Chiefs special teams coach Dave Toub has long established himself as one of the game's best in his role, so it's not hard to imagine him being frustrated at the game-turning, blocked 27-yard field goal his unit surrendered during the Chiefs' 18-17 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
“We had a breakdown on the right side,” Toub explained, without going into too much detail. “And the operation, we just — something that was pretty basic and fundamental, we just made a mistake there and they made a nice play and made a block.”
Bears outside linebacker Pernell McPhee charged through a gap to the right of Donald Stephenson and to the left and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif.
Toub was asked if the problem was a personnel or execution issue.
Sign Up and Save
Get six months of free digital access to The Kansas City Star
“Sometimes it’s a personnel issue, but not in this case,” Toub said, with means the unit could remain the same Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. “It always comes down to fundamentals when something like that happens. We broke down, we had a breakdown.”
Toub on Santos
Toub was also asked what it would have taken for kicker Cairo Santos to make the 66-yard field goal — which fell nearly 10 yards shorts of the uprights — he attempted at the end of the game,.
“Everything would have had to have been right,” Toub said. “We would have had to have a little bit of gust of wind behind us. It was a windy day and occasionally the wind was blowing that way and that’s why we took a shot at it.
“We really felt like we had a chance, we’ll leave it at that.”
Toub was then asked how confident he was that Santos, who made a 65-yarder in training camp but whose career long in a game is 53 yards, would make the kick.
“It’s a long way. It’s real long,” Toub said. “Next time we go for a 57 it’s going to look like a chip shot.
“But we've seen him do it in practice, we’ve seen it before, so we were trying to win the game right there.”