One of the underrated aspects of the Kansas City Chiefs hiring Andy Reid is the coaching staff he has put together around him. One of the best additions was special teams coordinator Dave Toub, who was responsible for running the show with the Chicago Bears.
Toub spoke with the media Monday and discussed having Javier Arenas, Dexter McCluster and Devon Wylie “battle it out” next season to be the team’s punt returner as well as the (hopefully) returning specialists he has in the kicking game.
Punter Dustin Colquitt is a free agent, but Toub would “like to” have him back in the fold for 2013, though he’s different from what he’s had to work with before.
“I like him a lot. I’ve never really had a punter that bombed a ball like this,” Toub sad. “We’ve had directional punters with Brad Maynard and Adam Podlesh before, we were a directional cover team where we were going to try to kick the ball outside the numbers. Whereas Dustin [Colquitt], he more kind of bombs the ball. He’s working on being directional, but he’s going to bomb the ball and give you good hangtime and distance at the same time. We’ll have to adjust a little bit more to him because he is quite the athlete.”
Though he was quick to point out it was up to head coach Andy Reid and GM John Dorsey to decide on bringing Colquitt back, it’s pretty obvious where Toub’s head is with the Pro Bowl punter. He’ll have to adjust his game plans for Colquitt’s style, but that’s a good problem to have.
Colquitt is coming off a season in which he set the franchise single-season record for punts inside the 20 and was one off the NFL record with 45. He’s certainly had his peaks and valleys during his career with the Chiefs, but he’s entering free agency at the highest of peaks.