2017 Kansas City Chiefs season

The 2017 Kansas City Chiefs season was the franchise's 48th season in the National Football League, the 55th as the Kansas City Chiefs, the 58th overall, the fifth under head coach Andy Reid, and first under general manager Brett Veach.

2017 Kansas City Chiefs season
Head coachAndy Reid
General managerBrett Veach
OwnerThe Hunt family
Home fieldArrowhead Stadium
Results
Record10–6
Division place1st AFC West
Playoff finishLost Wild Card Playoffs (Titans) 21–22
Pro Bowlers
Team MVPAlex Smith
Team ROYKareem Hunt
Uniform
Kc chiefs uniforms

Season notes

General manager John Dorsey was fired on June 22, 2017.[1] On July 10, the Chiefs promoted co-director of player personnel Brett Veach to general manager.[2] The only other personnel change for the Chiefs that occurred was co-offensive coordinator Brad Childress was promoted to assistant head coach, leaving Matt Nagy as the only offensive coordinator. The Chiefs most notable transaction of the off-season came when they released all-time leading rusher Jamaal Charles after 9 seasons. After being released, Charles signed with the Chiefs division rival, the Denver Broncos.

Following the Atlanta Falcons 17–23 loss to the Buffalo Bills in Week 4, the Chiefs became the last undefeated team left in the NFL for the 4th time in team history, and the 2nd time under Andy Reid, with the previous times being in 2003, 2010, and 2013. After their 5–0 start, the Chiefs lost 6 of their next 7 games, the lone win coming against the Broncos. During this stretch, the Chiefs offense struggled, leading to head coach Andy Reid giving play calling duties during games to offensive coordinator Matt Nagy.

After four straight losses, the Chiefs won three straight games to win the AFC West for the second consecutive season. It was the first time in franchise history that the Chiefs have won back-to-back division titles. It also marked the Chiefs qualifying for the playoffs three consecutive seasons, which they have not done since they made six consecutive playoff appearances from 1990 to 1995.[3] They finished the season with a 10–6 record, earning the AFC's fourth seed in the playoffs. In the Wild Card Round, they would lose to the Tennessee Titans 22-21. In the game, the Chiefs had a commanding 21-3 lead at halftime, but failed to score a single point in the second half. The loss extended their NFL record six straight home playoff losses.[4] It was the second time under Andy Reid they lost a playoff game after being up by more than 10 points at halftime. The Chiefs have lost 3 consecutive playoff games, and have lost 11 of their last 12. The Chiefs first two wins of the season came against teams that eventually meet in Super Bowl LII to end the season. the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles. Additionally by beating the Patriots in week 1, the Chiefs extending their winning streak against the defending Super Bowl champs to six (including both times they beat the Broncos the season after they won the Super Bowl).

NFL Top 100

The Chiefs had 6 players ranked in NFL Network's annual Top 100 players list, which was tied for the 3rd most.

Rank Player Position Change
13 Eric Berry S Increase 42
26 Travis Kelce TE Increase 65
32 Marcus Peters CB

Increase 33

36 Tyreek Hill WR/KR/PR NR
76 Justin Houston LB Decrease 50
81 Alex Smith QB Steady 0

Transactions

Offseason

Reserve/future free agent contracts

Player Position
Isaiah Battle T
Will Ratelle FB
Julian Wilson CB
Joseph Cheek G
Jordan Devey G
Jimmy Hall S
Cory Johnson NT
Seantavius Jones WR
David King DE
Earl Okine LB
Joel Stave QB
Khaseem Greene LB
Josh James T
Montori Hughes DT
Darrin Reaves RB

Cuts

Position Player 2017 team
RB Jamaal Charles Denver Broncos
DE Jaye Howard Chicago Bears
WR Jeremy Maclin Baltimore Ravens

Free agents

Position Player Status* 2016 Team(s) 2017 Team
S Eric Berry UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
TE Orson Charles UFA Detroit Lions Kansas City Chiefs
LB Reshard Cliett UFA Denver Broncos
New York Jets
Arizona Cardinals
Kansas City Chiefs
WR Kenny Cook ERFA Kansas City Chiefs TBD
RB Knile Davis UFA Kansas City Chiefs Pittsburgh Steelers
TE Gavin Escobar UFA Dallas Cowboys Kansas City Chiefs
QB Nick Foles* UFA Kansas City Chiefs Philadelphia Eagles
S Marqueston Huff UFA Jacksonville Jaguars
Baltimore Ravens
Kansas City Chiefs
CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste UFA Seattle Seahawks Kansas City Chiefs
DE Jarvis Jenkins UFA New York Jets
Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs
DT Bennie Logan UFA Philadelphia Eagles Kansas City Chiefs
FB Trey Millard ERFA Kansas City Chiefs TBD
P Will Monday UFA Pittsburgh Steelers Kansas City Chiefs
G Mike Person UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
DT Dontari Poe UFA Kansas City Chiefs Atlanta Falcons
DE Kendall Reyes UFA Kansas City Chiefs TBD
LB Marcus Rush UFA Jacksonville Jaguars Kansas City Chiefs
K Cairo Santos RFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
RB C. J. Spiller UFA New Orleans Saints
Seattle Seahawks
New York Jets
Kansas City Chiefs
S Daniel Sorensen RFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
G Andrew Tiller UFA San Francisco 49ers Kansas City Chiefs
WR Albert Wilson RFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
LS James Winchester RFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
*RFA: Restricted free agent, UFA: Unrestricted free agent, ERFA: Exclusive rights free agent

*Nick Foles had an option on his contract for the 2017 season that the Chiefs declined

Trades

Position Player/Pick
Received
Team Compensation
NA 5th round pick
2017 Draft
New England Patriots TE James O'Shaughnessy
6th round pick 2017 Draft

Draft

2017 Kansas City Chiefs Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
1 10 Patrick Mahomes II Quarterback Texas Tech
2 59 Tanoh Kpassagnon Defensive end Villanova
3 86 Kareem Hunt Running back Toledo
4 139 Jehu Chesson Wide Receiver Michigan
5 183 Ukeme Eligwe Linebacker Georgia Southern
6 218 * Leon McQuay III Safety USC
* Compensatory selection

Notes

  • The Chiefs forfeited their original 6th round selection (what would have been the 211th overall selection) as part of their punishment for a violation of the NFL's Anti-Tampering policy during the 2015 free agency period.
  • The Chiefs traded their 1st round selection, (27th overall), their 3rd round selection (91st overall), and their 2018 1st round selection for the Buffalo Bills 1st round selection (10th overall)
  • The Chiefs traded their 3rd round selection (104th overall), 4th round selection (132nd overall), and 7th round selection (245th overall) to the Minnesota Vikings for their 3rd round selection (83rd overall)
  • The Chiefs traded tight end James O'Shaughnessy and their 6th round selection (216th overall) to the New England Patriots for the Patriots 5th round selection (183rd overall)
  • The Chiefs traded two 5th round selections (170th overall and 180th overall) to the Minnesota Vikings for their 4th round selection (139th overall)

Undrafted free agents

Position Player College
T Corin Brooks Texas–Permian Basin
S Devin Chappell Oregon State
WR Gehrig Dieter Alabama
S Damariay Drew California
WR Anas Hasic West Florida
TE Wyatt Houston Utah State
WR Marcus Kemp Hawaii
CB Ashton Lampkin Oklahoma State
G Damien Mama USC
WR Alonzo Moore Nebraska
CB J. R. Nelson Montana
S Jordan Sterns Oklahoma State
WR Tony Stevens Auburn

Players signed from rookie mini camp tryouts

Position Player College
NT Ricky Ali’ifua Utah State
TE Emmanuel Byrd Marshall
RB Devine Redding Indiana
WR Jamari Staples Louisville

Players cut in the offseason before playing for the Chiefs

Position Player
Julian Wilson CB
Jimmy Hall CB
Anas Hasic WR
Wyatt Houston TE
Cory Johnson* DT
Will Ratelle* FB
Darrin Reaves RB
Kelvin Taylor RB
Jamari Staples WR

*Indicates player was on the practice squad during the 2016 season but never on the active roster

Staff

2017 Kansas City Chiefs staff
Front office
  • Chairman/CEO – Clark Hunt
  • President – Mark Donovan
  • General Manager – Brett Veach
  • Director of Football Administration – Brandt Tilis
  • Salary Cap & Legal Executive – Chris Shea
  • Director of Player Personnel – Mike Borgonzi
  • Director of College Scouting – Ryan Poles
  • Assistant Director of College Scouting – Ryne Nutt
  • Director of Pro Personnel – Tim Terry

Head coaches

  • Head Coach – Andy Reid
  • Assistant Head Coach – Brad Childress
  • Senior Assistant to the Head Coach – Porter Ellett

Offensive coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator – Matt Nagy
  • Assistant Quarterbacks – Corey Matthaei
  • Running Backs – Eric Bieniemy
  • Wide Receivers – Greg Lewis
  • Tight Ends – Tom Melvin
  • Offensive Line – Andy Heck
  • Offensive Quality Control – Joe Blaymeir
  • Offensive Quality Control – Mike Kafka
  • Statistical Analysis Coordinator – Mike Frazier
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 – Devin Woodhouse
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Ryan Reynolds

Final roster

2017 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, 18 Inactive, 10 Practice squad

Schedule

Preseason

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 11 San Francisco 49ers L 17–27 0–1 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
2 August 19 at Cincinnati Bengals W 30–12 1–1 Paul Brown Stadium Recap
3 August 25 at Seattle Seahawks L 13–26 1–2 Century Link Field Recap
4 August 31 Tennessee Titans W 30–6 2–2 Arrowhead Stadium Recap

Regular season

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 7 at New England Patriots W 42–27 1–0 Gillette Stadium Recap
2 September 17 Philadelphia Eagles W 27–20 2–0 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
3 September 24 at Los Angeles Chargers W 24–10 3–0 StubHub Center Recap
4 October 2 Washington Redskins W 29–20 4–0 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
5 October 8 at Houston Texans W 42–34 5–0 NRG Stadium Recap
6 October 15 Pittsburgh Steelers L 13–19 5–1 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
7 October 19 at Oakland Raiders L 30–31 5–2 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum Recap
8 October 30 Denver Broncos W 29–19 6–2 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
9 November 5 at Dallas Cowboys L 17–28 6–3 AT&T Stadium Recap
10 Bye
11 November 19 at New York Giants L 9–12 (OT) 6–4 MetLife Stadium Recap
12 November 26 Buffalo Bills L 10–16 6–5 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
13 December 3 at New York Jets L 31–38 6–6 MetLife Stadium Recap
14 December 10 Oakland Raiders W 26–15 7–6 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
15 December 16 Los Angeles Chargers W 30–13 8–6 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
16 December 24 Miami Dolphins W 29–13 9–6 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
17 December 31 at Denver Broncos W 27–24 10–6 Sports Authority Field at Mile High Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Postseason

Playoff round Date Opponent (seed) Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
Wild Card January 6, 2018 Tennessee Titans (5) L 21–22 0–1 Arrowhead Stadium Recap

Game summaries

Regular season

Week 1: at New England Patriots

NFL Kickoff Game

Week 8: vs. Denver Broncos

During halftime, Carlos Carson was inducted into the Chiefs Ring of Honor.

Week 17: at Denver Broncos

Postseason

AFC Wild Card Playoffs: vs. (#5) Tennessee Titans

For the first round of the playoffs, the Chiefs played the Tennessee Titans at home. The Chiefs entered the game looking to win their first home playoff game since 1994, a streak of 5 straight home playoff losses. The Chiefs had a strong first half, building a 21-3 halftime lead and sending the home crowd into a frenzy. However, the Titans were able to catch fire, with a batted down touchdown pass from Marcus Mariota to himself, to make the score 21-10. The Chiefs were not able to recover after this touchdown, and the Titans outscored Kansas City 19-0 in the second half to win 22-21. The Chiefs, looked as though they had taken the lead on a fumble by Derrick Henry. However, the turnover was reviewed, and upon review, the call was overturned and Tennessee kept the ball. Derrick Henry was then able to run for a first down on third down to seal the game. With the loss, the Chiefs ended their season at 10-7 and have now lost 6 straight home playoff games, the worst in NFL history.

Standings

Division

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(4) Kansas City Chiefs 10 6 0 .625 5–1 8–4 415 339 W4
Los Angeles Chargers 9 7 0 .563 3–3 6–6 355 272 W2
Oakland Raiders 6 10 0 .375 2–4 5–7 301 373 L4
Denver Broncos 5 11 0 .313 2–4 4–8 289 382 L2

Conference

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division leaders
1[a] New England Patriots East 13 3 0 .813 5–1 10–2 .484 .466 W3
2[a] Pittsburgh Steelers North 13 3 0 .813 6–0 10–2 .453 .423 W2
3[b] Jacksonville Jaguars South 10 6 0 .625 4–2 9–3 .434 .394 L2
4[b] Kansas City Chiefs West 10 6 0 .625 5–1 8–4 .477 .481 W4
Wild Cards
5[c] Tennessee Titans South 9 7 0 .563 5–1 8–4 .434 .396 W1
6[c] Buffalo Bills East 9 7 0 .563 3–3 7–5 .492 .396 W1
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7[c] Baltimore Ravens North 9 7 0 .563 3–3 7–5 .441 .299 L1
8[c] Los Angeles Chargers West 9 7 0 .563 3–3 6–6 .457 .347 W2
9 Cincinnati Bengals North 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 .465 .321 W2
10[d] Oakland Raiders West 6 10 0 .375 2–4 5–7 .512 .396 L4
11[d] Miami Dolphins East 6 10 0 .375 2–4 5–7 .543 .531 L3
12[e] Denver Broncos West 5 11 0 .313 2–4 4–8 .492 .413 L2
13[e] New York Jets East 5 11 0 .313 2–4 5–7 .520 .438 L4
14[f] Indianapolis Colts South 4 12 0 .250 2–4 3–9 .480 .219 W1
15[f] Houston Texans South 4 12 0 .250 1–5 3–9 .516 .375 L6
16 Cleveland Browns North 0 16 0 .000 0–6 0–12 .520 L16
Tiebreakers[g]
  1. ^ a b New England claimed the No. 1 seed over Pittsburgh based on head-to-head victory.
  2. ^ a b Jacksonville claimed the No. 3 seed over Kansas City based on conference record.
  3. ^ a b c d Tennessee finished ahead of Buffalo, Baltimore and LA Chargers based on conference record, claiming the No. 5 seed.
    Buffalo and Baltimore finished ahead of LA Chargers based on conference record. Buffalo claimed the No. 6 seed over Baltimore based on strength of victory.
  4. ^ a b Oakland wins tie break over Miami based on head-to-head win percentage.
  5. ^ a b Denver wins tie break over NY Jets based on head-to-head win percentage.
  6. ^ a b Indianapolis wins tie break over Houston based on head-to-head win percentage
  7. ^ 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 New England claimed the No. 1 seed over Pittsburgh based on head-to-head victory.
  2. ^ a b Jacksonville claimed the No. 3 seed over Kansas City based on conference record.
  3. ^ a b c d Tennessee finished ahead of Buffalo, Baltimore and LA Chargers based on conference record, claiming the No. 5 seed.
    Buffalo and Baltimore finished ahead of LA Chargers based on conference record. Buffalo claimed the No. 6 seed over Baltimore based on strength of victory.
  4. ^ a b Oakland wins tie break over Miami based on head-to-head win percentage.
  5. ^ a b Denver wins tie break over NY Jets based on head-to-head win percentage.
  6. ^ a b Indianapolis wins tie break over Houston based on head-to-head win percentage
  7. ^ 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. ^ "Chiefs, Dorsey Agree to Part Ways". Chiefs.com. Archived from the original on July 10, 2017. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
  2. ^ "Chiefs promote Brett Veach to general manager". NFL.com.
  3. ^ "Chiefs clinch AFC West title after win over Dolphins". NFL.com.
  4. ^ https://sports.yahoo.com/didnt-think-chiefs-miserable-playoff-history-get-worse-well-005155220.html

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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