NFL Special Teams Unit Rankings

One of the more interesting aspects of NFL special teams units at this time of year is the annual rankings that are released to measure performance.

Rick Gosselin is famous for his 22 kicking game criteria rankings and has just published his ranking of all 32 teams for another year.  Pro Football Focus and Eric Eager do their own weighing and evaluation to come up with their unique rankings.

The top five and bottom five for each are below:

RICK GOSSELIN

TOP 5 (1-5): Jets, New Orleans, Kansas City, Miami and Arizona

BOTTOM 5 (28-32): Tampa Bay, Chargers, Cleveland, Buffalo and Green Bay

PRO FOOTBALL FOCUS

TOP 5 (1-5): Kansas City, New Orleans, Detroit, Minnesota and Jets

BOTTOM 5 (28-32): Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, Green Bay, Buffalo and Cleveland

 

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Posted in Coaching, NFL, Snapping in the Media

Skinner Wins Chris Rubio Award for Top High School Snapper

Quinten Skinner, a senior from Georgia, was selected as the top high school long snapper this weekend in Las Vegas by the selection committee for the Chris Rubio Award.  The committee includes current and former professional long snappers.  I am one of the committee members for the Award that started in 2011.

Skinner will be attending LSU.  The two other finalists were Simon Samarzich who will be attending Washington State and Drew Little who will attend North Carolina.

Posted in High School, Snapping in the Media

Comprehensive NFL Snapping Update Before Conference Championships

With the AFC and NFC Championship games tomorrow, it is a good time to take a look at the many developments impacting long snappers since the end of the regular season.

Here are the latest news on a tryout, future signings, playoff tackles and special teams coaching changes all in one place:

TRYOUT: Tanner Carew (Chargers)

FUTURE SIGNINGS: Taylor Pepper (Giants), Christian Kuntz (Jaguars) and Zach Triner (Buccaneers)

TACKLES: LP Ladouceur (Cowboys) (0,1) (Divisional Round)

ST COACHES OUT: Keith Armstrong (Falcons), Danny Grossman (Bills), Amos Jones (Browns), Darrin Simmons (Bengals), Ron Zook (Packers), Darren Rizzi (Dolphins), Mike Priefer (Vikings), Nate Kaczor (Buccaneers) and Ben Kotwica (Redskins)

ST COACHES IN: Ben Kotwica (Falcons), Heath Farwell (Bills), Mike Preifer (Browns) and Keith Armstrong (Buccaneers)

ST COACHES OPEN: Bengals, Packers, Dolphins Vikings and Redskins

Posted in Coaching, NFL, Tackles, Transactions

Kreiter and Muhlbach Named Pro Bowl Long Snappers

Client Casey Kreiter of the Denver Broncos and Don Muhlbach of the Detroit Lions will be the snappers for the AFC and NFC respectively in the Pro Bowl on Sunday, January 27, 2019.

For Kreiter, it is his first Pro Bowl and the first selection for a Broncos long snapper.  Muhlbach will be making his second Pro Bowl appearance.  Muhlbach first appeared in the Pro Bowl after the 2012 season.

Posted in NFL

Announcing the Patrick Mannelly Long Snapper Award

As most of you now know by now, I am honored to be one of the founders of the Patrick Mannelly Long Snapper Award.  Along with Chris Rubio and Patrick Mannelly himself, we look forward to making this new Award a signature event each December.

More information on the Award is in today’s Press Release.

Stay tuned for more details.

Posted in College, Snapping in the Media

Phil Steele All American Snappers for FBS and FCS

Phil Steele has just named the long snappers on his All American teams at the FBS and FCS levels.

For the FBS, LSU’s Blake Ferguson is the First Team snapper.  Dan Godsil (Indiana), Wes Farnsworth (Nevada) and Geron Eartherly (Tulane) are the Second through Fourth Team snappers.

In addition, Steele has selected multiple snappers for each FBS All Conference team.  The full list can be accessed here.

At the FCS level, Steele has also selected snappers for each of his four All American teams.  Patrick Eby (Columbia) was First Team, followed by Chris Wilkerson (Stephen F. Austin), Steven Wethli (Youngstown State) and Jacob Bobenmoyer (Northern Colorado).  The full list can be accessed here.

Posted in College, Snapping in the Media

Lots of Snapping News Coming in January

Welcome to 2019!  The end of the NFL regular season usually brings a lot of snapping news, most of it happening off the field.

For example, there will be a couple of snappers signed to contracts for the 2019 season.  Taybor Pepper (Giants) and Christian Kuntz (Jaguars) are two examples so far.

The end of the NFL season also brings with it the usual head coaching changes that also tend to impact special teams coaches.  Typically, there are 6-8 changes involving special teams coaches and there is already an opening in Atlanta with Keith Armstrong fired.

In addition to developments at the NFL level, the next crop of snappers preparing for the NFL Draft will participate in all-star games and at least one snapper will attend the NFL Combine.  Others will try to impress at the various privately run combines for draft eligible and free agent snappers.

Stay connected to Longsnap.com for all of the latest developments this month.

Posted in Coaching, College, NFL, NFL Draft, Transactions