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Grading the 2011 Tennessee Titans: Special Teams

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This was a good year for the Titans' special teams. Rob Bironas, who should be playing in today's Pro Bowl, was 29 of 32 (90.6%) in field goal attempts and hit all 34 of his extra points. That 90.6% is the second best number of his career (last year he hit 92.3%).

Brett Kern also had a really nice year. He averaged 43.6 yards per punt and had 31 of his 86 punts downed inside the 20.

The one area of special teams that was disappointing this season was Marc Mariani, who was pretty much a non-factor this year after being so good last year. He had one punt return for a touchdown, but only averaged 10.7 yards per punt return. Mariani also drives me crazy because he lets too many catchable punts hit the ground. Those numbers don't show up anywhere in a box score, but they really hurt in the field position battle.

Mariani's weak year hurts the grade a little bit here, but overall special teams had a solid year.

Grade: B+