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Colts hire Chiefs' McMahon as special teams coach

Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 2:37 pm

The Indianapolis Colts have hired Tom McMahon as their new special teams coordinator.

McMahon has coached six years in the NFL and was special teams coach for the Kansas City Chiefs this season.

“We're excited that Tom will be joining our staff,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “He brings a strong coaching background and his players have routinely ranked among the league's best in all facets of special teams. We look forward to working with him as we strive to have one of the top special teams units in the NFL.”

With the Chiefs last season, McMahon guided AFC Pro Bowl punter Dustin Colquitt, who ranked second in the NFL with 45 punts pinned inside the 20-yard line while averaging 46.8 yards per punt and a net average of 40.8.

McMahon joined Kansas City following three seasons as the special teams coordinator for the St. Louis Rams. In 2010, the Rams posted the league's third-best net punting average at 40.0 yards per punt. In addition, Rams punt returner Danny Amendola led the NFL with 12 returns of 20-plus yards in 2009 and 2010 combined.

Prior to his time in St. Louis, McMahon spent two seasons (2007-2008) as an assistant special teams coach for the Atlanta Falcons. He was crucial in the development of kick returner Jerious Norwood, who tallied 2,628 kickoff return yards, which ranked third in the NFL over that two-year span.