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A Kansas City Chiefs Stat Retrospective

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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.

Game 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Points 355 320 467 484 483 403 331 226
1st Qtr 50 56 101 112 113 85 71 26
2nd Qtr 99 92 122 153 137 136 105 92
3rd Qtr 82 64 76 82 93 79 60 39
4th Qtr 124 105 168 131 140 103 95 69
Overtime 0 3 0 6 0 0 0 0
TDs (Ru-P-Ret) 12-29-3 16-17-1 26-27-4 32-24-7 31-27-4 26-17-3 17-18-2 6-17-1

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.

Game 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
First Downs 321 324 343 348 398 347 310 255
Rushing 84 119 140 120 138 138 105 66
Passing 207 178 179 201 228 182 184 171
Penalty 30 27 24 27 32 27 21 18
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.

Game 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
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
Times Sacked 34 39 26 21 32 32 41 55
Pass Attempts 582 528 477 536 561 507 450 563
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?

Game 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Interceptions 15 24 13 12 17 10 12 20
Penalties 118 68 75 79 117 115 76 101
Punts 82 75 65 81 55 65 72 96
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.