2015 Offensive Review: Looking Back at the Third Year of Andy Reid's Offense

Stats, rankings and a game-by-game look at the offense in 2015

Last week, we posted about *how the Kansas City Chiefs defense impacted the ability for them to rally from the 1-5 start only to storm into the playoffs at 11-5. This week, we review the offense.*

Reviewing the 2015 Chiefs offense has to start with quarterback Alex Smith, who, as has been noted, entered 2015 with the same head coach and offensive coordinator for the third year in a row for just the first time in his 11-year career.

As can be seen from this three-year look, Smith has continued to build upon each year in Andy Reid's West Coast offense.

Alex Smith Passing Statistics in 2015

Year

Age

G

QBrec

Cmp

Att

Cmp%

Yds

TD

Int

Lng

Y/A

Rate

QBR

Sk

2013

29

15

11-4-0

308

508

60.6

3313

23

7

71

6.5

89.1

49.7

39

2014

30

15

8-7-0

303

464

65.3

3265

18

6

70

7

93.4

54.9

45

2015

31

16

11-5-0

307

470

65.3

3486

20

7

80

7.4

95.4

66.5

45

The steady increase in his passer rating over the past three seasons leads one to believe that trend could continue in 2016.

A point about Smith to note was his willingness to rush during the 2015 season.

Alex Smith Rushing Statistics in 2015

Year

Att

Yds

TD

Lng

Y/A

Y/G

A/G

Yards on Scm

2013

76

431

1

26

5.7

28.7

5.1

427

2014

49

254

1

25

5.2

16.9

3.3

254

2015

84

498

2

49

5.9

31.1

5.3

498

After only garnering just 254 yards rushing in 2014, Smith rebounded to run for more than 400 yards again in 2015, and it proved to be something to watch each game. The Chiefs were 7-2 when Smith rushed for 30 yards or more.

This was the first year Smith worked with wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, who came to the Chiefs via free agency last offseason. Maclin eclipsed 1,000 yards receiving for the second year in a row and had 8 touchdowns in his first season with Smith.

It's worth noting that the Chiefs lost running back Jamaal Charles in Week 5, but the tandem of Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West combined for 1,037 yards rushing and 11 total touchdowns on the season to fill the void.

As far as the offense as a whole, here is the point output from Week 7 forward, the stretch during which the Chiefs went 11-1:

WEEK

OPPONENT

RESULT

POINTS SCORED

Week 7

Pittsburgh Steelers

W

23

Week 8

Detroit Lions

W

45

Week 10

Denver Broncos

W

29

Week 11

San Diego Chargers

W

26

Week 12

Buffalo Bills

W

30

Week 13

Oakland Raiders

W

27

Week 14

San Diego Chargers

W

10

Week 15

Baltimore Ravens

W

20

Week 16

Cleveland Browns

W

17

Week 17

Oakland Raiders

W

23

Wild Card

Houston Texans

W

23

Divisional

New England Patriots

L

20

AVERAGE:

24.4

For a complete breakdown of the offense in a game-by-game look, click here.

Here is a breakdown of where the Chiefs finished in different statistical categories throughout the regular season:

Key Offensive Rankings for Chiefs in 2015

Category

Rank

Value

NFL Average

Fourth-down conversions

2

66.7%

48.9%

Avg. margin of victory

4

14.27

11.06

Passer rating against blitz

5

107.3

89.9

Points on first off. possession

3

48

29

Average starting field position

1

31.3

27.5

Points off of takeaways

5

76

53

Rushes of 4-plus yards

5

46.8%

42.3%

Here are the top individual performances and plays for the Chiefs this season:

2015 Individual Single-Game Highs

Passes attempted

45

Alex Smith

at Cincinnati

10/4

Passes completed

31

Alex Smith

at Cincinnati

10/4

Yards passing

386

Alex Smith

at Cincinnati

10/4

Touchdowns passing

3

Alex Smith

at Houston

9/13

Receptions

11

Jeremy Maclin

at Cincinnati

10/4

Touchdowns receiving

2

Travis Kelce

at Houston

9/13

* *

Jeremy Maclin

at Oakland

12/6

Yards rushing

125

Jamaal Charles

vs. Denver

9/17

Rushing attempts

24

Charcandrick West

at Denver

11/15

Touchdowns rushing

3

Jamaal Charles

at Green Bay

9/28

Yards from scrimmage

161

Charcandrick West

at Denver

11/15

Combined net yards

161

Charcandrick West

at Denver

11/15

Interceptions made

2

Marcus Peters

at Baltimore

12/20

INT return yards

93

Marcus Peters

at Baltimore

12/20

Sacks

3.0

Dee Ford

vs. San Diego

12/13

Punts

7

Dustin Colquitt

at Houston

9/13

* *

Dustin Colquitt

vs. Chicago

10/11

Punting average

62.0

Dustin Colquitt

at Cincinnati

10/4

Punt returns

6

De'Anthony Thomas

vs. Detroit

11/1

Punt return yards

81

De'Anthony Thomas

at Houston

9/13

Kickoff returns

5

Knile Davis

at Cincinnati

10/4

Kickoff return yards

106

Knile Davis

vs. Buffalo

11/29

Field goals attempted

7

Cairo Santos

at Cincinnati

10/4

Field goals made

7

Cairo Santos

at Cincinnati

10/4

Here are the longest plays for the offense this season:

2015 Kansas City Chiefs Longest Plays

Run from scrimmage

52

Spencer Ware

at San Diego

11/22

Touchdown run

38

Charcandrick West

at Baltimore

12/20

Reception

80

Charcandrick West

at Denver

11/15

Touchdown reception

80

Charcandrick West

at Denver

11/15

Interception return

90

Marcus Peters

at Baltimore

12/20

Punt return

37

De'Anthony Thomas

vs. Detroit

11/1

Kickoff return

62

Knile Davis

at Green Bay

9/28

Punt

62

Dustin Colquitt

at Cincinnati

10/4

Field goal

53

Cairo Santos

at Baltimore

12/20

Despite improved offensive success in 2015, only one Kansas City Chiefs offensive player was selected to the Pro Bowl in tight end Travis Kelce.

Kelce set career highs in targets (103), receptions (72) and yards receiving (875) in 2015, and he was rewarded this offseason with a contract extension for his efforts.

A look at some of the top offensive photos of the 2015 season.

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