One of the greatest offseason moves in 2013 that got very little attention was the Kansas City Chiefs’ signing of special teams coordinator Dave Toub. Snatching him from the Chicago Bears has proven to be an extremely high-impact move for Kansas City. Toub’s contributions could very well be the x-factor that puts the Chiefs over the top for their first playoff victory since 1994.
Under Toub’s tutelage, Knile Davis and Quentin Demps have both ran back a kickoff for a TD, while Dexter McCluster has returned two punts for scores, giving Kansas City a league-high four special teams TDs. The Chiefs also lead the NFL with an average of 30.5 yards per kick return, and are third in the league with an 11.7 yard average per punt return.
On top of that, Kansas City’s average drive starts at their 33.1-yard line, with opponents starting at the 23-yard-line. Both are best in the NFL. Dustin Colquitt has been a big contributor for the latter, having pinned opponents inside the 20-yard line 31 times, which is tied for tops in the league.
There’s a pattern forming here which points to a simple fact— the Chiefs have the best special teams squad in the business. Andy Reid’s history with Toub at the University of Missouri and with the Philadelphia Eagles helped Kansas City steal an enormous asset from the Bears.
The field position battle is an extremely underrated aspect of the game where the Chiefs will have the advantage every time out. It’s been an important boost in several close games this season, and will continue to be when the postseason rolls around. Combine that with their threat of scoring, and Kansas City’s special teams crew could help make them this season’s lower-seeded team that surprises everyone with a deep run in the playoffs.