Found July 03, 2013 on Fox Sports Midwest:
Last Year: New faces were common in St. Louis Rams' special teams meetings last season. The coach (John Fassel), the kicker (Greg Zuerlein) and the punter (John Hekker) all experienced their first year as Rams. The result? Some memorable moments, like the 58 and 60-yard bombs Zuerlein sent through the uprights against Seattle. But, as a whole, the Rams have plenty of room for improvement in 2013. Coach: Fassel, 39, is the son of former New York Giants head coach Jim Fassel. Before joining Jeff Fishers staff last season, he served as the special teams coordinator for the Oakland Raiders. Three Questions: 1) Will Austin be an X-factor? St. Louis averaged 21 yards per punt return in 2012, which placed them 26th in the 32-team league. No Ram took a punt past 50 yards, and no punt return reached an end zone. Even worse was the teams execution on kickoff returns. St. Louis didnt take one kickoff to the house, and instead averaged a measly 6.6 yards per return in 2012, second-worst...
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