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How bad were the Jets on special teams? We'll tell you

You don't need me or anybody else to tell you the New York Jets struggled on special teams in 2015. Obviously, coach Todd Bowles thought so, firing coordinator Bobby April at the end of the season.

This might be considered piling on, but ...

NFL reporter Rick Gosselin has published his annual special-teams rankings for the Dallas Morning News and the Jets are No. 31, ahead of only the San Diego Chargers. Gosselin rates every team in 22 categories, assigning points -- one for the best, 32 for the worst. A lot of football people, including New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, reference the DMN rankings when discussing special teams.

In the past three years, the Jets have gone from ninth to 20th and 31st, which explains why they'll have their fifth special-teams coach in five years when Bowles hires April's replacement.

The DMN's ranking is consistent with ESPN's rating system, which puts the Jets at No. 30 in StEPA (total expected points added by special teams).

Statistically, the Jets finished 32nd in net punting, 23rd in kickoff return average, 30th in opposing punt-return average and 23rd in field-goal percentage. They also allowed a league-high 24 points on special teams -- two punt returns, a blocked punt and a fumble recovery.