5. Improved Special Teams – The Redskins had the worst special teams in the NFL last season. And it wasn’t just one thing either. All aspects of the special teams were poor. They gave up multiple punt and kickoff returns for touchdowns, and there were other long returns that didn’t go for touchdowns. The field goal kicking wasn’t as good as the previous season, and the punting average was among the lowest in the league. As was touchback percentage.
Which means the other team routinely had more opportunities to return kickoffs and get better field position. Also, the Redskins punt and kickoff returns weren’t very good. The Redskins hired Ben Kotwica as their new special teams coordinator, and he should bring more energy to the unit. And it’s exciting to know that competent special teams isn’t too much for Redskins fans to expect.
Oct 20, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Devin Hester (23) runs with the ball past Washington Redskins defensive back Trenton Robinson (34) in the fourth quarter at FedEx Field. The Redskins won 45-41. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports