All-Time Redskins Team: A player from each decade
By Jonathan Eig
My only rule for special teams players is that they each come from a different decade.
Kicker – Mark Moseley (1980s)
More ‘80s magic.
Punter – Tress Way (2010s)
Sammy Baugh was the greatest punter to ever play for the Redskins, but he’s already on the team.
Returner – Brian Mitchell (1990s)
Truth be told, Mike Nelms is my favorite return man. The best downhill kick returner I ever saw. I believe Mitchell learned a lot from him. And more truth: I picked B-Mitch in part because I’m a little bit afraid of him.
All-Around Special Teamer – Rusty Bill Tillmanchak (1970s)
Part of the reason George Allen’s Redskins were so good in the early ‘70s was the emphasis he placed on special teams. He hired Marv Levy to coach them, and they produced some of the first great players to be noted for their contributions as all-around special teamers (as opposed to kickers or kick returners). I couldn’t choose between punt blocker extraordinaire Bill Malinchak and wedge-busting legend Rusty Tillman, who played together throughout the decade. So I’m rolling them into one badass teams specialist.
There you have it. Outside a computer game, we’ll never see this team play. But it’s nice to imagine.