Time of obsession

Chip Kelly will tell you that time of possession doesn't mean a thing in the NFL. We're here to tell you that it means at least a little more than he says it does.

His Birds are dead last right now in average time of possession at 24:25. (Everybody else in the league but the Buffalo Bills, 24:48, are over 26 minutes.) A look at the teams that finish last in TOP over the last 14 seasons, sees an average total of just over four wins a year and only one club that even finished .500 (2006 Titans, 8-8).

Conversely, the team with the highest TOP in those seasons averaged 11.5 wins, all finished over .500 and all but one of them (2010 Chargers, 9-7) made the playoffs.

 

 TEAMS WITH LOWEST TIME OF POSS. 
 Year  Team  Poss.  W-L
 2012  Titans  27:18  6-10
 2011  Colts  26:13  2-14
 2010  Titans  25:51  6-10
 2009  Seahawks  27:31  5-11
 2008  Seahawks  26:30  4-12
 2007  49ers  26:51  5-11
 2006  Titans  27:17  8-  8
 2005  Jets  26:37  4-12
 2004  Raiders  26:47  5-11
 2003  Falcons  27:38  5-11
 2002  Lions  25:44  3-13
 2001  Panthers  27:29  1-15
 2000  Browns  27:29  1-15
 1999  Browns  23:56  2-14
    
 TEAMS WITH HIGHEST TIME OF POSS.
 Year  Team  Poss.  W-L
 2012  Texans  32:53  12-4
 2011  Texans  32:41  10-6
 2010  Chargers  33:03    9-7*
 2009  Packers  33:03  11-5 
 2008   Ravens  33:10  11-5
 2007  Steelers  33:18  10-6
 2006  Ravens  32:39  13-3
 2005  Broncos  32:37  13-3
 2004  Steelers  33:59  15-1
 2003  Broncos  33:53  10-6
 2002
 
 Titans
 Steelers
 32:47
 32:47
 11-5
 10-5-1
 2001  Steelers  34:10  13-3
 2000  Titans  33:47  13-3
 1999  Buccaneers  32:15  11-5

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