Seahawks' special teams could cost them

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

With 38-year-old Jeff Robinson on the field at Seahawks practice today, the team's special-teams situation is back to snap one. Robinson filled in at snapper for the Seahawks last season. The team needs him again now that rookie draft choice Tyler Schmitt is out for the season.

The Seahawks took great efforts to upgrade their running game this offseason. They have built depth on defense.

But with 11 days until the season opener, the special teams remain unsettled. Robinson is apparently the snapper (Tim Lindsey has handled snapping duties with Schmitt sidelined). Olindo Mare and Brandon Coutu are battling for the kicking job. Ryan Plackemeier and Reggie Hodges are battling for the punting job.

Meanwhile, former snapper J.P. Darche, former punter Jeff Feagles and former kicker Josh Brown carry on elsewhere. Special-teams issues can cost teams victories. We saw it happen famously in Seattle before Mike Holmgren arrived and we saw it happen to Seattle last season.

The Seahawks have gotten a lot of things right in the last few seasons, but some of their special-teams decisions haven't worked out as planned.