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Bears are No. 1 again (no joke)

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The Bears are No. 1 again.

While far from that lofty position in the standings, the team ranked tops again in the league in special teams in the rankings released today by Dallas Morning News football writer Rick Gosselin.

Gosselin has been crunching the numbers since 1980 when he got the formula from Frank Gansz, then the special teams coach for the Kansas City Chiefs and later their head coach.

The teams are ranked from 1 to 32 in 22 categories ... getting one for being the best and 32 for being the worst. The Bears wound up with 236.5 points, 5.5 ahead of San Diego. It’s the second consecutive year Dave Toub’s unit has finished on top, in large part due to return man Devin Hester, who will compete in the Pro Bowl later today along with special teamer Brendon Ayanbadejo.

When Gosselin started back when he was working at the Kansas City Star, there were only five or six full-time special teams coaches in the league. In the 28 years since, it’s developed into a specialized craft and his rankings have taken off. Coaches used it to get pay raises now. Don't think Hester won't look to use it himself.

The Bears led the league in scoring, starting field position following kickoffs, blocked kicks (eight -- three by Israel Idonije) and kickoff coverage. They were second in punt returns and field goals (31) and third in punt coverage. They were also in the top five in opponent punting and opponent net punting, in large part because of Hester. In all, the Bears were in the top 10 in 14 of 22 categories.

The Bears were actually last in kickoff returns at 18.4 yards because there were so many gimmicks used to keep the ball out of Hester’s hands, but the short squibs, kicks out of bounds and everything else added up to the best starting field position at an average of he 33.7-yard line.

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Yeah, yeah! No surpirse. The special teams unit of the now is the Bears' defense in '85: other teams fear it. Look at how Hester and the return squad is treated. "Coaches" from pro-teams kick away from him. Anywho, let's see what Devin's gonna do in the ProBowl...

RIGHT ON WITH SPECIAL TEAMS, BUT LAST IN GENERAL MANAGER AND COACHING STAFF. EVERY TEAM ESPECIALLY ONES WHO ARE RUNNER UP TO THE SUPER BOWL TRY TO IMPROVE THERE TEAM THE NEXT YEAR. NOT DISMANTLE IT. WHO IN THERE RIGHT MINDS WOULD DUMP YOUR BEST RUNNING BACK AND FIRE THE DEFENSIVE COACH THE NEXT YEAR. ANSWER: "THE BEARS". REMINDS ME OF THE SUPER BOWL WINNERS AND THE WAY THE MCCASKEYS DISMANTLED THE TEAM, SCOUTING STAFF, GENERAL MANAGER, HONEY BEARS, COACH RIGHT DOWN THE LINE. I GUESS THE CHICAGO BEARS JUST DONT LIKE WINNERS.

I think the Bears should only draft offense starting with the offensive line. It would also be good to consider Chad johnson or Jeremy Shockey.

Jeremy Shockey??? No way. He's a piece of garbage, a cancer, and him being injured probably helped the Giants' run to the Superbowl. Furthermore, the Bears tightends are actually the only position on offense that doesn't need help.

Hopefully the Bears can keep Ayanbadejo. He's going to want a lot of money, but he is worth it. He's a beast on punt and kickoff coverage.

ESPN just ran a sports update, and said that Marty Booker has been cut by the Dolphins, the Bears should really try to bring him back, he was 100 catches worth of offense to the Bears, and that is more than all our recievers had combined this year alone( almost), seriously, he would love to be a Bear again, so let`s go get him.

Lou, did you forget the Bears drafted Greg Olsen in the first round? I think we are just fine at the TE position.

Mike, Last in General Manager and Coach! You must be crazy! Where were the BEARS before Jerry Angelo and Lovie Smith? Not very good!

Carozza,

And where has Lovie Smith been during game time. How about in la-la land.

Val, you want Riche not Carozza.

Riche, sorry but you must be talking to LOU. The names are posted under the blog entries. Got it? Good!

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