A case made with Pro Football Reference’s Simple Rating System
The SRS on PFR is a great tool to compare teams historically beyond W-L record. A definition can be found here.
To refresh your memory, it’s a system that’s been around forever and is extremely basic compared some of the other power rating systems out there. But I like it because it’s easy to understand.
An average team will have a rating of zero. An above average team will have a positive rating while a below average team will have a negative rating.
Every team will have a rating that is the equal to their average point margin plus the average of their opponent’s ratings, so the teams’ ratings are all interdependent.
The Colts’ rating depends upon the ratings of all their opponents, which depends upon the ratings of all their opponents (some of which are the Colts), and so on.
Let's take a look at some SRS for good Chiefs teams.
Let's take a look at some SRS for bad Chiefs teams.
Let's take a look at some SRS for bad teams throughout NFL history.
This is the SRS rating for the worst teams these franchises have fielded. Any franchise that did not hit close to -15 or worse was excluded.
You may have noticed I left out all of Scott Pioli's Chiefs teams.
Let's take a look at those juggernauts!
Ouch. Even when Pioli fielded a winning team, it had a negative rating. Overrated team? Yes.
We're about to get to the 2012 Chiefs. Hang tight.
The Three Worst Teams In NFL History.
(note: this rating has improved to -13.0 since the Chiefs hit -18.4, based on their close loss to the Steelers)
There’s eight games left. The 2012 Chiefs still have a chance to be...
The Worst Team In NFL History.