Dirk Diggler Posted July 19, 2006 Share Posted July 19, 2006 here is the rankings.Punting Net Avg: 29 Punt Ret. Avg: 28 Kickoff Avg: 30 kickoff Return Avg: 28 Kickoff Touchbacks: 24 they upgraded with El, but its not just about the return guy. there is more to it than that. No one is arguing that Punting stunk and may continue to stink. But the coverage was exceptional: http://www.nfl.com/stats/teamsort/NFL/DEF-RETURNS/2005/regular?sort_col_1=4 The injuries to Hall affected the kickoffs (and of course the number of touchbacks) and that should improve with better health. However, the kickoff coverage teams were excellent: http://www.nfl.com/stats/teamsort/NFL/DEF-RETURNS/2005/regular?sort_col_1=4&_3:col_1=8 The punt returns were poor but should see significant improvement with Randel El who was 3rd in the AFC in punt return average and was the only returner to take 2 to the house. Kickoff Avg: 30??? http://www.nfl.com/stats/teamsort/NFL/OFF-RETURNS/2005/regular?sort_col_1=3&_3:col_1=8 Actually it was 11th and we led the league with 2 returns for TDs. Betts had the 2nd best return average in the NFC. Randel El is another option here if we need it being that he was 3rd in the AFC in kick return average the last time he saw action back there in 2004. The Skins special teams were most certainly not "among the worst in the league." In fact they had a solid field goal % despite injuries, excellent coverage teams, and a very good kick return average. There were some things they didn't do well for the reasons mentioned but are we going to equate a lack of touch backs with field goal %? Of course not. Bottom line = The Skins addressed any shortcomings in their special teams except changing punters. We also have exceptional depth with Moss able to return punts in a pinch and Randel El able to return kicks if Betts went down. To fail to recognize that makes you as ignorant Skins fans who act like the Cowboys line was crap the entire year in 2005 and will continue to be crap in 2006 based on a few stats. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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