Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  By DAVE DYE  |  Last updated 7/24/13
LOOKING BACK The special teams were in disarray the first month after allowing both a punt return and a kick return for touchdowns in back-to-back weeks. Danny Crossman, the special teams coordinator, was under fire with some calling for him to be canned immediately. The coverage units quietly got their act together and finished the season out respectably, but the return game and the punter were a problem all season long. The Lions finished 31st in kick returns (20-yard average) and 22nd in punt returns (8.6-yard average). Stefan Logan, the team's top return specialist, got benched for the final game. Punter Ben Graham was injured in the third week and replaced by Nick Harris, who ranked 32nd in gross-punt average and 27th in net-punt average. PLAYERS GONE Kicker Jason Hanson, who made 32-of-36 field goals last season, decided to retire after a 21-year career. He cited a foot injury, but Hanson had previously indicated he planned to return for another season before receiving a l...
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