Redskins Roundup: Special Teams Are Historically Bad

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Updated: November 12, 2013
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Another look at new Redskins WR Nick Williams, recently promoted from the practice squad.

The Redskins are 3-6 for the third straight season. Can they turn their season around. John Keim looks at previous Redskins turnarounds in 2001, 2005, 2007 and 2012. Three of those four resulted in a playoff berth.

New Washington Times Redskins beat reporter Zac Boyer writes that the Redskins see improvement on special teams. Hmmm. Not sure I see what they’re seeing.

In fact, Mike Tanier of Sports on Earth — formerly of Football Outsiders — writes that the Redskins have one of the worst special teams units in NFL history.

The Redskins special teams are awful. In fact, they are on pace to be the worst ever. That’s not internet hyperbole, it’s science: Football Outsiders ranks the Redskins special teams as the third worst of the last 20 years. And they’re just a few punt return touchdowns or blocked field goals away from being historically terrible. …

At Football Outsiders, they stir all this data into a statistical stew, make some allowances for quality of opponent (so the Redskins get a little leeway for acts of Hester), and determine that the Redskins special teams is 14.3% below average, on pace for the third worst figure through nine weeks in 20+ years of advanced statistical measurements.

Brian McNally writes up the pitiful Redskins pass rush. The biggest problem I see is that OLBs Brian Orakpo & Ryan Kerrigan have combined for 2.5 sacks in the last five weeks. Not good enough. Not even close.

The invaluable Rich Tandler lists the five Redskins who most need to improve their game in the second  half of the season. They include Josh Morgan, Robert Griffin III, Chris Chester, Stephen Bowen, Brandon Meriweather. Go read the whole thing for the details, which are more interesting than the list itself.

Tarik El-Bashir tries to figure out who will win the NFC LEast. The Cowboys clearly have the easiest schedule going forward. The Redskins & Giants both face opponents with a combined record over .500.