It comes as no surprise that the Bears’ special teams has fallen from the top spot in the NFL rankings compiled by Rick Gosselin of The Dallas Morning News. The Bears have held the top spot the past two years, thanks largely in part to Devin Hester’s incredible kick and punt returns.
As Hester’s role increased as a wide receiver on offense, he became less special at returning kicks and punts, so much so that he lost his kickoff return duties to Danieal Manning midway through last season.
However, thanks to Manning leading the league in kick returns as well as the Bears’ solid coverage units and Brad Maynard’s punting ability, the Bears still cracked the Top 10, finishing 8th.
One of the things the Bears can do to help their floundering defense and struggling offense is to once again re-establish themselves as the elite special teams in the league. Fixing the special teams can benefit the other two units with field position.