One of Chip Kelly’s major tasks as he takes over the Eagles will be to fix the team’s floundering special teams. It doesn’t take detailed analysis to conclude the Eagles special teams were woeful in 2012, but just in case you weren’t sure, well, now we have some proof.
Rick Gosselin of The Dallas Morning News analyzed the special teams performances of each of the league’s 32 based on 22 different categories.
So just how are important are special teams? Four of the top five teams made the playoffs and another four finished in the top 15.
As for the Eagles, the only surprise is that they didn’t finish last. They ranked 28th overall, ahead of Oakland, Detroit, Washington and Carolina.
So perhaps it’s also unsurprising that April won’t be back in Philadelphia next season. Once a much-heralded special teams guru with Buffalo, April was a disaster in Philadelphia.
Also unsurprising? The Raiders hired April to coach special teams last week.
Here, of course, is April’s signature failure with the Eagles.