2014 Kansas City Chiefs season

The 2014 Kansas City Chiefs season was the franchise's 55th season and the second under the head coach/general manager tandem of Andy Reid and John Dorsey. The Chiefs broke the crowd noise record on Monday Night Football against the New England Patriots on September 29, 2014 with a crowd roar of 142.2 decibels.[1] The Chiefs failed to match their 11–5 record from 2013, and missed the playoffs. However, they defeated both teams that would eventually meet in that season's Super Bowl: the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks. The 2014 Kansas City Chiefs became the first NFL team since the 1964 New York Giants, and the only team in the 16 game season era, to complete an entire season with no touchdown passes to a wide receiver.[2]

2014 Kansas City Chiefs season
Head coachAndy Reid
General managerJohn Dorsey
OwnerThe Hunt family
Home fieldArrowhead Stadium
Results
Record9–7
Division place2nd AFC West
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersRB Jamaal Charles
LB Tamba Hali
LB Justin Houston
DT Dontari Poe
Team MVPJustin Houston
Team ROYDe'Anthony Thomas
Uniform
Kc chiefs uniforms

Roster Changes

Offseason

Cuts

Player Position 2014 Team
Dunta Robinson CB None
Robert James LB None
Brandon Flowers CB San Diego Chargers

Reserve/future free agent contracts

Player Position
Malcolm Bronson DB
Jordan Campbell LB
Weston Dressler WR
Demetrius Harris TE
Dominique Hamilton NT
Frankie Hammond WR
Alonzo Highsmith Jr. LB
Jerrell Jackson WR
Joe McKnight RB
Jerron McMillian S
Kevin Rutland CB
DeMarcus Van Dyke CB

Free agency

Offseason
Position Player Status* 2013 Team(s) 2014 Team
S Husain Abdullah UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
T Branden Albert UFA Kansas City Chiefs Miami Dolphins
G Jon Asamoah UFA Kansas City Chiefs Atlanta Falcons
DT Jermelle Cudjo UFA St. Louis Rams Kansas City Chiefs
S Quintin Demps UFA Kansas City Chiefs New York Giants
LS Thomas Gafford UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
TE Richard Gordon RFA Kansas City Chiefs Tennessee Titans
WR Mark Harrison UFA New England Patriots Kansas City Chiefs
G Ricky Henry RFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
DE Tyson Jackson UFA Kansas City Chiefs Atlanta Falcons
CB Brandon Jones UFA San Diego Chargers Kansas City Chiefs
LB Akeem Jordan UFA Kansas City Chiefs Washington Redskins
S Kendrick Lewis UFA Kansas City Chiefs Houston Texans
DT Kyle Love UFA Kansas City Chiefs
Jacksonville Jaguars
Kansas City Chiefs
T Jeff Linkenbach UFA Indianapolis Colts Kansas City Chiefs
LB Joe Mays UFA Denver Broncos Kansas City Chiefs
WR Dexter McCluster UFA Kansas City Chiefs Tennessee Titans
T Ryan McKee UFA None Kansas City Chiefs
CB Chris Owens UFA Miami Dolphins Kansas City Chiefs
NT Jerrell Powe RFA Kansas City Chiefs Houston Texans
CB Justin Rogers UFA Buffalo Bills
Miami Dolphins
Houston Texans
Kansas City Chiefs
OL Geoff Schwartz UFA Kansas City Chiefs New York Giants
DT Vance Walker UFA Oakland Raiders Kansas City Chiefs
T J'Marcus Webb UFA Minnesota Vikings Kansas City Chiefs
WR Kyle Williams UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
LB Frank Zombo UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
* RFA: Restricted free agent, UFA: Unrestricted free agent, ERFA: Exclusive rights free agent, Franchise: Franchise tag

2014 draft class

Round Selection Player Position College
1 23 Dee Ford Defensive end Auburn
3 87 Phillip Gaines Cornerback Rice
4 124 De'Anthony Thomas Running Back Oregon
5 163 Aaron Murray Quarterback Georgia
6 193* Zach Fulton Guard Tennessee
6 200 Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Tackle McGill

Notes

  • The Chiefs traded a conditional 2014 third-round selection along with their 2013 second-round selection to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for quarterback Alex Smith; the 2014 selection was later upgraded to a second-rounder (No. 56 overall) after a condition was met in which the Chiefs won a minimum of eight games during the 2013 season.
  • * Acquired via trade with the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas received linebacker Edgar Jones and the Chiefs' seventh-round selection (No. 238 overall).

Undrafted free agents

Position Player College
S Daniel Sorensen BYU
WR Darryl Surgent Louisiana-Lafayette
DB David Van Dyke Tennessee State
RB Charcandrick West Abilene Christian
LB Ben Johnson Northwestern
WR Albert Wilson Georgia State
DT Kona Schwenke Notre Dame
FB James Baker Idaho
C Ben Gottschalk SMU
K Cairo Santos Tulane
LB DeRon Furr Fort Valley State
WR Deon Anthony Troy

Preseason transactions

Trades

Position Player/Pick
Received
Team Compensation
FS Kelcie McCray Tampa Bay Buccaneers G Rishaw Johnson

Cuts

Position Player
LB Dezman Moses
G Ben Gottschalk

Signings

Position Player
LB Devan Walker
S Jonathon Amaya
G Mike McGlynn

Preseason roster cut-downs

Cuts to 75
Position Player
WR Deon Anthony
NT Jarius Campbell
NT Jermelle Cudjo
WR Weston Dressler
G Otis Hudson
WR Jerrell Jackson
CB Brandon Jones
CB Vernon Kearny
T Ryan McKee
S Jerron McMillian
CB Kevin Rutland
TE Adam Schiltz
CB Damond Smith
WR Darryl Surgent
Cuts to 53
Position Player
S Jonathon Amaya
S Malcolm Bronson
FB Jordan Campbell
DL Dominique Hamilton
WR Mark Harrison
G Ricky Henry
LB Alonzo Highsmith Jr.
LB Nico Johnson
DT Kyle Love
CB Justin Rogers
DL Kona Schwenke
K Ryan Succop
CB DeMarcus Van Dyke
LB Devan Walker
T J'Marcus Webb
RB Charcandrick West
WR Fred Williams

Regular season transactions

Suspensions served

Position Player Length Reason Weeks
served
WR Dwayne Bowe 1 game Violation of Personal
Conduct Policy[3]
1
T Donald Stephenson 4 games Performance Enhancing
Drugs Violation[4]
1–4

Note: Rokevious Watkins was suspended by the NFL while on the Chiefs roster, but was released before serving his suspension

Cuts

Position Player
WR Kyle Williams

Signings

Position Player Previous team
FS Kurt Coleman Minnesota Vikings
DT Kevin Vickerson Denver Broncos
CB Jamell Fleming Baltimore Ravens
RB Charcandrick West Kansas City Chiefs*
TE Phillip Supernaw Baltimore Ravens
WR Jason Avant Carolina Panthers

*Indicates player was signed off the practice squad

Players involved in multiple transactions

This list is for players who were involved in more than one transaction during the season

Position Player Final status
DE Damion Square Claimed off waivers
by San Diego
S Daniel Sorensen Chiefs Active
Roster
LB Jerry Franklin New Orleans Saints
Active roster
TE Richard Gordon Chiefs Active
Roster

Eric Berry

After complaining of chest pains in a week 12 loss to the Oakland Raiders, safety Eric Berry received an X-ray. Doctors discovered a mass in his chest which was believed to be lymphoma. He was placed on the Non-football illness list, ending his season.[5] Immediately following the reports coming out, many NFL players and teams issued wishes to Berry, including division rivals the Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, and Denver Broncos.[6] On December 7, prior to a game against the Arizona Cardinals, many Cardinals players, coaches, and front office staff, wore shirts sold through the Chiefs website that said "Be Bold, Be Strong, Be Berry" with his name and jersey number on the back. The Cardinals also donated $10,000 to Berry's charity, The Eric Berry Foundation.[7] On December 8, Berry was confirmed to have Hodgkin's lymphoma.[8] His doctor, Dr. Christopher Flowers, a lymphoma specialist at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, said of Berry's diagnosis, "This is a diagnosis that is very treatable and potentially curable with standard chemotherapy approaches. The goal of Mr. Berry's treatment is to cure his lymphoma and we are beginning that treatment now." Following the confirmation, Berry released a statement saying "I am truly thankful for all of the support from family, friends, coaches, teammates and the entire Chiefs kingdom. At first I was in shock with the diagnosis on Saturday and did not even want to miss a game, but I understand that right now I have to concentrate on a new opponent. I have great confidence in the doctors and the plan they are going to put in place for me to win this fight. I believe that I am in God’s hands and I have great peace in that. I know my coaches and teammates will hold things down here the rest of the season and until I am back running out of the tunnel at Arrowhead. I am so thankful and appreciative of being a part of this franchise and playing in front of the best fans in the NFL. I will be back!"[9]

Staff

2014 Kansas City Chiefs staff
Front office

Head coaches

  • Head Coach – Andy Reid
  • Assistant Head Coach/Wide Receivers – David Culley
  • Senior Assistant to the Head Coach – Joe D’Orazio

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Head Athletic Trainer – Rick Burkholder
  • Strength and Conditioning – Barry Rubin
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Travis Crittenden
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Brent Salazar

Final roster

2014 Kansas City Chiefs final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 13 Inactive, 10 Practice squad

Schedule

Preseason

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 7 Cincinnati Bengals W 41–39 1–0 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
2 August 17 at Carolina Panthers L 16–28 1–1 Bank of America Stadium Recap
3 August 23 Minnesota Vikings L 12–30 1–2 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
4 August 28 at Green Bay Packers L 14–34 1–3 Lambeau Field Recap

Regular season

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 7 Tennessee Titans L 10–26 0–1 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
2 September 14 at Denver Broncos L 17–24 0–2 Sports Authority Field at Mile High Recap
3 September 21 at Miami Dolphins W 34–15 1–2 Sun Life Stadium Recap
4 September 29 New England Patriots W 41–14 2–2 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
5 October 5 at San Francisco 49ers L 17–22 2–3 Levi's Stadium Recap
6 Bye
7 October 19 at San Diego Chargers W 23–20 3–3 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
8 October 26 St. Louis Rams W 34–7 4–3 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
9 November 2 New York Jets W 24–10 5–3 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
10 November 9 at Buffalo Bills W 17–13 6–3 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
11 November 16 Seattle Seahawks W 24–20 7–3 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
12 November 20 at Oakland Raiders L 20–24 7–4 O.co Coliseum Recap
13 November 30 Denver Broncos L 16–29 7–5 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
14 December 7 at Arizona Cardinals L 14–17 7–6 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
15 December 14 Oakland Raiders W 31–13 8–6 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
16 December 21 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 12–20 8–7 Heinz Field Recap
17 December 28 San Diego Chargers W 19–7 9–7 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries

Week 17: vs. San Diego Chargers

Standings

Division

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2) Denver Broncos 12 4 0 .750 6–0 10–2 482 354 W1
Kansas City Chiefs[a] 9 7 0 .563 3–3 7–5 353 281 W1
San Diego Chargers[a] 9 7 0 .563 2–4 6–6 348 348 L1
Oakland Raiders 3 13 0 .188 1–5 2–10 253 452 L1

Conference

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA PD STK
Division leaders
1[b] New England Patriots East 12 4 0 .750 4–2 9–3 468 313 155 L1
2[b] Denver Broncos West 12 4 0 .750 6–0 10–2 482 354 128 W1
3[c] Pittsburgh Steelers North 11 5 0 .688 4–2 9–3 436 368 68 W4
4[c] Indianapolis Colts South 11 5 0 .688 6–0 9–3 458 369 89 W1
Wild Cards
5 Cincinnati Bengals North 10 5 1 .656 3–3 7–5 365 344 21 L1
6 Baltimore Ravens North 10 6 0 .625 3–3 6–6 409 302 107 W1
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7[d] Houston Texans South 9 7 0 .563 4–2 8–4 372 307 65 W2
8[d] Kansas City Chiefs West 9 7 0 .563 3–3 7–5 353 281 72 W1
9[d] San Diego Chargers West 9 7 0 .563 2–4 6–6 348 348 0 L1
10[d] Buffalo Bills East 9 7 0 .563 4–2 5–7 343 289 54 W1
11 Miami Dolphins East 8 8 0 .500 3–3 6–6 388 373 15 L1
12 Cleveland Browns North 7 9 0 .438 2–4 4–8 299 337 –38 L5
13 New York Jets East 4 12 0 .250 1–5 4–8 283 401 –118 W1
14[e] Jacksonville Jaguars South 3 13 0 .188 1–5 2–10 249 412 –163 L1
15[e] Oakland Raiders West 3 13 0 .188 1–5 2–10 253 452 –199 L1
16 Tennessee Titans South 2 14 0 .125 1–5 2–10 254 438 –184 L10
Tiebreakers[f]
  1. ^ a b Kansas City is ranked ahead of San Diego based on head-to-head sweep (Week 7, 23–20; Week 17, 19–7).
  2. ^ a b New England defeated Denver head-to-head (Week 9, 43–21).
  3. ^ a b Pittsburgh defeated Indianapolis head-to-head (Week 8, 51–34).
  4. ^ a b c d Kansas City finished ahead of San Diego in the AFC West based on head-to-head sweep (Week 7, 23–20; Week 17, 19–7).
    Houston finished ahead of Kansas City and Buffalo based on conference record.
    Kansas City finished ahead of Buffalo based on head-to-head victory (Week 10, 17–13).
    San Diego finished ahead of Buffalo based on head-to-head victory (Week 3, 22–10).
  5. ^ a b Jacksonville finished ahead of Oakland based on record vs. common opponents (1–4 to 0–5).
  6. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.
  1. ^ a b Kansas City is ranked ahead of San Diego based on head-to-head sweep (Week 7, 23–20; Week 17, 19–7).
  2. ^ a b New England defeated Denver head-to-head (Week 9, 43–21).
  3. ^ a b Pittsburgh defeated Indianapolis head-to-head (Week 8, 51–34).
  4. ^ a b c d Kansas City finished ahead of San Diego in the AFC West based on head-to-head sweep (Week 7, 23–20; Week 17, 19–7).
    Houston finished ahead of Kansas City and Buffalo based on conference record.
    Kansas City finished ahead of Buffalo based on head-to-head victory (Week 10, 17–13).
    San Diego finished ahead of Buffalo based on head-to-head victory (Week 3, 22–10).
  5. ^ a b Jacksonville finished ahead of Oakland based on record vs. common opponents (1–4 to 0–5).
  6. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.

References

  1. ^ "Kansas City Chiefs Fans Reclaim Guinness World Record for Crowd Noise". ABCNews.
  2. ^ http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/story/2014-12-28/kansas-city-chiefs-wide-receivers-touchdowns-catches-stats-numbers-alex-smith-season-andy-reid-dwayne-bowe-draft-pick
  3. ^ "Reports: Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe to be Suspended One Game". CBSSports.com.
  4. ^ "Chiefs OT Donald Stephenson suspended four games". NFL.com.
  5. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (November 24, 2014). "Eric Berry's season over; will visit lymphoma specialist". National Football League.
  6. ^ "Chiefs Family Rallies Behind Eric Berry". KCChiefs.com.
  7. ^ "Cardinals Show Support for Eric Berry". KCChiefs.com.
  8. ^ http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/12000374/eric-berry-kansas-city-chiefs-diagnosed-hodgkin-lymphoma
  9. ^ "Statement from Chiefs Safety Eric Berry". KCChiefs.com.
  10. ^ "2014 Conference Standings". NFL.com. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  11. ^ "2014 NFL playoff picture". CBS Sports. Retrieved September 30, 2014.

External links

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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