Perhaps lost in the euphoria surrounding the Chiefs’ impressive 4-0 start is the fact they had a punt blocked against Jacksonville and also had punt partially blocked Sunday against the Giants. This fact, however, has not escaped Chiefs coach Andy Reid.
“We have got to make sure we take care of that,” Reid said. “I know (special teams coach Dave) Toub is on it.”
Reid gave the Giants credit for the near-block on Sunday, as defensive end Damontre Moore came crashing in between long snapper Thomas Gafford and linebacker Dezman Moses, who was lined up at left guard. Running back Cyrus Gray was lined up about five yards behind the line of scrimmage and in position to help, but opted to instead block cornerback Aaron Ross, who came looping around Kush’s outside shoulder.
Moore flew in unencumbered and seemed to get a piece of Dustin Colquitt’s punt.
“That was an impressive little stunt they had going,” Reid said. “We have to do a better job there. Communication becomes a factor when you pass things off.”
This particular miscue involved players who have been with the team since training camp, but the blocked punt against Jacksonville involved one player (linebacker James-Michael Johnson) the team picked up in early September, after the 53-man roster deadline.
“It’s one of those complex little stunts that comes up and if you haven’t had a chance, if it’s new or something that you haven’t worked on other than maybe in the offseason or during training camp, these guys haven’t had the chance to do it,” Reid said.
Reid essentially said the Chiefs’ flurry of activity after the roster deadline – they claimed seven players and waived six – made Toub’s job harder, though he expressed faith in the coach. His punt return unit, after all, produced adynamite 89-yard touchdown
that swung the momentum of Sunday’s game.
“If there’s any change in that 53, it normally comes back to the special teams,” Reid said. “We’re getting better at it, we just have to keep getting better.”