2013 Cincinnati Bengals Season Grades: Special Teams and Coaches

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It’s time for our final grades of the 2013 Cincinnati Bengals. We’ve already graded the offense and the defense, and now it’s time to review the special teams and coaches.

Dec 29, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals kicker Mike Nugent (2) kicks a field goal during the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 34-17. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Kicker: C-

Some would point to his 18/22 and multiple game winning field goals and say he had a pretty good year. Those people would be wrong. Tough grading? Hardly. Nugent’s 81.8% accuracy was good enough to tie him for 23rd out of 32 kickers, or the 25th percentile.

When testing to get in to colleges, the 25th percentile don’t exactly receive a lot of college offers and often end up at junior colleges…if they are lucky. What does that have to do with Nugent? Nothing really, just a roundabout way of saying he did not have a good year.

 

Punters: B

This is an average grade and really should be broken down as Huber “A” and post Huber “C”. Prior to having his face rearranged, Kevin Huber was having a Pro Bowl caliber season. It is safe to say the punters that replaced him will never approached a Pro Bowl caliber level of play.

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