The Washington Redskins had one of the worst special teams units in the NFL last season. And in an interview on redskins.com, new Washington Redskins special teams coordinator Ben Kotwica spoke about not only the special teams, but the entire team needing to play with more physicality in the upcoming season. Ben Kotwica stated:
“We’re teaching alignment, we’re teaching assignment, we’re teaching technique. I guess the biggest question is what it’s going to look like when the pads come on? Because I truly believe that even though some of the rules of the game has changed and you can look at it, whether it was two years ago with the Baltimore Ravens or this year with the Seattle Seahawks, the most physical football team in this league wins.”
Kotwica went on to state that physicality will be a hallmark of his special team unit. And a lack of physicality was certainly something the Redskins special teams lacked last season, especially on the coverage teams where it was routine to see opposing teams make long pint and kickoff returns against the Redskins. It seems coach Kotwica wants to ensure a physical nature is in place to prevent a repeat of such a performance this season.