Grading the Redskins: Special teams regress

Grading the Redskins: Special teams regress
October 30, 2012, 12:45 pm
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Grade vs. Steelers: D

Comment: Kai Forbath remained perfect on field goals, connecting from 48 and 45 yards out. The first-year player is now 6-for-6 and 4-for-4 from 40-49 yards.

But Forbath also had a point after attempt blocked because he kicked the ball too low, according to Coach Mike Shanahan. On four kickoffs, meantime, Forbath sent only one kick into the end zone for a touchback.

Despite the uneven performance, Shanahan had some encouraging words for Forbath after the game, saying, “That’s a guy taking advantage of an opportunity. For a guy to come in and do what he’s done, having never been in the National Football League, it’s pretty impressive to me.”

The Redskins also had trouble on punts. Sav Rocca, whom Shanahan revealed has kicked the past two weeks with a torn meniscus in his right knee, had a costly shanked punt in the second quarter. The 12-yarder set up the Steelers on their own 45 yard line and they eventually parlayed the field position into three points.

In the third quarter, a 46-yard punt was returned 78 yards for a touchdown by Antonio Brown. Fortunately for the Redskins, it was negated by an illegal block.

For the most part, the special teams units had appeared to steady themselves after a rocky start to the season. This performance, however, will have people asking questions again.