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January 17, 2013

Colts hire ex-Chiefs special teams coach

The Indianapolis Colts hired former Chiefs assistant coach Tom McMahon as their special teams coach.

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The Chiefs and NFL by beat writer Terez Paylor

The Indianapolis Colts hired former Chiefs assistant coach Tom McMahon as their special teams coach.

McMahon spent 2012 with the Chiefs but was not retained by new head coach Andy Reid. McMahon worked with Chiefs Pro Bowl punter Dustin Colquitt, who ranked second in the NFL with 45 punts pinned inside the 20-yard line while averaging 46.8 yards per punt and a net average of 40.8. But kicker Ryan Succop, despite making a franchise-record six field goals in a win at New Orleans, had an erratic year that included critical misses in losses against Atlanta (40 yards), Cleveland (27), Indianapolis (43) and Denver (33).

Also, the Chiefs’ return game failed to produce a punt return or kickoff return for touchdown. The Chiefs haven’t returned a kickoff for a touchdown since 2009 or a punt since 2010.

The Chiefs replaced McMahon with former Chicago Bears special teams coordinator Dave Toub.

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