Once again, turnover differential will be a key factor for the Chiefs success in 2017, especially after experiencing significant changes.
Looking back over Andy Reid’s first four full seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, there’s a predictable rhythm in play between one particular stat and the team’s final record: turnover differential. For the most part, Reid has enjoyed great success with K.C., making the playoffs in three of his first four years. The only year he didn’t make it was 2014 when, not surprisingly, the Chiefs completely fell apart when it came to that special category.
Let’s take a quick look back:
Final Record: 11-5
Turnover Differential: +18
Andy Reid’s first year as the Chiefs head coach got off to a blazing start as the team reeled off 9 consecutive wins. They faded down the stretch, including a horrific meltdown against the Indianapolis Colts in the first round of the playoffs, but the groundwork was laid for continued success.
The Chiefs finished at No. 2 overall in the NFL with a +18 turnover differential, just behind the Seattle Seahawks (+20). They recovered five more fumbles than they gave up that season and the secondary was electric with an incredible 21 interceptions. It was a total team effort as several players had at least two INTs apiece: Ron Parker, Eric Berry, Marcus Cooper, Derrick Johnson, Quintin Demps, Sean Smith. Tamba Hali was also a monster, adding an interception to go with his five forced fumbles and 11 sacks.
Final Record: 9-7
Turnover Differential: -3
This year is quite the anomaly on Andy Reid’s record, although the record is only…
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