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Kansas City, Missouri is the home of the NFL’s Chiefs. Originally an AFL team based in Houston, the Chiefs made the move to Kansas City in 1963. Before long they would make another move, joining the NFL in 1970 as a member of the AFC West.
Success on the field made them a major player in the 1960s. Owner & Founder Lamar Hunt and head coach Hank Stram were consistently putting together a winning formula that kept them at the top of the standings. His clout carried over in the early days after the NFL merger and the Chiefs found themselves squaring off with the Green Bay Packers in the first Super Bowl. Despite losing 35-10, the Chiefs continued to be seen as a powerhouse franchise. They would capture their first and only NFL title in the 1969 Super Bowl, winning 23-7 over the Minnesota Vikings. Star quarterback Len Dawson was selected as the Super Bowl MVP.
A period of regression followed, with the Chiefs only making one appearance in the playoffs between 1969 and 1986. Stram left the team in 1974 and a string of coaches to follow could not match his success. In fact, it was not until Marty Shottenheimer was hired in 1989 that things began to turn around. A new group of players began to solidify their spots as starters and led to the Chiefs being perennial contenders again.
Acquiring Joe Montana in 1993 had fans buzzing at Arrowhead Stadium. Along with Marcus Allen, Christian Okoye, and Derrick Thomas the Chiefs looked poised to make a big impact in the playoffs. An 11-5 record in the regular season carried Kansas City to an AFC Championship Game. Matching up against Buffalo, the Chiefs failed to advance to the Super Bowl. This is the closest they have been to making it to the big game since 1969. In fact, it would be they would not win another playoff game until 2016.
Players have come and gone, but the mission for the Chiefs remains the same: winning a second Super Bowl. Hard at work towards this goal, the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs this season is Andy Reid. Reid brings a pedigree of success and experience from his time in Green Bay and Philadelphia that management hopes will put them over the top. Bringing the team to the playoffs in four of his first five seasons in KC, Reid hopes to build on his success with a deeper playoff run and a ring when it is all said and done.
A new starting quarterback will take the field for Kansas City with Alex Smith leaving for Washington. Patrick Mahomes will get his chance to takes the snaps under center. Coming out of Texas Tech, Mahomes spent last season learning from the sidelines and is ready to be injected into this offense. Surrounded by talent in Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, and the newly acquired Sammy Watkins, Mahomes plans to expertly distribute the ball this season, echoing the sentiments of the iconic Hank Stram cheering them on to “keep matriculating the ball down the field, boys!” The rushing game will, undoubtedly play a major role in this offense with Kareem Hunt, who ran for an astonishing 1,327 yards in his rookie season.
Defensively, Kansas City will have some holes to fill. Anchored in the backfield by Eric Berry and in the linebacking corps by Justin Houston, there is a strong foundation for this squad. Additions at the defensive end position could build this squad into a champion. Kansas City moved Marcus Peters to the LA Rams via a trade in the offseason. Tamba Hali was released following the 2017 season after 12 years in Kansas City.
Many great players have come out of the tunnel for the Chiefs throughout the years. Among the most revered are Derrick Thomas, Len Dawson, Will Shields, Priest Holmes, Willie Lanier, Jamaal Charles, Christian Okoye, and Tony Gonzalez. Additional information pertaining to the Kansas City Chiefs franchise can be obtained by clicking here.