The football axiom is offense, defense and special teams each account for a third of the game.
But in Cleveland, special teams accounted for at least two-thirds of what made the Browns tick in 2009.
The Browns finished 32nd in the NFL in offense and 31st in defense but still managed to win five games. That’s because Cleveland fielded the league’s best special teams, according to rankings compiled annually by The Dallas Morning News.
The league’s 32 teams are ranked in 22 categories and assigned points according to their standing – one for the best, 32 for the worst. The Browns finished first in special teams with a composite score of 215.5 – a whopping 41 points better than runner-up Tampa Bay…