The play of the Detroit Lions' special teams unit has been one of the few bright spots this year.
Special teams coordinator Brayden Coombs has started to garner increased recognition for his coaching abilities and for taking a group of players and motivating them to perform at a high level.
Coombs joined Detroit in 2020, after spending the past 10 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, including the last seven seasons as the team's assistant special teams coach.
In Week 9 against the Vikings, Detroit was able to block two punts.
With how rare of an occurrence it is that punts are blocked across the league, Detroit recording three in the past two weeks can be considered remarkable.
Included in the up-and-coming list for 2020 are Panthers OC Joe Smith, Rams DC Brandon Staley, Giants DC Patrick Graham, Clemson OC Tony Elliott, Buccaneers OC Byron Leftwich and Titans OC Arthur Smith.
While Coombs did not make the main list, Pelissero placed Coombs on the "Others to watch in coming years" list.
His coaching performance in his inaugural season in Detroit even has many supporters clamoring for him to replace head coach Matt Patricia.
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While making that type of leap is unlikely, the future is looking very bright for the young coach.
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