Pittsburgh Steelers: The Evolution of Special Teams

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Published: April 9, 2009


... divisional round. Defensive back Jim Leonhard sprinted for a 45-yard punt return to the Steelers' 10-yard line in the AFC Championship game that put the Ravens in great field position to score their first touchdown. 


Special teams. For quite some time this phase of the organization had been considered a “liability.”

Few can forget, the blocked field goal (and illegal forward lateral) that made the difference in the Steelers 2001 AFC Championship loss to the Patriots or cornerback Ricardo Colclough's muffed punt in a loss to Bengals a couple of years ago.

It has been said that former coach Bill Cowher had focus sparingly on special teams during offseason training activities (OTAs), nothing during training camp.

However, newley elected head coach Mike Tomlin devoted not only the OTAs but his first training camp to speci...

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