2014 Kansas City Chiefs season

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2014 Kansas City Chiefs season
Head coach Andy Reid
General manager John Dorsey
Owner The Hunt Family
Home field Arrowhead Stadium
Results
Record 9–7
Division place 2nd AFC West
Playoff finish Did not qualify
Pro Bowlers RB Jamaal Charles
LB Tamba Hali
LB Justin Houston
DT Dontari Poe
Team MVP Justin Houston
Team ROY De'Anthony Thomas
Uniform
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The 2014 Kansas City Chiefs season was the franchise's 55th season and the second under the head coach/general manager tandem of Andy Reid and John Dorsey. The Chiefs broke the crowd noise record on Monday Night Football against the New England Patriots on September 29, 2014 with a crowd roar of 142.2 decibels.[1] The Chiefs failed to match their 11–5 record from 2013, and missed the playoffs. However, they defeated both teams that would eventually meet in that season's Super Bowl. The 2014 Kansas City Chiefs became the first NFL team since the 1964 New York Giants, and the only team in the 16 game season era, to complete an entire season with no touchdown passes to a wide receiver.[2]

Roster Changes[edit]

Offseason[edit]

Cuts[edit]

Player Position 2014 Team
Dunta Robinson CB None
Robert James LB None
Brandon Flowers CB San Diego Chargers

Reserve/future free agent contracts[edit]

Player Position
Malcolm Bronson DB
Jordan Campbell LB
Weston Dressler WR
Demetrius Harris TE
Dominique Hamilton NT
Frankie Hammond WR
Alonzo Highsmith Jr. LB
Jerrell Jackson WR
Joe McKnight RB
Jerron McMillian S
Kevin Rutland CB
DeMarcus Van Dyke CB

Free agency[edit]

Offseason
Position Player Status* 2013 Team(s) 2014 Team
S Husain Abdullah UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
T Branden Albert UFA Kansas City Chiefs Miami Dolphins
G Jon Asamoah UFA Kansas City Chiefs Atlanta Falcons
DT Jermelle Cudjo UFA St. Louis Rams Kansas City Chiefs
S Quintin Demps UFA Kansas City Chiefs New York Giants
LS Thomas Gafford UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
TE Richard Gordon RFA Kansas City Chiefs Tennessee Titans
WR Mark Harrison UFA New England Patriots Kansas City Chiefs
G Ricky Henry RFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
DE Tyson Jackson UFA Kansas City Chiefs Atlanta Falcons
CB Brandon Jones UFA San Diego Chargers Kansas City Chiefs
LB Akeem Jordan UFA Kansas City Chiefs Washington Redskins
S Kendrick Lewis UFA Kansas City Chiefs Houston Texans
DT Kyle Love UFA Kansas City Chiefs
Jacksonville Jaguars
Kansas City Chiefs
T Jeff Linkenbach UFA Indianapolis Colts Kansas City Chiefs
LB Joe Mays UFA Denver Broncos Kansas City Chiefs
WR Dexter McCluster UFA Kansas City Chiefs Tennessee Titans
T Ryan McKee UFA None Kansas City Chiefs
CB Chris Owens UFA Miami Dolphins Kansas City Chiefs
NT Jerrell Powe RFA Kansas City Chiefs Houston Texans
CB Justin Rogers UFA Buffalo Bills
Miami Dolphins
Houston Texans
Kansas City Chiefs
OL Geoff Schwartz UFA Kansas City Chiefs New York Giants
DT Vance Walker UFA Oakland Raiders Kansas City Chiefs
T J'Marcus Webb UFA Minnesota Vikings Kansas City Chiefs
WR Kyle Williams UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
LB Frank Zombo UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
* RFA: Restricted free agent, UFA: Unrestricted free agent, ERFA: Exclusive rights free agent, Franchise: Franchise tag

2014 draft class[edit]

Main article: 2014 NFL Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
1 23 Dee Ford Defensive end Auburn
3 87 Phillip Gaines Cornerback Rice
4 124 De'Anthony Thomas Running Back Oregon
5 163 Aaron Murray Quarterback Georgia
6 193* Zach Fulton Guard Tennessee
6 200 Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Tackle McGill

Notes

  • The Chiefs traded a conditional 2014 third-round selection along with their 2013 second-round selection to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for quarterback Alex Smith; the 2014 selection was later upgraded to a second-rounder (No. 56 overall) after a condition was met in which the Chiefs won a minimum of eight games during the 2013 season.
  • * Acquired via trade with the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas received linebacker Edgar Jones and the Chiefs' seventh-round selection (No. 238 overall).

Undrafted free agents[edit]

Position Player College
S Daniel Sorensen BYU
WR Darryl Surgent Louisiana-Lafayette
DB David Van Dyke Tennessee State
RB Charcandrick West Abilene Christian
LB Ben Johnson Northwestern
WR Albert Wilson Georgia State
DT Kona Schwenke Notre Dame
FB James Baker Idaho
C Ben Gottschalk SMU
K Cairo Santos Tulane
LB DeRon Furr Fort Valley State
WR Deon Anthony Troy

Preseason transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

Position Player/Pick
Received
Team Compensation
FS Kelcie McCray Tampa Bay Buccaneers G Rishaw Johnson

Cuts[edit]

Position Player
LB Dezman Moses
G Ben Gottschalk

Signings[edit]

Position Player
LB Devan Walker
S Jonathon Amaya
G Mike McGlynn

Preseason roster cut-downs[edit]

Regular season transactions[edit]

Suspensions served[edit]

Position Player Length Reason Weeks
served
WR Dwayne Bowe 1 game Violation of Personal
Conduct Policy[3]
1
T Donald Stephenson 4 games Performance Enhancing
Drugs Violation[4]
1–4

Note: Rokevious Watkins was suspended by the NFL while on the Chiefs roster, but was released before serving his suspension

Cuts[edit]

Position Player
WR Kyle Williams

Signings[edit]

Position Player Previous team
FS Kurt Coleman Minnesota Vikings
DT Kevin Vickerson Denver Broncos
CB Jamell Fleming Baltimore Ravens
RB Charcandrick West Kansas City Chiefs*
TE Phillip Supernaw Baltimore Ravens
WR Jason Avant Carolina Panthers

*Indicates player was signed off the practice squad

Players involved in multiple transactions[edit]

This list is for players who were involved in more than one transaction during the season

Position Player Final status
DE Damion Square Claimed off waivers
by San Diego
S Daniel Sorensen Chiefs Active
Roster
LB Jerry Franklin New Orleans Saints
Active roster
TE Richard Gordon Chiefs Active
Roster

Eric Berry[edit]

After complaining of chest pains in a week 12 loss to the Oakland Raiders, safety Eric Berry received an X-ray. Doctors discovered a mass in his chest which was believed to be lymphoma. He was placed on the Non-football illness list, ending his season.[5] Immediately following the reports coming out, many NFL players and teams issued wishes to Berry, including division rivals the Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, and Denver Broncos.[6] On December 7, prior to a game against the Arizona Cardinals, many Cardinals players, coaches, and front office staff, wore shirts sold through the Chiefs website that said "Be Bold, Be Strong, Be Berry" with his name and jersey number on the back. The Cardinals also donated $10,000 to Berry's charity, The Eric Berry Foundation.[7] On December 8, Berry was confirmed to have Hodgkin's lymphoma.[8] His doctor, Dr. Christopher Flowers, a lymphoma specialist at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, said of Berry's diagnosis, "This is a diagnosis that is very treatable and potentially curable with standard chemotherapy approaches. The goal of Mr. Berry's treatment is to cure his lymphoma and we are beginning that treatment now." Following the confirmation, Berry released a statement saying "I am truly thankful for all of the support from family, friends, coaches, teammates and the entire Chiefs kingdom. At first I was in shock with the diagnosis on Saturday and did not even want to miss a game, but I understand that right now I have to concentrate on a new opponent. I have great confidence in the doctors and the plan they are going to put in place for me to win this fight. I believe that I am in God’s hands and I have great peace in that. I know my coaches and teammates will hold things down here the rest of the season and until I am back running out of the tunnel at Arrowhead. I am so thankful and appreciative of being a part of this franchise and playing in front of the best fans in the NFL. I will be back!"[9]

Staff[edit]

2014 Kansas City Chiefs staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Final roster[edit]

2014 Kansas City Chiefs final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 13 Inactive, 10 Practice squad

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 7 Cincinnati Bengals W 41–39 1–0 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
2 August 17 at Carolina Panthers L 16–28 1–1 Bank of America Stadium Recap
3 August 23 Minnesota Vikings L 12–30 1–2 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
4 August 28 at Green Bay Packers L 14–34 1–3 Lambeau Field Recap

Regular season[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 7 Tennessee Titans L 10–26 0–1 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
2 September 14 at Denver Broncos L 17–24 0–2 Sports Authority Field at Mile High Recap
3 September 21 at Miami Dolphins W 34–15 1–2 Sun Life Stadium Recap
4 September 29 New England Patriots W 41–14 2–2 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
5 October 5 at San Francisco 49ers L 17–22 2–3 Levi's Stadium Recap
6 Bye
7 October 19 at San Diego Chargers W 23–20 3–3 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
8 October 26 St. Louis Rams W 34–7 4–3 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
9 November 2 New York Jets W 24–10 5–3 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
10 November 9 at Buffalo Bills W 17–13 6–3 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
11 November 16 Seattle Seahawks W 24–20 7–3 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
12 November 20 at Oakland Raiders L 20–24 7–4 O.co Coliseum Recap
13 November 30 Denver Broncos L 16–29 7–5 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
14 December 7 at Arizona Cardinals L 14–17 7–6 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
15 December 14 Oakland Raiders W 31–13 8–6 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
16 December 21 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 12–20 8–7 Heinz Field Recap
17 December 28 San Diego Chargers W 19–7 9–7 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: vs. Tennessee Titans[edit]

Week One: Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Titans 0 10 10 6 26
Chiefs 0 3 0 7 10

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

Week 2: at Denver Broncos[edit]

Week Two: Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 3 7 0 7 17
Broncos 7 14 0 3 24

at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

Game information

Week 3: at Miami Dolphins[edit]

Week Three: Kansas City Chiefs at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 0 14 7 13 34
Dolphins 0 3 12 0 15

at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

  • Date: September 21
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EDT/3:25 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 88 °F (31 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 70,313
  • Referee: Jeff Triplette
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 4: vs. New England Patriots[edit]

Week Four: New England Patriots at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 0 0 7 7 14
Chiefs 7 10 10 14 41

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

Week 5: at San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Week Five: Kansas City Chiefs at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 7 3 7 0 17
49ers 3 10 3 6 22

at Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California

  • Date: October 5
  • Game time: 3:25 p.m. CDT/1:25 p.m. PDT
  • Game weather: 85 °F (29 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 70,799
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 7: at San Diego Chargers[edit]

Week Seven: Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 0 10 3 10 23
Chargers 7 7 0 6 20

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Game information

Week 8: vs. St. Louis Rams[edit]

Week Eight: St. Louis Rams at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 7 0 0 0 7
Chiefs 0 10 10 14 34

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

Week 9: vs. New York Jets[edit]

Week Nine: New York Jets at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 0 10 0 0 10
Chiefs 14 7 3 0 24

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

Week 10: at Buffalo Bills[edit]

Week Ten: Kansas City Chiefs at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 3 0 0 14 17
Bills 7 3 3 0 13

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

  • Date: November 9
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 42 °F (6 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 68,119
  • Referee: Brad Allen
  • TV announcers (CBS): Spero Dedes and Solomon Wilcots
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 11: vs. Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Week Eleven: Seattle Seahawks at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 0 13 7 0 20
Chiefs 7 7 3 7 24

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

Week 12: at Oakland Raiders[edit]

Week Twelve: Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 0 3 7 10 20
Raiders 7 7 3 7 24

at O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California

  • Date: November 20
  • Game time: 7:25 p.m. CST/5:25 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 57 °F (14 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 52,865
  • Referee: John Parry
  • TV announcers (NFLN): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 13: vs. Denver Broncos[edit]

Week Thirteen: Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 14 6 3 6 29
Chiefs 0 7 3 6 16

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

Week 14: at Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Week Fourteen: Kansas City Chiefs at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 7 7 0 0 14
Cardinals 3 3 11 0 17

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

  • Date: December 7
  • Game time: 3:05 p.m. CST/2:05 p.m. MST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 62,387
  • Referee: Craig Wrolstad
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel, Trent Green and Evan Washburn
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 15: vs. Oakland Raiders[edit]

Week Fifteen: Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 0 3 3 7 13
Chiefs 7 3 21 0 31

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: December 14
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 58 °F (14 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 72,153
  • Referee: Jerome Boger
  • TV announcers (CBS): Spero Dedes and Solomon Wilcots
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 16: at Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Week Sixteen: Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 3 3 0 6 12
Steelers 3 7 7 3 20

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Date: December 21
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 36 °F (2 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 60,865
  • Referee: Ron Torbert
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel, Trent Green and Evan Washburn
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 17: vs. San Diego Chargers[edit]

Week Seventeen: San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 0 7 0 0 7
Chiefs 3 13 3 0 19

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

With the win, the Chiefs finished 9-7 and swept the Chargers for the first time since 2003. Despite the win, the Ravens won over the Browns eliminating them from postseason contention.

Standings[edit]

Division[edit]

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2) Denver Broncos 12 4 0 .750 6–0 10–2 482 354 W1
Kansas City Chiefs[a] 9 7 0 .563 3–3 7–5 353 281 W1
San Diego Chargers[a] 9 7 0 .563 2–4 6–6 348 348 L1
Oakland Raiders 3 13 0 .188 1–5 2–10 253 452 L1

Conference[edit]

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA PD STK
Division leaders
1[b] New England Patriots East 12 4 0 .750 4–2 9–3 468 313 155 L1
2[b] Denver Broncos West 12 4 0 .750 6–0 10–2 482 354 128 W1
3[c] Pittsburgh Steelers North 11 5 0 .688 4–2 9–3 436 368 68 W4
4[c] Indianapolis Colts South 11 5 0 .688 6–0 9–3 458 369 89 W1
Wild Cards
5 Cincinnati Bengals North 10 5 1 .656 3–3 7–5 365 344 21 L1
6 Baltimore Ravens North 10 6 0 .625 3–3 6–6 409 302 107 W1
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7[d] Houston Texans South 9 7 0 .563 4–2 8–4 372 307 65 W2
8[d] Kansas City Chiefs West 9 7 0 .563 3–3 7–5 353 281 72 W1
9[d] San Diego Chargers West 9 7 0 .563 2–4 6–6 348 348 0 L1
10[d] Buffalo Bills East 9 7 0 .563 4–2 5–7 343 289 54 W1
11 Miami Dolphins East 8 8 0 .500 3–3 6–6 388 373 15 L1
12 Cleveland Browns North 7 9 0 .438 2–4 4–8 299 337 –38 L5
13 New York Jets East 4 12 0 .250 1–5 4–8 283 401 –118 W1
14[e] Jacksonville Jaguars South 3 13 0 .188 1–5 2–10 249 412 –163 L1
15[e] Oakland Raiders West 3 13 0 .188 1–5 2–10 253 452 –199 L1
16 Tennessee Titans South 2 14 0 .125 1–5 2–10 254 438 –184 L10
Tiebreakers[f]
  1. ^ a b Kansas City is ranked ahead of San Diego based on head-to-head sweep (Week 7, 23–20; Week 17, 19–7).
  2. ^ a b New England defeated Denver head-to-head (Week 9, 43–21).
  3. ^ a b Pittsburgh defeated Indianapolis head-to-head (Week 8, 51–34).
  4. ^ a b c d Kansas City finished ahead of San Diego in the AFC West based on head-to-head sweep (Week 7, 23–20; Week 17, 19–7).
    Houston finished ahead of Kansas City and Buffalo based on conference record.
    Kansas City finished ahead of Buffalo based on head-to-head victory (Week 10, 17–13).
    San Diego finished ahead of Buffalo based on head-to-head victory (Week 3, 22–10).
  5. ^ a b Jacksonville finished ahead of Oakland based on record vs. common opponents (1–4 to 0–5).
  6. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.

References[edit]

External links[edit]