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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. Known for his time in Philadelphia, Reid brings a pedigree of success and experience that management hopes will put them over the top. Bringing the team to the playoffs in three of his first four season in KC, Reid hopes to build on his success with a deeper playoff run and a ring when it is all said and done.
Alex Smith takes the snaps under center. The long-time dependable starter arrived in 2013 from San Francisco and has flourished. Surrounded by talent in Tyreek Hill, Spencer Ware, Charcandrick West, and Travis Kelce, Smith distributes the ball with precision, echoing the sentiments of the iconic Hank Stram cheering them on to “keep matriculating the ball down the field, boys!” A change may be on the horizon, though, with the Chiefs drafting Patrick Mahomes, a quarterback out of Texas Tech, with the 10th pick in this year’s draft. Releasing Jeremy Maclin in the offseason means other will need to step up in the passing game.
Defensively, Kansas City will have some holes to fill. Anchored in the backfield by Pro Bowlers Marcus Peter and Eric Berry, the linebacking corps featuring Justin Houston and Tamba Hali make for a fearsome opponent. Additions at the defensive end position could build this squad into a champion.
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.