Well I was going to start this post out by asking how many of you remember sitting through the worst season in history, but then I thought its just a few of us. Well lemme bring a few things up before we give up on the team for this year.
The 1977 Kansas City Chiefs season was the worst in franchise history with the Chiefs winning only two of fourteen games. Head coach Paul Wiggin was fired following a 44-7 loss to Cleveland in week seven. Tom Bettis took over as interim head coach for the rest of the season.
An 0-5 start doomed the squad with a 44-7 loss at Cleveland (10/30) effectively sealing Wiggin’s fate. Despite the club’s record Wiggin was still a popular figure in Kansas City, but was nonetheless relieved of his duties on Halloween, marking the only in-season coaching switch in team history.
|1||New England Patriots||L 17-21||Schaefer Stadium|
|2||San Diego Chargers||L 7-23||Arrowhead Stadium|
|3||Oakland Raiders||L 28-37||Arrowhead Stadium|
|4||Denver Broncos||L 7-23||Mile High Stadium|
|5||Baltimore Colts||L 6-17||Arrowhead Stadium|
|6||San Diego Chargers||W 21-16||San Diego Stadium|
|7||Cleveland Browns||L 7-44||Cleveland Municipal Stadium|
|8||Green Bay Packers||W 20-10||Arrowhead Stadium|
|9||Chicago Bears||L 27-28||Soldier Field|
|10||Denver Broncos||L 7-14||Arrowhead Stadium|
|11||Houston Oilers||L 20-34||Astrodome|
|12||Cincinnati Bengals||L 7-27||Arrowhead Stadium|
|13||Seattle Seahawks||L 31-34||Arrowhead Stadium|
|14||Oakland Raiders||L 20-21||Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum|
By the way, the Browns were 6-8 that season and replaced their coach mid way also. We gave up 322 rushing yards to the Browns that day, but worse than that, what I would really like you to see is the stats for all those games.
Now my point, how did we make it through that season? One in which my namesake Willie Lanier suffered through then retired along with Jim Lynch. One in which we had 14 rookies and 12 players with 6 or more years experience. We had to do it without having the chance to console one another through a wonderful site like this. We did without ESPN and Fox. We did it without USA today. We did it without seeing anything other than just a boxscore in the Monday morning newspaper. We did it broke, because income taxes were 39% of our annual income.
But we did it and are alive and well today to help get you guys through it. 2008 is not the worst season in Chiefs history, yet, I pray. But we have had tougher times before and we lived on. Keep your heads up guys no matter what.