Chiefs punter Tommy Townsend motivated by lackluster Super Bowl

Townsend focused on fine-tuning fundamentals
Chiefs Buccaneers Super Bowl Football
Posted at 2:36 PM, Aug 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-06 15:36:57-04

SAINT JOSEPH, Mo. — No Kansas City Chiefs can claim a banner day during Super Bowl LV.

The team’s offensive line allowed an historic amount of pressure and Kansas City’s high-flying offense was grounded. But lost in the headlines was an equally disappointing performance from then-rookie punter Tommy Townsend.

Entering his second year in the league, Townsend still thinks of his performance in that game, using it as fuel to improve.

“I’m young and I’m learning,” Townsend told reporters Friday after an abbreviated training camp practice. “Obviously that’s not an excuse but all you can do it learn from it and move on.”

After punting just once in the 2020 playoffs, Townsend launched three punts against Tampa Bay for an average of 35 yards.

Townsend’s muffed punt halfway through the second quarter traveled just 27 yards, putting Tom Brady’s Buccaneers in prime field position.

“I’m the biggest critic of myself,” he added. “There’s no one that can say anything to me that will make me feel worse than how I played.”

Special teams coach Dave Toub spoke highly of Townsend’s physique entering his second season, adding he’s done all the right things to be an impact player this season.