1992 Kansas City Chiefs season

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1992 Kansas City Chiefs season
Head coach Marty Schottenheimer
Home field Arrowhead Stadium
Results
Record 10–6
Division place 2nd AFC West
Playoff finish Lost AFC Wild Card
Pro Bowlers T John Alt
DE Neil Smith
LB Derrick Thomas
K Nick Lowery
Timeline
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< 1991 1993 >

The 1992 Kansas City Chiefs season ended with a 10–6 record and Wild Card spot in the 1993 playoffs. The Chiefs were shut out by the San Diego Chargers 17–0 in the Wild Card round.

The 1992 Chiefs season began on a high note when on September 6 they beat the San Diego Chargers 24–10. 22 days later at Arrowhead on Monday Night Football they beat the Los Angeles Raiders 27–7. The Chiefs would eventually go 4–2 in the first half of the season.

Then, just like that, they would lose two in a row, including a 27–3 loss at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The running game would eventually be a weakness for Kansas City as Barry Word led the team with only 607 yards for the season.

The second half of the season started well for Kansas City as they won four in a row, including a 23–7 win over the New York Jets on November 29. New Chiefs quarterback Dave Krieg played well as he passed for 3,115 yards for the season. Defense would be the key for the Chiefs 3rd straight playoff berth as Derrick Thomas and Neil Smith recorded 14.5 sacks each.

The Chiefs' division championship hopes took a major blow on December 19, and their involvement in the postseason party came into question. Kansas City was simply not ready to play and was easily defeated by the Giants 35–21. New York had lost five in a row before this game.

A victory would have assured the Chiefs of their third straight playoff berth and given them complete control over the AFC West race. Instead, they had to rely on other teams' losses.

The Giants scored on five consecutive possessions form the end of the first quarter through the middle of the third quarter to lead at one point, 35–7. Kansas City, which had come from behind in previous games during the season, had dug a hole they couldn't get out of this time. The Giants ran up 348 yards of total offense and controlled the ball for almost 35 minutes.

With the season and a playoff berth on the line, the Chiefs rise to the occasion and bury the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead, 42–20 on December 27. The Chiefs finished at 10–6 and earned a playoff berth.

During the season; the Chiefs wore a "WWD" patch on their jerseys in tribute to vice president of player personnel Whitey Dovell, who died in May 1992.[1]

Offseason[edit]

NFL draft[edit]

Main article: 1992 NFL draft
1992 Kansas City Chiefs draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 20 Dale Carter *  Cornerback Tennessee
2 40 Matt Blundin  Quarterback Virginia
4 101 Mike Evans  Defensive tackle Michigan
6 159 Tony Smith  Wide receiver Notre Dame
7 186 Erick Anderson  Linebacker Michigan
8 213 Jim Jennings  Guard San Diego State
9 244 Jay Leeuwenburg  Center Colorado
10 271 Jerry Ostroski  Guard Tulsa
11 298 Doug Rigby  Defensive end Wyoming
12 325 Corey Williams  Defensive back Oklahoma State
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1992 Kansas City Chiefs staff
Front office
  • Founder – Lamar Hunt
  • Chairman of the Board – Jack Steadman
  • President/General Manager/Chief Executive Officer – Carl Peterson
  • Assistant General Manager – Dennis Thum
  • Vice President of Player Personnel – Lynn Stiles
  • Director of Pro Personnel – Mark Hatley

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches
  • Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers – Dave Adolph
  • Defensive Line – Tom Pratt
  • Defensive Backs – Herman Edwards
  • Defensive Assistant/Quality Control – Darvin Wallis

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 6, 1992 at San Diego Chargers W 24–10
45,024
2 September 13, 1992 Seattle Seahawks W 26–7
75,125
3 September 20, 1992 at Houston Oilers L 23–20
60,955
4 September 28, 1992 Los Angeles Raiders W 27–7
77,486
5 October 4, 1992 at Denver Broncos L 20–19
75,629
6 October 12, 1992 Philadelphia Eagles W 24–17
76,626
7 October 18, 1992 at Dallas Cowboys L 17–10
64,115
8 October 25, 1992 Pittsburgh Steelers L 27–3
76,175
9 Bye
10 November 8, 1992 San Diego Chargers W 16–14
72,826
11 November 15, 1992 Washington Redskins W 35–16
75,238
12 November 22, 1992 at Seattle Seahawks W 24–14
49,867
13 November 30, 1992 at New York Jets W 23–7
57,375
14 December 6, 1992 at Los Angeles Raiders L 28–7
45,227
15 December 12, 1992 New England Patriots W 27–20
52,208
16 December 20, 1992 at New York Giants L 35–21
53,428
17 December 27, 1992 Denver Broncos W 42–20
76,240

Standings[edit]

AFC West
W L T PCT PF PA STK
San Diego Chargers 11 5 0 .688 335 241 W7
Kansas City Chiefs 10 6 0 .625 348 282 W1
Denver Broncos 8 8 0 .500 262 329 L1
Los Angeles Raiders 7 9 0 .438 249 281 W1
Seattle Seahawks 2 14 0 .125 140 312 L4

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Playoffs[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Wildcard January 2, 1993 at San Diego Chargers L 17–0
58,278

References[edit]