Oct 20, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Devin Hester (23) runs with the ball past Washington Redskins defenders to make a touchdown in the second quarter at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Special Teams Grades - Bears vs. Redskins

Bears vs. Redskins

Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Bears vs. Redskins:  Special Teams grades for the Redskins win over the Chicago Bears.

Return Teams:  I’m still trying to figure out why Joshua Morgan is the primary kick returner?  Maybe it’s because his role as a receiver has been diminished and they are trying to find something to do with him.  But from my perspective he’s not a threat to score as a returner, so why is he back there?  Sure hands maybe?  That’s the only thing I can come up with.   Return Team grade – C

Coverage teams:  The coverage teams had more problems against the Bears.  Continuing their performance from the Cowboys game, the Redskins gave up an 81 yard punt return to the ever dangerous Devin Hester.  At least on kickoffs, the Redskins kicked away from Hester, but I guess that’s a little harder to do on punts.  There were a few occasions where the coverage teams made some good solid tackles, but the Devin Hester TD, for a team that can’t afford it is inexcusable.  Coverage team grade – F

Kicker: Kai Forbath had a good performance against the Bears.  On Kickoffs he kept the ball away from Devin Hester with pooch kicks and squib kicks.  And he also kicked the ball out of the end zone on a few occasions.  Which is the preferred method, as a few of the pooch kicks gave the Bears good field position.  Forbath also had a 38 yard field goal to give the skins the lead early in the game.     Kicker grade – B+

Punter:  Sav Rocca Averaged 43 yards a punt against the Bears and had a long of 53 yards.  And while Rocca’s punt average was good as usual, it looked like he tried to kick the ball away from Hester on the TD, but he failed to, and that affects Rocca’s grade.  Punter grade:  C+

Total Special Teams grade:  For a team that is in dire straits on special teams, the Redskins gave up another long punt return.  Devin Hester’s 81 yard punt return made the game closer than it should have been, and the Redskins are lucky it didn’t cost them the game.  Needless to say special teams coordinator Keith Burns is still under fire.

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