Veteran football writer Rick Gosselin compiles a ranking of special teams each year in the NFL. There are so many disparate parts of special teams that it is difficult to offer a comprehensive view on how effective a team’s special teams unit is.
Gosselin takes a look at the 22 major stats on special teams and awards points based on a team’s finish in each category. Each team gets 1 point for being the best in the NFL, 2 points for being second best, and so forth all the way down to 32 points for being the worst. The rankings are like golf. You want to finish with the low score.
This year Gosselin has the Jets as the 20th best special teams unit in the league.
The strengths of the unit were punts downed inside the 20 yard line (3rd), opponent field goal percentage (3rd), extra point percentage (tied for 1st), and penalties (3rd fewest).
Dragging the Jets down were punt return average (worst), blocked kicks (tied for the worst), and takeaways (tied for the worst).
To see Gosselin’s full rankings you can click here.