Oh, the 70’s: some of the best rock music ever, I became a teenager, and being a Chiefs fan was difficult. Good thing for loyalty.
Ok, Chiefs Kingdom! Here is your Trivia question: In the first round of the 1970 NFL draft, the Kansas City Chiefs select.. …? I’m all drafted out. That’s for a later time though.
Coming off a win in Super Bowl 4, the Chiefs were looking to keep the run going. However, they finished 7-5-2 to finish in second place in the 1970 season. Len Dawson threw for 1,876 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions. Ed Podolak rushed for 749 yards on 168 carries and 3 touchdowns. In 2017, Alex Smith threw for 4,042 yards with 26 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Kareem Hunt rushed for 1,327 yards on 272 carries and 8 rushing touchdowns. Quite a difference in 48 years of football. It seems like back then defense really did win football games. In 1970, Buck Buchanan was the largest defensive player we had at 6’7″, 270 pounds, Jim Tyrer was the largest offensive lineman at 6’6″ 280 pounds. The average height per player on the offensive line was 6’3 and 259 pounds. My, how things have changed and so have the players. Now our average offensive lineman is 6’7″ 317 pounds, 6’6″ 308 on defense.
After winning 82 games in the 60’s, the Chiefs went 60-79-5 in the 70’s, with only 4 winning seasons (70, 71, 72 and 73), with 1971 being the best one at 10-3-1, in which they lost the playoff game to Miami 27-24 in double overtime. In 1970, the Chiefs turned out 10-Pro Bowl Players, the most of any Chiefs team ever. Hank Stram considered the 1971 Chiefs the best Chiefs team ever. Stram lost his job at the end of the 1974 season after going 5-9. Stram’s overall coaching record in 14 seasons was 136-100-10 with 3 division championships and one Super Bowl to his record. He was replaced by Paul Wiggin, who was later replaced by Tom Bettis, who was replaced by Marv Levy at the beginning of the 1978 season.
Names like Dawson, Podolak, Taylor, Buchanan, Bell, and Lanier were being replaced by names like Wilbur Young, Bill Kinney, Steve Fuller, Elmo Wright, Mike Adamle and Mike Sensabaugh. With all the new names and faces, the Chiefs still continued to have losing records even, though we gave them a new stadium in 1972, and 4 coaching changes. Being a fan was difficult and they were hard to watch. The 70’s became the dynasty of the Dolphins and the Raiders, and, yes, believe it or not, the Browns actually won their division once.
So, as we conclude the 70’s era, thank goodness. We look to the 80’s for better results, better players, and more wins. We continue to be armchair quarterbacks and our own coaches, but we continue our loyalty to the red and gold.
Now, the trivia question answer, for all those that had to google it. HA! Sid Smith from Southern Cal. Probably the only time you will hear that name ever mentioned in any of my articles. So, there you go Chiefs Kingdom. Just remember, it’s a lot better now than it was then, at least football-wise. It’s still been 48 years, but our time is coming soon. Get ready for some football and, as always, GO CHIEFS!!!!