There's an episode of The Office where Oscar comes in and tells Michael that they have a surplus in their office budget for that year and they need to spend it all by the end of that day or else corporate will just give them a smaller budget next year.
That's what I thought of when hearing Chiefs special teams coach Dave Toub telling KCChiefs.com that after scoring five touchdowns and setting the NFL record for kickoff return average last season, you can't say your new goal is four touchdowns this season. It's gotta be five or more.
"I'm sure Andy is going to set a goal of at least five touchdowns again," Toub said. "You can't set a goal lower than what you did before.
"But we want to finish No. 1 on special teams. We want to win the Super Bowl obviously but our game within the game is special teams. For us, finishing No. 1 on special teams is like winning the Super Bowl."
Chiefs special teams played a significant role at times last season. Both of the top returners are gone and the annual roster shuffle has begun. Toub has his work cut out for him this season but sometimes it's hard to tell because he's so fired up about special teams.
"They want to make a difference on special teams," Toub said. "We want to win games on special teams. That's our mindset. Once you have that going, it kinda takes on a life of its own and guys really start buying in and want to be part of it. You have starters coming to me and they want to be on the kickoff return team because we're having so much success or punt coverage because we're keeping guys at six yards a return. You have guys like [Dustin] Colquitt pinning guys inside the 20. Everyone wants to make plays and be part of it."