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Encyclopedia > Kansas City Chiefs quarterbacks

The National Football League's Kansas City Chiefs have had a total of thirteen starting quarterbacks in their franchise's four-decade long history.[1] The team has also had its own controversial history of backup quarterbacks that have stolen the spotlight from the starters.[2][3] Damon Huard is the current starter, as officially chosen on August 25, 2007. The National Football League (NFL) is the largest and most prestigious professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ... City Kansas City, Missouri Team colors Red, white and gold Head Coach Herman Edwards Owner The Hunt Family (Clark Hunt, chairman)[1] General manager Carl Peterson Mascot K.C. Wolf (1989-present) Warpaint (1963-1988) League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League...

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History

Starting quarterbacks

The Chiefs have had many notable quarterbacks on their squad at different times. Hall of Famers Len Dawson and Joe Montana led the Chiefs in both of their dominant eras, while notable backup quarterbacks have also donned the red, white and gold jerseys. In the early 2000s, Trent Green led the Chiefs' high powered offense to record-breaking seasons and multiple 4,000 yard passing seasons. Len Dawson (born June 20, 1935) was an American football quarterback from Purdue University who played for three professional teams, most notably the Kansas City Chiefs. ... Joseph Clifford Joe Montana, Jr. ... The 2000s are the current decade, spanning from 2000 to 2009. ... Trent Jason Green (born July 9, 1970 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa) is an American football quarterback for the Miami Dolphins[1] of the National Football League. ...


In the past few decades, the Chiefs have relied on veteran quarterbacks to lead their team.[4] The Chiefs never drafted their own quarterback to develop until Brodie Croyle,[4] who is expected to win the starting position in the near future, and was drafted in 2006. When head coach Herman Edwards arrived in 2006, he stated that he was looking towards implementing younger players into his gameplan, and he was arguably beginning his roster moves at the quarterback position.[4] In 2007, either Croyle or Damon Huard are expected to become the thirteenth starting quarterback in franchise history.[5] Brodie Croyle, (born February 6, 1983 in Rainbow City, Alabama) is an American football quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL. Brodie was the starting quarterback for the University of Alabama football team for the 2002-2005 seasons, graduating from the university with a degree in human environmental... The 2006 National Football League Draft , the 71st in league history, took place in New York City at Radio City Music Hall on April 29 and April 30, 2006. ... Herman Lee Herm Edwards, Jr. ... The Chiefs are currently 7-4 and tied for second place in the AFC West. ...


Quarterbacks enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame are in bold. The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the hall of fame of the National Football League (NFL). ...

Quarterback Years as
Starter
Cotton Davidson 1960—1961
Len Dawson 1962—1975
Mike Livingston 1976—1978
Steve Fuller 1979—1980
Bill Kenney1 2 1980—1988
Steve DeBerg 1989—1991
Dave Krieg 1992
Joe Montana 1993—1994
Steve Bono 1995—1996
Elvis Grbac3 1997—2000
Trent Green4 2001—2006
Damon Huard 2007—

1: Todd Blackledge started half of the 1984 season and went 4-4 before Bill Kenney was retained as the starter. In 1985, Blackledge played for the second half of the season, and the first half of the 1986 season.
2: Replacement quarterbacks, including Matt Stevens and Alex Espinoza played for the Chiefs following the NFL Players Association strike in 1987. For the first and only time in team history, five different quarterbacks started in 1987 following the player's strike.[6]
3: Rich Gannon and Elvis Grbac both alternated the starting position multiple times from 1997-1998 due to Grbac's injuries.
4: In 2006, Damon Huard filled in for the injured Trent Green after Green suffered a concussion in the first game of the season. Green returned in week 11 and finished the season with a 4-4 record as starter compared to Huard's 5-3 record. Francis Marion Davidson (born November 30, 1931 in Gatesville, Texas [1] [2]) known by his nickname Cotton Davidson, was an American football quarterback for the NFLs Baltimore Colts (1954, 1957), and the AFLs Dallas Texans (1960-1961) and Oakland Raiders (1962-1968). ... Len Dawson (born June 20, 1935) was an American football quarterback from Purdue University who played for three professional teams, most notably the Kansas City Chiefs. ... Mike Livingston was a quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs football team. ... Steve Fuller was an American football player. ... William Patrick Bill Kenney (born January 20, 1955) is a retired quarterback who spent 9 years in the National Football League with the Kansas City Chiefs from 1980 to 1988 and a former politician who spent 8 years as a Missouri State Senator. ... Steve DeBerg (born January 19, 1954) is a former American Football quarterback who played for the San Francisco 49ers (1978-1980), Denver Broncos (1981-1983), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1984-1987, 1992, 1993), Kansas City Chiefs (1988-1991), Miami Dolphins (1993), and Atlanta Falcons (1998). ... David M. Krieg (Dave Blitz Krieg, born October 20, 1958 in Iola, Wisconsin) is a former American football quarterback in the NFL. He attended the now-defunct Milton College. ... Joseph Clifford Joe Montana, Jr. ... Steve Bono with the St. ... Elvis Grbac (born August 13, 1970 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a former NFL quarterback. ... Trent Jason Green (born July 9, 1970 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa) is an American football quarterback for the Miami Dolphins[1] of the National Football League. ... Damon Paul Huard (born July 9, 1973 in Yakima, Washington) is the starting quarterback of the National Football Leagues Kansas City Chiefs. ... Todd Blackledge (b. ... The 1985 Kansas City Chiefs season ended with a 6-10 record, and last place finish in the AFC West. ... The 1986 Kansas City Chiefs season ended with a 10-6 record, the most wins for the franchise since 1971. ... Matt Stevens may refer to: Matt Stevens (born 1982), rugby union player. ... Alex Espinoza is a former NFL quarterback who played for one season with the Kansas City Chiefs. ... The National Football League Players Association, or NFLPA, is the labor union of players in footballs National Football League. ... The 1987 NFL season was the 68th regular season of the National Football League. ... Richard Joseph Gannon (born December 20, 1965 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a former football quarterback, who achieved most of his success late in his career with the Oakland Raiders in the National Football League. ...


Backup quarterbacks

Tom Flores led the Oakland Raiders to two Super Bowl victories years after he had been back up to Len Dawson. Dawson's other backup, Mike Livingston led the Chiefs when Dawson suffered a leg injury in their 1969 Championship season on their way to Super Bowl IV. Warren Moon, a member of the Football Hall of Fame, served as the Chiefs backup for the 1999 and 2000 seasons under Elvis Grbac. Moon had a long career in the CFL and NFL, the Chiefs were the final team Moon played for. Thomas R. Tom Flores (born March 21, 1937 in Fresno, California) is a retired Mexican-American football quarterback and coach. ... City Oakland, California Other nicknames The Silver and Black Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Lane Kiffin Owner Al Davis General manager Al Davis League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–1969) Western Division (1960–1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC West (1970... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ... Len Dawson (born June 20, 1935) was an American football quarterback from Purdue University who played for three professional teams, most notably the Kansas City Chiefs. ... Mike Livingston was a quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs football team. ... The 1969 Kansas City Chiefs season resulted in a 11-3 record and a 23-7 victory in Super Bowl IV over the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings. ... Date January 11, 1970 Stadium Tulane Stadium City New Orleans, Louisiana MVP Len Dawson, Quarterback Favorite Vikings by 12 1/2 National anthem Al Hirt Coin toss Game referee Referee John McDonough Halftime show Mardi Gras with Carol Channing Attendance 80,562 TV in the United States Network CBS Announcers... Harold Warren Moon (born November 18, 1956 in Los Angeles, California) is a former American and Canadian football quarterback who played for the Canadian Football Leagues Edmonton Eskimos and the National Football Leagues Houston Oilers, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs. ...


Todd Blackledge, selected from the infamous Quarterback Class of 1983, did poorly with the Chiefs and is simply remembered by Chiefs fans as being a bust—the Chiefs passed on future greats Dan Marino and Jim Kelly—believing that Blackledge instead would claim the starting job (which he never accomplished).[4] Todd Blackledge (b. ... The 1983 NFL Draft is also frequently known as the Quarterback class of 1983, because of the six quarterbacks taken in the first round. ... Daniel Constantine Marino, Jr. ... James Edward Kelly (born February 14, 1960 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) was an American football quarterback for the Buffalo Bills. ...


"Quarterback controversies"

1997: Gannon/Grbac

Rich Gannon, future league MVP with the Oakland Raiders, started a controversy in the 1997 season when Elvis Grbac started the first nine games and then got hurt. Gannon replaced Grbac and started the next six games, before Grbac opened the season finale. Grbac then started in the playoffs and the Chiefs lost to the eventual Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos 14-10.[2] It is now widely agreed that coach Marty Schottenheimer made a mistake by starting Grbac in the playoff game.[2] Richard Joseph Gannon (born December 20, 1965 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a former football quarterback, who achieved most of his success late in his career with the Oakland Raiders in the National Football League. ... The NFL Most Valuable Player Award is given by various entities, most notably the Associated Press, to the player who has contributed the most to the success of the players team. ... City Oakland, California Other nicknames The Silver and Black Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Lane Kiffin Owner Al Davis General manager Al Davis League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–1969) Western Division (1960–1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC West (1970... The 1997 Kansas City Chiefs season boasted the NFLs most powerful squad, with the Chiefs 90s defense at its peak. ... Elvis Grbac (born August 13, 1970 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a former NFL quarterback. ... Date January 25, 1998 Stadium Qualcomm Stadium City San Diego MVP Terrell Davis, Running back Favorite Packers by 11 1/2 National anthem Jewel Coin toss Joe Gibbs, Doug Williams, Eddie Robinson Referee Ed Hochuli Halftime show Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, and The Four Tops Attendance 68... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Martin Edward Schottenheimer (born September 23, 1943 in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania) is an American football coach. ...


Gannon signed with the Chiefs' rival Oakland Raiders following the 1998 season and later went on to be the league MVP by leading the Raiders to Super Bowl XXXVII. Grbac was cut following the departure of head coach Gunther Cunningham and signed with the then-defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. Grbac only lasted one season in Baltimore after he endured another replacement at the starter's position, this time by veteran Randall Cunningham. Grbac retired following the 2001 season. City Oakland, California Other nicknames The Silver and Black Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Lane Kiffin Owner Al Davis General manager Al Davis League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–1969) Western Division (1960–1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC West (1970... The 1998 NFL season was the 79th regular season of the National Football League. ... The NFL Most Valuable Player Award is given by various entities, most notably the Associated Press, to the player who has contributed the most to the success of the players team. ... Date January 26, 2003 Stadium Qualcomm Stadium City San Diego MVP Dexter Jackson, Safety Favorite Raiders by 4 National anthem Dixie Chicks and Celine Dion (God Bless America) Coin toss 1972 Miami Dolphins: Don Shula, Bob Griese, Larry Csonka, Larry Little, Jim Langer, Nick Buoniconti, Paul Warfield Referee Bill Carollo... The head coach in sports coaching is the coach who is in charge of the other coaches. ... Gunther Cunningham is an American football defensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs franchise. ... Date January 28, 2001 Stadium Raymond James Stadium City Tampa, Florida MVP Ray Lewis, Linebacker Favorite Ravens by 3 National anthem Backstreet Boys Coin toss Marcus Allen, Ottis Anderson, Tom Flores, Bill Parcells Referee Gerald Austin Halftime show Aerosmith, Britney Spears, Nelly, Mary J. Blige and *NSYNC Attendance 71,921... City Baltimore, Maryland Team colors Purple, Black, and Gold Head Coach Brian Billick Owner Steve Bisciotti General manager Ozzie Newsome Mascot Ravens League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1996–present) American Football Conference (1996-present) AFC Central (1996-2001) AFC North (2002-present) Team history Baltimore Ravens (1996–present) Championships... For former United States Representative Randall Duke Cunningham, see Duke Cunningham. ... The 2001 NFL season was the 82nd regular season of the National Football League. ...


2006-07: Croyle/Green/Huard

More recently, Damon Huard, whom had previously not started in over five years, helped lead the Chiefs to the verge of the playoffs in the 2006 season and caught attention from all across the nation over his stellar performance.[3] Prior to his ascension to the starting QB position, Huard was a journeyman quarterback whom had been a back-up quarterback for nearly six years. Huard played in 10 games throwing 11 touchdown passes and only 1 interception for a quarterback rating of 98.0. The Chiefs went 5-3 in games with Huard starting, but when Trent Green reclaimed his starting job after a severe concussion, the Chiefs lost to the Indianapolis Colts—much like the loss to the Broncos nearly a decade before, the eventual Super Bowl champions—in the playoffs. Damon Paul Huard (born July 9, 1973 in Yakima, Washington) is the starting quarterback of the National Football Leagues Kansas City Chiefs. ... The Chiefs are currently 7-4 and tied for second place in the AFC West. ... This article is about the tradesperson. ... Trent Jason Green (born July 9, 1970 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa) is an American football quarterback for the Miami Dolphins[1] of the National Football League. ... City Indianapolis, Indiana Team colors Speed Blue, White, and Gray Head Coach Tony Dungy Owner Jim Irsay General manager Bill Polian Mascot Blue [1] League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1953–present) Western Conference (1953-1969) Coastal Division (1967-1969) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC East (1970-2001) AFC... Date February 4, 2007 Stadium Dolphin Stadium City Miami Gardens, Florida MVP Peyton Manning, Quarterback, Colts Favorite Colts by 7, over/under line 49. ...


On March 6, Chiefs general manager Carl Peterson officially announced that quarterback Green was asked to restructure his contract to remain with the team.[7] Green was also granted permission to explore options of a trade to another team.[7][8][9] The February contract agreement with Huard, who would have been an unrestricted free agent, was the first public indication that Green’s job was in danger. [7][10] The first team to have contacted the Chiefs' front office was the Miami Dolphins,[11] but Miami had reportedly backed off of talks due to a disagreement in negotiations. The Dolphins offered a seventh round draft pick to the Chiefs, but the Chiefs declined, instead seeking a second round pick in exchange for Green.[12] The Detroit Lions[12], and Cleveland Browns[12] are also interested in Green, whom are both looking for a veteran quarterback. Green had told the Chiefs that Miami was his preference[12][9] being that he previously worked under both head coach Cam Cameron and longtime quarterbacks coach Terry Shea. On draft day, the Chiefs and Dolphins could not reach a deal to trade Green. is the 65th day of the year (66th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The term general manager is a descriptive term for certain executives in a business operation. ... This page may meet Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ... Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... City Miami Gardens, Florida Other nicknames The Fins Team colors Aqua, Coral, White and Navy Head Coach Cam Cameron Owner H. Wayne Huizenga General manager Randy Mueller Mascot T.D. League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1966-1969) Eastern Division (1966-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference... City Detroit, Michigan Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ... “Browns” redirects here. ... Malcolm Cam Cameron (born February 6, 1961 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina) is currently head coach of the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League. ... Terry Shea is the quarterbacks coach for the Kansas City Chiefs. ...


Leading up to the 2007 NFL Draft, Green was offered to the Dolphins in exchange for a fourth round draft pick, while the Dolphins changed their offer to a sixth round pick.[13] Green attended all of the team practices in Spring 2007 despite months of voicing his intention to play in Miami.[14] Once the team's organized team activities's started in May, Green voiced his frustration and the controversy drew attention from all across the nation.[15] Within the lockerrooms, teammates voiced their concerns and gave support for Green, including left guard Brian Waters.[14] The 2007 National Football League Draft took place at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on April 28 and April 29, 2007. ... An offensive lineman (football) is one of a group of positions in American football. ... Brian Demond Waters (born February 18, 1977 in Waxahachie, Texas) is an American football guard for the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL. He attended the University of North Texas. ...


Criticism was drawn to the Chiefs' apparent neglect to trade Green,[15] especially towards Carl Peterson's failure to execute the trade.[16] [17]


Green stated that he was being unfairly on and off the field and that the 2007 quarterback competition is "weighted."[14][18] Head coach Herman Edwards voiced his own displeasure with Green's outspoken comments and simply said that he is "trying to create competition."[19] The head coach in sports coaching is the coach who is in charge of the other coaches. ... Herman Lee Herm Edwards, Jr. ...


The changes have become apparent to Green, whom learned of the dismissal of quarterbacks coach Shea from Brodie Croyle, and has also pointed out numerous occasions where Coach Edwards has expressed the intention to start a younger quarterback to go along with the others in the AFC West.[14] Green's agent had also said that the Dolphins were willing to be "flexible" in the trade negotiations, but the Chiefs organization was not returning their calls in late May.[20] Brodie Croyle, (born February 6, 1983 in Rainbow City, Alabama) is an American football quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL. Brodie was the starting quarterback for the University of Alabama football team for the 2002-2005 seasons, graduating from the university with a degree in human environmental... The AFC West is a division of the National Football Leagues American Football Conference. ...


If the Chiefs decide to start Croyle, it will be the first time since 1983 (with Todd Blackledge) that they have tried to develop their own quarterback from a draft instead of relying on a veteran. The 1983 NFL season was the 64th regular season of the National Football League. ... Todd Blackledge (b. ...


On June 5, the Chiefs agreed to trade Green to the Miami Dolphins for a conditional fifth round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, pending a physical from Green.[9] The pick can be upgraded to a fourth-rounder if Green reaches certain predetermined playing time and performance levels.[9] The 2008 NFL Draft will take place at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in 2008. ...


On August 25, 2007, Damon Huard was officially named the 13th starting quarterback of the Chiefs.[21]


References

  1. ^ Gretz, Bob. Thinking about quarterbacks KCChiefs.com, 12 September 2003; retrieved 7 February 2007.
  2. ^ a b c Gretz, Bob. Quarterbacks and controversy KCChiefs.com, 1 November 2006
  3. ^ a b Gretz, Bob. Huard performing a tough act to follow KCChiefs.com, 26 October 2006.
  4. ^ a b c d Gretz, Bob. The quarterback myth KCChiefs.com, 27 April 2006.
  5. ^ Rand, Jonathan. New QBs no problem for Chiefs KCChiefs.com, 5 July 2007.
  6. ^ Kansas City Chiefs History 1980's
  7. ^ a b c Teicher, Adam. Chiefs grant request for Green to seek opportunity with another team Kansas City Star, 7 March 2007.
  8. ^ Joint statement from Chiefs president Carl Peterson and Jim Steiner KCChiefs.com, 6 March 2007.
  9. ^ a b c d Pasquarelli, Len. Green goes to Dolphins from Chiefs in trade ESPN.com, 5 June 2007.
  10. ^ Associated Press. Chief to be chopped? Green asked to restructure deal ESPN.com, 6 March 2007.
  11. ^ Salguero, Armando. Dolphins discuss deal for Green Miami Herald, 7 March 2007.
  12. ^ a b c d Teicher, Adam. Browns may go for Green Kansas City Star, 29 March 2007.
  13. ^ Teicher, Adam. Trent Green still a Chief Kansas City Star, 30 April 2007.
  14. ^ a b c d King, Jason. It's not easy being (Trent) Green Kansas City Star, 22 May 2007.
  15. ^ a b Merrill, Elizabeth. QB situation not a distraction for Edwards ESPN.com, 2 May 2007.
  16. ^ Whitlock, Jason. Where's Trent's love? Kansas City Star, 13 May 2007.
  17. ^ Whitlock, Jason. Two sides to sad Green story Kansas City Star, 24 May 2007.
  18. ^ Teicher, Adam. Green expresses frustration; Chiefs re-sign Allen Kansas City Star, 22 May 2007.
  19. ^ King, Jason. Herm refutes Green's assertion that quarterback competition stacked against him Kansas City Star, 23 May 2007.
  20. ^ Associated Press. Green's agent says Chiefs won't return calls ESPN.com, 24 May 2007.
  21. ^ Huard named starting quarterback Kansas City Star, 25 August 2007.
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