1977 Kansas City Chiefs season
|1977 Kansas City Chiefs season|
|Head coach||Paul Wiggin (Fired)|
Tom Bettis (Interim)
|Home field||Arrowhead Stadium|
|Division place||5th AFC West|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
The 1977 Kansas City Chiefs season was the franchise's 8th season in the National Football League, the 15th as the Kansas City Chiefs, and the 18th overall. This season was the worst in franchise history until the 2008 season, with the Chiefs winning only two of fourteen games. After an 0–5 start, Head coach Paul Wiggin was fired following a 44–7 loss to Cleveland in week seven. Tom Bettis took over as interim head coach for the rest of the season. The team endured a six-game losing streak to conclude the season at 2–12.
1977 NFL Draft
|2||9||37||Tony Reeds||University of Colorado|
|3||11||67||Thomas Howard||Texas Tech|
|4||8||92||Mark Bailey||Long Beach State|
|4||11||95||Darius Helton||North Carolina Central|
|4||20||104||Eric Harris||Memphis State|
|6||11||150||Rick Burleson||University of Texas|
|6||28||167||Andre Herrera||Southern Illinois|
|8||9||204||Ron Olsonoski||St. Thomas (MN)|
|9||11||234||Dave Green||New Mexico|
|11||9||288||Maurice Mitchell||Northern Michigan|
An 0–5 start doomed the squad with a 44–7 loss at Cleveland (10/30) effectively sealing Wiggin's fate. Despite the club's record Wiggin was still a popular figure in Kansas City, but was nonetheless relieved of his duties on Halloween, marking the only in-season coaching switch in team history. Wiggin concluded his tenure with an 11–24 record.
Defensive backs coach Tom Bettis was named interim coach and claimed a 20–10 victory vs. Green Bay (11/6) in the franchise's initial contest under his direction, but it was the only victory of his brief head coaching tenure. The team endured a six-game losing streak to conclude the season at 2–12.
Bettis and the remainder of the coaching staff assembled by Wiggin were released on December 19, one day after a 21–20 loss at Oakland (12/18) in the regular season finale. Marv Levy, the former head coach of the CFL's Montreal Alouettes, was named the fourth head coach in franchise history on December 20.
The heart and soul of the Chiefs once-vaunted defense departed when roommates Willie Lanier and Jim Lynch, who both joined the club together as second-round draft picks in 1967, retired following the ‘77 campaign. Baltimore later acquired Lanier's rights in a trade, but failed to lure him out of retirement.
|1||at New England Patriots||L 17–21||Schaefer Stadium|
|2||San Diego Chargers||L 7–23||Arrowhead Stadium|
|3||Oakland Raiders||L 28–37||Arrowhead Stadium|
|4||at Denver Broncos||L 7–23||Mile High Stadium|
|5||Baltimore Colts||L 6–17||Arrowhead Stadium|
|6||at San Diego Chargers||W 21–16||San Diego Stadium|
|7||at Cleveland Browns||L 7–44||Cleveland Stadium|
|8||Green Bay Packers||W 20–10||Arrowhead Stadium|
|9||at Chicago Bears||L 27–28||Soldier Field|
|10||Denver Broncos||L 7–14||Arrowhead Stadium|
|11||at Houston Oilers||L 20–34||Astrodome|
|12||Cincinnati Bengals||L 7–27||Arrowhead Stadium|
|13||Seattle Seahawks||L 31–34||Arrowhead Stadium|
|14||at Oakland Raiders||L 20–21||Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum|
|San Diego Chargers||7||7||0||.500||3–4||6–6||222||205||L2|
|Kansas City Chiefs||2||12||0||.143||1–6||1–11||225||349||L6|