Our special teams play MUST improve. What truly makes a defensive/running , grinding team like ours scarygood is a elite special teams unit. Jacoby, ignoring his fumble, was a huge let down in the return game. Not just the last game, but all season long. Our Punting was also a issue, though admittedly probably due to injury's as well.
Well our team drastically improved on defense, and did just enough on offense, valiantly fighting through injury's and hardship. Our outlook for the upcoming season is vary good, we should all be excited. There is , however, one phase of the game that could put us over the top, and arguably cost us a playoff win.
Bottom line, this team still has room for improvement. Our offense is elite ( when healthy ). Our defense is elite ( when healthy....maybe when not ). Our special teams is average. We need to average more yards returning, and average more yards on kicks/giving up less return yards. Our return game never seemed to really help our team out, and our punting game seldom did more than was expected in the field position battle, and often times did less.
I feel it is important now because of the level of our defense. If we can pin opponents deep in their territory, few will drive for enough yards to put up points. When we have Frank Bush calling a cover 2 , that just meant a few more passes exploiting the holes in our zone. Now that we have Wade, that means a few more opportunity's for our defense to make a play or cause a turnover.
Special teams must improve. We need to average more yards returning the ball, and average more yards per punt, while not giving room for returns. I am not a NFL coach, and it is not my job to know how to get it fixed ( faster gunners, better blocking, better punt returner, better scheme , better punter ) all I know is that there is huge room for improvement.