Rams vs Seahawks: Seattle Special Teams Emerges as an Elite Force in 2011
If there is a prize for the most improved unit on a football team in the NFL, it should perhaps go to the Seattle Seahawks special teams.
At the beginning of the year, the Seahawks special teams were laughable. The special teams unit was singlehandedly responsible for costing the team a game against the San Francisco 49ers in September. As recently as late October opposing teams were taking advantage of poor defense on special teams.
Then, in November, something changed. Maybe something clicked in practice. Maybe the young special teams squad finally gelled into a true team.
Regardless of what caused the change, it couldn’t have come at a better time for the Seahawks.
The turnaround has been shockingly complete. The same Seahawks that have been torched for touchdowns and long field goals has quietly turned into an elite force in the later months of the year.
In the past month they have stuffed kickoff and punt returns, pinning many balls inside the 10-yard line. They’ve stepped to a new level by blocking multiple field goal attempts, including two in one game against the Washington Redskins.
Now they’ve advanced to blocking punts and running them back for touchdowns. Against the St. Louis Rams it was the Seattle special teams unit who put the first points on the board for the Seahawks.
As the season draws to a close, the Seahawks’ remaining opponents need to beware the Seattle special teams. It seems that their time has finally arrived, and they are hungry to make up for time lost earlier in the season.
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