Kansas City Chiefs’ Assistant Head Coach / Special Teams Coordinator Dave Toub, Offensive Coordinator Eric Bieniemy, Defensive Coordinator Bob Sutton and punter Dustin Colquitt met with the media on Thursday afternoon.
Here are five things that stood out.
Assistant Head Coach / Special Teams Coordinator Dave Toub
1. What does it mean to you to have Dustin Colquitt the Chiefs nomination for Man of the Year?
TOUB: “It’s not surprising at all. He’s a great character guy. He’s a family man. He’s a man of faith. He does everything right off the field as well on as on the field. It doesn’t surprise me one bit. Personally, he helps my wife - she’s part of the Bra Couture, it’s a breast cancer thing. He helps her 100 percent. No one knows about that. That’s just one thing that he does personally. It doesn’t surprise me at all that he was named Man of the Year by our team.”
Punter Dustin Colquitt
2. How did you learn about your nomination and what does it mean to you?
COLQUITT: “When they told me about it, obviously you are elated. I remember coming into Kansas City in 2005 and reading the contract thinking obviously you have to have an agent to go through all of this. But it was very apparent that (the Chiefs) want you in the community at least five times a year. And you don’t even realize till you get into the community and you feel like that isn’t even enough for here because there was so much good that goes on. I love this city. Upon hearing that, you kind of get humbled. I know there are 32 of these guys, but all 32 of these guys are saying, ‘Wow, Walter Payton. What did he do? How did he embody a city and how did he change things?’ It wasn’t just between the white lines. It was in the communities and changing people’s mind frames and how they think and how they love and care for each other in the community. Humbled and kind of exciting for the possibility of doing that.”
3. Have you always felt the call to service?
COLQUITT: “I grew up in church and we are taught to love and serve, and loving others is the biggest thing I can say. How can you do that? You can do that with the resources God gave you, which can be treasure, time or just talking to people - anything like that. TeamSmile is an easy way to do that because we take kids in underprivileged communities that don’t get some basic things. You might think, ‘Well, you’re just cleaning teeth,’ and that’s just not true. We have kids come in and they are wrapping their lips around their teeth and they don’t really want to talk to you, but then you clean them up and you turn a mirror around and you just see this confidence that they’ve never had before. You see these parents that aren’t coming up to their kids because their teeth are clean, they’re saying, ‘This is not my kid. He has his chest puffed out.’ It changes them from day one because some of it is cosmetic, but [also], everything that goes in your mouth makes your body healthy. If that’s true, if your mouth is healthy, your whole body is going to be healthier.”
Offensive Coordinator Eric Bieniemy
4. What does Charcandrick West bring to the team?
BIENIEMY: “One thing about [Charcandrick West] is he is an energy giver. He’s a leader, he’s had a great deal of success here and also he’s been viewed as a role model by his work ethic and how he conducts himself on the field. One thing that we’re looking forward to is just watching him give that energy. He’s been a huge morale booster since he’s been back and obviously, if you guys have been around him, he always has a smile on his face and everyone around him, he puts them in a happy place.”
Defensive Coordinator Bob Sutton
5. Is preparing for such a unique opponent exciting?
SUTTON: “I would say, for players and coaches, it’s a whole different challenge. We have elements of what they do in most games - I wouldn’t say every game - but most games, because most people have the zone-read concepts or the RPOs and that stuff. When you do it as your kind of base - they have that and they have a way of just powering the ball at you, too - you have to rethink how you are playing, what your techniques are and all those things because you are asked to do different things. You have different concerns and different pressures as an individual player and also, structurally, as a defense.”