Taking Another Look at Todd Haley's Play Calling

As I always say in these posts, the goal of looking at Todd Haley's play calling is an attempt to silence those commenters (and people you watch the game with) who yell out in frustration, "Todd Haley always runs it on first down!"

We've put together some stats on Haley's play calling, going down by down and showing you which of those plays made first downs.

Here are some teaser numbers to get you to click over:

  • On 29% of the Chiefs third downs, they needed 11+ yards to get a first down
  • The Chiefs convert most of their first downs on second down
  • 56% of all of the Chiefs rushing attempts happen on first down
  • The play call that has the highest average yards gained is fourth down runs (Thanks Jamaal)

It's all there, after the jump.

First Down (Run 56%; Pass 44%)

131 rushing plays (3.34 average yards per rush), 105 passing plays (4.99 average yards per passing play)

Yards to Go Rushing Plays Avg Yards per Rush Rushing First Downs % Rushing Plays Converted Passing Plays Avg Yards per Pass Passing First Downs % Passing Plays Converted
1 to 2 0 0 0 0 3 1 2 67%
3 to 5 4 3 0 0 2 13.5 2 100%
6 to 10 118 3.37 12 10% 94 5.06 21 22%
11 to 15 5 4.4 0 0 4 4.5 1 25%
16+ 4 1.5 0 0 2 0 0 0


As you'll see when you move to the other stats, the Chiefs try to establish the run on first down but pretty quickly abandon that idea on other downs.

Second Down (Run 38%; Pass 62%)

69 rushing plays (3.16 average yards per rush), 114 passing plays (4.14 average yards per passing play)

Yards to Go Rushing Plays Avg Yards per Rush Rushing First Downs % Rushing Plays Converted Passing Plays Avg Yards per Pass Passing First Downs % Passing Plays Converted
1 to 2 14 4.14 9 64% 3 3.33 1 33%
3 to 5 6 3 2 33% 15 4 7 47%
6 to 10 38 2.89 7 18% 63 3.46 15 24%
11 to 15 5 4 0 0 16 7.12 3 19%
16+ 6 2 0 0 17 4.12 1 6%

 

Since you know all about the Chiefs third down woes, it will come as no surprise that the Chiefs get most of their first down conversions on second down.

24% of these seconds downs have needed 11+ yards to get a first down.

Third Down (Run 20%; Pass 80%)

26 rushing plays (3.31 average yards per rush), 102 passing plays (5.4 average yards per passing play)

Yards to Go Rushing Plays Avg Yards per Rush Rushing First Downs % Rushing Plays Converted Passing Plays Avg Yards per Pass Passing First Downs % Passing Plays Converted
1 to 2 7 3.14 4 57% 11 3.45 4 36%
3 to 5 6 1.83 0 0 17 6.65 6 35%
6 to 10 8 2.75 0 0 42 4.05 8 19%
11 to 15 2 7 0 0 19 4.84 3 16%
16+ 3 5.67 0 0 13 10.62 1 8%

 

These numbers are just atrocious. I won't beat a dead horse.

Fourth Down (Run 33%; Pass 67%)

6 rushing plays (8.5 average yards per rush), 12 passing plays (6.42 average yards per passing play)

Yards to Go Rushing Plays Avg Yards per Rush Rushing First Downs % Rushing Plays Converted Passing Plays Avg Yards per Pass Passing First Downs % Passing Plays Converted
1 to 2 6 8.5 4 67% 4 1 2 50%
3 to 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
6 to 10 0 0 0 0 3 14.67 3 100%
11 to 15 0 0 0 0 2 11.5 2 100%
16+ 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 0

 

If we could only play like we do on fourth down, every down. I'm only kidding. Sort of.

The number I really love seeing up there is a hefty nearly 15-yard passing average on 4th and 6-10 yards.

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For a look back at these numbers in early October, check out this post.

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