The Kansas City Chiefs have been a complete mess on special teams. The only reason it hasn’t been a bigger story is thanks to both kicker Ryan Succop and punter Dustin Colquitt holding their own.
When it came to return and coverage units, there were few teams in the NFL that were as consistently bad. The last time the Chiefs returned a punt or kick for a touchdown was in a season opening win over the San Diego Chargers… in 2010!
New special teams coordinator Dave Toub will look to turn things around in Kansas City. He comes to the Chiefs after spending nine seasons with the Chicago Bears and three years with the Philadelphia Eagles (where he worked under Andy Reid).
During his tenure in Chicago, Toub delivered eight special teamers to the Pro Bowl, headlined by all world returner Devin Hester (3 times). In addition to the explosive Hester, Brandon Ayanbadejo was named twice for his coverage skills while Robbie Gould, Corey Graham and Johnny Knox each were honored once.
Toub and Reid also crossed paths much earlier in their careers at Texas El-Paso and Missouri.
“Dave is one of the league’s best special teams minds,” Reid said in a statement released by the Chiefs. “He will bring an innovative approach and consistency to this group. Dave will get the most out of our players and I’m very happy he is joining our staff.”
Coming along with Toub is Bears special teams assistant Kevin O’Dea,even though he still had one year left on his contract in Chicago.
As for Toub, he’s happy to work again with Reid.
“Andy got me in the league,” Toub told the Chicago Tribune. “I just feel really, really grateful. Over the years my contract has been up a few times and he has always been there trying to hire me and actually over my career he has really helped me make a lot more money every new contract. It’s always nice to have someone out there that wants you and he did it again. I’m happy to finally kind of re-pay him for getting me in and be able to re-join him.”
Toub is continuing to get more money thanks to Reid and that is almost just as important for Chiefs fans. After years of owner Clark Hunt paying next to nothing for his head coaches (when he decided to honor their contract and pay them), Toub is coming to Kansas City as the NFL’s highest paid special teams coordinator.
It’s a great first step for a Chiefs team that badly needs to re-tool their special teams if they are going to turn things around quickly in Kansas City.