With the Super Bowl teams to be determined today, there has been significant snapping news off the field since the end of the regular season. As usual, the off-season brings many coaching changes and the special teams coaching position is not immune.
In addition to the changes that have already taken place in Buffalo, Chicago and Kansas City, some other new coaches that have been named include Tom McMahon (Indianapolis), Nate Kaczor (Tennessee), John Bonamego (Detroit), Bobby April (Oakland) and Kevin Spencer (San Diego).
Pittsburgh snapper Greg Warren was named to the USA Football All-Fundamentals Team based on his fundamentals and techniques that provide examples for younger football players. Warren will receive a $1,500 grant to donate to the youth football program of his choice.
The folks at Football Outsiders do an excellent job of developing creative statistical analysis of all aspects of football, including special teams. The rankings of all 32 special teams units during the regular season, based on such things as field goals/extra points, kickoffs, kick returns, punts and punt returns, are complete. The top five clubs were Baltimore, Cleveland, Seattle, New England and Minnesota. The lowest ranked team was Houston, with Oakland, Detroit, Carolina and Tampa Bay rounded out the bottom.
The Wall Street Journal recently did a feature story on how NFL teams spend their money that included detailed breakdowns of team spending, including money allocated to special teams. The Raiders spent the most on its special teams unit, followed by Tampa Bay, Miami, San Francisco and Tennessee. The Jets spent the least, with St. Louis, Dallas, Houston and Carolina the next highest.
ESPNW.com recently did a feature story on Colts snapper Matt Overton and his inspirational path to the NFL. Overton’s journey began in 2007 after college and involved many ups and downs in different leagues and tryouts until he finally made the roster in Indianapolis this season.
Finally, some future NFL snappers are likely on the rosters of the various college all-star games and a new name to watch is Kevin McDermott of UCLA. McDermott was one of the snappers in the Casino Del Sol game but was accidentally left off my prior post listing the snappers in the various games.