Kansas City Chiefs
|Home Field||Arrowhead Stadium|
|City||Kansas City, Missouri|
|Colors||Red, white and gold|
|Head Coach||Dick Vermeil|
|All-Time Record (W-L-T)
(At Start of 2005 Season)
The Kansas City Chiefs are a National Football League team based in Kansas City, Missouri.
The team is owned by Lamar Hunt, who founded the team along with their original league, the American Football League, in 1960. The Dallas Texans, as they were known then, defeated the Houston Oilers in a dramatic 1962 AFL championship which went into double overtime. The Dallas Texans moved to Kansas City in 1963. The name, "Chiefs" was selected by a fan contest, and is derived from the then-Mayor of Kansas City, H. Roe Bartle. Bartle was the founder of the Native American-based honor society known as The Tribe of Mic-O-Say within the Boy Scouts of America organization, which earned him the nickname, "The Chief," and was instumental in persuading Lamar Hunt to move his team to Mid-America. It is said that Hunt actually considered keeping the team name as it was, and playing as the "Kansas City Texans."[1 (http://www.kcchiefs.com/history/60s/)]
The Texans/Chiefs franchise was the flagship team of the American Football League, with the most playoff appearances as an AFL team, six (tied with Oakland), the most American Football League Championships (3), and the most Super Bowl appearances, playing in the first Super Bowl, and in the last to be played between League champions. The Texans won the classic 1962 double-overtime AFL championship game against the Houston Oilers, 20 - 17, at the time the longest, and still one of the best professional football championship games ever played. The Chiefs dropped the first Super Bowl to the Packers, then pulverized the Vikings 23 - 7 in the final "true" AFL-NFL World Championsip game after the AFL's last season in 1969. They have the largest presence in the American Football League Hall of Fame, with 24 representatives, and they had just one coach throughout their AFL history, Hall-of-Famer Hank Stram.
The Kansas City Chiefs' (under Dallas Texans name) first stadium was at 22nd and Brooklyn, called "Municipal Stadium". Municipal Stadium opened in 1923 and had 49,002 seats. In 1971, Municipal Stadium was abandoned in favor of the new Arrowhead Stadium. Municipal Stadium was demolished in 1976; it is now a community garden. The Chiefs' first game at Arrowhead Stadium was against the St. Louis Cardinals (Chiefs 24, St. Louis Cardinals 14).
As the Chiefs, under coach Hank Stram, the team played in the first Super Bowl, losing 35-10 to Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers. They earned revenge three years later, upsetting the Minnesota Vikings 23-7. The team won 43 games between 1966 and 1969. The Chiefs had only two winning seasons between 1974 and 1986. They did not get to the playoffs for 15 straight years.
In 1989, Carl Peterson became the team's new President and General Manager. Peterson hired Marty Schottenheimer as the team's coach. Marty Schottenheimer helped establish six straight playoff appearances, three AFC West championships, nine winning seasons, and 76 consecutive soldout games at Arrowhead. Since 1992, no NFL team has a better regular season home winning percentage than Kansas City (27-5 (.844) record).
After going from 13-3 in 1997 and losing the playoff game to the Denver Broncos (10-14), the Chiefs fell to 7-9 in 1998. Marty Schottenheimer took much of the blame for his failed attempts at clock control (also nicknamed Martyball by his critics). He was also in the midst of a quarterback controversy.
In 1997, he started with Elvis Grbac as quarterback. After a loss to Denver, Grbac was injured and Rich Gannon took over. After going 13-2 during the season, Gannon was replaced by Grbac in the playoff game against Denver. The choice to play Grbac over Gannon made many fans angry with Schottenheimer. The following losing seaon with Grbac at quarterback did not help.
Schottenheimer left as head coach, replaced by his defensive coach Gunther Cunningham. In two years, Cunningham showed little improvement, going 9-7 and 7-9. After the loss of Derrick Thomas, the collapse of the defense was unmistakable. The Chiefs' wins were mostly made by a high scoring offense rather than a powerful defense.
After coaching the St. Louis Rams to the Super Bowl and retiring, Dick Vermeil took over as head coach in 2001 with the statement that it takes three years to get a team ready for the Super Bowl. He immediately dropped Elvis Grbac, replacing him with his primary pick for the Rams' quartback, Trent Green. Another notable replacement was Priest Holmes at running back. Three years later, the Chiefs went 13-3 in 2003 and set many records along the way. However, the season sputtered by November and the Chiefs lost to the Indianapolis Colts in the playoffs. As with the loss to the Broncos in the 1997 season, this loss led to a poor following season.
In 2004 Gunther Cunningham was brought back as the defensive coach. However, the defense showed little improvement. The offense, unable to record the same high scores as the previous year, was unable to bring in the wins as they had the previous year.
The following are team and league records. They may have been surpassed between the time of making the record and the current date. Records are listed in chronological order.
Items are listed as Player Name (date inducted; years played as a chief) Short Bio. Names are in italics for players who made a majority of their contributions with another team.
External Link: Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame (http://www.kcchiefs.com/halloffame/)
External Link: Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame (http://www.kcchiefs.com/halloffame/). The Patriots re-signed Troy Brown, who they released earlier in the Offseason. Names are in italics for players who made a majority of their contributions with another team. On April 29, the Patriots surprised many by bringing Doug Flutie, the former Boston College and Patriots quarterback most recently with the San Diego Chargers, back to the team as a veteran backup to Brady. Items are listed as Player Name (date inducted; years played as a chief) Short Bio. During the 2005 NFL Draft, the Patriots used their first round pick on Logan Mankins, an offensive guard out of Fresno State. Records are listed in chronological order. The offseason turned around however, with Tom Brady signing a new contract that would keep him in New England through the 2010 season, and the addition of Seattle linebacker Chad Brown.
They may have been surpassed between the time of making the record and the current
date. Still, wanting to be a part of the team, Bruschi remarked that he would
reevalute his condition for playing football at the end of the 2005 season. The following are team and league records. Troy Brown, the long-time Patriots receiver, was released for salary
cap reasons, surprising many after he had contributed on defense, offense, and special teams to help fill in for injured players
(but understandable given that he was entering a "dummy year" with an inflated cap number, Troy Brown was re-signed on May 23).
Other players who left include Joe Andruzzi, Keith Traylor, and Roman Phifer.
In 2004 Gunther Cunningham was brought back as the defensive coach. In the Conference Championship on January 23, they beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 41-27, advancing to Super Bowl XXXIX to face the Philadelphia Eagles. As with the loss to the Broncos in the 1997 season, this loss led to a poor following season. On January 16, 2005, the Patriots advanced to the AFC Conference Championship game by beating the Indianapolis Colts, 20-3. However, the season sputtered by November and the Chiefs lost to the Indianapolis Colts in the playoffs. On December 12, the Patriots clinched the AFC East division championship for the third time in the past four years. Three years later, the Chiefs went 13-3 in 2003 and set many records along the way. The streak finally came to an end on October 31 when the Patriots were beaten by the Pittsburgh Steelers 34-20.
Another notable replacement was Priest Holmes at running back. They also extended their overall winning streak to 21. He immediately dropped Elvis Grbac, replacing him with his primary pick for the Rams' quartback, Trent Green. On October 24 they broke the record for the most consecutive regular season victories at 18 after beating the New York Jets 13-7. Louis Rams to the Super Bowl and retiring, Dick Vermeil took over as head coach in 2001 with the statement that it takes three years to get a team ready for the Super Bowl. On October 10 they set the record for the number of consecutive wins (regular and post-season) in NFL history, at 19, after beating the 0-4 Miami Dolphins 24-10. After coaching the St. These moves paid off, as the Patriots finished the regular season at 14-2.
The Chiefs' wins were mostly made by a high scoring offense rather than a powerful defense. Their biggest move was obtaining superstar running back Corey Dillon from the Cincinnati Bengals. After the loss of Derrick Thomas, the collapse of the defense was unmistakable. The Patriots made more big moves in the 2004 offseason to make sure a repeat of the disappointing 2002 season did not happen. In two years, Cunningham showed little improvement, going 9-7 and 7-9. The victory also made the 2003 Patriots the first team ever to win - or for that matter, even reach - the Super Bowl after having been shut out on opening day. Schottenheimer left as head coach, replaced by his defensive coach Gunther Cunningham. The Patriots won their second Super Bowl in three years, 32-29; and Brady was named MVP again.
The following losing seaon with Grbac at quarterback did not help. A trick pass to linebacker Mike Vrabel in the end zone with just over 2:00 to play put the Patriots back in the lead, but Ricky Proehl tied it up with another touchdown to tie it 29-29. Brady then repeated his role from two years ago, moving the Patriots quickly downfield to force another Adam Vinatieri field goal with four seconds left. The choice to play Grbac over Gannon made many fans angry with Schottenheimer. The third quarter was scoreless, but Antowain Smith scored on the first play of the fourth quarter to make it 21-10. Carolina scored two more touchdowns (neither of which were converted) to make it 22-21. After going 13-2 during the season, Gannon was replaced by Grbac in the playoff game against Denver. After a defensive battle for most of the first half, the teams traded touchdowns late in the second quarter, then more quick strikes by both teams made the score 14-10 Patriots at halftime. After a loss to Denver, Grbac was injured and Rich Gannon took over. Super Bowl XXXVIII was one of the closest championship games ever played.
In 1997, he started with Elvis Grbac as quarterback. The Patriots were back in the Super Bowl, this time to face the Carolina Panthers. He was also in the midst of a quarterback controversy. Despite only one offensive touchdown by the Patriots, they held on to win 24-14. Marty Schottenheimer took much of the blame for his failed attempts at clock control (also nicknamed Martyball by his critics). The New England defense frustrated Colts quarterback Peyton Manning all day, forcing him to throw four interceptions (three to Ty Law) and sacking him three times. After going from 13-3 in 1997 and losing the playoff game to the Denver Broncos (10-14), the Chiefs fell to 7-9 in 1998. The Patriots then faced the Indianapolis Colts for the AFC Championship.
Since 1992, no NFL team has a better regular season home winning percentage than Kansas City (27-5 (.844) record). An incomplete Steve McNair pass on 4th down with 1:40 left won the game 17-14 for New England. Marty Schottenheimer helped establish six straight playoff appearances, three AFC West championships, nine winning seasons, and 76 consecutive soldout games at Arrowhead. Played in a temperature of 5 degrees F, (making it the second-coldest game in NFL history) the Patriots and Titans kept it close until Vinatieri kicked the go-ahead field goal with 4 minutes left. Peterson hired Marty Schottenheimer as the team's coach. The first opponent was the Tennessee Titans. In 1989, Carl Peterson became the team's new President and General Manager. The Patriots had the NFL's best record at 14-2 and had home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
They did not get to the playoffs for 15 straight years. The Patriots also shut out 3 opponents: the Dallas Cowboys (led by Bill Parcells), the Dolphins (in a snowy Gillette Stadium), and a revenge 31-0 win over Buffalo in the final game of the regular season. The Chiefs had only two winning seasons between 1974 and 1986. Several big plays marked the team's season: an 82-yard touchdown from Brady to Troy Brown in overtime in Miami, a 4th-quarter comeback in Denver known for an intentional safety, and a goal-line stand in Indianapolis where Edgerrin James was stopped by Willie McGinest on 4th and goal by from the 2 yard line in the dying seconds. The team won 43 games between 1966 and 1969. The Patriots only lost one game the rest of the season, despite several injuries. They earned revenge three years later, upsetting the Minnesota Vikings 23-7. The following week the Patriots traveled to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles, who had also been shut out in their opener (17-0 at home by Tampa Bay), thus setting up the first NFL game matching two teams that had been shut out the week before since 1991, and the first game in the second week of a season between two teams that had been shut out in the first week since 1932 (the Patriots won this game 31-10).
As the Chiefs, under coach Hank Stram, the team played in the first Super Bowl, losing 35-10 to Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers. But the surprise release of Lawyer Milloy days before the season opener (immediately dubbed "Lawyergate" by the press) shocked observers, and he ended up with the Buffalo Bills, who beat the Patriots 31-0 in Week 1. Louis Cardinals 14). In the 2003 offseason the Patriots picked up several big-name players in free agency such as linebacker Roosevelt Colvin (Colvin was placed on the injured reserve due to an injury early on in the season), safety Rodney Harrison and defensive lineman Ted Washington. Louis Cardinals (Chiefs 24, St. The Patriots started the 2002 season on a high note too, winning their first 3 games. However, injuries and problems with the offensive and defensive lines cost the team down the stretch, and the team finished 9-7. They missed the playoffs on a tiebreaker. The Chiefs' first game at Arrowhead Stadium was against the St. Bledsoe was traded to the Buffalo Bills in the 2002 off-season.
Municipal Stadium was demolished in 1976; it is now a community garden. Brady was selected Super Bowl MVP. In 1971, Municipal Stadium was abandoned in favor of the new Arrowhead Stadium. After 42 years, the Patriots were Super Bowl champions. The Kansas City Chiefs' (under Dallas Texans name) first stadium was at 22nd and Brooklyn, called "Municipal Stadium". Municipal Stadium opened in 1923 and had 49,002 seats. Brady calmly led New England's offense downfield, missing only one pass, when Adam Vinatieri won it with a 48-yard field goal as time expired. They have the largest presence in the American Football League Hall of Fame, with 24 representatives, and they had just one coach throughout their AFL history, Hall-of-Famer Hank Stram. Louis scored two touchdowns to tie it at 17-17 with 1:30 to go.
The Chiefs dropped the first Super Bowl to the Packers, then pulverized the Vikings 23 - 7 in the final "true" AFL-NFL World Championsip game after the AFL's last season in 1969. After trailing 17-3 early in the fourth quarter, St. The Texans won the classic 1962 double-overtime AFL championship game against the Houston Oilers, 20 - 17, at the time the longest, and still one of the best professional football championship games ever played. Belichick's defense held the Rams high-powered offense in check until the fourth quarter, forcing three turnovers (one returned by Ty Law for a touchdown and the other two leading to scores as well). The Texans/Chiefs franchise was the flagship team of the American Football League, with the most playoff appearances as an AFL team, six (tied with Oakland), the most American Football League Championships (3), and the most Super Bowl appearances, playing in the first Super Bowl, and in the last to be played between League champions. Louis Rams, who had beaten the Patriots in the regular season. It is said that Hunt actually considered keeping the team name as it was, and playing as the "Kansas City Texans."[1 (http://www.kcchiefs.com/history/60s/)]. Brady was back to face the heavily-favored St.
Bartle was the founder of the Native American-based honor society known as The Tribe of Mic-O-Say within the Boy Scouts of America organization, which earned him the nickname, "The Chief," and was instumental in persuading Lamar Hunt to move his team to Mid-America. With two special teams touchdowns and two Kordell Stewart interceptions in the fourth quarter, the Patriots stunned Pittsburgh 24-17 to advance to Super Bowl XXXVI. Roe Bartle. After Brady was injured in the second quarter, Bledsoe (in his last appearance as a Patriot) came off the sideline and immediately threw a touchdown. The name, "Chiefs" was selected by a fan contest, and is derived from the then-Mayor of Kansas City, H. The team then went to Pittsburgh to face the favored Steelers in the AFC Championship. The Dallas Texans moved to Kansas City in 1963. Kicker Adam Vinatieri tied the game with a 45-yard field goal in the final 30 seconds, and then won it 16-13 in overtime.
The Dallas Texans, as they were known then, defeated the Houston Oilers in a dramatic 1962 AFL championship which went into double overtime. In what Patriots fans saw as justice for Ben Dreith's controversial call in 1976, a Brady fumble was ruled an incomplete pass using the little-known "tuck rule". The team is owned by Lamar Hunt, who founded the team along with their original league, the American Football League, in 1960. The Patriots opened the playoffs in a snowstorm against the Oakland Raiders in the last game ever played at Foxboro Stadium. The Kansas City Chiefs are a National Football League team based in Kansas City, Missouri. Even after Bledsoe was healthy again, Brady continued as the starting quarterback. Jack Steadman (General Manager). The Patriots continued to pick up momentum through the season, and won 6 games in a row to capture the AFC East with an 11-5 record.
Lloyd Burruss. But the big story was quarterback Tom Brady, who went his first four games (three of them wins) without throwing an interception. Tony Reed. Receivers Troy Brown and David Patten had career seasons, first-round draft pick Richard Seymour revitalized the defensive line, and Antowain Smith (a free agent signed from Buffalo) ran for 1000 yards. Smith. Few could have predicted what happened during the rest of the season. T. Chris Slade had left for the Carolina Panthers, and Coates was long gone as well.
J. It looked like a similar result was in the cards for the 2001 season, with Bledsoe injured in Week 2 and Glenn with a drug suspension and contract holdout. Gary Barbaro. After a tough season with lots of close losses, the Patriots finished 5-11. Jerrell Wilson (Punter 1963-77; Chiefs Hall of Fame 1987, and a member of the American Football League Hall of Fame.). Luckily for the Patriots, Bill Belichick, hand-picked to be Parcells' successor with the Jets, quit after one day to join New England. Tyrer is a member of the American Football League Hall of Fame.). The team started 6-2 but finished 8-8, and Carroll was fired.
Jim Tyrer (Tackle 1969 Super Bowl IV Champion; 6-foot-6, 270 pound Tackle would take on two defensive linemen at once. With no running game and tough competition in the division the 1999 season was tough for the Patriots. Died shortly after a car accident in 2000). It opened in 2002. Derrick Thomas (school record with 52 quarterback sacks and 74 tackles behind the line of scrimmage; Finished 10th in the Heisman Trophy voting; Kansas City Chief for eleven years; team career records: 119.5 sacks, 3 safeties and 18 fumble recoveries. After the Hartford plan was scuttled by delays, he eventually built Gillette Stadium next to the old stadium in Foxboro. Otis Taylor (46-yard touchdown reception in Super Bowl IV, and a member of the American Football League Hall of Fame.). After not getting a deal from the city of Boston to replace the aging and inadequate Foxboro Stadium, Kraft announced in 1999 he was moving the team to Hartford, Connecticut.
5, 1980].). Backup quarterback Scott Zolak proved to be no match for the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first playoff game. Oakland [Oct. Bledsoe and Glenn were later both knocked out for the season, and the Patriots backed into the last playoff seed with a 9-7 record. Art Still (Career Sacks, 72.5, 1978-87; Season Sacks, 14.5 1980 and 1984; Game Sacks, 4.0 : vs. After stumbling through the first half of the season (5-6 after the first 11 games), Bledsoe, playing with a broken finger, engineered late 4th-quarter comebacks against the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills to save the season. A member of the All-time All-AFL team, one of only twenty players who were in the American Football League for its entire ten-year existence, and a member of the American Football League Hall of Fame.). The game was an officially-sponsored activity that took place during Pro Bowl weekend.
Johnny Robinson (In Super Bowl IV, helped defeat the Vikings, 23-7, picking off a Joe Kapp pass). Robert Edwards, a rookie draft pick, was his replacement but his career was over after a breakout rookie season by an injury he suffered in Hawaii while playing a game of flag football on the beach. Christian Okoye (Nigerian; omitted from his Country's Olympic team in track and field; drafted in 1987 by the Chiefs in the second round; Chiefs rushing records, including total yards in a season, attempts in a season, touchdowns in a season, attempts in a single game, 100-yard games in a season, and was the first Chiefs running back to rush for 1,000 yards for more than one season.). Parcells convinced several players, including Curtis Martin, to join the Jets in time for the 1998 season. Curtis McClinton (scored a touchdown in Super Bowl I). A late fumble (recovered by future Patriot Mike Vrabel) won the game for Pittsburgh, 7-6. Bill Maas. After having an easy time with the Miami Dolphins in Foxboro, the injury-plagued Patriots met the Steelers in Pittsburgh for a rematch in the divisional playoff.
Also played for the San Diego Chargers and the Houston Oilers, and a member of the American Football League Hall of Fame.). In 1997 the Patriots still won the AFC East with a 10-6 record, but some key losses (including a loss to Parcells' Jets and a 4th-quarter collapse against the Pittsburgh Steelers) meant the team had to play in the wild card round. Ernie Ladd (Defensive tackle; 1967-1968. The new regime was immediately derided for botching draft picks, and the Patriots slipped back further in the standings during each of Carroll's years. Bobby Hunt (1962 [Dallas Texans] - 1967 [Kansas City Chiefs]; Defensive Back, and a member of the American Football League Hall of Fame.). Parcells did take the Jets job in the offseason, and Pete Carroll was named the new coach. Holub (started the first world championship game between the AFL and NFL (before it was called the Super Bowl) at linebacker and started Super Bowl IV, and a member of the American Football League Hall of Fame.). The Packers won 35-21.
E.J. In the days leading up to the game, rumors that Parcells was going to take the vacant head coaching job with the New York Jets were running rampant. The Patriots played the Packers close in the first half, but two long Brett Favre touchdowns and a kickoff return for a touchdown by Desmond Howard sealed New England's fate. Headrick played the entire game and the next game. Headrick is a member of the American Football League Hall of Fame.). But relations between Kraft and Parcells were strained, and may have cost the team a championship. Sherrill "Psycho" Headrick (Texan and Chief linebacker that withstood pain and injury when he played with a fractured neck vertebrae. The Patriots blew out the Pittsburgh Steelers 28-3 in the divisional playoff, and held off the Jacksonville Jaguars 20-6 in the AFC Championship. The team advanced to Super Bowl XXXI against the Green Bay Packers. All-time AFL leader in all-purpose yards with 12,065, and a member of the American Football League Hall of Fame.). The Patriots finished 11-5, first in the AFC East, and gained a first-round bye.
Abner Haynes (1960 Rookie of the Year and MVP. Linebackers Tedy Bruschi and Ted Johnson arrived on the scene to help McGinest and Slade. In June 29, 1983, Joe drowned attempting to rescue two boys from a rain-swollen pit shortly after rescuing one other; posthumously awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal and the NCAA Award of Valor.) 37Forever.org (http://www.37forever.org) was formed to teach KC area kids how to swim in honor of the valor that Joe Delaney demonstrated. On defense, rookie safety Lawyer Milloy made an impact, as did Willie Clay (signed from the Detroit Lions) and second-year cornerback Ty Law. Joe Delaney (Running back 1981-82, Rookie of the Year 1981, Pro Bowl 1981, College Football Hall of Fame 1997, Chiefs Hall of Fame 2004. In 1996 the team added wide receiver Terry Glenn, who did the same work to the passing game that Martin did to the running game. Deron Cherry (50 interceptions; 15 career fumble recoveries; Byron White Humanitarian Award for service to his team, community, and country). Bledsoe went down with injuries though, and the Patriots finished a lackluster 6-10.
Chris Burford (391 Pass Receptions, and a member of the American Football League Hall of Fame.). Curtis Martin joined the team for the 1995 season, giving the team a much-needed boost to the running game. Ed Budde (14 years as a Chief, member of the All-time AFL team, and a member of the American Football League Hall of Fame.). The team finished 10-6 and won a wild card playoff spot. The Patriots were quickly turned away in the first round by the Cleveland Browns - the last team to beat New England in the regular season, and coached by future Pats hero Bill Belichick. #82 Dante Hall (NFL record returning a kick or a punt for a touchdown for four consecutive weeks; won four consecutive NFL weekly awards). The Patriots won the game 26-20 in overtime, and did not lose a game for the rest of the regular season. #31 Priest Holmes (NFL record for most touchdowns in a season at 27). Bledsoe set single-game records for pass attempts and completions.
#10 Trent Green. The Patriots looked flat in the 1994 season until Drew Bledsoe sparked a second-half comeback against the Minnesota Vikings by switching to the no-huddle offense. #88 Tony Gonzalez (2004 Season Lead the NFL in receptions with 102). Louis after the season looked imminent, but Orthwein ended up selling the team to Boston businessman Robert Kraft instead. #86 Buck Buchanan (Defense Tackle). A move to St. #78 Bobby Bell (Linebacker). Bledsoe came back later in the season and won four in a row to end the season at 5-11, including a dramatic overtime win in the final week to knock the Dolphins out of the playoffs.
#63 Willie Lanier (Linebacker). After losing the first four games, Bledsoe was injured and replaced with former Dolphins backup Scott Secules, who won one of his two games. #36 Mack Lee Hill (Running Back). Other draft picks such as tight end Ben Coates and linebackers Willie McGinest and Chris Slade, helped the team immediately. #33 Stone Johnson (Running Back). This was only part of a major season of change in New England. Bill Parcells was hired as head coach, and even the logo and uniforms changed. #28 Abner Haynes (Running Back). With the first pick in the 1993 draft, the Patriots selected quarterback Drew Bledsoe.
#16 Len Dawson (Quarterback). Louis were circulating and the team finished 2-14. #3 Jan Stenerud (Placekicker). Optimism was high entering the 1992 season, but rumors of a move to St. Mike Webster (1997; 1989-1990). Hugh Millen took over at quarterback partway through the season, and the Patriots improved to 6-10 with several upsets over playoff teams. Head coach of the Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs for the entire ten-year history of the AFL. Louis businessman James Orthwein, who had thoughts of moving the team to his hometown.
Post-season record 5-1. The new owner was St. Post-season appearances 6. First-year coach Rod Rust was fired and replaced by Dick MacPherson. Victories 87. The Colts win was the only one of the season, with the team finishing 1-15. Hank Stram (2003; 1960-1974) Dallas Texans and Kansas City Chiefs coach won three AFL titles. Kiam's handling of the situation was called into question, and he ended up selling the team.
48-yard field goal, the longest in Super Bowl history, against the Vikings in Super Bowl IV. Newspaper reporter Lisa Olson was sexually harassed by players Zeke Mowatt, Michael Timpson and Robert Perryman following a win over the Indianapolis Colts. six postseason All-Star games (four NFL Pro Bowl). 1990 became the most tumultuous season in Patriots history. 7 field goal attempts in a game. Eason, Flutie and Grogan rotated the starting quarterback job as the Patriots finished 5-11. 44 field goals in a season. The season was over before it began - three of the team's biggest stars on defense (Andre Tippett, Garin Veris and Ronnie Lippett) were injured in one preseason game.
Career 409 PATs and 436 field goals attempted. In 1989 founder Billy Sullivan sold the team to Remington shaver magnate Victor Kiam. 186 consecutive games played. Neither quarterback could get New England to take the final step to the playoffs, and the Patriots finished 9-7. Only pure kicker in the Hall of Fame. 19-year career. In 1988 Flutie played five games again before he was replaced by Eason. Jan Stenerud (1991; 1967-1979) Placekicker. Late-season injuries put the Patriots out of playoff contention at 8-7.
Popular for come-from-behind wins, including the 1993 playoffs and the outdueling of Elway in 1994 as a Chief. Many defensive stars for New England crossed the picket line. Joe Montana (2000; 1993-1994) Quarterback. Doug Flutie, the future Canadian Football League and Buffalo Bills star, played one game for the Patriots during a players' strike in 1987. Marv Levy (2001; 1978-1982). The team did not return to the playoffs for eight years. 1969 Super Bowl IV Champion. A late fourth-quarter touchdown pass from John Elway to Vance Johnson won it for Denver, and the Patriots' fate was sealed.
Second Chief selected to go into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Eason stepped up the passing game (with Stanley Morgan getting nearly 1500 yards receiving) as New England won the AFC East with an 11-5 record, and traveled to Denver to take on the Broncos in the first round playoff game. Willie "Contact" Lanier (1986; 1967-1977) Outside linebacker. Indeed, the team had the worst rushing offense in the league that season. Started American Football League that was the genesis of modern professional football. When John Hannah, still widely considered to be the greatest offensive lineman of all-time, retired before the 1986 season, a lot of people thought the Patriots' offense would collapse. Lamar Hunt (1972; 1959-present) Owner. The final score was 46-10 Chicago.
1). But the Bears scored the next 46, including one touchdown by William "Refrigerator" Perry. 11th ranked passer in NFL history (retired No. The Bears had not allowed a point in the playoffs, but the Patriots took an early 3-0 lead after a Walter Payton fumble in the first quarter. 19-year career, passed for 28,711 yards and 239 touchdowns. Unfortunately for New England, the Bears had one of the greatest defenses of all time according to most experts. MVP of Super Bowl IV. The Patriots made an improbable run to Super Bowl XX, where they faced the Chicago Bears.
Two AFL championships. The Patriots had lost 20 straight games in Miami at the time, but won this one, dominating the Dolphins defensively again en route to a 30-14 win. Chiefs Hall of Fame in 1978. In the divisional playoff against the Los Angeles Raiders the Patriots forced six turnovers and won 27-20, to set up an AFC Championship showdown against the rival Miami Dolphins. Len Dawson (1987; 1963-1975) Quarterback. In the first round the Patriots beat the New York Jets to win their first playoff game since 1963. NAIA All-America in 1962. New England won six straight games and finished 11-5, with a wild card playoff berth.
First player taken in 1963 American Football League Draft. But Grogan broke his leg late in the season, and Eason got the starting job again. Buck Buchanan (1990; 1963-1975) Lineman. After struggling to start the 1985 season, new coach Raymond Berry replaced Eason with Grogan. Bobby Bell (July 30, 1983; 1963-1974) Linebacker. In 1984 the Patriots lost three straight games in December, and again missed the playoffs at 9-7. Inducted into the Pro Hall of Fame as a Chief. The team again lost some key games, and finished out of the playoffs at 8-8.
Scored the 100th rushing touchdown of his career as a Chief. Rookie Tony Eason became the new quarterback for the 1983 season, but split duties for much of the mid-1980s with Grogan. Marcus Allen (November 9, 2003; 1992-1997) Running Back. In 1982, a snowplow-aided 3-0 late-season win over the Miami Dolphins put the Patriots in the playoffs, but the first-round rematch in Miami was easily won by the Dolphins. December 5, 2004: Trent Green extends team record of consecutive quarterback starts to 60. Coach Erhardt was fired and replaced by Ron Meyer. December 5, 2004: Will Shields extends team record of consecutive starts to 187 (actual consecutive games also a team record of 188). With these performances in mind, a local sportswriter intimated that the team suffered from the "Bozo Syndrome," meaning that they played "like clowns in the clutch." The Patriots completely collapsed in 1981, finishing 2-14, including two losses to the Baltimore Colts which were the only two games the Colts won that year.
November 28, 2004: Dante Hall sets team record with 213 kickoff returns. In 1980, with star running back Sam Cunningham holding out all season, the Patriots started 6-1 but finished 10-6, again out of the playoffs. 2003: Will Shields extends franchise record of consecutive starts to 175. In 1979 the team lost three games in December to finish 9-7 and out of the playoffs. 2003: Priest Holmes surpasses Otis Taylor for most career touchdowns by a Chief. The Patriots became poster children for late-season failure through the late 1970s. November 9, 2003: the Chiefs beat the Cleveland Browns (41-20), winning their ninth straight game which sets a new franchise record for consecutive victories. The stunned team lost its first round playoff game to the Houston Oilers.
2002: Priest Holmes sets the single-season rushing record with 1,615 yards. Owner Billy Sullivan suspended Fairbanks and hired Ron Erhardt on the spot to coach the final game. 2002: Team sets franchise record for most offensive yards with 6,000. Coach Chuck Fairbanks announced he would be leaving the team to take a job at the University of Colorado. 2001: Priest Holmes sets the single-season rushing record with 1,555 yards. In a preseason game against the Raiders, wide receiver Darryl Stingley was paralyzed by Oakland's Jack Tatum, who has never apologized for the incident. The Patriots rebounded and finished 11-5, tops in the AFC East, but a bizarre incident hours before the last game of the season shocked the team. 1996: Chiefs have first 4-0 start. 1978 almost became an even bigger disappointment.
1995: Chiefs make team record sixth consecutive playoff berth. The Patriots finished 9-5, one game out of first place, and out of the playoffs. 1990: Derrick Thomas sets team record with 20.0 sacks in a season. 1977 was a disappointing season, aided by contract holdouts by offensive linemen John Hannah and Leon Gray. October 24, 2004: the Chiefs completed 8 running touchdowns against the Atlanta Falcons, setting the league record for most running touchdowns in a single game. The referee, Ben Dreith, was not allowed to officiate Patriots games again. 2003: Priest Holmes sets league record for most touchdowns as well as most rushing touchdowns with 27. Many Patriots fans to this day think that touchdown should never have happened, blaming a roughing-the-passer penalty earlier in the drive that should not have been called.
2003: Dante Hall ties league record with 4 kick-returns for touchdowns in a single season. The game was close and was settled in the final seconds with a touchdown run by Oakland quarterback Ken Stabler. 2003: Morten Andersen has record 316 consecutive scoring games. The opponent was the Oakland Raiders, whose only regular season loss had come at the hands of New England. 2003: Morten Andersen of Kansas City and Gary Anderson of Pittsburg tie for most seaons with 100 or more points with 14. The Patriots finished 11-3 and advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 1963. December 22, 2002: Trent Green to Mark Boerigter tied for longest pass completion of 99 yards. Steve Grogan became New England's quarterback for the 1976 season.
2002: Morten Andersen sets record with 40 field goals over 50 yards in a career. The draft picks acquired in the Plunkett trade, used to select defensive backs Mike Haynes and Tim Fox set the stage for the team's first winning season in the NFL. 1998: Chiefs set the record for most penalties (158) and most penalty yardage (1,304) in a season. Plunkett was traded to the San Francisco 49ers after the season, and eventually won a Super Bowl with the Oakland Raiders. Kansas City fans like having that record broken in 1998 by John Elway. The Patriots finished 7-7 in 1974, but with injuries to Plunkett in 1975, slumped to 3-11 that season. 1993: Dave Krieg gets record 494 times sacked in a career. Through the mid-1970s, the team showed signs of life, if only briefly.
1993: Nick Lowery sets record for most seasons with 100 or more points with 11. In 1973 the team hired Chuck Fairbanks to lead it. November 11, 1990: Derrick Thomas sets league record for most sacks in a game with 7.0. During this time the Patriots consistently had losing records, and went through three coaches in four seasons. 1975: Len Dawson records 8 seasons leading the league in pass completions. Also new in 1971 was a new quarterback, first-round pick Jim Plunkett, taken with the draft's first overall selection, which the Patriots received for having finished worst overall in 1970. December 25, 1971: Ed Podolak amasses 350 all-purpose yards against the Miami Dolphins, a playoff record. Since it was located several miles outside Boston, the team was renamed the New England Patriots.
1969: Len Dawson records 6 consecutive seasons leading the league in pass completions. The following season, after bouncing around between four different stadiums in their first 11 years, Foxboro Stadium (originally called Schaefer Stadium) opened. 1966: Len Dawson ties Johnny Unitas for 4 seasons leading the league in touchdowns. In 1970 the Patriots became a member of the NFL pursuant to the merger of the AFL and NFL that had been agreed to three years earlier, but their first experience therein was anything but pleasant as they finished 2-12 and in sole possession of the newly-merged league's worst record. In the late 1960's, fullback Jim Nance became a powerful offensive weapon for the Patriots, gaining 1,458 yards in 1966 and 1,216 in 1967, when he was the American Football League's MVP. In 1963, eleven Patriots made the AFL All-star team, including Gino Cappelletti, Nick Buoniconti, and Babe Parilli.
Although the team made only two AFL playoff appearances, it had numerous stars. The Boston Patriots played in the first-ever game in the American Football League, against the Denver Broncos on September 9, 1960. The New England Patriots are a National Football League team based in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Ted Washington.
Mosi Tatupu. Andre Tippett. Irving Fryar. Jim Plunkett.
Babe Parilli (born 1930). Ross O'Hanley. Jim Nance. Jon Morris (born 1942).
Lawyer Milloy. Pete Carroll. Harry Jacobs. Jim Lee Hunt.
Steve Grogan. Larry Eisenhauer. Bob Dee. Jim Colclough (1936 - 2004).
Gino Cappelletti (born 1934). Ron Burton (1936-2003). Drew Bledsoe. Houston Antwine (born 1939).
Julius Adams. 89 Bob Dee. 79 Jim Lee Hunt. 78 Bruce Armstrong.
73 John Hannah. 57 Steve Nelson. 56 Andre Tippett. 40 Mike Haynes.
20 Gino Cappelletti. Lonie Paxton. Adam Vinatieri. Richard Seymour.
Rodney Harrison. David Givens. Corey Dillon. Tedy Bruschi.
Tim Dwight. Deion Branch. Josh Miller. Bethel Johnson.
Asante Samuel. Randall Gay. Eugene Wilson. Ted Johnson.
Mike Vrabel. Willie McGinest. Vince Wilfork. Chad Brown.
Ty Warren. Kevin Faulk. Daniel Graham. Christian Fauria.
Matt Light. Brandon Gorin. Stephen Neal. Russ Hochstein.
Dan Koppen. Patrick Pass. Doug Flutie. Tom Brady.
Mike Haynes. John Hannah. Nick Buoniconti.