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Bills earn high special teams rating again

The Buffalo Bills ended arguably the best decade of special teams play in NFL history by finishing third in the annual rankings compiled by The Dallas Morning News, which is considered by special teams coaches as the league standard.

It is the sixth consecutive season the Bills were ranked fourth or higher. They were No. 1 in 2004, 2005 and 2008. The Bills' rise to elite status coincided with the arrival of special teams coordinator Bobby April, who stepped down after the season and has joined the Philadelphia Eagles.

April came to Buffalo after a four-year stretch where the Bills' special teams were among the NFL's worst.
Interestingly, the slide occurred after Bruce DeHaven was fired as the scapegoat of the "Music City Miracle'' kickoff return that gave the Tennessee Titans an improbable victory in the 1999 wildcard playoffs.
DeHaven returns to the Bills, where he established an excellent track record from 1987-99. But April is going to be a really tough act to follow.

---Allen Wilson


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