Decade By Decade: The Quarterbacks Of The Kansas City Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs are one of the more interesting teams in the National Football League and have had some very interesting starting quarterbacks situations in their history. The Chiefs started as the Dallas Texans in 1960, the first year of the old American Football League, and after winning an AFL Championship in 1962 and a Super Bowl title following the 1969 season, they have had a rather up and down history since then. Let’s take a look at the Kansas City Chiefs and their quarterbacks.


The Texans started out their existence with two quarterbacks that originally had been backups with other organizations. Cotton Davidson was the first starting quarterback for the franchise in 1960, but after a couple of seasons the history of the Chiefs was altered forever when Len Dawson became the starter in 1962. Dawson would quarterback the team through the end of the decade, amassing great victories and a number of individual records and accomplishments as well.


Future hall of famer Len Dawson continued as the starting quarterback through the mid 1970s, although he would eventually begin sharing the duty with Mike Livingston as his career would wind down. Livingston then became the primary starting quarterback for the Chiefs until 1979 when the team was turned over to rookie Steve Fuller.


Fuller would begin the new decade as the Chiefs starting quarterback, but that would only last for a year. The next season would see Bill Kenney emerge as the starting quarterback. Kenney would remain the primary starting quarterback through most of the rest of the decade before turning the reins of the Chiefs over to Steve DeBerg.


The 90s would see the Chiefs have a great many different quarterbacks start games for them as the decade began with DeBerg at the helm, he would be followed by Dave Krieg, Joe Montana, Steve Bono, Elvis Grbac, and Rich Gannon.


The new decade would see the team quarterbacked by Elvis Grbac for one year before the team was turned over to Trent Green. The next five seasons with Green running the Chiefs’ offense would be some of the more stable years in the team’s recent history. Kansas City would also see a limited amount of success at this time, although it wouldn’t really translate into postseason victories. The 2006 season would be Trent Green’s last with the team as he split time at the starting quarterback position with Damon Huard. Green would move on to Miami for the 2007 season and the team would be turned over to the combination of Huard and rookie Brodie Croyle.

The Chiefs have had an interesting history, and much of it is owed to the quarterbacks who have led the team at different times in their past. The Chiefs will continue to be one of the more successful franchises in the future, mainly because of the tremendous support they receive from their fan base. Like most teams though, they have been their most successful when they have shown stability at the starting quarterback position.

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