- Super Bowl Championships: 1
- Last Super Bowl Championship: Super Bowl 4
- Claim to Fame: The Chiefs were the first team to appear in the Super Bowl in two different decades
- Claim to Shame: Since 1970, they have only appeared in one conference championship game (which they lost)
When Lamar Hunt moved his Dallas Texans to Kansas City in 1960, he started a love affair between a franchise and one of the most loyal and dedicated fan bases in all of sports.
The Chiefs are one of the AFLs oldest and most respected franchises. Their early success, three AFL championships in the first decade, caught the cities curiosity. And winning Super Bowl 4 against the Minnesota Vikings gave the Chiefs Kansas City’s undivided attention.
But the fanbase is rightfully growing a little impatient waiting for another championship. Fortunately, the past five seasons under head coach Andy Reid have provided some hope.
The 2017 season looked like it may finally see the Chiefs back in the Super Bowl, as Alex Smith abandoned his signature check-down mentality and started consistently taking deep shots down the field.
Tyreek Hill’s world class ability to take the top off a defense certainly made the change in Smith’s game a smooth one, and the results were positive. It also opened the field up for Andy Reid to unleash rookie Kareem Hunt, who won the 2017 rushing title.
The Arrowhead faithful were enamored as the team jumped out of the gate with five convincing wins. They did stumble a little, losing six of seven, but regained their confidence as they won the last four games of the regular season, finishing with a 10-6 record.
The high scoring offense was not able to shelter the injury-ravaged defense that lost its heart and soul in All-Pro safety Eric Berry. The patchwork KC attempted was downright awful, as they gave up nearly 120 yards per game on the ground (25th).
Another early playoff exit was the final straw for Smith’s tenure in KC, as the Chiefs will usher in the new era of 2017 first-round pick Patrick Mahomes.
Smith was shipped off to Washington for corner back Kendall Fuller, who is in turn tasked with replacing Marcus Peters who was sent to the Los Angeles Rams.
Mahomes will have the luxury of having the fastest set of WRs in the league after the Chiefs signed speedy Sammy Watkins. One thing is for sure, the Chiefs will be fun to watch in 2018.