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Santos was to blame for missed extra point, Chiefs assistant says

Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos (5) bounced back from missing an extra point in Friday’s preseason game.
Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos (5) bounced back from missing an extra point in Friday’s preseason game. JSLEEZER@KCSTAR.COM

Recently released Andrew East was the snapper on kicker Cairo Santos’ missed extra point in the Chiefs’ 34-10 preseason win over the Titans on Friday, but special teams coach Dave Toub said the miss was not East’s fault.

“We’ll fix it,” Toub said. “There was nothing else with the operation — the snap and the hold were all good. It was strictly Cairo.”

In a way, Toub was not surprised by the miss. He expects the successful conversion percentage of extra points to go down this year after the NFL moved the spot for those attempts from the 2 to the 15-yard line.

“I really believe, I think the percentage of those kicks are gonna go down,” Toub said. “Last year, 33-yard field goals, as a whole, was like a 95 or 96 percent.

“But I think it’s going to go down because of the pressure you’re going to get from the field-goal block team and the pressure of actually making that one-point kick from the 33-yard distance.”

Toub, however, is confident that Santos — who was perfect on extra points last year as a rookie — won’t repeat his miss when the regular season begins Sept. 13 against Houston.

“It’s a 33-yard field goal and I’m glad he got it out of the way now, so it doesn’t show up during the regular season. That’s the way we’re looking at it. He just yanked it.”

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