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Friday, January 17, 2014
Study: Jets rank ninth in special teams

By Rich Cimini

Aside from kicker Nick Folk, there wasn't anything special about the New York Jets' special teams in 2013. Then again, maybe there was.

In the annual Dallas Morning News special-teams rankings, produced by football writer Rick Gosselin, the Jets finished a surprising ninth. Perhaps this explains why new Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden was so determined to hire Ben Kotwica, the Jets' former coordinator. Kotwica, whose contract with the Jets was expiring, spurned a two-year extension.

As Gosselin writes, the league’s 32 teams are ranked in 22 categories and assigned points according to their standing — one for best, 32 for worst. Aside from a 10th-place finish in field-goal percentage, the Jets didn't crack the top-10 in any of the major categories, but they evidently racked up enough points to land at No. 9.

Gosselin's top 10 (with point totals):

1. New England Patriots, 229

2. San Francisco 49ers, 250

3. Kansas City Chiefs, 274.5

4. Dallas Cowboys, 294.5

5. Baltimore Ravens, 298

6. St. Louis Rams, 300.5

7. Jacksonville Jaguars, 302

8. Miami Dolphins, 321.5

9. New York Jets, 321.5