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49ers hire Brad Seely as ST Coordinator!

now bring in josh cribbs
Special teams rankings: newcomer Seely has work to do

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The bad news for the 49ers? They placed a ho-hum 17th in Rick Gosselin's annual special teams rankings despite making special teams, especially the return game, a priority during the 2010 offseason. The good news is that the Browns, the team that incoming special teams coordinator Brad Seely coached last year, placed third on the list. Cleveland's special teams placed first on Gosselin's list last year while the 49ers ranked 21st.

Gosselin, who covers the NFL for the Dallas Morning News, is one of the most respected NFL reporters in the country. His special teams rankings are anticipated each February in part because his is one of the only ranking systems for special teams. (Keep an eye out for his mock draft in April). Gosselin ranks the teams based on 22 categories, which include returns, field goals, average starting position for opponents and punts inside the 20-yard line. New England placed first this year followed by Tennessee.

A year ago, boosting the 49ers return game was one of Mike Singletary's top three priorities along with improving the offensive line and adding more speed to the secondary. To that end, the team traded a fifth-round pick for Ted Ginn Jr. in mid April then used a sixth-round pick on Kyle Williams in the draft.

Ginn ended up being the primary kick and punt returner after Williams got hurt in the preseason. The 49ers ranked 30th overall in kick returns while averaging 19.5 yards a return. They fared much better in punt returns - San Francisco ranked 7th - thanks in large part to Ginn's 78-yard return for a touchdown in Week 16 against St. Louis.

The team also parted ways with some of its best coverage players in the 2010 offseason. Jeff Ulbrich retired, Marcus Hudson left via free agency and Michael Robinson was a surprise roster cut in early September, especially after Singletary said as many as four players would make the roster based on special teams ability. Linebacker NaVorro Bowman stepped into the void by leading the team with 26 special teams tackles. The 49ers held opponents to 22.2 yards per kick return and 8.9 yards on punt returns.

Ulbrich and Robinson ended up on the Seahawks, Ulbrich as an assistant special teams coach. Seattle tied for fourth place on Gosselin's list.

-- Matt Barrows

Read more: http://blogs.sacbee.com/49ers/archives/2011/02/special-teams-r.html#ixzz1DtH0eb73
Originally posted by Jcool:
He won NFL Special Teams Coach of the Year Award in 1996



Nice!!
Originally posted by Rubberneck36:
Originally posted by Jcool:
He won NFL Special Teams Coach of the Year Award in 1996



Nice!!

Thats nothing, wait until you see him on punt return. The man has jukes.
Originally posted by Rubberneck36:
Originally posted by Jcool:
He won NFL Special Teams Coach of the Year Award in 1996



Nice!!

Cool, i was 9 at that time.
Ginn was good; will he star with Seely?

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February 14, 2011


by: Eric Branch


The acquisition of Ted Ginn was a boon for the 49ers’ pitiful punt-return unit.

Now, will the hiring of special teams coordinator Brad Seely be a boon for the already productive Ginn?

Ginn brought respectability to a punt-return unit that ranked last in the NFL in 2009, averaging 4.4 yards per return (the lowest in the league since 2004). Ginn’s 13.4-yard average ranked third in the NFL and his 78-yard punt return for a touchdown on Dec. 26 at St. Louis was San Francisco’s first since 2005.

Perhaps the most telling stat: Ginn had four punt returns of at least 20 yards after the Niners didn’t manage one 20-yard return in 2009.

As brilliant as Ginn was on punts, he was equally as ordinary on kickoffs. He averaged 21.1 yards on 47 returns, a figure that ranked 30th among the NFL’s 36 players with at least 20 returns. It was also below the 23.0-yard average Ginn had in his first three seasons in Miami.

Enter Seely, a two-time Special Teams Coach of the Year whose units in Cleveland this past season ranked third in the NFL according to statistics compiled by Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News (the Niners ranked 17th). Seely’s special teams units ranked first in the league in 2009 when the 5-11 Browns ranked 32nd in the NFL in total offense and 31st in total defense. Seely’s special teams have ranked among the NFL’s top-five on six occasions since 1990 according to Gosselin’s statistics, which are considered the industry standard.

Seely has coached three Pro-Bowl returners during his 22-year career: Cleveland’s Josh Cribbs, Carolina’s Michael Bates and Indianapolis’ Clarence Verdin. How much credit can Seely take for that trio’s success?

By one measure, it appears Seely was quite influential. Cribbs (still active), Bates and Verdin have 26 combined seasons in the NFL and only 10 of those years were spent with Seely. Still, six of their combined nine Pro Bowl appearances and both of their first-team All-Pro honors came with Seely as special-teams coach.

Here’s a look at the threesome’s production, with and without Seely:

JOSH CRIBBS, CLEVELAND
Kickoff returns
With Seely (2009-10): 96 returns, 2,356 yards, 3 TDs, 24.5 yards per return
Without Seely (2005-08): 209 returns, 5,507 yards, 5 TDs, 26.3 yards per return

Punt returns
With Seely (2009-10): 58 returns, 620 yards, 1 TD, 10.7 yards per return
Without Seely (2005-08): 65 returns, 689 yards, 1 TD, 10.6 yards per return

Pro Bowls: 2007, 2009
First-team All-Pro: 2009
Second-team All-Pro: 2007

The Seely effect: Cribbs, the kick returner on the 2000s NFL All-Decade team, has been consistently brilliant. In 2009, he had arguably the best season of his career, earning his only first-team All-Pro honors, setting a franchise record with four returns for touchdowns and posting the fourth-most combined return yards (1,994) in NFL history (his 2,214 yards in 2007 rank second all-time). Cribbs averaged a career-worst 20.4 yards on kickoff returns this past season. After he dislocated four toes (ouch) in a game against the Jets on Nov. 14, he averaged 19.7 yards on his final 19 kickoff returns.

MICHAEL BATES, CAROLINA
Kickoff returns
With Seely (1996-98): 139 returns, 3,759 yards, 2 TDs, 27.0 yards per return
Without Seely (1993-95, 1999-03): 234 returns, 5,351 yards, 3 TDs, 22.9 yards per return

Pro Bowls: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
First-team All-Pro: 1996
Second-team All-Pro: 1997

The Seely effect: Bates went to Pro Bowls in each of his three seasons with Seely and became the first player in 35 years to lead the league in kick return average in consecutive seasons (1996-97). Bates, who only returned 10 punts during his career, spent his first three seasons (1993-95) with Seattle and Cleveland and averaged 19.8 yards on 65 kickoff returns. Then in 1996, his first season with Seely, he averaged a career-high 30.2 yards on 33 returns.

CLARENCE VERDIN, INDIANAPOLIS
Kickoff returns
With Seely (1989-93): 162 returns, 3,275 yards, 1 TD, 20.2 yards per return
Without Seely (1986-88, 1994): 75 returns, 1,665 yards, 0 TDs, 22.2 yards per return

Punt returns
With Seely (1989-93): 133 returns, 1,298 yards, 3 TDs, 9.8 yards per return
Without Seely (1986-88, 1994): 45 returns, 352 yards, 1 TD, 7.8 yards per return

Pro Bowls: 1990, 1992
First-team All-Pro: None
Second-team All-Pro: None

The Seely effect: Verdin went to his only two Pro Bowls under Seely although his kickoff-return average was higher without him. Verdin led the NFL in punt-return average in 1990 (12.8) and ranked second in 1989 (12.9).
Originally posted by rxrunner:
now bring in josh cribbs

we already have ginn true cribbs is better but ginn is pretty damn good no use of wasting a top pick on him
Very good hire and brings tons of NFL experience to a rookie staff.

I think we will only get better on Specialt teams with Ginn and maybe even Kyle Williams contributing.
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Ginn can handle punts and draft Shane Vereen RB that could also be a kick returner.
Press Pass: Special Teams Coordinator Brad Seely
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Special-teams coach Brad Seely has a presence more commanding than I had anticipated. He looks like a former offensive lineman and he is one, having played at South Dakota State in the 1970s.

The 49ers ran punt prospects through a drill I hadn't seen before. Each return man held a football in his hands as a punted ball approached from about 40 yards away. The returner would throw the ball he was holding into the air, catch the punted ball and then catch the ball he'd thrown aloft.

Finally, a chance to size up 49ers coaches - ESPN
Originally posted by PTulini:
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Special-teams coach Brad Seely has a presence more commanding than I had anticipated. He looks like a former offensive lineman and he is one, having played at South Dakota State in the 1970s.

The 49ers ran punt prospects through a drill I hadn't seen before. Each return man held a football in his hands as a punted ball approached from about 40 yards away. The returner would throw the ball he was holding into the air, catch the punted ball and then catch the ball he'd thrown aloft.

Finally, a chance to size up 49ers coaches - ESPN

nice cant believe people didnt think of this before excellent way to practice not fumbling on the catch
Originally posted by PTulini:
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Special-teams coach Brad Seely has a presence more commanding than I had anticipated. He looks like a former offensive lineman and he is one, having played at South Dakota State in the 1970s.

The 49ers ran punt prospects through a drill I hadn't seen before. Each return man held a football in his hands as a punted ball approached from about 40 yards away. The returner would throw the ball he was holding into the air, catch the punted ball and then catch the ball he'd thrown aloft.

Finally, a chance to size up 49ers coaches - ESPN

Nice
'Coach' Jennings eager to learn from special-teams guru Seely
Originally posted by Oakland-Niner:
Originally posted by Rubberneck36:
Originally posted by Jcool:
He won NFL Special Teams Coach of the Year Award in 1996



Nice!!

Thats nothing, wait until you see him on punt return. The man has jukes.

At first I was like , but then I was like .