OPEN THREAD: Special Teams will improve, right?

OPEN THREAD: Special Teams will improve, right?
January 16, 2014, 6:00 am
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Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dexter McCluster (22) scores a touchdown on a punt return against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedEx Field.

(Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

The Washington Redskins 2013 season went poorly in almost every area, but special teams was likely the worst unit on a bad team. Every game it seemed some special teams gaffe cost the Redskins field position, or more often than not, directly to points for the opposition. 

On Wednesday the Skins took a big step towards fixing the special teams by hiring New York Jets special teams coach Ben Kowitca. The West Point grad will take over the position left vacant when Keith Burns was fired. Kowitca's military background is well-documented, and most expect more discipline instilled in Washington's coverage units.

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Looking at the numbers, however, and Kowitca does not seem like a panacea for the Skins special teams woes. The Jets did not return a kickoff or punt for a touchdown in 2013, the first time they've gone scoreless since 2001. Kowitca's Jets special teams had no awful ranks, but nothing jumps off the page either.

Will Kowitca improve the special teams in Washington? Probably, because it would be hard to be any worse than the 2013 season. But is the coach the key, or will more money for free agents and better depth be the real answer for Washington's special troubles? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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