2014 Kansas City Chiefs season
OwnerThe Hunt family
General managerJohn Dorsey
Head coachAndy Reid
Home fieldArrowhead Stadium
Results
Record9–7
Division place2nd AFC West
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersRB Jamaal Charles
LB Tamba Hali
LB Justin Houston
DT Dontari Poe
Team MVPJustin Houston
Team ROYDe'Anthony Thomas
Uniform
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The 2014 season was the Kansas City Chiefs' 45th in the National Football League (NFL), their 55th overall and their 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 New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks. 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]

As of 2021, this is the most recent season that the Chiefs missed the playoffs.

Roster Changes

Offseason

Cuts

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

Reserve/future free agent contracts

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

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

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

Undrafted free agents

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

Trades

Position Player/pick
received
Team Compensation
FS Kelcie McCray Tampa Bay Buccaneers G Rishaw Johnson

Cuts

Position Player
LB Dezman Moses
G Ben Gottschalk

Signings

Position Player
LB Devan Walker
S Jonathon Amaya
G Mike McGlynn

Preseason roster cut-downs

Regular season transactions

Suspensions served

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

Position Player
WR Kyle Williams

Signings

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

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

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

2014 Kansas City Chiefs staff
Front office

Head coaches

  • Head coach – Andy Reid
  • Assistant head coach/wide receivers – David Culley
  • Senior assistant to the head coach – Joe D’Orazio

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Head athletic trainer – Rick Burkholder
  • Strength and conditioning – Barry Rubin
  • Assistant strength and conditioning – Travis Crittenden
  • Assistant strength and conditioning – Brent Salazar

Final roster

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

Preseason

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue 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

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue 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

Week 1: vs. Tennessee Titans

Week 1: Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Titans 0 10 10626
Chiefs 0 3 0710

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

Week 2: at Denver Broncos

Week 2: Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 3 7 0717
Broncos 7 14 0324

at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

Game information

Week 3: at Miami Dolphins

Week 3: Kansas City Chiefs at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 0 14 71334
Dolphins 0 3 12015

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

Week 4: New England Patriots at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Patriots 0 0 7714
Chiefs 7 10 101441

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

Week 5: at San Francisco 49ers

Week 5: Kansas City Chiefs at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 7 3 7017
49ers 3 10 3622

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

Week 7: Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 0 10 31023
Chargers 7 7 0620

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Game information

Week 8: vs. St. Louis Rams

Week 8: St. Louis Rams at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Rams 7 0 007
Chiefs 0 10 101434

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

Week 9: vs. New York Jets

Week 9: New York Jets at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Jets 0 10 0010
Chiefs 14 7 3024

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

Week 10: at Buffalo Bills

Week 10: Kansas City Chiefs at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 3 0 01417
Bills 7 3 3013

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

Week 11: Seattle Seahawks at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 0 13 7020
Chiefs 7 7 3724

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

Week 12: at Oakland Raiders

Week 12: Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 0 3 71020
Raiders 7 7 3724

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

Week 13: Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Broncos 14 6 3629
Chiefs 0 7 3616

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

Week 14: at Arizona Cardinals

Week 14: Kansas City Chiefs at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 7 7 0014
Cardinals 3 3 11017

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

Week 15: Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Raiders 0 3 3713
Chiefs 7 3 21031

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

Week 16: Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 3 3 0612
Steelers 3 7 7320

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

Week 17: San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chargers 0 7 007
Chiefs 3 13 3019

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

Standings

Division

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

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division leaders
1[b] New England Patriots East 12 4 0 .750 4–2 9–3 .514 .487 L1
2[b] Denver Broncos West 12 4 0 .750 6–0 10–2 .521 .484 W1
3[c] Pittsburgh Steelers North 11 5 0 .688 4–2 9–3 .451 .486 W4
4[c] Indianapolis Colts South 11 5 0 .688 6–0 9–3 .479 .372 W1
Wild Cards
5 Cincinnati Bengals North 10 5 1 .656 3–3 7–5 .498 .425 L1
6 Baltimore Ravens North 10 6 0 .625 3–3 6–6 .475 .378 W1
Did not qualify for the postseason
7[d] Houston Texans South 9 7 0 .563 4–2 8–4 .447 .299 W2
8[d] Kansas City Chiefs West 9 7 0 .563 3–3 7–5 .512 .500 W1
9[d] San Diego Chargers West 9 7 0 .563 2–4 6–6 .512 .403 L1
10[d] Buffalo Bills East 9 7 0 .563 4–2 5–7 .516 .486 W1
11 Miami Dolphins East 8 8 0 .500 3–3 6–6 .512 .406 L1
12 Cleveland Browns North 7 9 0 .438 2–4 4–8 .479 .371 L5
13 New York Jets East 4 12 0 .250 1–5 4–8 .543 .375 W1
14[e] Jacksonville Jaguars South 3 13 0 .188 1–5 2–10 .514 .313 L1
15[e] Oakland Raiders West 3 13 0 .188 1–5 2–10 .570 .542 L1
16 Tennessee Titans South 2 14 0 .125 1–5 2–10 .506 .375 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

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  2. ^ "Chiefs complete season with no wide receiver touchdown catches | NFL | Sporting News". www.sportingnews.com. Archived from the original on 2014-12-28.
  3. ^ "Reports: Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe to be Suspended One Game". CBSSports.com.
  4. ^ "Chiefs OT Donald Stephenson suspended four games". NFL.com.
  5. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (November 24, 2014). "Eric Berry's season over; will visit lymphoma specialist". National Football League.
  6. ^ "Chiefs Family Rallies Behind Eric Berry". KCChiefs.com. Archived from the original on 2014-12-19. Retrieved 2014-12-13.
  7. ^ "Cardinals Show Support for Eric Berry". KCChiefs.com. Archived from the original on 2014-12-19. Retrieved 2014-12-13.
  8. ^ "Eric Berry of Kansas City Chiefs diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma".
  9. ^ "Statement from Chiefs Safety Eric Berry". KCChiefs.com. Archived from the original on 2014-12-16. Retrieved 2014-12-13.
  10. ^ "2014 Conference Standings". NFL.com. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  11. ^ "2014 NFL playoff picture". CBS Sports. Retrieved September 30, 2014.