2013 Cincinnati Bengals Season Grades: Special Teams and Coaches

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Dec 15, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Brandon Tate (19) returns a kick-off against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Kick Returner: B

It takes a lot for me to hand out compliments to Brandon Tate, but believe it or not, Tate was 9th in the NFL with a 26.1 average…though it is worth keeping in mind that they count the yards coming out of the end zone.


Punt Returner: B

Even more shocking was Tate’s 9.3 punt return average which was 13th in the NFL. He even had a few punt returns that saved/won games. Like it or not, Tate had a pretty good year.


Special Teams as a Whole: C+

Here are the Bengals rankings in the following categories:

Kick Return Avg: 13th

Punt Return Avg: 15th

Kick Coverage: 15th

Punt Coverage: 12th

FG Percentage: 23rd

Net Punting: 15th

Their average ranking across all 6 categories? 15.5 out of 32 teams. That is about as average as average can be. Brandon Tate had a decent year, but I would still like to see the Bengals find an upgrade at the kick and punt returner position.

Huber had a good year until his injury. The coverage teams were average and Nugent had some big kicks and big misses. All in all, a very average year for Darrin Simmons and crew.

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