Kansas City Chiefs: Viable Options to Return Punts and Kickoffs in 2012

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Kansas City Chiefs: Viable Options to Return Punts and Kickoffs in 2012
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Dexter McCluster returns a punt for a touchdown, thanks to Andy Studebaker for paving the way in the 2010 opener against the San Diego Chargers.

Every since the Kansas City Chiefs traded away an aging Dante Hall, their return game has been very inconsistent. The Chiefs went through putting up with Eddie Drummond, Kevin Robinson, Dantrell Savage and Bobby Wade. None of them succeeded as a returner. 

In 2012, the Chiefs are loaded with players who have experience in the return game and should find their new primary returner for the next few years. Not all of them will be great, but the Chiefs should figure out who they will have as their returner, or returners if the Chiefs want a different player for kickoffs and punts.

Since the start of the 2007 season, the Chiefs have had only two touchdowns off returns. As for total yards returned among the league, the Chiefs have been all over the charts.

2011 Kick Return: 20th
2011 Punt Return: 8th

2010 Kick Return: 31st
2010 Punt Return: 3rd

2009 Kick Return: 6th
2009 Punt Return: 27th

2008 Kick Return: 8th
2008 Punt Return: 30th

2007 Kick Return: 23rd
2007 Punt Return: 16th

Head coach Romeo Crennel will be working with special teams coaches Tom McMahon and Derius Swinton to figure out the right players that can help the Chiefs be good and remain consistent.

It is hard for teams to dominate in the kick return game since kickoffs are placed at the 35-yard line. But the Chiefs could still be one of the better teams in 2012. As far as punt returning goes, the Chiefs have a chance to not only be in the top 10 for the third straight season, but they should get a couple of scores as well.

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