2014 NFL Stats Recap – FootballThursday, January 1, 2015 9:00
Below is a complete recap of the notable statistical accomplishments from the 2014 NFL season. I have also attached it in a 3-page word.doc for printing ease. Enjoy…
2014 NFL Stats Recap
Another season is in the books for the NFL, 2014 coming to a close last Sunday with many interesting milestones to achieve. It was a massive year for the pass catchers, especially rookie Odell Beckham Jr., Antonio Brown, and Demaryius Thomas.
Beckham Jr. became the first rookie WR to ever average over 100 yds/gm and 1 TD/gm for his 1st 12 games in the league, and did it in truly electrifying fashion. It’s a crime he missed the first 4 games – his averages projected to 121 recs, 1,740 yds, and 16 TDs for a full yr. Suffice to say he had one of the greatest offensive rookie seasons ever, alongside Dickerson 1983, Sayers ’65, George Rodgers ’81, Earl Campbell ’78, Barry Sanders in ’89, and R Moss ’98.
Both Brown & Thomas joined the exclusive 1,600 Club this year, becoming the 14th and 15th members. Only 3 guys have twice hit 1,600 yds – Marvin Harrison, Torry Holt, & Calvin Johnson. Last year Brown & Thomas had each had over 1,400 yds, giving them well over 3,000 in the last two years.
2014 broke a streak of 3 straight 1,200+ yrs for Calvin, who missed 3 games and fell 123 yards shy. It also marks the first time since 2003 that Andre Johnson, Roddy White, Reggie Wayne, & Larry Fitzgerald all failed to reach 1,200 yds. This is a good marker for the end of that era for those guys, all in their 30′s now. The next generation is led by the above-mentioned Three as well as Julio Jones (1,593 and missed a game!), Dez Bryant (3rd 1,200+ yd season in ’14), AJ Green, Jordy Nelson (also 3rd in ’14), & Ty Hilton. And the draft class of ’14 WRs is certainly loaded with talent and possibilities as well – 5 rookies had over 850 rec yds this year.
Very telling about today’s NFL….12 of the Top 50 all-time yardage receivers are active right now, while only 6 of the top 50 RB’s are still playing – and that includes Mo Jo Drew (#44), who failed to gain 100 yds on the season in 43 carries…likely career over.
WRs….2014′s Twelve 1,200 Yd Seasons + amended DeSean Jackson — 20.9/rec with 1,169 yds. The first guy to have two 1,000 yd seasons at 20+/rec since Flipper Anderson in ’89 & 90. DeSean did it 2010 as well, at a massive 22.5/rec.
|1200 Yard Seasons in 2014 – 12 total||total 1,200 yd yrs|
|Wide Reciever||Rec||Yds||Avg||TD —-Yrs|
|Antonio Brown, PIT||129||1698||13.2||13 ——- 2|
|Demaryius Thomas, DEN||111||1619||14.6||11 ——- 3|
|Julio Jones, ATL||104||1593||15.3||6 ——— 1|
|Jordy Nelson, GB||98||1519||15.5||13 ——- 3|
|Emmanuel Sanders, DEN||101||1404||13.9||9 ——— 1|
|TY Hilton, IND||82||1345||16.4||7 ——— 1|
|Golden Tate, DET||99||1331||13.4||4 ——— 1|
|Dez Bryant, DAL||88||1320||15.0||16 ——- 3|
|Jeremy Maclin, PHI||113||1318||11.7||5 ——— 1|
|Odell Beckham Jr., NYG||91||1305||14.3||12 ——- 1|
|Randall Cobb, GB||91||1287||14.1||12 ——- 1|
|DeAndre Hopkins, HOU||76||1210||15.9||6 ——— 1|
|DeSean Jackson, WAS||56||1169||20.9||6|
RBs….Four 1,300 Yd Seasons in 2014…& 2 more at 1,200+.
Only four guys hit the 1,300 yard mark in 2014, with only one season better than 1,400. But it was a massive season indeed, DeMarco Murray finally finishing at 1,845 yds on the year with 13 TDs, good for 17th best all-time. I’m very happy to report Walter Payton’s 1977 MVP year still lies in the Top 15 at 15th -1,852 yards in only 14 games. DeMarco finished a little higher on the all-time scrimmage yards list, 13th with 2,261 yds – sandwiched between Ahman Green and Jamal Lewis (above him), both in 2003. The #2 rusher Le’Veon Bell had a rather pedestrian 1,361 yds (#154 all-time), but did finish with a remarkable 854 rec yards to place 22nd all-time at 2,215 combined. He pushed Dickerson’s 1983 rookie year down to #23….Dickerson’s 2,212 combined yds were #1 at the time. His rookie year gets the nod as #1 all-time in my book.
The other two 1,300 seasons belonged to LeSean McCoy, who led the league a year ago, and Marshawn Lynch, who notched his 2nd such season. McCoy disappointed with inconsistency this year, failing to hit 100 yds until Week 6, and then hitting 100 only 3 more times all year, but somehow managed to squeak out his 3rd 1,300-yd season with 1,319 yds at a 4.2 clip.
Lynch hit 100 yds five times while failing to hit 50 only twice in gaining 1,306 on the year with 13 TDs at a strong 4.7 clip. This is the 4th straight year Lynch has cleared 1,200 yds, and he now lies at #35 all-time with 8,695 yds, his arrival in the top 50 pushing out Chris Warren, who starred for Seattle 20 yrs ago. The two 1,200+ seasons in 2014 were Justin Forsett (1,266) and Arian Foster (1,246), who who would have cleared 1,300 for the 3rd time had he not missed 3 gms. As it is Foster cleared 1,200 for the 4th time in his 6-year career, and is now 75th on the all-time list with 6,309 yds.
Climbing the Ladder
Two RBs joined the Top 20 list in career yardage despite failing to record at least 1,200 yds. One was Frank Gore, whose 1,106 yds marked the 8th time he’s rushed for 1,000 and vaulted him to 20th place on the list with 11,073 career yards (but just one 1,300+ season – 1,695 in 2006). Stephen Jackson was the other RB to climb into the Top 20 in 2014, rushing for 707 yds. His 11,388 puts him at 16th all-time, passing Warrick Dunn, OJ Simpson, Corey Dillon, and John Riggins in the process. S-Jax has just two 1,300+ seasons, but 8 1,000 yard seasons in his 10-yr career.
|RB’s in 2014 – Four 1,300 Yd Seasons|
|DeMarco Murray, DAL||392||1845||4.7||13|
|Le’Veon Bell, PIT||290||1361||4.7||8|
|LeSean McCoy, PHI||312||1319||4.2||5|
|Marshawn Lynch, SEA||280||1306||4.7||13|
|1,200+ in 2014|
|Justin Forsett, BAL||235||1266||5.4||8|
|Arian Foster, HOU||260||1246||4.8||8|
QBs – 4,000 Yds/30 TDs….a record 8 QBs accomplish the feat; prior record was 5, in 2011, ’12.
A large number of repeat offenders here as future Hall-of-Famers Peyton, Brees, Brady, and Rodgers recorded their 9th, 7th, 4th & 4th such seasons respectively. Brees tied for the league lead in yardage with 4,952 alongside Ben Roethlisberger, who recorded his first 4,000/30 season in 2014 – those back-to-back 6 TD games pushing him over the top with 32 total TDs. It’s the first time since 2010 no QB has reached 5,000 yds, and for Brees, the tie atop the yardage total marks the 5th time he’s led the league in passing yardage (2006, ’08, ’11, ’12).
Philip Rivers also recorded his 4th season of 4,000/30, but a lack of playoff success will keep the Hall from knocking on his door. The other 2 this yr were Eli Manning (his 2nd) and Andrew Luck, who was much stronger in the 1st half of the season. Tony Romo had maybe his best season ever, completing 69.9% of his passes with 34 TDs against just 9 picks, but only had 3,705 yards as DeMarco’s monster rushing efforts took up a large part of the Dallas offense.
|4,000/30 Seasons in||2014…Eight Total|
Finally, Justin Houston of Kansas City recorded 22 sacks in 2014, just a half a sack behind Michael Strahan’s 2001 NFL record of 22.5. Houston is tied with Mark Gastineau (1984) and Jared Allen (2011) in 2nd place on the single-season sack list. These 4 sack artists join 7 others as members of the 20 Sack Club. JJ Watt had 20.5 this year, making him the only 20 Sack Club member to make the list twice, as he also had 20.5 in 2012.
20 Sack Club
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