Three Questions: Kansas City Chiefs Special Teams

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Dec 1, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs special teams coach Dave Toub during the game against the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 35-28. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

We are three weeks away from the start of training camp which means it is time to start going all-in on the 2014 season. To help get us ready for camp we are asking three questions of each position group that need to be answered some time during July and August.

Today we focus on the Chiefs special teams unit which was by far one of the best units in all of football. In no other area of the team was it so obvious about the leap in coaching ability than Dave Toub’s special teams group. The leap from being a squad that couldn’t make a big play to save it’s life and was a one-man show in Dustin Colquitt to being a unit that either won, put away, or kept the Chiefs in several games is flat out remarkable.

The best evidence of this is the return units who each saw their scoring productivity increase under Toub. Dexter McCluster went from being a second round bust to an All-Pro under Toub, Quintin Demps was picked up off the streets and returned two kicks, and rookie Knile Davis returned a kickoff 108 yards against Denver. Kansas City was dangerous every time they touched the ball in 2013.

Still, there are plenty of questions surrounding the kicking game and some room for improvement, too. Let’s talk special teams.

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  • berttheclock

    Yes indeed, Dexter, Demps and Davis were all very impressive, but, it was Toub who put together the other 10 guys blocking for them, as well. One thing about Toub is he had to restart his units at the beginning of the season because several players who had performed very well for him during the preseason games, either, ended up being cut or were injured, such as the rookie TE. Toub had to regroup with a flair.

  • sidibeke

    Love that Succop has competition (and we didn’t even have to use a draft pick–looking at you Herm and Carl). I feel like he still misses too many big kicks, and isn’t really even an option to nail a 50 yarder to win the game.

    • thabear04

      Anything around 50 is like a miss for him. I cant count on him to make it that far so around 45 maybe.

  • Stan Colbert

    The ascribed method of team building of Dorsey would lend itself to strong ST units. Demps and DMC performed very well, although, neither them or Davis could claim exceptional performance individually! The kicking battle is interesting and reason to watch preseason! Just think if the return unit gets the ball to the 50 yd. line and your kicker is money from 50 yds out you in pretty good shape!
    The biggest concern I have is Toub is showing on the lists of potential head coaches. That is at least a year away. Still, that is greatest STconcern I have presently!