Chiefs special teams film review, Week 11: Explaining Isiah Pacheco’s kickoff oopsie

Special teams were rather uneventful for the Chiefs in their Week 11 win over the Los Angeles Chargers, but maybe that’s a good thing.

After all, when something is eventful on special teams, it’s either bad (like a fumble) or great (like a return touchdown). Unfortunately, it’s been more of the former than the latter for the Chiefs, but luckily it was neither on Sunday night.

This will be a rather short review compared to my previous ones, but I do have a few things to note. Additionally, make sure to check out my special teams stats, snap counts and grades for individual players via Google Sheets to get a better idea of how and where Chiefs players have performed on special teams during the season.

Kick returns: Isiah Pacheco does an oops, Michael Burton and Marcus Kemp do a good

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The Chiefs’ kick return game was quiet, with four of six ending up as touchbacks. The two returns are worth showing because they ended up being a bit unconventional.

First up is rookie running back Isiah Pacheco’s only kick return of the day. It wasn’t much of a return, really, because he immediately took it out of bounds at the Kansas City six-yard line:

Burton actually gained 20 yards on this return, which is difficult to do when the ball is kicked short since defenders are typically right in a returner’s face on short kicks.

Thankfully, the blocking was solid which led to a good return. There’s one block in particular worth pointing out: receiver Marcus Kemp (No. 85) laid the wood on Chargers linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga (No. 57). You can get a good look at the block on the end zone angle of the play — check the above video starting at the 12-second mark.

More special teams notes

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A few more special teams notes to round out Week 11:

  • Rejoice! Harrison Butker went 3-for-3 on field goals and 3-for-3 on extra points. It’s the first game in which he’s made all of his kicks since Week 1. Maybe he’s back to normal?

  • Receiver Kadarius Toney returned another punt but got injured and was replaced by WR Skyy Moore for the rest of the day. Toney’s return went for five yards:

  • Toney really hasn’t had a chance to shine on punt returns yet because his blocking hasn’t been good and the kicks have been unfavorable. Hopefully, when he’s back from injury he gets more opportunities.

  • Toub said that with Toney out, guys like Moore, WR Justin Watson and cornerback Trent McDuffie will receive consideration at punt returner. McDuffie is an interesting option, but he might be too valuable to risk injury as a returner. It may be smarter to see what Watson has to offer since he has proved to be versatile on offense and special teams.

Story originally appeared on Chiefs Wire