Demented Avenger wrote:The Eagles' return unit isn't better.
JR Reed - 761 yards, avg return of 23.1 yards
Rossum - 1250 yards, avg return of 21.6 yards
Wynn - 194 yards, avg return of 10.8 yards
Rossum - 457 yards, avg return of 12.4 yards
So just looking at the returners, you have an edge to the Eagles in kick returns, and an edge to the Falcons in punt returns. So far its a wash.
Now examine the kickers. Many people often forget half of a kickers job is not field goals, but kickoffs. Feely is neither better at kickoffs or on field goals than Akers (see http://www.footballoutsiders.com/rambli ... 1798&cat=3
for supporting evidence of claim).
Then you have to look at return coverage. The Eagles in both punting and kickoffs get a higher average net yardage than the Falcons. Combine that with the fact that the Eagles are sending the NFC's sole return coverage Pro Bowler, Ike Reese, to Hawaii. They clearly have the advantage in return coverage.
So with return men drawing, but the kick and coverage being superior, the Eagle do have an advantage in special teams.