It's no coincidence that the best teams in the NFL every year happen to rank high in special teams performance. While the lion's share of the spotlight in the NFL falls on offense and then defense, the field position created by the kicking teams and return units allow those in the spotlight to succeed or fail. In 2013, the Kansas City Chiefs learned this to be the case.
Rick Gosselin's annual special teams rankings is a well-respected list that emerges at the Dallas Morning News after each season.This year he gives the Chiefs the No. 3 overall slot in the NFL.This positions the Chiefs just behind the New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers for the best in the league.
Gosselin's rankings are based on 22 specific categories from return numbers to a team's starting position on the field. The Chiefs ranked first overall in average kickoff return (29.9 yards, an NFL record), punts inside the 20 (35) and points scored (30).
It's important to note that Chiefs special teams coach Dave Toub has led the NFL twice before with the Bears in Gosselin's rankings. In short, he's a helluva special teams coach.
The Chiefs are likely to face some changes this offseason to the return units with decisions looming on free agents Dexter McCluster and Quintin Demps. With Toub in place, however, the Chiefs will likely excel no matter who is bringing back kicks in 2014, which will be a factor in the Chiefs decision.
Should the Chiefs bring DMC and / or Demps back?