The 2012 Kansas City Chiefs team is the most terrible in the franchise’s history.
In terms of victories, the 2012 team tied with the 1977 (2–12) and 2008 (2–14) teams for the franchise’s lowest seasons. In terms of win percentage (.125), the 2008 and 2012 seasons were the worst in franchise history.
They matched for the poorest record in the NFL with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Based on strength of schedule, the Kansas City Chiefs were given the first overall pick in the 2013 National Football League Draft. The Chiefs got the top pick for the second time in team history.
Kansas City’s quarterback situation has been a source of contention throughout the season. The Chiefs were tied for the most interceptions (20) with the Arizona Cardinals, with Matt Cassel throwing 12 and late-season replacement Brady Quinn tossing 8.
The Chiefs began the season tied with the Buffalo Bisons for the most games played without ever leading in regulation, which they set in 1929. (8 games).
In week 3, the Chiefs defeated the Saints, but they didn’t take the lead until the game-winning field goal in overtime. In Week 10, the Chiefs snapped the streak as they led the Pittsburgh Steelers 10–0 in the second quarter before falling 16–13 in overtime. In a loss to San Diego in Week 4, the Chiefs recorded six turnovers.
Fans cheered quarterback Matt Cassel’s injury in a Week 5 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, according to Chiefs tackle Eric Winston. However, fans claim it was because Brady Quinn was seen heading onto the field and they were screaming for him. The “Save Our Chiefs” organization was founded by fans.
They protested by wearing black to games and hiring an airplane to fly over Arrowhead Stadium with a banner reading “Restore Hope: Fire Pioli” on game days.
“Now, that I’m not really sure, either,” Romeo Crennel said when asked why running back Jamaal Charles ran the ball only 5 times in a Week 8 loss to the Oakland Raiders.
In a loss to Oakland in Week 15, the Chiefs didn’t get a first down until the third quarter. Despite rushing for a franchise-high 352 yards against the Colts in Week 16, the team lost the game. When the Chiefs fell to Denver in Week 17, they matched the 1981 Baltimore Colts season record of losing nine games by 14 points or more in a season.
In the most important statistical categories, the Chiefs ended towards the bottom of the league. They were 23rd in overall offense, 32nd in points scored, and tied for last in the NFL with 37 turnovers.
The Chiefs ranked twenty-fifth in total defense and twenty-fifth in points allowed. The Chiefs and Eagles tied for the fewest takeaways.
The Chiefs matched for the worst turnover differential in the NFL with a 24 because of their low forced turnovers and giveaways.