Football coaches love it when they find touchdowns in places other than their offensive stats.
They thank the football gods when the guys on defense take interceptions and fumble recoveries to the end zone. They’ll light candles in a place of worship when the kicking game produces touchdowns, whether off returns or blocked kicks or punts.
Right now, Andy Reid is a very happy head coach β the 2013 Chiefs have scored 10 touchdowns on defense and special teams. With 40 touchdowns on the season, that’s 25 percent of the red and gold’s end zone visits coming from a phase of the game that’s not offense. No other team in the league has that high of percentage of non-offensive TDs. The No. 2 team is St. Louis with 32 total touchdowns and 6 on defense and special teams, or 19 percent.
Punt returner Dexter McCluster has two touchdowns, as does outside linebacker Tamba Hali. Knile Davis and Quintin Demps each have a kick-return score. Defensive backs Husain Abdullah, Eric Berry, Marcus Cooper and Sean Smith have scored on interception returns. That’s 10 in all and there are a dozen teams in the league that do not have at least 10 rushing touchdowns on the season from their offense. The Chiefs have as many return TDs as the New York Jets have touchdown passes.
No other team in the league has more than 6 miscellaneous touchdowns as the league likes to call them. Chicago, Dallas and St. Louis have 6 scores off some type of return. Cincinnati, Denver and Washington have 5 touchdowns in that manner. The only team without a return TD is New Orleans, with all 40 of the Saints touchdowns coming from the offense.
“Every point is important because you never know what touchdown or field goal is going to be the points that win the game,” said ILB Derrick Johnson. “I always feel like if we can score on defense, then we should win the game. ” …Read More!