The Kansas City Chiefs are not Super Bowl worthy right now
I touched on this a couple of weeks ago after the Lions game but it bears repeating. The special teams are as bad as they’ve ever been under coach Dave Toub. Toub is known year in and year out as having the best special teams units in the NFL from his time in Chicago and then in K.C. when he arrived with Andy Reid. They cover well on coverage units, they are dangerous in the return game, and they have typically been very disciplined and dependable.
While the coverage units have still been solid, the return game has been pitiful. They are no longer a real threat to break a long return. It feels like most of the time they don’t get the ball back to the 20 yard line and far too frequently there is a hold or illegal block that then pins them back near their own goal line. It’s been that way all season.
Dustin Colquitt is clearly not what he used to be. I love Colquitt and he did have a decent game on Sunday, but overall it is looking like its time for him to hang the cleats up at the end of the season. Harrison Butker added to the issues on Sunday when he missed a field goal as well.
In previous seasons under Dave Toub, the special teams could be counted on as a strength. They often won the field position game every week because of their advantage on special teams. That has completely changed this season and right now the Chiefs could really use that extra boost they used to get from this phase of the game. I keep hoping that the return game will come around thanks to Toub’s influence but it hasn’t happened yet.
Now let’s talk about the defense.