It's tough to ever get past that cliche that football is a game of inches. Passes are tipped, dropped or caught due to a matter of inches. Tackles are missed, broken or made due to a matter of inches. First downs are achieved or denied by inches. The game is a brutal sum of small addition.
Which is why it's almost funny how little respect special teams gets. Last week I argued Devin Hester should be in the hall simply because of the fact no return man has ever been inducted — despite the impact they have on the game.
Today there are a handful of teams that are making their money on special teams and in no small way should that "third football unit" be forgotten.