1985 Kansas City Chiefs season

The 1985 Kansas City Chiefs season was the franchise’s 16th season in the National Football League and the 26th overall.

The Chiefs got off to a great start in 1985 with a 47-27 win at New Orleans, while safety Deron Cherry tied an NFL record by registering four interceptions in a 28-7 win against Seattle on September 29 as the club boasted a 3-1 record four games into the season. The club was then confronted with a seven-game losing streak (amidst, nonetheless, the neighboring Kansas City Royals’s World Series run) that wasn’t snapped until quarterback Todd Blackledge was installed as the starter against Indianapolis on November 24. The team rebounded to win three of its final five contests of the year with Blackledge under center, further inflaming a quarterback controversy that continued into the 1986 season.

Among these wins was the first time since 1972 that the Chiefs played the Atlanta Falcons, and merely the second in team history. The reason for this is that before the admission of the Texans in 2002, NFL scheduling formulas for games outside a team’s division were much more influenced by table position during the previous season.

One of the few remaining bright spots in a disappointing 6-10 season came in the regular season finale against San Diego when wide receiver Stephone Paige set an NFL record with 309 receiving yards in a 38-34 win, breaking the previous mark of 303 yards set by Cleveland’s Jim Benton in 1945. Paige’s mark was subsequently surpassed by a 336-yard effort by Flipper Anderson (Los Angeles Rams) in 1989.

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Defensive linemen

Defensive backs

Special teams


Practice squad

Rookies in italics