(TNS) — Chiefs coach Andy Reid said rookie kicker Cairo Santos’ two missed field goals in the team’s 31-13 win over the Oakland Raiders weren’t just on Santos.
“We’ve got to get that snap, hold, kick, that whole thing working a little smoother than what it is right now,” Reid said. “We were off just a tad and we have to get that thing back on track. That was (Sunday). That’s not necessarily the way it’s been every kick.”
Reid said kicking field goals is a three-part process.
“You’ve got the snapper, who you’ve got to stay accurate with that and you’ve got to be consistent with it,” Reid said. “You’ve got the holding phase of it. That’s who you’re asking to place it and do that accurately. And then you’ve got the kicker that’s got to work through a certain rhythm.
“As the snapper and the holder, you want to make sure you keep the kicker in rhythm and not allow that to be altered at all, and then that kicker knows that not everyone is going to be perfect and he’s got to still strike the ball if it gets off rhythm a bit.”
Reid said he still trusts Santos, who is now 17 for 21 on field goals on the season.
Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali has been nominated for one of the most prestigious awards in pro football.
Hali, 31, is the club’s nominee for The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, the only league award that recognizes a player’s off-the-field community service as well as his playing excellence.
Each NFL team has a nominee, and three finalists will be announced next month. The winner will be introduced on Saturday, Jan. 31, during the fourth annual NFL Honors awards show, a two-hour primetime special to air nationally on the night before the Super Bowl.
Each of the 32 team nominees receive a $1,000 donation from the NFL Foundation to the charity of their choice. The three finalists will receive an additional $5,000 donation, and the winner will receive an additional $20,000 donation in his name.
Hali, a native of Liberia, partnered with Heart to Heart International in October to construct a 70-bed Ebola treatment unit in Africa for those inflicted with the disease. Hali donated $50,000, which will finance more than half of the project.
Hali also partnered with his mother, Rachel, on multiple occasions to get vital supplies, clothing and other necessities distributed in West Africa. Hali also has teamed with Kansas City’s Bishop Sullivan Center to purchase and serve meals. And he has been a benefactor to Teaneck High School, his alma mater in New Jersey, by donating shoes for the entire football program, financing the school’s freshman football team with a $15,000 gift and donating $40,000 to finish off its athletic hall of fame.
Hali, a three-time Pro Bowler, is following in a tradition of Chiefs contending for the Walter Payton Award. The Chiefs have five previous winners — quarterback Len Dawson, linebackers Willie Lanier and Derrick Thomas and guards Will Shields and Brian Waters — tied with Chicago for most in the NFL.
Thomas wins award
Chiefs rookie De’Anthony Thomas was selected AFC special teams player of the week for his performance in last Sunday’s 31-13 win over Oakland.
Thomas returned eight punts for 156 yards, second-most in club history, including an 81-yard touchdown.
The Chiefs, 8-6, will clinch an AFC wild card berth if they beat Pittsburgh, 9-5, on Sunday and San Diego, 8-6, in the regular-season finale. They can still make it by splitting the final two games if they get a lot of help in other games.
And, the Chiefs could be eliminated as early as this week if they lose to Pittsburgh and Baltimore, 9-5, wins at Houston and Cincinnati, 9-4-1, beats Denver at home on Monday night.
Chiefs sign two to
The Chiefs signed long snapper Charley Hughlett and wide receiver Corbin Louks to their practice squad on Wednesday.
The moves come less than two days after coach Andy Reid cited difficulties with the snap and hold operation between long snapper Thomas Gafford and holder Dustin Colquitt that led to two missed field goals by Cairo Santos.
Hughlett, 24, played at Central Florida and has been in several NFL camps and practice squads, most recently New England and Cleveland. He has not appeared in an NFL game.
To make room for Hughlett and Lukes, the club placed wide receiver Armon Binns on injured reserve and released tight end Adam Schiltz.