I have to thank the Chicago fan who was slamming Wesley because it made me delve into just how many special teams plays there are in a game. For the Pats, last season, they had the following special teams plays: 26 field goal attempts, 44 extra points, 69 punts, 58 kick off returns, 36 punt returns, 14 fair catches, 68 kick offs, 26 extra points attempts by opponents, and 30 field goal attempts by opponents. That is 371 plays. The offense had 1025 plays (526/499) while the defense had 906 plays (518/388). So the team had a total of 2302 plays last year, of which special teams accounted for 16% of them. Not a lot. So, while special teams plays are only a small minority of the plays, we know that they have a huge impact on everything. Good kick and punt coverage leads to poor field position for the opposing team, making them have to go farther to score. Good punt and kick returns means your offense has to work less to get into scoring range. Good field goal units get the team points when the offense couldn't get it done. Good field goal coverage units force the other team into mistakes. One could almost say that special teams has a greater impact than either the offense or defense because there are so many fewer plays that occur.