The best special teamers in the NFL in 2016

Gordon McGuinness runs through the best performers on special teams across the league this year.

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The best special teamers in the NFL in 2016

Special teams are often overlooked in the NFL, and frequently analysis of players on various special teams units boils down to which players have played almost exclusively on special teams the longest. Like offense and defense though, players often outperform or underperform their reputations. That’s why we track every player on every play on special teams too, allowing us to dig into the game in a way few others can, breaking down the true special teams aces in the NFL right now. With that in mind, here are the best special teams players, per unit, in the NFL right now.

Punt team

The goal of the punt team is to put the opposing offense in as tough a field position as possible, and there are several key components. The snap needs to be clean and the punter needs to get the ball off quickly. Generally, the accepted operation time by special teams coaches is 2.10 seconds and under, and across the NFL this year the average time from the snap by the long snapper to the punt leaving the foot of the punter was 1.99 seconds.

When it comes to the punt, it depends on where on the field the team are punting for in terms of what the goal is. This is why traditional stats aren’t a true reflection on a punter’s performance. Net yards are frequently touted as a key for punters, but it’s important to remember that if a punter is punting from his opponent’s side fo the field, he’s not looking to punt the ball over 50 yards, and instead is looking to hang the ball up and allow his coverage team to make a play to keep the opponent pinned inside their own 10-yard line. Our grading system, developed with the help of NFL punters, takes that into consideration.

From here it’s up to the punt coverage team. This is led by the gunners on either edge, who are responsible for keeping initial contain on a return, making tackles, and keeping the ball from bouncing into the end zone. The punt offensive line need to get enough on any rushers that the punter has the 2.1 seconds needed to get the ball away, and then they too need to hustle downfield, stay in their lanes to prevent big plays, and make tackles or down the ball where necessary. With that in mind, these are the best at each job in punt coverage this season:

Punter: Pat McAfee, Indianapolis Colts
Stat to know: McAfee saw just 30.9 percent of his punts returned in 2016

Long snapper: Jonathan Weeks, Houston Texans
Stat to know: Weeks had just two inaccurate snaps on punts all year.

Gunner: Don Carey, Detroit Lions
Stat to know: Carey finished the year with nine tackles on special teams

Gunner: Johnny Holton, Oakland Raiders
Stat to know: Made three tackles on 29 snaps as a gunner

Coverage: D.J. Alexander, Kansas City Chiefs
Stat to know: Played 333 total special teams snaps, with 77 of them coming at the right guard spot on punts.

Coverage: Nate Ebner, New England Patriots
Stat to know: Led the league with 14 total special teams tackles and played the punt protector role on punts.

Coverage: Joshua Perry, San Diego Chargers
Stat to know: Lined up as the left wing on punts on 56 of his 334 special teams snaps.

Coverage: Terrence Brooks, Philadelphia Eagles
Stat to know: Played on four key special teams units, but rotated between left and right wing on punts.

Coverage: Josh Martin, New York Jets
Stat to know: Rotated between left and right guard, playing 69 total snaps on the punt team.

Coverage: Jeremy Cash, Carolina Panthers
Stat to know: Played exclusively on special teams as a rookie, lining up at both left wing and left tackle on 42 punts.

Coverage: Kentrell Brothers, Minnesota Vikings
Stat to know: Saw the field for the first time in Week 8, playing 43 snaps at left and right wing.

Punt return team

The opposite of the punt team, the return team is looking to break a big play, or at least give the offense the best possible starting field position. This starts with the returner, and nobody in the NFL was better than Kansas City Chiefs rookie Tyreek Hill in that regard this year, with 23 missed tackles forced and two touchdowns scored on punt returns alone.

On most occasions the returner can’t make plays on his own though, and needs good blocking. This starts with the vice, often referred to as anti-gunners. They line up opposite the gunners and try to slow their progress downfield. With the important of this position, teams often line up two vice on either side, as we have done with our team here.

Finally, the punt defensive line and linebackers are there to rush the punt, and/or slow the release of the punt offensive line, depending on the situation. The blocks are the highlight-reel plays, but jamming the left guard of the punt unit can free up a lane for the punt returner that otherwise wouldn’t be there.

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Punt returner: Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs
Stat to know: Forced 23 missed tackles on punts, leading the NFL

Vice: Matt Elam, Baltimore Ravens
Stat to know: First saw the field in Week 9, but this had the highest raw grade of any player at the position in the NFL.

Vice: Michael Thomas, Miami Dolphins
Stat to know: Played 21 snaps at vice, with additional snaps on the punt defensive line, routinely making key blocks on gunners downfield.

Vice: Steven Nelson, Kansas City Chiefs
Stat to know: 28 of his 37 snaps as a vice came as the inside man on a double team, thwarting gunners as they attempted to get downfield.

Vice: Cody Davis, L.A. Rams
Stat to know: 51 of his 55 snaps as a vice came as the inside man as part of a double team.

Punt DL/LB: Byron Jones, Dallas Cowboys
Stat to know: Spent 27 of his 43 snaps on the punt return unit at linebacker.

Punt DL/LB: Cassius Marsh, Seattle Seahawks
Stat to know: Lined up at nine different spots on the punt defensive line.

Punt DL/LB: Chase Reynolds, L.A. Rams
Stat to know: 65 of his 98 punt return snaps came at linebacker.

Punt DL/LB: Chris Prosinski, Chicago Bears
Stat to know: Lined up at 14 different spots between the punt defensive line and linebackers.

Punt DL/LB: Corey Moore, Houston Texans;
Stat to know: Like Prosinski of the Bears, Moore lined up at 14 different spots on the punt return team.

Punt DL/LB: Daniel Sorenson, Kansas City Chiefs
Stat to know: 50 of his 67 snaps on punt returns came at linebacker.

Kickoff team

The role of the kickoff team was involved in a big rule change this past offseason that saw more teams attempt to hang the ball up around the 5-yard line with so-called mortar kicks as opposed to, when they had a kicker capable of it, booming touchbacks to prevent any chance of a return. Talking with various coaches during the PFF training camp, opinion was split, with some favoring the idea of preventing any chance at a big return, and others liking the idea of pinning an opponent inside the 20-yard line if the coverage team did its job. With that in mind, we adjusted our grading on kickers on kickoffs to cover both the deep booming kickoffs, and those that hang up between the 5-yard line and the end zone.

Once the ball is in the air, provided the aim is to force a return rather than a touchback, it’s all on the return team. Here, generally speaking, the players on the edge are responsible for keeping contain, while the players in the interior need to stay disciplined as they work toward the returner. Teams frequently drop two players back slightly as safeties to prevent a big return, but with the number of players who play that role, and it’s important we’ve opted to highlight four safeties and six coverage men here.

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Kickoff kicker: Jason Myers, Jacksonville Jaguars
Stat to know: Boomed 60 of his 76 kickoffs for touchbacks

Safety: Robert Nelson, Houston Texans
Stat to know: Played 40 of his 51 kickoff snaps at either L1, L2, R1 or R2

Safety: Aaron Burbridge, San Francisco 49ers
Stat to know: Graded negatively on special teams overall, but excelled as a kickoff safety.

Safety: Ibraheim Campbell, Cleveland Browns
Stat to know: Played safety on kickoff until week 12, when he moved inside on the unit for the rest of the year.

Safety: Steven Terrell, Seattle Seahawks
Stat to know: Lined up as the R1 on 31 of his 57 kickoff snaps.

Kickoff coverage: Eric Murray, Kansas City Chiefs
Stat to know: PFF All Pro special teamer, dominated on kickoffs, routinely forcing cuts by returners.

Kickoff coverage: Eric Weems, Atlanta Falcons
Stat to know: 12 total special teams tackles ranked fifth in the league.

Kickoff coverage: Chris Maragos; Philadelphia Eagles
Stat to know: 55 of his 87 kickoff snaps came at the R4 spot.

Kickoff coverage: Mike Hull, Miami Dolphins
Stat to know: 13 total special teams tackles ranked tied for second in the league.

Kickoff coverage: Brynden Trawick, Oakland Raiders
Stat to know: Tied with Hull and Michael Thomas with 13 total special teams tackles.

Kickoff coverage: Lorenzo Alexander, Buffalo Bills
Stat to know: 39 of his 76 kickoff snaps came at the R3 position.

Kick return team

Similar to the punt return team, the goal here is to find a big play if possible, but at least get the ball to the 25-yard line so that the return has been more successful than a touchback. Obviously the returner is key here, but beyond him teams often set up in various ways. The unit is split into three walls, with some teams putting more players on the front wall, and others putting a heavier presence in the middle. The back wall is generally the strongest unit, filled by full backs, tight ends, and offensive and defensive linemen, and frequently teams will line up with two returners, or one with a returner and a lead blocker who attempts to lead the returner on their way.

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Kick returner: Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks
Stat to know: Averaged 26.3 yards per kick return on 23 returns.

Return blocker: Kentrell Brothers, Minnesota Vikings
Stat to know: Only player to make two units on the All-PFF Special Teams teams, played all but one of his kick return snaps on the front wall.

Return blocker: Ka’Deem Carey, Chicago Bears
Stat to know: Saw 38 snaps as a the lead blocker on kick returns.

Return blocker: Will Tukuafu, Seattle Seahawks
Stat to know: Played 29 snaps as part of the back wall on the Seahawks return unit.

Return blocker: Mark Glowinksi, Seattle Seahawks
Stat to know: Played 48 snaps as part of the back wall.

Return blocker: Cedric Peerman, Cincinnati Bengals
Stat to know: Saw 22 snaps as a lead blocker on kick returns from Week 12 onward.

Return blocker: Ryan Hewitt, Cincinnati Bengals
Stat to know: Played 54 snaps as part of the Bengals’ back wall.

Return blocker: Jake Ryan, Green Bay Packers
Stat to know: Played 60 snaps on the Packers’ front wall.

Return blocker: David Morgan II, Minnesota Vikings
Stat to know: The second Vikings’ rookie on this unit, he split his time between the back and middle walls.

Return blocker: Jon Feliciano, Oakland Raiders
Stat to know: All 61 of his kick return snaps came on the back wall.

Return blocker: Cory Littleton, L.A. Rams
Stat to know: All 80 of his kick return snaps came on the front wall.

Field goals and extra points

For field goals and extra points, the offensive line is there to protect and ensure the kicker can get the ball away, with the snapper and holder combining to get the ball down on the spot quickly. Given the nature of the roles, it would be unfair to highlight just seven offensive linemen when there we are in the double digits of players who played on the offensive line but didn’t allow pressure on field goals and extra points. It’s similar for holders, where it wouldn’t be fair to highlight just one when very few holders made errors this year. On the defensive side, blocking and getting pressure is rare, so we’ve instead opted to highlight the best player at blocking field goals and extra points, which this year was Cincinnati Bengals’ Margus Hunt, who finished the year with three blocked kicks.

(Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Field goal kicker: Justin Tucker
Stat to know: Highest single-season grade on field goals and extra points since we began grading in 2006.

Field goal long snapper: Jon Dorenbos, Philadelphia Eagles
Stat to know: No inaccurate snaps on field goals in 2016.

Field goal blocker: Margus Hunt, Cincinnati Bengals
Stat to know: Blocked three field goals or extra points in 2016.

| Analyst, Lead Special Teams Analyst

Gordon has worked at PFF since 2011, and now heads up the company’s special teams analysis processes. His work in-season focuses on college football, while he is also heavily involved in PFF’s NFL draft coverage.

  • Erik Van Dootingh

    awesome article. don’t see this level of coverage on special teams very often (no pun intended)

    • crosseyedlemon

      Agree with you Erik. Special teams players usually have to fight harder than Rodney Dangerfield to get respect but there are plenty of examples of playoff games being determined by the performance of these guys.

    • Gordon McGuinness

      Thanks Erik, glad you enjoyed it

  • Bill Hansen

    how does Tyler Locket beat out Cordarelle Patterson? Patterson return average was over 31? and he had the longest return this year of 104 yards. everyone knows he is the best that’s why he was all pro 2 out of the last 3 years. Also at least give a shout out to Marcus Sherrels on punt returns? he was hurt for a few games so i know that takes away from his overall stats but he was neck and neck with Hill in average and he is by far the most sure handed punt catcher i have ever seen.

    • Brian M

      I noticed both players that you mentioned are Vikings. Surely you’re not just being biased?

      • Bill Hansen

        I am a die hard Viking fan but I am not being bias. I watch as much football as possible and never miss a minute of a Vikings game. That is why I am so educated on these 2 players. But the proof is in the stats. Patterson averaged over 31 yards per return this year which gives him the highest return average 3 out of the 4 years in the league . he has 5 tds in that time frame. All these number equal up to him being superior to Lockett and any other returner in football! that is why he was voted All pro this year again so how can you rate lockett higher? Sherals is a bit more unknown but that shouldn’t take away to how good he is. Before Hill returned his punt in week 17 for a TD Sherals was leading the league. I didn’t disagree with the Hill pick he is very explosive and had a great yr returning punts. Sherals missing a few games hurt his cause but as a Viking fan who has seen him year in and year out there is no one i rather have returning punts for me. He is consistent, smart, shifty and never muffs a punt. I just asked for maybe a honorable mention

        • Joe Doe

          The whole premise of this website is to debunk the myth that the proof is in the stats.

          • Bill Hansen

            so this website is more knowledgeable then the people that vote for the All pro team?

          • Joe Doe

            I would say it is. Stats don’t always tell the true story. Do running backs have great numbers more based on their offensive line or their own running ability? Do quarterbacks have a lot of yards because they’re great or always playing against prevent defenses because they got down early? Read the Matt Moore section from last week’s Phins-Steelers game and compare it to his stat line. That is what the website is about.

            I’m not saying that CD isn’t deserving. It’s my contention that the proof isn’t in the stats.

          • crosseyedlemon

            I think you have to be Donald Trump to say something as ridiculous as “Statistics are meaningless and I have the numbers to prove it”.

          • crosseyedlemon

            Which I guess begs the question….how good are the stats that show they’ve successfully accomplished that?

          • Joe Doe

            It’s a fair question. I got the subscription because I didn’t ever want to feel like I don’t know what I’m talking about when I say how good a player is or isn’t, particularly with my home team, which is the Packers. I keep closely in mind my own feelings of their performances in relation to their player grade every week. I have rarely felt that the grades are off point.

            I do believe that PFF struggles in one aspect, although it would be one extremely difficult to overcome. I look at the coverage grades of Packer safeties and I think they are too high. I think too much is reliant on plays made while the ball is in their area, whereas blown assignments are harder to assess. Of course, PFF would have to know better the defenses being called to properly quantify this, which is extremely difficult. But too many times have I seen these backup corners the Packers have been using get burned and look around and throw their hands up after the play, the typical indicator that they expected to have help over the top.

            I know you’re a Bears fan Lemon, how accurate do you feel the grades are for Bears players?

          • crosseyedlemon

            Personally I think there are just too many metrics that can influence performance to actually provide a numerical grade for players. The old letter classification of A,B,C, etc is probably more useful since we are dealing with something that is not an exact science. Of course I understand that those willing to shell out over $1200 for top of the line data would want numerical precision to a high degree…even if it’s relevancy was sometimes suspect.

    • 42DAHA

      Everyone knows if Tyreek Hill returned kickoffs it would be him.

      • Bill Hansen

        I wouldn’t be too sure about that. if that was the case why wouldn’t the Chiefs have him returning kickoffs? Please don’t use the fact he is too important on offense because he doesn’t even play 1/2 the chiefs offensive snaps. I’m not saying he wouldn’t be great at it because he probably would be but to say he would be the best or better then Patterson is very debatable. Patterson has great vision, unbelievable quickness and can break tackles. i know Hill is faster and elusive but that doesn’t necessairly translate to better

        • 42DAHA

          To keep him fresh and to avoid injury would be my guess. Being rookie wall conscious

        • BigRed

          Hands down Hill is better. Not even debatable. Average doesn’t buy into TD’s. Hill had a better average and more TD’s. He also had a bigger part in his offense which took away from his kick offs. Plus Chiefs had depth at kick returner. Knile Davis returned one versus Houston on the start of the playoffs last year. Deathony Thomas isn’t very good on offense so the only purpose on this team was kick return. Your are making an argument for a guy that had one punt return for 9 yards. Patterson has how many Td’s in 2016? Don’t buy into his snap count because Andy Reid is a little more creative with his personal then most coaches. We have 4 TE’s on the roster along with 4 running backs. He mixes it up. Plus when the season started Hill didn’t get much playing time on offense at all. He didn’t know the offense. When Jeremy Maclin went down is when he started getting more playing time. Hill has more receiving yards in his rookie season then any of Patterson’s season’s. That goes with rushing as well so how can you discredit his ability on offense because of his snap count? If anything that speaks more highly of him.

          Patterson is good but Hill is Hester/Hall like. Ask David Toub the guy that coached Hester in Chicago. That’s why we drafted him. He has Hester like potential. Patterson is good but Hill is legendary.

          • Bill Hansen

            LOL I didn’t say anything about who the better player was nor did I say Patterson was a better punt returned(thie vikings already have a great punt returner). I said he is a better kickoff returner and he is! More TD returns and more yards per return then anyone in football this year! you can’t argue that, he is all pro again this year, 2 out of 4 years, lead the league 3 out of 4 yr is average return. You can say all you want about depth if they though Hill was the best man for the job he would be out there every time since day one (especially in the beginning when he had no roll on the offense) Hill is a beast but you don’t dethrone the champ just cause you say so. plus you are talking about 1 year compared to 4 years of proof. No one touches Patterson in kickoff returns and if this was back before the rules changed he would challenge every record Hester owns

          • BigRed

            That’s because Hill didn’t participate in kick off return’s. It’ll be interesting to see if he does during the playoffs. The only reason Patterson had been leading year after year is because Hill hasn’t been here. You obviously don’t understand Reid’s philosophy. Hill is the best. Hill is probably the best running back as well. So you are telling Reid should make Hill play WR, Punt returner, kick returner, running bck? Oh man that’s really idiotic. Hill did have some spectacular kick returns called back. Texans for one when a player flopped. Said so by Reid himself. Reid’s been in the league long enough to see a flop. Hill is the best returner this game has seen since Hester and Hall. No one deserves an honorable mention with him. Think about it like this. Hill had significantly less returns then Patterson and he has the same number of TD’s. Sorry man Patterson is no champ. I’ve watched him return the ball. Yawn. Tyreek has his name chanted before every return. “He’s the best player then he should of been out there”. Like I said he’s actually a valuable player. Unlike Patterson. Patterson contributes to his team only on kick offs. Hill contributes everywhere. It’s best not to tear him down. I mean look at Jamaal Charles. He has the best yards per carry average in NFL history. When he started out he started taking back kick offs and punts. Until they realized how valuable of a RB he is. “But he’s the best option they had at kick return” you see how moronic that sounds now?

          • Bill Hansen

            Lol your funny my original comment was a put Marcus sherrals not even Patterson but you turned it around so you missed the point right off the bat. Hill like Patterson is a gadget player. How many carries did he have, how many catches? He’s probably the 3rd option in the run game, 2nd or third in the receiving game. That leave plenty of time to return both punts n kickoffs with out over using him so if he was the best option he should be back there fielding ever kick off. By the way Everyone had returns called back so that point is moot. Fans chanting is moot. He’s an exciting player and his fans should chant but that doesn’t mean squat in this argument. Your basing everything on one year. Better yet you saying he is the best kickoff returner on a limited amount of attempts. You can’t win the argument till he proves he is the best kickoff returner he hasn’t yet. If he had he would have had a higher average then Patterson n he would have been voted all pro for Kick off Returner….he wasnt…but guess who was…let’s continue this conversation next yr…..for the record I do believe he is the best Punt returner….I also believe sherrals is a not too distant second. It’s also about smarts (when to return, when to fair catch ) and hands not just crazy elusivness. ( I don’t watch the Chiefs enough to know how well he does those things but they need to be considered)

          • BigRed

            Oh boy good thing you’re not a coach. Sherrals who tf is sherrals? You want Hill to be mentioned with a scrub? A nobody? Sheesh. Patterson is a gadget player. Hill is a rookie. To be able to do what Hill did in his rookie season is nothing less then phenomenal. Everything off one year? Ya he’s only been in the league for one year and he’ll continue to do this year in and year out. No fans cheering his name is proof of how exciting he is. Yet you want him to be mentioned with a scrub. He wasn’t voted for kick off returner because well he’s to valuable in other areas of the game. You must not be aware of how many plays the Chiefs offense runs. He’s far far far away from anyone in the NFL. He’s a beast all in his own. Hills return’s actually mattered and helped the chief’s win games. It’s incredible sherrals and Patterson are such good players I guess your offense so is crappy that they couldn’t take advantage of great field position. You should watch chief’s games. I can almost guarantee that it’s better then Vikings games. Vikings can’t even put together back to back winning season’s. We are on our fourth.

          • BigRed

            Besides Hill outperformed Patterson and Sherel on offense and defense. Hill also played Gunner. Ending the season with more tackles then even Sherel had. So you’re telling me that Hill should be mentioned with Patterson someone he’s out preformed on both special teams and offense and Sherel who he outperformed on tackles and punt returns. Not to bright are we? Oh and by your logic he should of returned more kicks. Even though he’s getting more catches more runs and more tackles then both your nominees. PFF did the right thing. Not to mention scrubs with the elite.

          • Bill Hansen

            Dude I don’t know where you come up with the nonsense you speak of. Take off you blinders. Patterson is the best kickoff returned in football, period, the average yard per return don’t lie. Plus they put him as a gunner this year and he was a monster. Too bad the Vikes didn’t keep him but on the bright side you will get to see him twice a year vs the Chief so you can get educated. Sherrals is one of the most reliable punt returners in football and is always in the top 5 in return average plus he never muffs a punt and always knows when to fair catch or when to vacate the area so it goes as a touchback plus he hasn’t done it for one year he has done it for several. the fact that i started this conversation with an honorable mention is me stating he might not be as electric as Hill but that he is right up there with the best of them.

          • Joe Doe

            I have no Dog in this race but I believe I heard the Chiefs have led the league in special teams scoring over the last five years combined. I believe I heard it during the KC Oakland Thurs night game. I don’t take anything away from Hill, but you seem like a KC fan. Do you feel like you have a superior ST coach? Kinda a chicken/egg question. Do you have great ST because of players making plays, the coach being a ST mastermind, or possibly KC looking particularly for skilled ST players to complement the coach to dominate this aspect of the game?

          • BigRed

            Hands down Toub is one of the best special teams coaches there is. He coached Hester for a number of years. Toub was instrumental in drafting Hill. He wanted Hill despite his trouble’s outside of the field. He kept raving that Hill is the next Hester. You are correct about the Chiefs having special teams on lock. The thing is it doesn’t matter who they put back there. I’ve seen Mccluster, Demps, Thomas, Davis, and Hill all return TD’s. Toub teaches them good. Some players we have are solely on the roster because of their special team plays. So it’s half and half. Toub is a great coach. He finds the right player’s to put into his system. He knows how to draft special team players. Eric Murray was a fourth round rookie who didn’t contribute at all on defense but he got PFF’s special team player of the year. Toub should be a head coach. He interviewed a few places but owners discredit how much a special teams coaches can take over and succeed at running a team. On top of the Td’s our special teams create turnovers. So it’s a little of everything. That’s KC as a whole though. They are well disciplined every where on the field.

          • Joe Doe

            Gotta love having Andy Reid at the top.

            Having a ST guy as the HC has to be a tough decision for any team though. No discredit to him, but if you are an offensive guy your most important hire is the DC and vice versa. The hesitation is likely that you need to fill an OC and a DC with guys who can operate pretty much on their own. That’s a tall task.

            I was too young to truly appreciate the last time my team had quality special teams. I would love to be able to enjoy that. Unfortunately, I’ve been on the wrong side of Hester and Patterson for the last 10+ years.

        • DangaDave

          Whenever it came time for the playoffs, the Chiefs did have Hill returning kickoffs. Most likely they either didn’t want to put too much on Hill’s plate being a rookie and involved on offense, or they didn’t want to risk him getting hurt on kickoffs.

  • B

    I still don’t know how you don’t have Hekker first. He had arguably the greatest punting season in NFL history.

    • NotARamsFan

      ^ this. 51 punts inside the 20 with one touchback, according to ESPN (and under 36% returned). That is either a typo or the best season ever.

  • KevinWI

    UMMM Cordarrelle Patterson led the league in KR.

  • Steve A

    So the best kickoff kicker “Boomed 60 of his 76 kickoffs for touchbacks”. Shouldn’t the criteria be kicking the ball where the coach tells him to with the most accuracy? Many kickoffs are designed to be returned, (and stop the returner before the 25), why penalize a kicker for doing what he’s told?

  • ItsJustWerner

    I remember the good ol’ days when the Bears’ ST won games. It’s been a while since anyone has talked about a team like that.