2001 Kansas City Chiefs season
OwnerLamar Hunt
General managerCarl Peterson
Head coachDick Vermeil
Home fieldArrowhead Stadium
Results
Record6–10
Division place4th AFC West
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersRB Priest Holmes
TE Tony Gonzalez
G Will Shields

The 2001 season was the Kansas City Chiefs' 32nd in the National Football League (NFL), their 42nd overall and their first under head coach Dick Vermeil. They failed to qualify for the playoffs or to improve upon their 7–9 record from 2000, with a 6–10 record, which netted them a fourth place finish in the AFC West.

Along with new coaches joining the team, new additions appeared on the Chiefs' roster, including running back Priest Holmes and quarterback Trent Green. Coach Dick Vermeil began to install a powerful offense similar to the one he installed in St. Louis to win Super Bowl XXXIV.

Offseason

NFL draft

Main article: 2001 NFL draft

2001 Kansas City Chiefs draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
3 75 Eric Downing  Defensive Tackle Syracuse
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Undrafted free agents

2001 Undrafted Free Agents of note
Player Position College
Ian Allen Tackle Purdue

Personnel

Staff

2001 Kansas City Chiefs staff
Front office
  • Founder – Lamar Hunt
  • President/general manager/chief executive officer – Carl Peterson
  • Chairman of the board – Jack Steadman
  • Executive vice president/assistant general manager – Dennis Thum
  • Vice president of football operations/player personnel – Lynn Stiles
  • Director of football administration – Mike White
  • Director of pro personnel – Bill Kuharich

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special teams – Frank Gansz Jr

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and conditioning – Jeff Hurd
  • Assistant strength and conditioning – Billy Long

Roster

2001 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

Schedule

Preseason

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Recap
1 August 12 Washington Redskins W 20–0 1–0 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
2 August 18 Chicago Bears W 10–9 2–0 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
3 August 23 at Jacksonville Jaguars L 23–28 2–1 Alltel Stadium Recap
4 August 31 at St. Louis Rams L 17–21 2–2 Trans World Dome Recap

Regular season

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Recap
1 September 9 Oakland Raiders L 24–27 0–1 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
2 September 23 New York Giants L 3–13 0–2 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
3 September 30 at Washington Redskins W 45–13 1–2 FedExField Recap
4 October 7 at Denver Broncos L 6–20 1–3 Invesco Field at Mile High Recap
5 October 14 Pittsburgh Steelers L 17–20 1–4 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
6 October 21 at Arizona Cardinals L 16–24 1–5 Sun Devil Stadium Recap
7 October 25 Indianapolis Colts L 28–35 1–6 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
8 November 4 at San Diego Chargers W 25–20 2–6 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
9 November 11 at New York Jets L 7–27 2–7 Giants Stadium Recap
10 Bye
11 November 25 Seattle Seahawks W 19–7 3–7 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
12 November 29 Philadelphia Eagles L 10–23 3–8 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
13 December 9 at Oakland Raiders L 26–28 3–9 Network Associates Coliseum Recap
14 December 16 Denver Broncos W 26–23 (OT) 4–9 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
15 December 23 San Diego Chargers W 20–17 5–9 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
16 December 30 at Jacksonville Jaguars W 30–26 6–9 Alltel Stadium Recap
17 January 6* at Seattle Seahawks L 18–21 6–10 Husky Stadium Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

* Game originally scheduled for September 16, but was postponed along with all Week 2 games following the September 11 attacks

Standings

AFC West
W L T PCT PF PA STK
(3) Oakland Raiders 10 6 0 .625 399 327 L3
Seattle Seahawks 9 7 0 .563 301 324 W2
Denver Broncos 8 8 0 .500 340 339 L1
Kansas City Chiefs 6 10 0 .375 320 344 L1
San Diego Chargers 5 11 0 .313 332 321 L9

References