Taking a Look at the Kansas City Chiefs Play Calling

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I'm a stats guy. I love refuting people's assumptions or perceptions with pure fact.

A great example of that was when Herm Edwards was around, something his/his OC's play calling being Run, Run, Pass, Punt came into popular use in the fanbase. When you looked at the stats, this statement had zero proof. Herm  and his OCs mixed up it between the run and pass at about an average level.

Which is why we're going to do our best to bring you the play calling stats for the Kansas City Chiefs after each game. After the jump, I've posted what they call a Play Propensity report. In other words, what the Chiefs called in certain situations.

I read quite a few comments that Todd Haley was conservative in this first game with his play call and I'd tend to agree. Not super conservative but Haley was far from airing it out. I get the feeling like he's chomping at the bit to unleash some of his better offensive ideas.

jmcgoblue had similar thoughts on game day:

"It worked out pretty bad early, but I can’t blame Haley for keeping it conservative in this situation. If he’d opened up the offense & Suggs was able to tee off on Croyle forcing 3 INTs, we’d be complaining about that too. Now if the offense is still playing conservative four weeks from now, and it still ain’t working, I’ll be as POd as anyone."

Exactly. I can wait a week (or two) for Haley to get his play calling together but come October, we better be up to speed.

Let's take a quick at the run/pass stats by quarter to see if Haley went with the run or pass more as time went on:

  • Q1 - 5 pass, 4 rush
  • Q2 - 3 pass, 8 rush
  • Q3 - 2 pass, 3 rush
  • Q4 - 14 passes, 5 rush

It was clear that Todd Haley never believed much in the Chiefs' running game, as he shouldn't have. 24 yards rushing through three quarters will make you forget about running the ball.

Before you jump over, I want to point out some of the more interesting (or not) things I got out of last week's play propensity report.

  • 1st down and 10 was split 50/50 between run and pass calls
  • 2nd down is a heavy passing down for Haley
  • 2nd down and between 6-8 yards to go were all runs though
  • 3rd down was a pass heavy down (as it probably should be)

The most fun part about these stats is when we see them accumulate over the season and watch patterns develop. The stats, after the jump...

First Down

Yards to Go % Rushing Plays, All % Passing Plays, All % Rushing Plays, Red Zone % Passing Plays, Red Zone % Rushing Plays, Goal to Go % Passing Plays, Goal to Go
2 0.00% 100.00% 0.00% 100.00% 0.00% 100.00%
6 100.00% 0.00% 100.00% 0.00% 100.00% 0.00%
10 50.00% 50.00% 0.00% 100.00% 0 0
15 100.00% 0.00% 0 0 0 0

Second Down

Yards to Go % Rushing Plays, All % Passing Plays, All % Rushing Plays, Red Zone % Passing Plays, Red Zone % Rushing Plays, Goal to Go % Passing Plays, Goal to Go
1 0.00% 100.00% 0.00% 100.00% 0 0
2 0.00% 100.00% 0 0 0 0
3 0.00% 100.00% 0 0 0 0
5 50.00% 50.00% 0.00% 100.00% 0.00% 100.00%
6 100.00% 0.00% 0 0 0 0
7 100.00% 0.00% 0 0 0 0
8 100.00% 0.00% 0 0 0 0
9 0.00% 100.00% 0 0 0 0
10 0.00% 100.00% 0 0 0 0
11 0.00% 100.00% 0 0 0 0
18 0.00% 100.00% 0 0 0 0

Third Down

Yards to Go % Rushing Plays, All % Passing Plays, All % Rushing Plays, Red Zone % Passing Plays, Red Zone % Rushing Plays, Goal to Go % Passing Plays, Goal to Go
4 0.00% 100.00% 0 0 0 0
5 50.00% 50.00% 0 0 0 0
6 0.00% 100.00% 0 0 0 0
8 100.00% 0.00% 0 0 0 0
9 0.00% 100.00% 0 0 0 0
11 0.00% 100.00% 0 0 0 0
15 0.00% 100.00% 0 0 0 0
18 0.00% 100.00% 0 0 0 0

Fourth Down

Yards to Go % Rushing Plays, All % Passing Plays, All % Rushing Plays, Red Zone % Passing Plays, Red Zone % Rushing Plays, Goal to Go % Passing Plays, Goal to Go
9 0.00% 100.00% 0 0 0 0
18 0.00% 100.00% 0 0 0 0
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