1984 Kansas City Chiefs season

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1984 Kansas City Chiefs season
Head coach John Mackovic
General manager Jim Schaaf
Owner Lamar Hunt
Home field Arrowhead Stadium
Record 8–8
Division place 4th AFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers DE Art Still
S Deron Cherry

The 1984 Kansas City Chiefs season ended with an 8–8 record, and fourth-place finish in the AFC West.

Pro Bowl safety Gary Barbaro became the most notable Chiefs player to defect to the rival United States Football League, signing with the New Jersey Generals on February 2 after sitting out the entire 1983 campaign in a contract dispute.[1] Barbaro's departure and the trade of cornerback Gary Green began a youth movement that produced the most vaunted secondary in team history. Cornerbacks Kevin Ross and Albert Lewis, and safeties Deron Cherry and Lloyd Burruss accounted for a combined 13 Pro Bowl appearances for the Chiefs[1] in the years to come.

All-America defensive tackle Bill Maas and offensive tackle John Alt were both selected in the first round of the 1984 NFL Draft. Maas was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, while Alt eventually became the cornerstone of the club's offensive line later in the decade. Kansas City's defense registered a team-record 11.0 sacks in a 10–6 win against Cleveland on September 30, coming one sack shy of the NFL single-game record.[1]

Quarterback Bill Kenney suffered a broken thumb during the preseason and was sidelined until the season's seventh week. Second year back-up QB Todd Blackledge opened the first six contests of the season and had the club at 3–3. Kenney returned to the starting lineup against the New York Jets on October 21, but inconsistency marked the rest of the season as the club dropped four of first five contests after his return. However, the team rattled off three consecutive wins to conclude the year at 8–8.[1]

The Chiefs were also involved in infamy during the November 4th game against the Seattle Seahawks, in which the Chiefs QBs threw six interceptions, four of which were returned for touchdowns in a 45-0 loss.


NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team
1 5 Bill Maas Defensive Tackle Pittsburgh
1 21 John Alt Tackle Iowa
2 34 Scott Radecic Linebacker Penn State

Undrafted free agents

1984 Undrafted Free Agents of note
Player Position College
Don Bracken Punter Michigan
David Little Tight End Middle Tennessee State



1984 Kansas City Chiefs staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning


1984 Kansas City Chiefs roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Rookies in italics


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 2, 1984 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 37–27
2 September 9, 1984 at Cincinnati Bengals W 27–22
3 September 16, 1984 Los Angeles Raiders L 22–20
4 September 23, 1984 at Denver Broncos L 21–0
5 September 30, 1984 Cleveland Browns W 10–6
6 October 7, 1984 New York Jets L 17–16
7 October 14, 1984 San Diego Chargers W 31–13
8 October 21, 1984 at New York Jets L 28–7
9 October 28, 1984 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 24–20
10 November 4, 1984 at Seattle Seahawks L 45–0
11 November 11, 1984 Houston Oilers L 17–16
12 November 18, 1984 at Los Angeles Raiders L 17–7
13 November 25, 1984 at New York Giants L 28–27
14 December 2, 1984 Denver Broncos W 16–13
15 December 9, 1984 Seattle Seahawks W 34–7
16 December 16, 1984 at San Diego Chargers W 42–21


AFC West
Denver Broncos(2) 13 3 0 .813 6–2 10–2 353 241 W2
Seattle Seahawks(4) 12 4 0 .750 5–3 8–4 418 282 L2
Los Angeles Raiders(5) 11 5 0 .688 5–3 8–4 368 278 L1
Kansas City Chiefs 8 8 0 .500 4–4 7–7 314 324 W3
San Diego Chargers 7 9 0 .438 0–8 3–9 394 413 L2


  1. ^ a b c d Kansas City Chiefs History 1980's

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