Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt is understandably pleased with the hirings of new head coach Andy Reid and general manager John Dorsey. After all, Hunt selected them.

But Hunt is equally excited with another new addition to the Chiefs coaching staff — special-teams coordinator Dave Toub.

"I think we really have a chance to take a step forward in special teams," Hunt said Friday upon arriving in New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII. "I grew up with the Chiefs during a period of time in the 1980s when Frank Gansz was the special-teams coach … widely regarded as one of the best in the league at that time and maybe one of the best ever.

"You can think back to some of those seasons in the '80s, when we won a lot of games with special teams. Well, that's the mentality that the team is going to have with the new leadership. It's something Andy believes in. Instead of trying not to make mistakes, we're going to go out on special teams and try to win football games."

The Chiefs have not returned a kickoff for a touchdown since the 2009 season or a punt for a touchdown since the 2010 season opener.

Toub was a very well-regarded special-teams coach during his nine seasons with the Chicago Bears. Chicago's Devin Hester became the NFL's all-time leader in kick-return touchdowns with 18, including a record 12 punt returns.

After returning from the Senior Bowl last week, Reid, Dorsey and the new assistants have been poring over tapes of the Chiefs' 2-14 season.

"Andy has been very consistent," Hunt said. "He thinks we have a lot of talent on the football team. He clearly understands there are things that have to be fixed. We have to be better offensively. That's going to start with the quarterback position. He has to have better play from the quarterback. That's one of his main focuses right now and will be through the spring."