When thinking about how atrocious the Browns really were both offensively and defensively last season, it’s quite the miracle that they managed to win five games. We can pretty much thank the special teams for a lot of the team’s success this past season, starting with the best kick returner in the game in Josh Cribbs.
The special teams rankings over at The Dallas Morning News also seem to agree with the importance of this team’s special teams unit, as it has ranked the Browns the best in the league. The teams are ranked in 22 different categories and are given points according to where they are in the standings – one is the best, 32 is the worst. With 215.5 points, the Browns have 40 more points over the second-place team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. For what it’s worth, the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints were ranked 29th.
You can find all the categories here, and begin to wonder if the Browns would have gone winless if it were not for the team’s clutch special teams performances.