De’Anthony Thomas’ punt return against the Steelers was a trick play

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De’Anthony Thomas’ punt return against the Steelers was a trick play

Postby linchao » Thu Oct 25, 2018 2:38 am

How about that 54-yard punt return by De’Anthony Thomas during the first quarter of the Kansas City Chiefs victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday?The one where he lost the handle on the ball while running down the sideline White Terrance Smith Jersey , and then gathered it back in and gained another 10 yards?You know.This one.The return went all the way to the Steelers 10-yard line and set up the Chiefs first touchdown of the game.No disrespect to KOIN-TV’s Joe Hoyt here — I thought exactly the same thing he did while watching the game — but it turns out that this wasn’t the result of any special awareness on the part of Thomas.Instead, this was a carefully-rehearsed trick play that Chiefs special teams coach Dave Toub had cooked up to counter any attempt by the Steelers to punt short and/or out of bounds if Tyreek Hill was lined up to receive.In his opening statement at Monday’s press conference, head coach Andy Reid made a somewhat vague reference to the play, saying that the team had practiced it all week.But speaking to the media on Thursday, Toub was more specific.“We were thinking they were going to try to kick away from Tyreek Hill — which they did,” Toub explained. ”They kicked a high, short kick. We had Tyreek fake like it was a deep kick — when it actually was a short kick — and then De’Anthony was standing right there to field it. We were hoping that the coverage would run by him — which they did — and then we were able to get a big return. But you have to have trust and we have trust that those guys will field it and make the right decisions. Then they had the trust in the scheme and it worked. This was a well-executed play by those guys.”Now that you know this, watch the play again.That’s exactly what happened.Nonetheless, Toub wasn’t satisfied with his unit’s performance during the first two weeks of the season.“We’re fortunate right now, but we know it’s a long season.It’s a game-to-game thing. Things change. You kind of know where your weaknesses are, you just don’t want them to get exposed.You try to fix them. There were a lot of mistakes made in [the first] game — a lot of mistakes — more so in the second game than there was in the first game.It just didn’t hurt us. It didn’t show up as a bad play.But hopefully we go back in the film room and we correct it and get it fixed for the next game.But there’s always something. There’s always something to improve on and you never know when something is going to show up.”Let’s say it once more: you just have to love Uncle Dave.Xavier Williams will live out his childhood dream Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium This Sunday marks the Kansas City Chiefs’ home opener against the San Francisco 49ers, and it is a day that will be like “a dream come true” for Xavier Williams. A native of Grandview, Missouri, Williams grew up cheering on the Chiefs in the stands at Arrowhead Stadium. This Sunday, though , Williams won’t be joining his family members in the crowd. Instead, he will be down on the field playing in front of them in his first regular-season home game as a Chief. “It’s gonna be big,” Williams said about the game. “My family is going to come out and see me play and it’ll be their first time seeing me play in a NFL game. My whole family’s from here. I don’t even think words can describe how excited they are. My mom’s been getting ready for this since the day I signed.”However, his mom isn’t the only one getting ready for Sunday. Williams also anticipates a more energized Chiefs football team given the preferred and long-awaited environment that is Arrowhead Stadium. “Everybody loves playing a home game, get a home cooked meal, hang around your family before and after the game,” Williams said. “I think the whole team is going to feel more lively playing in front of the whole crowd especially for the first time. [We’ll] get Arrowhead rocking.”But aside from all of the excitement and emotion, Sunday, at the end of the day, is another opportunity for Williams to go out and continue to push himself to help his team. “I think it’s been a pretty good season so far, but feel like it can definitely get a lot better of me personally,” Williams said on his personal evaluation of his play. “It’s only the first two weeks of the season, so there’s plenty of time to still improve and get to where I want to be, but being 2-0 you can’t complain to much.”

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