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1974 Kansas City Chiefs season

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1974 Kansas City Chiefs season

Head coachHank Stram
Home fieldArrowhead Stadium
Results
1973, Chiefs seasons, 1975
Division place3rd AFC West
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersC Jack Rudnay LB Willie Lanier CB Emmitt Thomas
Record5-9

In final game in AFL history, Chiefs become league's only three-time champions, defeating the Raiders by 17-7 count at Oakland. Making victory even more satisfying for the Chiefs was the fact that Raiders players had to sheepishly walk out of the Stadium with luggage they had packed for New Orleans and Super Bowl IV. During the days preceding KANSAS CITY's clash with the heavily-favored Vikings, unsubstantiated media reports associating Dawson with know gambler hound Chiefs quarterback. The night before the game, Ed Sabol of NFL Films approached Vikings Coach Bud Grant about being miked for the game. Grant decline, but Stram accept. As both Chiefs and cameras roll, Stram clamor for his team to run 65 toss power trap and to keep matriculating Ball down Field. The Chiefs use games as a crusade for the American Football League and wore AFL-10 patches which refer to the League's 10-Year existence. The Chiefs used three Stenerud FGs and Garrett TD run to take a 16-0 halftime lead. A Dynamic 46-yard TD pass from Dawson to Taylor in the third quarter sealed victory as Dawson was named the game's Most Valuable Player. Perhaps the grittiest performance of the day came from S Johnny Robinson, who registered two interceptions and a fumble recovery despite playing with three broken ribs. At approximately 5: 20 PM, final seconds ticked off the clock at Tulane Stadium as the biggest moment in KANSAS CITY sports history came to peak as the Chiefs were crowned World Champions by claiming a 23-7 victory in Super Bowl IV. A Victory parade ensued upon the club's triumphant return to KANSAS CITY the following day. Replicating the success of '69 prove difficult task for Stram and company. RB Mike Garrett, who was the club's All-time leading rusher at the time, was traded to San Diego and replaced in the lineup by RB Ed Podolak. Despite a 44-24 win at Baltimore in just the second-ever telecast of ABC's Monday Night Football package, Chiefs own a 3-31 record at season's midpoint. One of the season's pivotal junctures came in the 17-17 tie vs. Oakland. The Chiefs were ahead 17-14 when Dawson apparently sealed the win, running for first down which would have allowed KANSAS CITY to run out clock. While on the ground, Dawson was speared by Raiders DE Ben Davidson in an infamous incident that cost the Chiefs victory and further inflamed the already heat Chiefs-Raiders rivalry. WR Otis Taylor retaliated and a bench-clearing brawl ensue. Offsetting penalties were call, nullifying Dawson's first down. The Chiefs were forced to punt and Raiders K George Blanda eventually booted the game-tying FG with 0: 08 remaining. That tie ultimately cost the Chiefs a tie with Oakland for the division crown as KANSAS CITY finished the year with a 7-52 record, while the Raiders went 8-42. The '71 Chiefs were regarded by many as the finest squad ever assembled by the franchise, including Lamar Hunt.

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Offseason

Chiefs Digest senior editor Bob Gretz has written Tales from Kansas City Chiefs Sideline, collection of the greatest Chiefs stories ever tell. Book cover story of Dallas Texans / Chiefs from first season through Andy Reid / John Dorsey Era, and is available at all major book stores and through amazon. Com and Barnes & Noble. He was the singular character in the history of the Kansas City Chiefs, maybe in all of pro football. Unique does not begin to accurately describe Hank Stram. When it comes to pro football, mold was not only broken after Stram got into Game, it was shattered into shards so tiny it was impossible for anyone else to create themselves in a similar manner. Stram was cunning at times, oblivious at other moments. He was a smart man and possessed a great football mind that never really shut down; he was always looking for an edge in dealing with opponents, his own players, officials, fans and those that worked around him. He said the Texans / Chiefs franchise was built on a foundation of offense and defense. Camouflage and variety are what weve sold since the beginning of our football team. As the Coach explained in the 1974 book, Great Teams Great YearsKansas City Chiefs, there was nothing quite as exciting as surprising an opponent with a new scheme that would leave them confuse. This is the real excitement of professional football, Stram say. Game plan, camouflage and other things that go on trying to win Game hold great appeal. Whether on practice field or at the Stadium during game, Stram struts around like a bantam rooster in the barnyard, cock of walk. In the world of pro football in the 1960s and 1970s, he was considered the best-dress coach in the game. He was always wearing tailor jackets and pants, frequently with his bright red vest. As he loses his hair, he begins wearing hairpieces that grow considerably over the course of several years. As he works sidelines during games and practice field, meetings rooms and film sessions during the week of preparation, Stram often speaks in his own language. His assistant coaches were known as rats. Youngsters around him, whether secretaries or rookies on roster, were addrest as punks. People that he was not happy with and always media were called hump heads. When he was scheduling speaking engagements or appearances around the country, Stram always wanted to know wheres smush boys, smush which could mean anything from payment in dollars or merchandise. On offense, he wants his team to keep the matriculatin ball down field. He called coaching department secretaries Sorry Sisters and he had nicknames for everyone, including the team general manager, Jack Steadman and his assistant, Jim Schaaf. When he wanted to know what gossip was around the NFL, he asked for bird seed.

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