2016 Kansas City Chiefs season
OwnerThe Hunt family
General managerJohn Dorsey
Head coachAndy Reid
Home fieldArrowhead Stadium
Results
Record12–4
Division place1st AFC West
Playoff finishLost Divisional Playoffs (vs. Steelers) 16–18
Pro Bowlers
AP All-Pros
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Team MVPEric Berry
Team ROYTyreek Hill
Uniform
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The 2016 season was the Kansas City Chiefs' 47th in the National Football League (NFL), their 57th overall and their fourth under head coach Andy Reid and the fourth and final season under general manager John Dorsey who was fired June 22, 2017.[1] The Chiefs clinched their first AFC West division title since 2010. The Chiefs also clinched a first-round bye for the first time since 2003, but lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Divisional round 16–18.

Violation of anti-tampering policy

On March 9, 2016, the NFL announced that the Chiefs had violated the league's anti-tampering policy, while pursuing wide receiver Jeremy Maclin during the 2015 off-season. The NFL defines tampering as prospective teams contacting soon-to-be free agents before NFL policies allow, which is two days prior to the beginning of the new league year. As punishment, the Chiefs forfeited their 2016 third-round selection, a 2017 sixth-round selection, and were fined $250,000. In addition, head coach Andy Reid was fined $75,000 and general manager John Dorsey was fined $25,000.[2] The Chiefs immediately appealed the decision believing the punishment was excessively harsh and inconsistent with punishments that have given to other teams in similar situations. On April 19, the NFL denied the Chiefs appeal however they did reduce the team's fine to $200,000 and Reid's fine to $60,000.[3]

NFL Top 100

The Chiefs had an NFL best 9 players in the annual Top 100 Players countdown.

Main article: NFL Top 100 Players of 2016

Rank Player Position Change
26 Justin Houston LB Increase 1
55 Eric Berry S NR
65 Marcus Peters CB NR
75 Jamaal Charles RB Decrease 63
80 Derrick Johnson LB NR
81 Alex Smith QB NR
84 Tamba Hali LB Decrease 14
91 Travis Kelce TE NR
93 Jeremy Maclin WR NR

Roster changes

Offseason

Reserve/future free agent contracts
Player Position
Tyrell Adams LB
Da'Ron Brown WR
Deveron Carr CB
Kenny Cook WR
Dominique Davis DE
Reid Fragel T
Laurence Gibson T
Cameron Gordon OLB
Jordan Kovacs SS
Keith Lewis CB
Michael Liedkte G
Trey Millard RB/FB
Jimmy Staten DE
Alameda Ta'amu NT
Ross Travis TE
Fred Williams WR
Retirements
Position Player Seasons with
the Chiefs
Years pro Date announced
FS Husain Abdullah 3 7 March 28[4]
DE Mike DeVito 3 9 April 11[5]
Free agents
Position Player Status* 2015 team(s) 2016 team
T Jeff Allen UFA Kansas City Chiefs Houston Texans
WR Jason Avant UFA Kansas City Chiefs None
FS Eric Berry UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
SS Tyvon Branch UFA Kansas City Chiefs Arizona Cardinals
SS Stevie Brown UFA New York Giants Kansas City Chiefs
CB Marcus Cooper UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
QB Chase Daniel UFA Kansas City Chiefs Philadelphia Eagles
S Akeem Davis UFA New Orleans Saints
Seattle Seahawks
Indianapolis Colts
Kansas City Chiefs
G Jordan Devey UFA San Francisco 49ers Kansas City Chiefs
CB Jamell Fleming UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
LB Tamba Hali UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
DE Jaye Howard UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
LB Derrick Johnson UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
WR Seantavius Jones UFA New Orleans Saints Kansas City Chiefs
LB Tautvydas Kieras UFA None Kansas City Chiefs
DE David King ERFA Seattle Seahawks
Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs
OLB Andy Mulumba UFA Green Bay Packers Kansas City Chiefs
DE Jonathan Massaquoi UFA Atlanta Falcons Kansas City Chiefs
LB Dezman Moses RFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
C Drew Nowak UFA Seattle Seahawks Kansas City Chiefs
DE Efe Obada UFA Dallas Cowboys Kansas City Chiefs
T Mitchell Schwartz UFA Cleveland Browns Kansas City Chiefs
FS Daniel Sorensen ERFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
CB Sean Smith UFA Kansas City Chiefs Oakland Raiders
T Donald Stephenson UFA Kansas City Chiefs Denver Broncos
WR Rod Streater UFA Oakland Raiders Kansas City Chiefs
RB Charcandrick West ERFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
WR Mike Williams UFA None Kansas City Chiefs
DE Nick Williams ERFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
SS Jimmy Wilson UFA San Diego Chargers 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

Draft

Main article: 2016 NFL draft

2016 Kansas City Chiefs Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
2 37 Chris Jones Defensive tackle Mississippi State
3 74 KeiVarae Russell Cornerback Notre Dame
4 105 Parker Ehinger Guard Cincinnati
4 106 Eric Murray Cornerback Minnesota
4 126 Demarcus Robinson Wide Receiver Florida
5 162 Kevin Hogan Quarterback Stanford
5 165 Tyreek Hill Wide Receiver West Alabama
6 178 D. J. White Cornerback Georgia Tech
6 203 Dadi Nicolas Linebacker Virginia Tech

Notes

Undrafted free agents

Position Player College
WR Mitch Mathews BYU
OL Jake Bernstein Vanderbilt
C Ben Clarke Hawaii
CB Vernon Harris Dartmouth
CB Shak Randolph SMU
LB Terrance Smith Florida State
SS Peni Vea UNLV
FS Bryce Cheek Akron
Players signed from rookie mini camp tryouts
Position Player College
CB Shannon Edwards Fresno State
G Garrick Mayweather Fordham
T Zach Sterup Nebraska
Cuts
Position Player
WR Kenny Cook
G Paul Fanaika
G Ben Grubbs
Players cut in the offseason before playing for the Chiefs
Position Player
G Jake Bernstein
C Ben Clarke
LB Cameron Gordon
S Jimmy Wilson
WR Fred Williams
LB Tautvydas Kieras
G Michael Liedtke
T Laurence Gibson
S Jordan Kovacs
S Keith Lewis
LB Efe Obada
SS Peni Vea

Camp transactions

Cuts
Position Player
Alameda Ta'amu DT
Tre Jones CB
Shannon Edwards CB
Vernon Harris CB
Signings
Position Player
Bryce Cheek S
Nick Foles QB
Jeron Johnson S
Malcolm Jackson CB

Preseason transactions

Cuts
Position Player
S Akeem Davis
Signings
Position Player
S Brock Vereen
Trades
Position Player/pick
received
Team Compensation
CB CB Kenneth Acker San Francisco 49ers 7th round pick
2018 NFL draft
N/A Undisclosed draft pick
2018 NFL draft
Arizona Cardinals CB Marcus Cooper
N/A Undisclosed
draft pick
San Francisco 49ers WR Rod Streater
Roster cut downs

Regular season transactions

Trades
Position Player/pick
received
Team Compensation
N/A None* Green Bay Packers RB Knile Davis

*Trade included a conditional draft pick that required Davis to stay on the roster for a specific amount of time; since he did not meet this requirement, the Chiefs received no compensation.

Cuts
Position Player
CB KeiVarae Russell
DE Nick Williams
Signings
Position Player Previous team
T Bryan Witzmann Dallas Cowboys
DE Kendall Reyes Washington Redskins
LB Terrance Smith Kansas City Chiefs*
G Mike Person Atlanta Falcons
DL Jarvis Jenkins New York Jets
RB Knile Davis Green Bay Packers†
CB Terrance Mitchell Kansas City Chiefs*

*Indicates player was signed off practice squad of team listed
†Knile Davis was traded to the Packers, then was released 2 weeks later, and signed back to the Chiefs

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
LB Dezman Moses Free agent
T Jordan Devey Chiefs active roster
LB Ramik Wilson Chiefs active roster
DT Rakeem Nuñez-Roches Chiefs active roster
LB Sam Barrington Saints active roster
LB Sio Moore Cardinals active roster
CB Terrance Mitchell Chiefs active roster
DT David King Chiefs active roster
RB Bishop Sankey Vikings practice squad

Staff

2016 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 – Kyle Childress

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 – Devin Woodhouse
  • Assistant strength and conditioning – Ryan Reynolds

Final roster

2016 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, 8 inactive, 10 practice squad

Preseason

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Recap
1 August 13 Seattle Seahawks L 16–17 0–1 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
2 August 20 at Los Angeles Rams L 20–21 0–2 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Recap
3 August 27 at Chicago Bears W 23–7 1–2 Soldier Field Recap
4 September 1 Green Bay Packers W 17–7 2–2 Arrowhead Stadium Recap

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Recap
1 September 11 San Diego Chargers W 33–27 (OT) 1–0 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
2 September 18 at Houston Texans L 12–19 1–1 NRG Stadium Recap
3 September 25 New York Jets W 24–3 2–1 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
4 October 2 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 14–43 2–2 Heinz Field Recap
5 Bye
6 October 16 at Oakland Raiders W 26–10 3–2 Oakland Alameda Coliseum Recap
7 October 23 New Orleans Saints W 27–21 4–2 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
8 October 30 at Indianapolis Colts W 30–14 5–2 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
9 November 6 Jacksonville Jaguars W 19–14 6–2 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
10 November 13 at Carolina Panthers W 20–17 7–2 Bank of America Stadium Recap
11 November 20 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 17–19 7–3 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
12 November 27 at Denver Broncos W 30–27 (OT) 8–3 Sports Authority Field at Mile High Recap
13 December 4 at Atlanta Falcons W 29–28 9–3 Georgia Dome Recap
14 December 8 Oakland Raiders W 21–13 10–3 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
15 December 18 Tennessee Titans L 17–19 10–4 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
16 December 25 Denver Broncos W 33–10 11–4 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
17 January 1 at San Diego Chargers W 37–27 12–4 Qualcomm Stadium Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries

Week 1: vs. San Diego Chargers

Week 1: San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34OTTotal
Chargers 7 14 33027
Chiefs 3 0 717633

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

Week 2: at Houston Texans

Week 2: Kansas City Chiefs at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 0 3 0912
Texans 7 6 0619

at NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas

Game information

Week 3: vs. New York Jets

Week 3: New York Jets at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Jets 0 3 003
Chiefs 7 10 0724

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

The Chiefs picked off the Jets six times.

Week 4: at Pittsburgh Steelers

Week 4: Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 0 0 01414
Steelers 22 7 7743

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Game information

Week 6: at Oakland Raiders

Week 6: Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 7 6 10326
Raiders 7 3 0010

at Oakland Alameda Coliseum, Oakland, California

  • Date: October 16
  • Game time: 3:05 p.m. CDT/1:05 p.m. PDT
  • Game weather: 61 °F (16 °C), rain
  • Game attendance: 54,211
  • Referee: Pete Morelli
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 7: vs. New Orleans Saints

Week 7: New Orleans Saints at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Saints 7 0 7721
Chiefs 14 7 3327

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

Week 8: at Indianapolis Colts

Week 8: Kansas City Chiefs at Indianapolis Colts – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 3 14 7630
Colts 0 7 7014

at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Date: October 30
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT/12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 65,417
  • Referee: Craig Wrolstad
  • TV announcers (CBS): Spero Dedes and Solomon Wilcots
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 9: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Week 9: Jacksonville Jaguars at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Jaguars 0 7 0714
Chiefs 7 3 6319

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: November 6
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 62 °F (17 °C), clear
  • Game attendance: 73,294
  • Referee: Gene Steratore
  • TV announcers (CBS): Spero Dedes and Solomon Wilcots
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 10: at Carolina Panthers

Week 10: Kansas City Chiefs at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 0 3 01720
Panthers 3 14 0017

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information

Week 11: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 11: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Buccaneers 0 9 3719
Chiefs 3 7 0717

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

Week 12: at Denver Broncos

Week 12: Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 34OTTotal
Chiefs 0 9 78630
Broncos 0 3 714327

at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

  • Date: November 27
  • Game time: 7:30 p.m. CST/6:30 p.m. MST
  • Game weather: 44 °F (7 °C), mostly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 76,819
  • Referee: Pete Morelli
  • TV announcers (NBC): Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 13: at Atlanta Falcons

Week 13: Kansas City Chiefs at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 6 14 7229
Falcons 10 6 01228

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Date: December 4
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 69,879
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel, Trent Green and Jamie Erdahl
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 14: vs. Oakland Raiders

Week 14: Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Raiders 3 7 3013
Chiefs 0 21 0021

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: December 8
  • Game time: 7:25 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 21 °F (−6 °C), clear
  • Game attendance: 75,191
  • Referee: Terry McAulay
  • TV announcers (NBC/NFLN/Twitter): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Heather Cox
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 15: vs. Tennessee Titans

Week 15: Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Titans 0 7 01219
Chiefs 14 3 0017

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: December 18
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 1 °F (−17 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 68,084
  • Referee: John Hussey
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel, Trent Green and Jamie Erdahl
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 16: vs. Denver Broncos

NFL on Christmas Day

Week 16: Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Broncos 7 3 0010
Chiefs 21 0 01233

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: December 25
  • Game time: 7:30 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 53 °F (12 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 76,671
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 17: at San Diego Chargers

Week 17: Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 3 17 14337
Chargers 3 7 71027

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

  • Date: January 1, 2017
  • Game time: 3:25 p.m. CST/1:25 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 59 °F (15 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 54,915
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel, Trent Green and Jamie Erdahl
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Postseason

See also: 2016–17 NFL playoffs

Schedule

Round Date Opponent (seed) Result Record Venue Recap
Wild Card First-round bye
Divisional January 15, 2017 Pittsburgh Steelers (3) L 16–18 0–1 Arrowhead Stadium Recap

Game summaries

AFC Divisional Playoffs: vs. (3) Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC Divisional Playoffs: (3) Pittsburgh Steelers at (2) Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Steelers 6 6 3318
Chiefs 7 0 3616

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

Standings

Division

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2) Kansas City Chiefs 12 4 0 .750 6–0 9–3 389 311 W2
(5) Oakland Raiders 12 4 0 .750 3–3 9–3 416 385 L1
Denver Broncos 9 7 0 .625 2–4 6–6 333 297 W1
San Diego Chargers 5 11 0 .313 1–5 4–8 410 423 L5

Conference

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division leaders
1 New England Patriots East 14 2 0 .875 5–1 11–1 .439 .424 W7
2[a] Kansas City Chiefs West 12 4 0 .750 6–0 9–3 .508 .479 W2
3 Pittsburgh Steelers North 11 5 0 .688 5–1 9–3 .494 .423 W7
4[b] Houston Texans South 9 7 0 .563 5–1 7–5 .502 .427 L1
Wild Cards
5[a] Oakland Raiders West 12 4 0 .750 3–3 9–3 .504 .443 L1
6 Miami Dolphins East 10 6 0 .625 4–2 7–5 .455 .341 L1
Did not qualify for the postseason
7[b][c] Tennessee Titans South 9 7 0 .563 2–4 6–6 .465 .458 W1
8[c] Denver Broncos West 9 7 0 .563 2–4 6–6 .549 .455 W1
9[d] Baltimore Ravens North 8 8 0 .500 4–2 7–5 .498 .363 L2
10[d] Indianapolis Colts South 8 8 0 .500 3–3 5–7 .492 .406 W1
11 Buffalo Bills East 7 9 0 .438 1–5 4–8 .482 .339 L2
12 Cincinnati Bengals North 6 9 1 .406 3–3 5–7 .521 .333 W1
13[e] New York Jets East 5 11 0 .313 2–4 4–8 .518 .313 W1
14[e] San Diego Chargers West 5 11 0 .313 1–5 4–8 .543 .513 L5
15 Jacksonville Jaguars South 3 13 0 .188 2–4 2–10 .527 .417 L1
16 Cleveland Browns North 1 15 0 .063 0–6 1–11 .549 .313 L1
Tiebreakers[f]
  1. ^ a b Kansas City clinched the AFC West division over Oakland based on head-to-head sweep.
  2. ^ a b Houston clinched the AFC South division title over Tennessee based on record vs. division opponents.
  3. ^ a b Tennessee finished ahead of Denver based on head-to-head victory.
  4. ^ a b Baltimore finished ahead of Indianapolis based on record vs. conference opponents.
  5. ^ a b The New York Jets finished ahead of San Diego based record vs. common opponents — the Jets' cumulative record against Cleveland, Indianapolis,
    Kansas City and Miami was 1–4, while San Diego's cumulative record against the same four teams was 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

  1. ^ "Chiefs, Dorsey Agree to Part Ways". Chiefs.com. Archived from the original on July 10, 2017. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Chiefs lose two draft picks for tampering with Maclin". NFL.com.
  3. ^ "NFL denies Kansas City Chiefs' anti-tampering appeal". NFL.com.
  4. ^ "'Personal health' primary reason for Husain Abdullah to retire". ESPN.com.
  5. ^ Orr, Conor (April 11, 2016). "Ex-Jets, Chiefs DE Mike DeVito announces retirement". NFL.com. Retrieved April 11, 2016.