Gosselin, the long-time Dallas Morning News sportswriter, Talk of Fame Network radio host and Pro Football Hall of Fame voter, has compiled his well-regarded special teams survey for the last 39 years, and this year, after he totaled up all the rankings in 22 kicking-game categories, coordinator Brant Boyer’s Jets finished solidly in first place with 231 points.
The next three teams following the Green & White tell an interesting story. New Orleans, an NFC Championship Game participant — and coordinated by former Jets ST guru Mike Westhoff — was second at 242.5 points. Kansas City, which reached the AFC title game, was third with 248.
And in fourth was Miami at 296.5. Adam Gase was, of course, the Dolphins head coach last season, and one of his earliest staffing decisions as the Jets’ new football boss this month was to retain Boyer.
Gosselin says the Jets “began a rapid ascent” after Boyer inherited the NFL’s 31st-ranked special teams units when he arrived for his first full-time pro coordinator position in 2016. The Jets rose to 30th that year, then 20th before reaching the top spot this season.
He also notes that in 1997, when Boyer was a “special teams ace” for Jacksonville, he recorded a franchise-high 25 kicking-game tackles to help the Jaguars special teams finish first in the league in that season’s rankings.