Last year, Mike Stock was forced into retirement after his special teams' unit took a giant step back following a 2007 campaign that seem to right the ship for the kicking and coverage squads. Rick Gosselin, in his highly anticipated annual special teams rankings, had Stock's last squad ranked 26th.
After replacing Stock with his assistant, Shawn Slocum, much was made about a 'return to basics' and 'fundamentals', and how they would play a major role in turning the special teams around from the disaster they were in '07. Slocum's crew proceeded to have many of the same problems that plagued Stock's, although the coverage improved as the year went on, especially with the growing presence of special teams demon Derrick Martin, before he went out several weeks due to injury.
Well, Gosselin's rankings for '09 were released last night. And the Packers are going backward.
Slocum's squad ranked 31st. Out of 32 teams.
Which only supports what I wrote back on January 20th: