One of the highlights of the Kansas City Chiefs‘ 2013 preseason was the special teams play.
They had two kickoff returns for touchdowns and gave up none. They had two returns over 100 yards, and the longest yielded was 43 yards. They had two punt returns over 50 yards, but the longest against them was 12. Kicker Ryan Succop was a perfect 9-for-9 on field goal attempts. Punter Dustin Colquitt landed nine punts inside the 20-yard line to only four touchbacks.
Perhaps the only special teams gaffe was that he also had a punt blocked. On Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the only points yielded were by the special teams. After a quick three-and-out, Colquitt’s punt was blocked out of the back of the end zone for a safety. The Jaguars never scored again.
If you’re a future Chiefs opponent watching the tape however, I wouldn’t count on that happening again.
One of head coach Andy Reid‘s first coaching coups was luring special teams coordinator Dave Toub to Kansas City. The two had coached together at the University of Missouri from 1989 to 1991. They also spent three years together with the Philadelphia Eagles in the early 2000s, where Toub was given his first shot in the NFL by Reid as a special teams/quality control coach.
In 2004, the Chicago Bears offered Toub a special teams coordinator position, and he accepted. In 2005, he was voted by his peers as the best special teams coach in the league. He landed three special teams players in the Pro Bowl the following year: kicker Robbie Gould, returner Devin Hester and special teams tackle leader Brendon Ayanbadejo all represented the NFC in Hawaii.
Toub was drafted himself by the Eagles in 1985 and was a member of the St. Louis Rams in ’86. He was never suited for a regular season game. He was interviewed for the Miami Dolphins head coaching position following the 2011 season, but ultimately signed a new contract with Chicago.
His NFL special teams coaching has led to 25 return touchdowns, and has only given up seven. His field goal kickers have made 21 from more than 50 yards, and have only had one regular season attempt blocked.
Dave Toub knows special teams. He’s been reunited with Reid in the same state where it all began between them. The punt protection team has gotten off on the wrong foot, pun intended, but it will be corrected. Just for fun, I have to add in that his name is pronounced [toe • b].
The Chiefs have been given a pedicure at that coordinator position in the offseason, and fans are in for a “special” season.
Troy Alan is a Kansas City Chiefs writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TRantMedia “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google