The Kansas City Chiefs usually take the ball out of the end zone on a kickoff while some other teams down it and take the ball at the 25-yard line. The Chiefs thinking, according to special teams coach Dave Toub, is that they want to take it out for a shot at the big play.
“I’d like to – in a perfect world – put the pressure on the kickoff team,” Toub told KC reporters on Thursday. “That’s what we want to keep doing. Take a shot on goal. Take a shot at getting a big play. No risk it, no biscuit. That’s the way it is.”
However, the Chiefs aren’t getting that big play on kickoff returns. I keep waiting for it every week but the big play hasn’t been there on kickoffs this season. Toub says that if the Chiefs don’t start getting the ball out far enough then they’re going to have to start downing it in the end zone more.
I like Toub’s philosophy of taking it out. It’s better when it works of course but the chance at a big play (with a team who has good returners) is worth taking over losing a few yards of starting position. I say keep bringing it out.