No one has a better system of ranking special teams than Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News. His system (ranks teams in 22 categories and assigned points according to their standing) is widely accepted by NFL special teams coaches as the league standard.
Rick's annual NFL special teams rankings were just released and the Bills are ranked just 27th out of the league's 32 teams.
This is quite a fall for the Bills, who ranked in the top four in the NFL each of the previous six seasons and finished No. 1 overall in 2004, 2005 and 2008.
They ranked 11th covering kickoffs (21.1-yard average) and tied for 20th on punts (9.3) in 2010. The Bills were solid returning punts (10.5-yard average tied for 13th in the league). They averaged just 21.1 yards on kickoff returns, but that was due in part to the opponents not kicking the ball deep.
One thing the Bills did well was avoiding bad plays. They didn't give up a touchdown on kickoff returns and allowed only two punt returns of over 20 yards. They also did a good job of putting the defense in bad spots.
Still, Gosselin's low rating means Bruce DeHaven and his players have some work to do to regain their lofty special teams ranking the team enjoyed under Bobby April.
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