1987 Kansas City Chiefs season

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1987 Kansas City Chiefs season
Head coach Frank Gansz
General manager Jim Schaaf
Owner Lamar Hunt
Home field Arrowhead Stadium
Results
Record 4–11
Division place 5th AFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers WR Carlos Carson
DT Bill Maas
CB Albert Lewis
S Deron Cherry
Timeline
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< 1986 1988 >

The 1987 Kansas City Chiefs season ended with an 4–11 record, and last place finish in the AFC West.

Offseason[edit]

One of the most tumultuous weeks in franchise history took place following the club’s playoff loss against the Jets in the 1986 playoffs. Assistant head coach and special teams coach Frank Gansz, resigned his position on January 7 in order to pursue opportunities as an NFL offensive coordinator.[1] The following day, the Chiefs announced in an impromptu press conference that John Mackovic was relieved of his duties as head coach on January 8. A popular figure among Chiefs players, Gansz was reinstated on January 10 and was named the sixth head coach in franchise history.[1]

Former quarterback Len Dawson became the third Chiefs player inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 8,[1] while injuries forced the retirement of the club’s all-time leading tackler Gary Spani.

NFL draft[edit]

Main article: 1987 NFL draft
1987 Kansas City Chiefs draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 19 Paul Palmer  Running back Temple
2 35 Christian Okoye *  Running back Azusa Pacific
3 73 Todd Howard  Linebacker Texas A&M
5 128 Kitrick Taylor  Wide receiver Washington State
7 186 Doug Hudson  Quarterback Nicholls State
8 218 Michael Clemons  Running back William & Mary
9 244 Randy Watts  Defensive end Catawba
10 271 James Evans  Running back Southern
11 298 Craig Richardson  Wide receiver Eastern Washington
12 325 Bruce Holmes  Linebacker Minnesota
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1987 Kansas City Chiefs staff
Front office
  • Founder – Lamar Hunt
  • President – Jack Steadman
  • Vice President/General Manager – Jim Schaaf
  • Director of Pro Personnel – Whitey Dovell
  • Director of College Scouting – Les Miller
  • Coordinator of College Scouting – Greg Mohns

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks – Homer Smith
  • Running Backs – Billie Matthews
  • Receivers – Dick Wood
  • Offensive Line – Carl Mauck
  • Offensive Quality Control/Tight Ends – J. D. Helm
Defensive coaches
  • Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers – John Paul Young
  • Defensive Line – Don Lawrence
  • Defensive Backs – Dave Brazil
  • Defensive Quality Control/Linebackers – Mark Hatley

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning Coordinator – C. T. Hewgley

Regular season[edit]

A duo of rookies made a splash in a 20–13 win on Opening Day against San Diego as running back Paul Palmer returned a kickoff for a TD and Christian Okoye dashed for 105 yards.[1] A 24-day players strike began on September 22, canceling the club’s contest against Minnesota.[1] Replacement players participated in games for the next three weeks. Much like Marv Levy five years earlier, Gansz’s grip on the club’s coaching reins was crippled by the labor unrest.[1]

Kansas City’s replacement squad consisted primarily of players cut in training camp. One of the few bright spots among this motley crew was running back Jitter Fields, who remained on the active roster following the strike.[1] The Chiefs strike squad received an ominous welcome in Los Angeles when in the early morning hours of October 4, the day prior to a contest against the Raiders, an earthquake rattled Southern California. The shaken Chiefs lost a 35–17 decision later that day. The low point of the year came the following week at Miami in the first regular season game played at what then was known as Joe Robbie Stadium. Chiefs replacement QB Matt Stevens was injured early in the contest, forcing into duty backup quarterback Alex Espinoza, who had never taken an NFL snap. The result was a 42–0 Dolphins victory, setting the stage for an 0–3 performance by Kansas City’s replacement unit, giving the Chiefs a 1–4 record before the club’s regular roster returned at San Diego on October 25.[1] Five straight losses followed, giving the Chiefs a team-record nine-game losing skid. For the only time in team history, five different players started games at quarterback for the club.[1] Behind Kenney, Kansas City won two of its last three games to conclude the strike-shortened 4–11 campaign.

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 13, 1987 San Diego Chargers W 20–13
56,940
2 September 20, 1987 at Seattle Seahawks L 43–14
61,667
September 27, 1987 Minnesota Vikings canceled
3 October 4, 1987 at Los Angeles Raiders L 35–17
10,708
4 October 11, 1987 at Miami Dolphins L 42–0
25,867
5 October 18, 1987 Denver Broncos L 26–17
20,296
6 October 25, 1987 at San Diego Chargers L 42–21
47,972
7 November 1, 1987 at Chicago Bears L 31–28
63,498
8 November 8, 1987 Pittsburgh Steelers L 17–16
45,249
9 November 15, 1987 New York Jets L 16–9
40,718
10 November 22, 1987 Green Bay Packers L 23–3
34,611
11 November 26, 1987 at Detroit Lions W 27–20
43,820
12 December 6, 1987 at Cincinnati Bengals L 30–27
46,489
13 December 13, 1987 Los Angeles Raiders W 16–10
63,834
14 December 19, 1987 at Denver Broncos L 20–17
75,053
15 December 27, 1987 Seattle Seahawks W 41–20
20,370

Standings[edit]

AFC West
W L T PCT PF PA
Denver Broncos 10 4 1 .700 379 288
Seattle Seahawks 9 6 0 .600 371 314
San Diego Chargers 8 7 0 .533 253 317
Los Angeles Raiders 5 10 0 .333 301 289
Kansas City Chiefs 4 11 0 .267 273 388

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Kansas City Chiefs History 1980's
  2. ^ "1987 Kansas City Chiefs draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 12, 2014. 
  3. ^ 2010 NFL Record and Fact Book (PDF). National Football League. p. 382. Retrieved July 29, 2011. 

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