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Niles Paul and the special teams have endured an abysmal start to the season.
It is certainly time to start worrying about the performances of the special teams. Penalties, feeble returns and damaging kicking have characterized the unit during the first two weeks.
Things were particularly ugly against the Packers. The special teams were responsible for several costly penalties, including a 15-yard personal foul, incurred by backup tight end Niles Paul.
Meanwhile, the return game again failed to make an impact. Pint-sized rookie running back Chris Thompson has the speed and moves to pose a considerably greater threat.
What is holding him back is poor recognition of the lanes opening in front of him. Improvement can only come from good coaching and special attention being paid to the return game.
That attention should not simply come from coordinator Keith Burns but also head coach Mike Shanahan himself.
It would also be a good idea to refocus the efforts of punter Sav Rocca. His weak kicking directly contributed to one Green Bay touchdown and ensured the Packers won the field-possession battle without too much effort.
Right now, this special teams unit is doing little more than aiding the opposition.