Letter to Kansas City Coach Todd Haley: Stop With the Onsides Kicks Already!

October 16, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Last week, Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley told his players before the game that if they lost the opening coin toss and the Indianapolis Colts chose to receive, that his team would try an onside kick to start the game. The Colts won the toss and took the ball, and kicker Ryan Succop executed the daring play-call to open the game. While the onside kick caught Colts completely off guard, Succop’s kick dribbled short of the required 10 yards, and the Colts got the football on a short field. Nine plays and a 20-yd field goal later, the Colts had an early 3-0 lead.

Now the obvious upside that Haley was shooting for was to steal the opening kickoff and set up his offense with a short field. But what happened instead was that he immediately put the backs of his defense up against a wall.

The Chiefs coverage units on special teams have been outstanding this season. They are the best in the league covering kickoffs, allowing ...

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