
8 November 4, 2001 at San Diego Chargers W 25–20 CBS 3:05PM
9 November 11, 2001 at New York Jets L 27–7 CBS 12:00PM
10 Bye
11 November 25, 2001 Seattle Seahawks W 19–7 CBS 12:00PM
12 November 29, 2001 Philadelphia Eagles L 23–10 ESPN 7:30PM
13 December 9, 2001 at Oakland Raiders L 28–26 CBS 3:15PM
14 December 16, 2001 Denver Broncos W 26–23 CBS 12:00PM
15 December 23, 2001 San Diego Chargers W 20–17 CBS 12:00PM
16 December 30, 2001 at Jacksonville Jaguars W 30–26 CBS 12:00PM
17 January 6, 2002* at Seattle Seahawks L 21–18 CBS 3:05PM

*Game originally scheduled for September 16, but was postponed along with all Week 2 games following the September 11 Terrorist Attacks


AFC West
(3) Oakland Raiders 10 6 0 .625 399 327 L3
Seattle Seahawks 9 7 0 .563 301 324 W2
Denver Broncos 8 8 0 .500 340 339 L1
Kansas City Chiefs 6 10 0 .375 320 344 L1
San Diego Chargers 5 11 0 .313 332 321 L9
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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