As the Chiefs release more players from the so-called Dick Vermeil era, it's clear that this franchise moving forward into a new era, distinctly different than previous years. And since I've been revisiting draft classes, I figured a stat retrospective was in order. Below are some interesting stats I picked out, sorted by the last eight years. Those of you who were around here for last season know about me pouring over stats, looking for interesting trends. Check these out. Maybe something interesting pops out at you on this dull sports day.
Sure, signing veteran free agents and giving up draft picks helps for a few years but there's a price -- look at the drop off in points alone from '05 to '07. It's been said before and better than I'm about to put it but the Chiefs rolled the dice to try to win a championship in the Vermeil era and now we're paying the price for that strategy.
|3rd Down Conv Pct||36.76%||35.90%||41.62%||41.79%||47.15%||42.72%||40.64%||34.05%|
|Red Zone Conv Pct||52.73%||45.28%||65.63%||77.78%||67.80%||51.85%||60.42%||48.57%|
|Avg. Gain Per Play||5.6||5.6||6.2||5.9||6.1||5.8||5.1||4.4|
Let's all look at the 77.78% red zone scoring rate from 2003 and forget the later years.
|Total Rushing Plays||383||448||462||446||496||520||513||383|
|Avg. Gain Per Rush||3.8||4.5||5.1||4.3||4.6||4.6||4.2||3.3|
|Avg. Gain Per Pass||6.7||6.5||7.2||7.1||7.4||7.1||6.1||5.1|
Pardon my obssession with the 2003 season, but the Chiefs' offense really was phenomenal back then. I look back at that year and I remember my entire life being great all around. See what a 13-3 season can do for your mental health?
|Punt Return Avg.||8||7.4||13.4||16.4||9.7||6.8||8||7.6|
|Kickoff Return Avg.||20.9||21.2||22||25.4||24.3||23.4||21.9||19.2|
It's interesting to see the number of penalties drop off significantly once Herm Edwards came on board. Attitude is important.
Posts like this remind of the '07 off-season and all of the miscellaneous stuff we covered to fill in the time. Looking back on it, I'm not sure how we found something every day to talk about but we did. And we're doing it again this year. Thanks to all of you who make this a daily stop.