It’s been the Kansas City defense that has grabbed most of the headlines in the Chiefs 8-0 start to the 2013 season, and to their credit they’ve been a very productive unit. Lost in the discussion is how dangerous Kansas City’s return men have been thus far this season.
One of the reasons Chiefs’ kick returner Quintin Demps and punt returner Dexter McCluster have not received more recognition is because they’ve got just one touchdown return this season, a ridiculous video game-like 89-yarder by McCluster .
While Demps (4.39 40-time) and McCluster haven’t taken many returns to the house they have put up some very solid return averages.
Demps average of 31.9 yards a kick return is good for fourth-highest in the NFL and second in the AFC. McCluster’s 10.8 yard punt return average is good for 8th in the NFL and 4th in the AFC.
Those averages have Kansas City ranked 7th in punt return and 5th in kick return average in the league. The Chiefs are one of only five teams in the NFL right now ranked in the top 10 in both return categories.
Part of the reason for their success is they try to take as many opportunities as they can. McCluster on 39-punt return attempts has taken just three fair catches, returning the other 36.
Demps is encouraged to take a kickoff out even if it’s nine-yards deep in the end zone, depending on ball location.
“It just comes from coaching,” Demps said. “(Special teams coordinator) Coach (Dave) Toub told us to be aggressive, me and Dex (McCluster). That’s what I’m doing, being aggressive, kind of the flow of the game. Sometimes I won’t bring it out, sometimes I will. A lot of times, we need a spark, so I bring it out, no matter what.”
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