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(Sports Illustrated)   How did your special teams rank this year? If you're Green Bay, you already know the answer   (si.com) divider line
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2022-01-20 3:14:36 PM  
The Patriots, who are usually one of the best special teams groups, would be even lower if not for the incredible FG/PAT kicking.
 
2022-01-20 4:21:39 PM  
there are special teams and then there are..."special" teams.

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2022-01-20 4:21:39 PM  
I see WFT being the worst in getting their kicks blocked with 6....it's like Washington blew it....

/sigh
 
2022-01-20 4:27:27 PM  
As I look at the numbers, I see Denver high in areas like Net punting, inside the 20 punting, blocked kicks, etc.  They have a good kicker and a good punter but near the bottom overall.  That says something about how bad kick coverage and blocking was with this team.  Thank goodness McManus can usually put it through the end zone on kickoffs.  I was surprised the Broncos weren't most penalized, sure felt like they did it often.
 
2022-01-20 4:43:39 PM  
The Steelers are too damn high!
 
2022-01-20 4:45:19 PM  
The Packers got a return kicker named Moore, and he did good. Then he got covid, and they put him on our practice squad. The farker needs to be on the starting roster. At least the long snapper stopped farking up, but Corey still has issues holding the ball for Crosby. Specials teams have improved once they started to use their starters. God they are so bad. They have been for years.
 
2022-01-20 4:52:04 PM  
Don't block punts. You're just gonna pick up roughing the kicker penalties.
 
2022-01-20 5:13:13 PM  
Pittsburgh's special teams were their best unit.
 
2022-01-20 5:18:14 PM  

iron_city_ap: Pittsburgh's special teams were their best unit.


Boswell was their best unit. He's one of the league leaders and the Stillers are still 18th. What's that tell yinz?
 
2022-01-20 5:38:06 PM  

jaylectricity: The Patriots, who are usually one of the best special teams groups, would be even lower if not for the incredible FG/PAT kicking.


Literally the only reason the Giants swiped Joe Judge away.  Right?  That was the biggest benefit that move had for the NFL.
 
2022-01-20 5:45:08 PM  
Seattlr at #3 is purely because their punt team and kick return teams spent more time on the field than the offense.
 
2022-01-20 5:50:54 PM  
3. Seattle, 276

Very good, but as I pointed out in the Norton thread, they've wasted it. Pinning your opponent deep, as P Michael Dickson does so well, is kind of pointless if your defense makes it easy for opponents to get chunk plays.
 
2022-01-20 5:53:44 PM  

smd31: I see WFT being the worst in getting their kicks blocked with 6....it's like Washington blew it....

/sigh


I think two of those were against Denver where after the game the players said their scouting indicated Blewitt tended to kick low angle and they acted accordingly.
 
2022-01-20 5:55:33 PM  
KICKOFF STARTNG POINT
1. Seattle, 26.8-yard line
2. Indianapolis, 26.7
3. Buffalo, 26.6
Minnesota, 26.6
5. NY Jets, 26.4
Worst: Green Bay, 23.4-yard line


This seems like an absolutely trivial difference between teams; each team is pretty much the same in this category. Giving 32 points to Seattle and 1 point to Green Bay for a difference of 3.4 yards -- in the team's own territory, first down coming up -- is going to skew the results in a big way.
 
2022-01-20 5:59:59 PM  
Also: punts inside the 20 are one of the most overrated stats in football. Teams fear touchbacks too much. A punt from the 50 that's fair-caught at the 15 doesn't impress me. You know what impresses me? A punt that lands at the 5, or the 1. Aim for the 5. Your risk is a touchback. A touchback is not the worst thing, and certainly isn't materially worse than that punt to the 15.
 
2022-01-20 7:33:36 PM  

Myk-House of El: smd31: I see WFT being the worst in getting their kicks blocked with 6....it's like Washington blew it....

/sigh

I think two of those were against Denver where after the game the players said their scouting indicated Blewitt tended to kick low angle and they acted accordingly.


Wouldn't surprise me if Denver did scouting on Blewitt....at least someone did!

I think that was definitely a HUGE blunder by Ron.  Getting rid of Hopkins?  Okay, there is some reasoning behind it.

Getting rid of him without a real backup Kicker?!?  Waaat.

/I think it was against Denver that they had 2 FGs blocked.  The next game had 1 blocked....luckily after that, he was gone.
//if we had Slye or Johnson after Hopkins was cut, would have been interesting to see how things unfolded differently
///might have won against the Broncos, and maybe even the Packers?
///I didn't watch the GB game, but from what I've read, WFT got to the red zone multiple times but no points...
//probably cause they didn't have ANY confidence in the kicker
/palindrome
 
2022-01-21 7:48:50 AM  

smd31: Wouldn't surprise me if Denver did scouting on Blewitt....at least someone did!


They all did, but most of them Blewitt.
 
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