When special teams coach Dave Toub saw Pro Bowl punter Dustin Colquitt sprain his right knee during a collision in the Chiefs’ 31-7 win over the New York Giants on Sunday, he admits he was a bit worried.
“It was scary,” Toub said. “That was a tough deal.”
But like any good coach, he also had a backup plan in place. Toub said the Chiefs’ kickers and punters actually spent some time working on the others’ craft this preseason, so even though kicker Ryan Succop was never actually called upon to replace Colquitt ― who toughed it out to make the Chiefs’ remaining three punts of the day ― Toub said Succop could have filled in adequately.
“When (Colquitt) first injured it, it took a period of time before the pain went away and we realized he was gonna be able to put some weight on it,” Toub said. “The good thing was we didn’t have to punt right away, but Succop was ready to go.”
Succop, who handled placekicking and punting duties during his college career at South Carolina, agreed, though he clearly ceded the Chiefs’ punting throne to Colquitt.
“It’s a situation that obviously hopefully never comes up,” Succop said. “I think everybody in Kansas City loves the way that Dustin punts the ball … it’s been five or six years since I’ve really worked on the punting so it’s been a while, but I’m confident I could get in there and get us through a game if I needed to.”
Funny, because Toub said the same thing about Colquitt as it relates to field goals, and Succop didn’t disagree.
“Dustin’s a good athlete,” Succop said. “He’s played soccer growing up and is one of the more athletic guys at the position. So if he went out there and kicked, I feel confident he can put it through.”
Though the chances of Succop punting last Sunday were real, it seems one area where Colquitt wouldn’t be replaced due to injury is as a holder on extra points and field goals.
“He’d have to really be hurt, like, in the hospital, probably, to be able to not hold,” Toub said. “We’re gonna roll him out there just so he can hold.”
Toub, however, said backup quarterback Chase Daniel ― who served as the Saints’ holder last season ― is also a capable option.
“Chase is a good holder, and there will be some times where we’ll use him on the field too, because he can bring other fake factors in,” Toub said. “So he’s good, and Ryan feels good with him as a holder as well.”
If you believe Toub, however, these backup scenarios are just that ― backups. Though Colquitt was limited in Wednesday’s practice, he’s optimistic his punter will be ready to go Sunday vs. Tennessee.
“The fact he was able to finish the game also was a good sign,” Toub said. “So Rick (Burkholder) and the training staff, they’ll get him right. All indications are that he’s gonna be okay. We’re trying to be positive about it.”