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Special teams driving results

Often-overlooked phase hampering teams such as San Diego and Miami

Originally Published: October 27, 2010
By Ross Tucker | ESPN.com

The NFL is the most popular professional sport in the U.S. these days by far. As a result, it is talked about, written about, analyzed and dissected year-round.

Yet even with all the heightened scrutiny, little if any time is devoted to talking about a key phase of the game -- special teams.

There are no talk-show hosts taking phone calls about the local team's punt protection unit in March. I've yet to see an entire column breaking down a team's kickoff coverage squad ...

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