Back in July, I took a look at some offensive and defensive records and statistics that had a chance to be broken by the 2014 Chiefs. Some of the records fell in dramatic fashion (single season sacks), while others were left untouched (receiving touchdowns – literally). Below is a glimpse at the records that fell, as well as some new ones that were set by this past season’s Chiefs team:
K Cairos Santos joined a list of 12 Chiefs who have scored over 100 points in a season. Santos had 113 points, which is now the most points by a kicker in their rookie season in Chiefs history. Santos is also tied with Ryan Succop for the most field goals made in their rookie season (25).
Jamaal Charles ended the season with 14 total touchdowns, giving him 58 for his career, which ties him with Abner Haynes for 5th most touchdowns in Chiefs history. His 1,249 rushing attempts are third most in team history. His 6,856 rushing yards are now the most in Chiefs history, and he has maintained the highest average rushing yards per attempt for a running back in NFL history. He caught 40 passes in 2014, giving him 262 for his career, which is the 3rd most by a running back in Chiefs history. Charles also now has 9,122 yards from scrimmage, moving him into second place in Chiefs history behind only Tony Gonzalez.
Alex Smith completed 611 passes from 2013-14, which ranks as the 5th most in consecutive seasons for a Chiefs QB. His 65.3 completion percentage ranks as the 3rd highest in a single season in Chiefs history, and his 1.3% of passes intercepted in 2014 is the 3rd lowest in a single season in team history. Smith is currently on pace to have the highest career completion % and the lowest interception rate as a Chiefs QB.
Dwayne Bowe now has 7,155 receiving yards, putting him in 3rd place behind Tony Gonzalez and Otis Taylor.Bowe is only 151 yards from tying Taylor for second most receiving yards as a Chiefs player.
Dustin Colquitt continued his record as having the highest punting average for a career (44.8), and he has the most punts inside the 20 in Chiefs history with 316.
Tamba Hali forced 3 fumbles in 2014, giving him 31 for his career which is the second most in Chiefs history.
Justin Houston moved into the record books when he recorded his 22nd sack in the final game of the 2014 season, passing Derrick Thomas’ team record of 20. Houston was only half a sack from the NFL record of 22.5 set by Michael Strahan. Houston’s 48.5 career sacks are now the 6th most in team history, and his 33 sacks in 2013-14 are the second most in consecutive seasons in Chiefs history.
Andy Reid now has the most wins in his first two seasons as the Chiefs head coach, and his 20-12 record is even better than Marty Schottenheimer and Hank Stram in their first two seasons.
Other notable statistics from the 2014 season include:
- The Chiefs did not allow a single passer to throw for 300 yards or more all season.
- The Chiefs did not record a touchdown reception by a wide receiver.
- The Chiefs had the most kickoff and punt return yards in the NFL.
- The Chiefs gave up the second fewest points in the NFL.
I had hope that the Chiefs would set a team record with 12 sacks in one game this past season but that did not happen. Overall, it was a decent season and I look forward to seeing what moves the team will make this offseason. In particular, I will be watching for when/if they re-sign Justin Houston, and I am curious to see what their plans are for Dwayne Bowe and Tamba Hali. They also need to address issues on the offensive line and at wide receiver, which could happen through the NFL draft in April or by signing a free agent.
As always, Go Chiefs!