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    Rams Special Teams Worst in History! Full Article

    Full Dalla article that shows how bad the Rams special teams are, and specific note of Bobby April and coach of the #1 team.

    Post subject: Dallas Morning News: Rams At Bottom Of Special Teams Play
    Again, Rams Are Nothing Special
    St. Louis Finds Itself At The Bottom In Special Teams Play
    13 FEBRUARY 2005

    Every time Mike Martz fires a special teams coach, his St. Louis Rams take a step backward in the kicking game. There no longer are any backward steps to take.

    Mike Martz fired Larry Pasquale after the Rams finished 20th in the NFL in special teams in 2000. Martz terminated Bobby April after the Rams finished 24th in special teams in 2003. This off-season, Martz booted Mike Stock after the Rams finished 32nd in special teams.

    Martz seems to think special teams are a coaching problem in St. Louis. Except that April, who was snapped up by Buffalo after his dismissal from St. Louis, coached the Bills to a No. 1 finish on special teams in 2004 in the annual rankings compiled by The Dallas Morning News.

    The league's 32 teams are ranked in 22 categories and assigned points according to their standing one for the best, 32 for the worst. The Bills won with a composite score of 232, 43 points better than runner-up New Orleans. The Cowboys finished 15th with 341.5 points.

    The Bills scored a league-high 36 points on special teams and finished in the top 10 in 15 other categories. Buffalo ranked in the top 5 in three key categories: kickoff and punt returns, plus kickoff coverage.

    Buffalo's Terrence McGee returned three kickoffs for touchdowns and was selected to the Pro Bowl. Nate Clements and Jonathan Smith also returned punts for touchdowns for Buffalo, and rookie Jason Peters returned a blocked punt for another score.

    First-year head coach Mike Mularkey clearly made a commitment to April and special teams in 2004 , and the kicking game helped boost the Bills to a 9-7 record, their first winning season since 1999.

    Martz has never made that commitment in St. Louis and the Rams endured the worst season on special teams by any club in NFL history with a composite score of 556.5. Their average finish was 25th for the 22 categories.

    St. Louis became the first team in the 17-year history of the rankings to finish with a score in the 500s. The previous worst was the 499.5 points by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2003. The Rams also were 88.5 points worse than the Minnesota Vikings, who finished 31st.

    The Rams finished 8-8 and still managed to qualify for the playoffs as a wild card. But they allowed a 68-yard punt return for a touchdown to Allen Rossum in their elimination game against Atlanta.

    The New England Patriots slipped from fifth in 2003 to 21st in 2004 on the way to back-to-back NFL championships. That's the lowest a Super Bowl champion has ranked on special teams since the San Francisco ***** finished 20th in 1994.

    The NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles finished fourth this season. The Eagles are the only team to rank in the top 10 in special teams every season of the 2000 decade.

    Jacksonville changed special teams coaches in 2004, replacing Bill Bates with Pete Rodriguez, and vaulted 16 spots in the rankings, from last in 2003 to 16th in 2004.

    But the team that made the biggest leap in the kicking game was the Bengals, who moved from 25th in 2003 to seventh in 2004. It's the first time since 1995 that the Bengals have been out of the 20s, much less in the top 10.

    The NFL's 32 teams are ranked in 22 kicking-game categories and assigned points according to their standing (one for the best through 32 for the worst):

    Rk. Team Pts.

    1. Buffalo 232
    2. New Orleans 275
    3. Miami 285.5
    4. Philadelphia 289.5
    5. Detroit 300.5
    6. Cleveland 306
    7. Cincinnati 315.5
    8. Pittsburgh 316.5
    9. Green Bay 320
    10. Chicago 322.5
    11. Baltimore 334.5
    12. Atlanta 336.5
    13. NY Jets 337
    14. San Francisco 338
    15. Dallas 341.5
    16. Jacksonville 350
    17. NY Giants 351
    18. Indianapolis 354.5
    19. San Diego 361
    20. Carolina 364.5
    21. New England 377.5
    22. Washington 378.5
    23. Oakland 390
    24. Tampa Bay 400.5
    25. Seattle 415
    26. Tennessee 429
    27. Denver 429.5
    28. Arizona 430.5
    29. Houston 451
    30. Kansas City 458.5
    31. Minnesota 468
    32. St. Louis 556.5
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    Re: Rams Special Teams Worst in History! Article

    Yea, we know we sucked in Special Teams. That's something Martz has to fix. No question about it. A paradigm shift is essential at Rams Park on Special Teams this year.

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    Re: Rams Special Teams Worst in History! Article

    April took Buffalo to the top spot on ST'S ? Wow! Maybe it isn't the coaching,Ya THINK?


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