2011 Kansas City Chiefs season

The 2011 Kansas City Chiefs season was the franchise's 42nd season in the National Football League, the 52nd overall and the third under the head coach/general manager tandem of Todd Haley and Scott Pioli. The Chiefs failed to improve on their 10–6 record in 2010.

On July 25, the NFLPA and the NFL owners agreed on a new collective bargaining agreement. The Chiefs training camp began on July 29 in St. Joseph, MO. The Chiefs played their first preseason game on August 12 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. On September 11, the Chiefs opened their regular season against the Buffalo Bills.

Despite entering the season with high expectations, even with their tough schedule, they did not earn their first win until Week 4 against the Minnesota Vikings and finished the first quarter of the season with a disappointing 1–3 record. After starting the season 5–8, head coach Todd Haley was fired after a 37–10 loss to the New York Jets and replaced by defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel on an interim basis for the remainder of the season.[1] One bright spot of the season is the first game after Crennel took over as interim head coach; an upset win against the then 13–0 Green Bay Packers to ruin their perfect season hopes (though the Packers still finished with a 15–1 record).

2011 Kansas City Chiefs season
Head coachTodd Haley (fired on December 12, 5–8 record)
Romeo Crennel (Interim; 2–1 record)
General managerScott Pioli
OwnerThe Hunt family
Home fieldArrowhead Stadium
Division place4th AFC West
Playoff finishdid not qualify
Pro BowlersLB Tamba Hali
LB Derrick Johnson
Team MVPDerrick Johnson
Team ROYJustin Houston


Coaching changes

Kansas City Chiefs Coaching Changes[2]
Position Coach 2010 Position 2011 Position
OC Bill Muir Kansas City Chiefs OLC Kansas City Chiefs OC/OLC
OC Charlie Weis Kansas City Chiefs OC Florida Gators OC
QBC Jim Zorn Baltimore Ravens QBC Kansas City Chiefs QBC

Free Agency

Kansas City Chiefs Free Agency[2]
Position Player Status* 2010 Team 2011 Team
LB Charlie Anderson UFA Kansas City Chiefs None
RB Jackie Battle RFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
WR Steve Breaston UFA Arizona Cardinals Kansas City Chiefs
CB Brandon Carr RFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
FB Tim Castille UFA Kansas City Chiefs None
WR Keary Colbert UFA None Kansas City Chiefs
WR Terrance Copper UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
TE Brad Cottam RFA Kansas City Chiefs None
FB Mike Cox RFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
QB Brodie Croyle UFA Kansas City Chiefs Arizona Cardinals
WR Kevin Curtis UFA Kansas City Chiefs Tennessee Titans
CB Travis Daniels UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
DT Ron Edwards UFA Kansas City Chiefs Carolina Panthers
OT Jared Gaither UFA Baltimore Ravens Kansas City Chiefs
DE Wallace Gilberry RFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
DT Kelly Gregg UFA Baltimore Ravens Kansas City Chiefs
LB Cory Greenwood EFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
LB Tamba Hali UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
S Reshard Langford EFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
CB Maurice Leggett RFA Kansas City Chiefs None
FB Le'Ron McClain UFA Baltimore Ravens Kansas City Chiefs
S Jon McGraw UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
OT Steve Maneri RFA New England Patriots Kansas City Chiefs
LB Corey Mays UFA Kansas City Chiefs None
C Rudy Niswanger UFA Kansas City Chiefs Detroit Lions
OT Ryan O'Callaghan UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
S Sabby Piscitelli UFA Tampa Bay Buccaneers & Cleveland Browns Kansas City Chiefs
TE Leonard Pope UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
OT Barry Richardson RFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
LB Brandon Siler UFA San Diego Chargers Kansas City Chiefs
DE Shaun Smith UFA Kansas City Chiefs Tennessee Titans
LB Mike Vrabel UFA Kansas City Chiefs Retired
C Casey Wiegmann UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
*RFA: Restricted free agent, UFA: Unrestricted free agent, ERFA: Exclusive rights free agent, Franchise: Franchise tag

2011 draft board

Round Selection Player Position College
1 [a] 26 [b] Jon Baldwin Wide Receiver Pittsburgh
2 55 Rodney Hudson Center Florida State
3 70 [a] Justin Houston Linebacker Georgia
3 86 Allen Bailey Defensive End Miami (FL)
4 118 Jalil Brown Cornerback Colorado
5 135 [c] Ricky Stanzi Quarterback Iowa
5 140 [d] Gabe Miller Linebacker Oregon State
6 [c] 199 [e] Jerrell Powe Nose Tackle Mississippi
7 223 Shane Bannon Runningback Yale
^[a] The Chiefs traded their original first-round selection (#21) to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for the first-round selection (#27) which the Browns had previously acquired from Atlanta, and Cleveland's third-round selection (#70 overall).
^[b] The Baltimore Ravens originally held the 26th pick, but they did not submit their pick in the allotted ten minutes which allowed Kansas City to pick ahead of them.
^[c] The Chiefs traded their original sixth-round selection (#187 overall) and DT Alex Magee to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for the fifth-round selection which the Buccaneers had previously acquired from Denver.
^[d] The Chiefs swapped fifth-round selections with the Detroit Lions (the Chiefs originally held the #154 overall selection), after the Lions were found guilty of tampering with Chiefs' players.
^[e] Compensatory selection.



Week Date Kickoff (CDT) Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
Final score Team record
1 August 12 7:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 0–25 0–1 Arrowhead Stadium Fox Recap
2 August 19 6:30 p.m. at Baltimore Ravens L 13–31 0–2 M&T Bank Stadium KCTV Recap
3 August 26 7:00 p.m. St. Louis Rams L 10–14 0–3 Arrowhead Stadium KCTV Recap
4 September 1 7:00 p.m. at Green Bay Packers L 19–20 0–4 Lambeau Field KCTV Recap

Regular season


Week Date Kickoff (CT) Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
Final score Team record
1 September 11 12:00 p.m. Buffalo Bills L 7–41 0–1 Arrowhead Stadium CBS Recap
2 September 18 12:00 p.m. at Detroit Lions L 3–48 0–2 Ford Field CBS Recap
3 September 25 3:05 p.m. at San Diego Chargers L 17–20 0–3 Qualcomm Stadium CBS Recap
4 October 2 12:00 p.m. Minnesota Vikings W 22–17 1–3 Arrowhead Stadium Fox Recap
5 October 9 12:00 p.m. at Indianapolis Colts W 28–24 2–3 Lucas Oil Stadium CBS Recap
6 Bye
7 October 23 3:05 p.m. at Oakland Raiders W 28–0 3–3 O.co Coliseum CBS Recap
8 October 31 7:30 p.m. San Diego Chargers W 23–20 (OT) 4–3 Arrowhead Stadium ESPN Recap
9 November 6 12:00 p.m. Miami Dolphins L 3–31 4–4 Arrowhead Stadium CBS Recap
10 November 13 12:00 p.m. Denver Broncos L 10–17 4–5 Arrowhead Stadium CBS Recap
11 November 21 7:30 p.m. at New England Patriots L 3–34 4–6 Gillette Stadium ESPN Recap
12 November 27 7:20 p.m. Pittsburgh Steelers L 9–13 4–7 Arrowhead Stadium NBC Recap
13 December 4 12:00 p.m. at Chicago Bears W 10–3 5–7 Soldier Field CBS Recap
14 December 11 12:00 p.m. at New York Jets L 10–37 5–8 MetLife Stadium CBS Recap
15 December 18 12:00 p.m. Green Bay Packers W 19–14 6–8 Arrowhead Stadium Fox Recap
16 December 24 12:00 p.m. Oakland Raiders L 13–16 (OT) 6–9 Arrowhead Stadium CBS Recap
17 January 1 3:15 p.m. at Denver Broncos W 7–3 7–9 Sports Authority Field at Mile High CBS Recap


AFC West
(4) Denver Broncos 8 8 0 .500 3–3 6–6 309 390 L3
San Diego Chargers 8 8 0 .500 3–3 7–5 406 377 W1
Oakland Raiders 8 8 0 .500 3–3 6–6 359 433 L1
Kansas City Chiefs 7 9 0 .438 3–3 4–8 212 338 W1

Game summaries

Week 12: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Hoping to snap a three-game losing streak, the Chiefs went home for a Week 12 Sunday night duel with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Kansas City delivered the game's first punch in the opening quarter with a 41-yard field goal from kicker Ryan Succop. The Steelers would answer in the second quarter with kicker Shaun Suisham getting a 21-yard field goal, followed by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completing a 2-yard touchdown pass to tight end Weslye Saunders. The Chiefs would reply with a 49-yard field goal from Succop, but Pittsburgh would close out the half with Suisham booting a 49-yard field goal. After a scoreless third quarter, Kansas City began to chip away at their deficit in the fourth quarter with a 40-yard field goal from Succop. However, the Steelers' defense held on to preserve the win.

With the loss, the Chiefs fell to 4–7.

Week 15: vs. Green Bay Packers

In one of the biggest upsets of the year, the Chiefs beat the heavily favored Green Bay Packers, ending their hopes of a perfect season. The Chiefs defense held Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to 235 yards, a 48.6% completion percentage, and his only game of the season without multiple passing touchdowns in what was Roger's worse game statistically of the season. This was the last home victory for Kansas City until Week 13 of the 2012 season when they defeated the Carolina Panthers one day after the Jovan Belcher tragedy.

Week 17: at Denver Broncos


Kansas City Chiefs 2011 staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches


Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Mike Clark
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Brent Salazar

Final roster

2011 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
53 Active, 8 Inactive, 8 Practice squad

Notes and references

  1. ^ "Haley Relieved of Duties". Archived from the original on January 7, 2012. Retrieved December 12, 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Kansas City Chiefs 2010 Free Agency". NFL.com. Archived from the original on April 24, 2010. Retrieved April 25, 2010.
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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Playoff appearances (20)
Division championships (10)
League championships (3)
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