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Saturday, January 9, 2010
All-NFC South special teams

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Time to talk about special teams as we continue to unveil the All-NFC South team for the 2009 season.

Kicker: John Kasay, Panthers. This one’s not even close. In a year when just about every other NFC South kicker suddenly got old, bad or injured, Kasay was the model of consistency. Kind of sums up his career.

Punter: Thomas Morstead, Saints. Kind of a tough call here because Carolina’s Jason Baker actually had slightly better punting stats than Morstead and Atlanta’s Michael Koenen. But Morstead and Koenen both kicked off and did it very well. I chose Morstead, the rookie, in a very close call over Koenen.

Long snapper: Jason Kyle, Saints. You’ve probably never heard of him, but that’s the best thing you can say about a long snapper. In my eyes, this guy is the best in the business and has been for a long time.

Return man: Clifton Smith, Buccaneers. Yeah, I know he got hurt and missed significant playing time. But this guy still ended up leading the league in kickoff return average and wasn’t bad on special teams.