Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News is one of the most respected football writers in the country and here is one reason (links may require free registration):
Check out his extensive rankings of each of the league’s 32 special teams units (the Patriots ranked 17th).
Gosselin tabulates his rankings by using 32 different categories. The Patriots ranked first in kickoff returns and average drive start.
Then he puts it all together in a story that salutes his top team (this year, the Chicago Bears).
The Bills, who had finished first each of the last two seasons, were third this year. The Packers finished 32nd for the second straight year. The Seahawks, Lions, Saints and Jets made the biggest jumps from 2005 to 2006.
LOOK-AHEAD: We’ll plan on continuing with our series on free agency on Sunday, with a look at another position.
PATS-SEAHAWKS: Also, we have to thank one of our readers for pointing out a miscue in a prior update. When we wrote that the Patriots and Seahawks played in the 1989 preseason, it was reported that the game was played at Sullivan Stadium. That game was actually played in St. Louis.