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Posted by linchao in Sports on November 29th, 2018

Dave Toub—the Kansas City Chiefs have been very good at special teams since his arrival in 2013.For a lot of fans , success on special teams is defined by the number of touchdowns that are scored on kick returns.That’s certainly one of the factors to be considered — and since 2013, more than a few Chiefs victories depended on kick return touchdowns and other big plays on special teams.But special teams play affects games in other ways that are far less visible.For example, did you know that since Toub arrived in Kansas City, the Chiefs haven’t given up a single kick-return touchdown?Special teams coverage units don’t get covered in glory, but preventing kick return touchdowns is just as important as scoring them.Nor should we discount the field position advantages that good special teams play can provide.When the difference between where your team starts a drive and where the other team starts a drive is five to 10 yards, it may not seem like much of a difference.But that could be a whole set of downs that your team has to get — or prevent.And in a close game, that can be huge.Dave Toub is up to us usual tricks in 2018.Now — as they have been for most of the season — his special teams units are ranked first in Football Outsiders’ DVOA statistic.The Chiefs rank second in yards per punt return, and seventh in yards per kick return.Which brings us to this week’s game against the Cleveland Browns — a team that is pretty much the opposite of the Chiefs in special teams play.The Browns are currently 31st in special teams DVOA.They rank 11th in yards per punt return and 21st in yards per kick return.Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty ImagesSo special teams play could be a significant factor in Sunday’s game.And Toub isn’t overlooking the Browns.Speaking to the media on Thursday, Toub spoke about Browns interim head coach Gregg Williams’ reputation for aggressiveness.“You have to think, Gregg Williams is more of an aggressive guy,” Toub said. “Maybe there is a possibility that there could be some things... he might want to take a chance or a risk here or there. You have to be aware of that and just be prepared.”Williams, after all, was defensive coordinator of the 2009 New Orleans Saints team that caught the Indianapolis Colts flat-footed with an onside kick attempt to open the second half of Super Bowl XLIV.The Saints recovered the kick Dustin Colquitt Jersey , scored a touchdown to take the lead, and went on to win the game.But Toub says the Chiefs will be watching for that kind of thing.“We talk about it every week. If a team wants to steal a possession, that is how they are going to do it. They are going to kick a surprise onside kick or they are going to try and fake a punt. Those are the situations where we have to be ready and alert and paying attention to the details.”But although Williams’ aggressive attitude at the top may affect top-line decisions the Browns could make on special teams, at the nuts-and-bolts level, Toub expects the Browns special teams units to be pretty much the same as they were before this week’s coaching upheaval in Cleveland.“We have thought about that,” Toub said. “You have to believe that they are going to be the same. There is only so much you can do in a week. It is the same coach special teams-wise. Same guys. You have to believe that they are going to be what they are.”Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty ImagesToub also spoke about rookie cornerback Tremon Smith, who is currently ranked second in yards per kick return — and is just the latest in a long line of rookies Toub has coached into being effective returners.“We’ve been developing Tremon this whole offseason, and [in] training camp,” he said. “We look for a guy that wants to hit it north and south, has a lot of courage, runs strong, makes good decisions, catches the ball coming forward... those are all things we look for. And a solid catcher — not somebody that’s going to put the ball on the ground — [somebody] who secures the football. That’s first. You’ve got to have that guy first. And he’s got experience. We got him a bunch of touches during the preseason Authentic Justin Houston Jersey , so we felt real comfortable — when De’Anthony Thomas was injured — to put him in there, and have him in there going forward.”Chiefs vs. Chargers: Making sense of snap counts The Kansas City Chiefs deafened the Los Angeles Chargers, 38-28, in game one of the 2018 season on Sunday.Here were the snap counts for the Chiefs:OffenseDefenseSpecial teams (only)Starters (offense): WR Tyreek Hill, LT Eric Fisher, LG Cam Erving, C Mitch Morse, RG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, RT Mitch Schwartz, TE Travis Kelce, WR Sammy Watkins, WR Chris Conley, QB Patrick Mahomes Youth Steven Nelson Jersey , RB Starters (defense): RDE Chris Jones, NT Xavier Williams, LDE Allen Bailey, LOLB Justin Houston, LILB Anthony Hitchens, RILB Reggie Ragland, ROLB Dee Ford, RCB Steve Nelson, S Eric Murray, S Ron Parker, LCB Kendall FullerActive, but did not play: QB Chad HenneInactive: S Eric Berry, RB Darrel Williams Allen Bailey Jersey , CB Charvarius Ward, C Andrew Reiter, G Kahlil McKenzie, G Ike Boettger, DT Justin HamiltonTakeaways (in no particular order)Sammy Watkins was on the field 91 percent (51 plays) of the time for the Chiefs offense. He was targeted by Patrick Mahomes five times and made three catches for 21 yards.By comparison, Tyreek Hill was on the field 71 percent of the time (40 plays). He was targeted by Mahomes eight times and made seven catches for 169 yards and two touchdowns.The running back split was as follows: Kareem Hunt - 40 plays, Spencer Ware - 9 plays, Damien Williams - 5 plays. The Chiefs are more comfortable with Hunt as a pass protector this year. Wide receiver Chris Conley was on the field more than I thought he would be—he had 35 snaps (62 percent of plays). The four players who make up the Chiefs’ base secondary—cornerbacks Kendall Fuller and Steve Nelson and safeties Ron Parker and Eric Murray—saw 100 percent of defensive snaps on Sunday. Our pal Orlando Scandrick saw 68 snaps (83 percent of the time).Rookie outside linebacker Breeland Speaks has probably surpassed Tanoh Kpassagnon in the eyes of the coaching staff. He out-snapped Kpassagnon, 19-10.The Chiefs are still easing inside linebacker Reggie Ragland back into the mix. He only had 42 snaps (51 percent) compared to Anthony Hitchens’ 78. The Chiefs had a little bit of a rotation going on their defensive line.It looks like your four-phase special teams guys are fullback Anthony Sherman (80 percent) and newcomer, safety Jordan Lucas (80 percent). Linebacker Ben Niemann played in 63 percent of special-teams snaps before he got hurt.


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