Diminishing Returns: Can Tennessee Stop The Bleeding on Special Teams?

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Published: October 1, 2009

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... something that kickoff and punt returners do every week in this league.

Yet for a young Chicago Bear named Jeff Fisher, it proved to be the beginning of the end one fall day.  He was met by a Philadelphia Eagle named Bill Cowher, who broke his leg on a tackle, and he never played another game of significance again.  

Of course, we know how it all ended up.  Both went on to head coaching glory after hanging up their cleats in 1985.  

But now, over a quarter of a century later, Fisher yet again finds himself in dire straits when it comes to special teams play.  

After two costly turnovers in the return game led to fourteen points from the New York Jets last Sunday, many are questioning the decision making of the coaching staff.  Much has been written about the Titans' as-yet-untapped potential on offense and defense, but football is a game of inches.

Field position is paramount.  Trouble is, you have to be able to actually hold onto the ball t...

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