Curing the PIttsburgh Steelers’ Special Teams Woes

May 28, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Pittsburgh Steelers were an underachieving team in 2009. Most of the failures from that season were related to three diverse issues: injuries to key defensive players, a weak and poorly prepared offensive line, and letdowns by the special teams.
This article will explore the latter issue, particularly looking towards what changes we might see from the Steelers’ kickoff team in 2009. 
Last year the Steelers were the worst kickoff unit in the NFL, by far. I would venture to guess that they were the worst unit the league has seen in quite a few years. Decades, perhaps. 
How ugly did things get for the kickoff team in 2009? Plenty ugly. The Steelers ranked 32nd in the NFL in average kickoff distance at 59.8 yards and 32nd in touchbacks at 3.7 percent. 
Their four TD returns were also a league worst. Similarly, the Steelers ranked 26th in average return surrendered at 24.3 yards against. That is a rather spectacularly bad result, considering that...

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