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2011 Kansas City Chiefs season

The 2011 Kansas City Chiefs season was the franchise's 42nd season in the National Football League, the 52nd overall and the third under the head coach/general manager tandem of Todd Haley and Scott Pioli. The Chiefs failed to improve on their 10–6 record in 2010.

2011 Kansas City Chiefs season
Head coachTodd Haley (fired on December 12, 5–8 record)
Romeo Crennel (Interim; 2–1 record)
General managerScott Pioli
OwnerThe Hunt family
Home fieldArrowhead Stadium
Results
Record7–9
Division place4th AFC West
Playoff finishdid not qualify
Pro BowlersLB Tamba Hali
LB Derrick Johnson
Team MVPDerrick Johnson
Team ROYJustin Houston

On July 25, the NFLPA and the NFL owners agreed on a new collective bargaining agreement. The Chiefs training camp began on July 29 in St. Joseph, MO. The Chiefs played their first preseason game on August 12 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. On September 11, the Chiefs opened their regular season against the Buffalo Bills.

Despite entering the season with high expectations, even with their tough schedule, they did not earn their first win until Week 4 against the Minnesota Vikings and finished the first quarter of the season with a disappointing 1–3 record. After starting the season 5–8, head coach Todd Haley was fired after a 37–10 loss to the New York Jets and replaced by defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel on an interim basis for the remainder of the season.[1] One bright spot of the season is the first game after Crennel took over as interim head coach; an upset win against the then 13–0 Green Bay Packers to ruin their perfect season hopes (though the Packers still finished with a 15–1 record).

Contents

OffseasonEdit

Coaching changesEdit

Kansas City Chiefs Coaching Changes[2]
Position Coach 2010 Position 2011 Position
OC Bill Muir Kansas City Chiefs OLC Kansas City Chiefs OC/OLC
OC Charlie Weis Kansas City Chiefs OC Florida Gators OC
QBC Jim Zorn Baltimore Ravens QBC Kansas City Chiefs QBC

Free AgencyEdit

Kansas City Chiefs Free Agency[2]
Position Player Status* 2010 Team 2011 Team
LB Charlie Anderson UFA Kansas City Chiefs None
RB Jackie Battle RFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
WR Steve Breaston UFA Arizona Cardinals Kansas City Chiefs
CB Brandon Carr RFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
FB Tim Castille UFA Kansas City Chiefs None
WR Keary Colbert UFA None Kansas City Chiefs
WR Terrance Copper UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
TE Brad Cottam RFA Kansas City Chiefs None
FB Mike Cox RFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
QB Brodie Croyle UFA Kansas City Chiefs Arizona Cardinals
WR Kevin Curtis UFA Kansas City Chiefs Tennessee Titans
CB Travis Daniels UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
DT Ron Edwards UFA Kansas City Chiefs Carolina Panthers
OT Jared Gaither UFA Baltimore Ravens Kansas City Chiefs
DE Wallace Gilberry RFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
DT Kelly Gregg UFA Baltimore Ravens Kansas City Chiefs
LB Cory Greenwood EFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
LB Tamba Hali UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
S Reshard Langford EFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
CB Maurice Leggett RFA Kansas City Chiefs None
FB Le'Ron McClain UFA Baltimore Ravens Kansas City Chiefs
S Jon McGraw UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
OT Steve Maneri RFA New England Patriots Kansas City Chiefs
LB Corey Mays UFA Kansas City Chiefs None
C Rudy Niswanger UFA Kansas City Chiefs Detroit Lions
OT Ryan O'Callaghan UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
S Sabby Piscitelli UFA Tampa Bay Buccaneers & Cleveland Browns Kansas City Chiefs
TE Leonard Pope UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
OT Barry Richardson RFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
LB Brandon Siler UFA San Diego Chargers Kansas City Chiefs
DE Shaun Smith UFA Kansas City Chiefs Tennessee Titans
LB Mike Vrabel UFA Kansas City Chiefs Retired
C Casey Wiegmann UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
*RFA: Restricted free agent, UFA: Unrestricted free agent, ERFA: Exclusive rights free agent, Franchise: Franchise tag

2011 draft boardEdit

Round Selection Player Position College
1 [a] 26 [b] Jon Baldwin Wide Receiver Pittsburgh
2 55 Rodney Hudson Center Florida State
3 70 [a] Justin Houston Linebacker Georgia
3 86 Allen Bailey Defensive End Miami (FL)
4 118 Jalil Brown Cornerback Colorado
5 135 [c] Ricky Stanzi Quarterback Iowa
5 140 [d] Gabe Miller Linebacker Oregon State
6 [c] 199 [e] Jerrell Powe Nose Tackle Mississippi
7 223 Shane Bannon Runningback Yale
^[a] The Chiefs traded their original first-round selection (#21) to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for the first-round selection (#27) which the Browns had previously acquired from Atlanta, and Cleveland's third-round selection (#70 overall).[citation needed]
^[b] The Baltimore Ravens originally held the 26th pick, but they did not submit their pick in the allotted ten minutes which allowed Kansas City to pick ahead of them.
^[c] The Chiefs traded their original sixth-round selection (#187 overall) and DT Alex Magee to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for the fifth-round selection which the Buccaneers had previously acquired from Denver.[citation needed]
^[d] The Chiefs swapped fifth-round selections with the Detroit Lions (the Chiefs originally held the #154 overall selection), after the Lions were found guilty of tampering with Chiefs' players.[citation needed]
^[e] Compensatory selection.

PreseasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Kickoff (CDT) Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 August 12 7:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 0–25 0–1 Arrowhead Stadium Fox Recap
2 August 19 6:30 p.m. at Baltimore Ravens L 13–31 0–2 M&T Bank Stadium KCTV Recap
3 August 26 7:00 p.m. St. Louis Rams L 10–14 0–3 Arrowhead Stadium KCTV Recap
4 September 1 7:00 p.m. at Green Bay Packers L 19–20 0–4 Lambeau Field KCTV Recap

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Kickoff (CT) Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 September 11 12:00 p.m. Buffalo Bills L 7–41 0–1 Arrowhead Stadium CBS Recap
2 September 18 12:00 p.m. at Detroit Lions L 3–48 0–2 Ford Field CBS Recap
3 September 25 3:05 p.m. at San Diego Chargers L 17–20 0–3 Qualcomm Stadium CBS Recap
4 October 2 12:00 p.m. Minnesota Vikings W 22–17 1–3 Arrowhead Stadium Fox Recap
5 October 9 12:00 p.m. at Indianapolis Colts W 28–24 2–3 Lucas Oil Stadium CBS Recap
6 Bye
7 October 23 3:05 p.m. at Oakland Raiders W 28–0 3–3 O.co Coliseum CBS Recap
8 October 31 7:30 p.m. San Diego Chargers W 23–20 (OT) 4–3 Arrowhead Stadium ESPN Recap
9 November 6 12:00 p.m. Miami Dolphins L 3–31 4–4 Arrowhead Stadium CBS Recap
10 November 13 12:00 p.m. Denver Broncos L 10–17 4–5 Arrowhead Stadium CBS Recap
11 November 21 7:30 p.m. at New England Patriots L 3–34 4–6 Gillette Stadium ESPN Recap
12 November 27 7:20 p.m. Pittsburgh Steelers L 9–13 4–7 Arrowhead Stadium NBC Recap
13 December 4 12:00 p.m. at Chicago Bears W 10–3 5–7 Soldier Field CBS Recap
14 December 11 12:00 p.m. at New York Jets L 10–37 5–8 MetLife Stadium CBS Recap
15 December 18 12:00 p.m. Green Bay Packers W 19–14 6–8 Arrowhead Stadium Fox Recap
16 December 24 12:00 p.m. Oakland Raiders L 13–16 (OT) 6–9 Arrowhead Stadium CBS Recap
17 January 1 3:15 p.m. at Denver Broncos W 7–3 7–9 Sports Authority Field at Mile High CBS Recap

StandingsEdit

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(4) Denver Broncos 8 8 0 .500 3–3 6–6 309 390 L3
San Diego Chargers 8 8 0 .500 3–3 7–5 406 377 W1
Oakland Raiders 8 8 0 .500 3–3 6–6 333 395 L1
Kansas City Chiefs 7 9 0 .438 3–3 4–8 212 338 W1

Game summariesEdit

Week 1: vs. Buffalo BillsEdit

Week One: Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bills 14 6 14741
Chiefs 0 7 007

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

Week 2: at Detroit LionsEdit

Week Two: Kansas City Chiefs at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 3 0 003
Lions 7 13 72148

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Game information

Week 3: at San Diego ChargersEdit

Week Three: Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 0 0 71017
Chargers 0 10 7320

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Game information

Week 4: vs. Minnesota VikingsEdit

Week Four: Minnesota Vikings at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 7 0 3717
Chiefs 3 6 6722

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

Week 5: at Indianapolis ColtsEdit

Week Five: Kansas City Chiefs at Indianapolis Colts – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 0 14 7728
Colts 7 17 0024

at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Date: October 9
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT/12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 72° F (Sunny,retractable roof open)
  • Game attendance: 65,088
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots
Game information

Week 7: at Oakland RaidersEdit

Week Seven: Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 14 0 7728
Raiders 0 0 000

at O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California

  • Date: October 23
  • Game time: 3:05 p.m. CDT/1:05 p.m. PDT
  • Game weather: 79° F (Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 57,361
  • Referee: Jeff Triplette
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts
Game information

Week 8: vs. San Diego ChargersEdit

Week Eight: San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34OTTotal
Chargers 0 3 98020
Chiefs 10 3 07323

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

Week 9: vs. Miami DolphinsEdit

Week Nine: Miami Dolphins at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Dolphins 7 7 14331
Chiefs 3 0 003

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: November 6
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 62° F (Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 72,263
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots
Game information

Week 10: vs. Denver BroncosEdit

Week Ten: Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Broncos 7 3 0717
Chiefs 0 0 7310

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

Week 11: at New England PatriotsEdit

Week Eleven: Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 3 0 003
Patriots 0 10 17734

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

Game information

Week 12: vs. Pittsburgh SteelersEdit

Week Twelve: Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Steelers 0 13 0013
Chiefs 3 3 039

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

Hoping to snap a three-game losing streak, the Chiefs went home for a Week 12 Sunday night duel with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Kansas City delivered the game's first punch in the opening quarter with a 41-yard field goal from kicker Ryan Succop. The Steelers would answer in the second quarter with kicker Shaun Suisham getting a 21-yard field goal, followed by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completing a 2-yard touchdown pass to tight end Weslye Saunders. The Chiefs would reply with a 49-yard field goal from Succop, but Pittsburgh would close out the half with Suisham booting a 49-yard field goal. After a scoreless third quarter, Kansas City began to chip away at their deficit in the fourth quarter with a 40-yard field goal from Succop. However, the Steelers' defense held on to preserve the win.[citation needed]

With the loss, the Chiefs fell to 4–7.

Week 13: at Chicago BearsEdit

Week Thirteen: Kansas City Chiefs at Chicago Bears – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 0 7 3010
Bears 0 3 003

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

  • Date: December 4
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 46° F (Cloudy, wind gusts to 26 mph, temps to mid 40's)
  • Game attendance: 61,973
  • Referee: Jerome Boger
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots
Game information

Week 14: at New York JetsEdit

Week Fourteen: Kansas City Chiefs at New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 3 0 0710
Jets 7 21 7237

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Date: December 11
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 37° F (Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 79,088
  • Referee: Terry McAulay
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts
Game information

Week 15: vs. Green Bay PackersEdit

Week Fifteen: Green Bay Packers at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Packers 0 0 7714
Chiefs 6 0 31019

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

In one of the biggest upsets of the year, the Chiefs beat the heavily favored Green Bay Packers, ending their hopes of a perfect season. The Chiefs defense held Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to 235 yards, a 48.6% completion percentage, and his only game of the season without multiple passing touchdowns in what was Roger's worse game statistically of the season. This was the last home victory for Kansas City until Week 13 of the 2012 season when they defeated the Carolina Panthers one day after the Jovan Belcher tragedy.

Week 16: vs. Oakland RaidersEdit

Week Sixteen: Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34OTTotal
Raiders 3 0 73316
Chiefs 3 0 37013

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: December 24
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 38° F (Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 70,803
  • Referee: Mike Carey
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots
Game information

Week 17: at Denver BroncosEdit

Week Seventeen: Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 7 0 007
Broncos 0 0 303

at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

  • Date: January 1
  • Game time: 3:15 p.m. CST/2:15 p.m. MST
  • Game weather: 35° F (Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 76,005
  • Referee: Pete Morelli
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz & Phil Simms
Game information

StaffEdit

Kansas City Chiefs 2011 staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

Final rosterEdit

2011 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, 8 Practice squad

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ Haley Relieved of Duties
  2. ^ a b "Kansas City Chiefs 2010 Free Agency". NFL.com. Archived from the original on April 24, 2010. Retrieved April 25, 2010.