Open thread: Will the Redskins' special teams improve?

Open thread: Will the Redskins' special teams improve?
November 13, 2013, 5:00 am
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In a post yesterday I noted that one analyst says that the Redskins' special teams could among the worst three or four such units the the 20+ years that Football Outsiders has been tracking such statistics.

We know that the kicking game has been bad. Ever since the blocked punt and successful fake punt pulled off by the Raiders, the Redskins have had not had a single game go by without a special teams gaffe that was costly and/or comical.

But is there eight at the end of the tunnel? Could the special teams improve to merely bad or even mediocre? There are some reasons to think that they might.

--The insertion of Nick Williams at punt returner brings some hope to that aspect of the game. The Redskins are last in the NFL in that category so this is a can't-lose proposition.

--With the exception of one more meeting with Dwayne Harris and the Cowboys, the Redskins don't face any more returners like Devin Hester or Trindon Holliday, players who put the fear of God into special teams coaches and force them to alter their game plans.

--You have to think that they are working to correct some of the fundamental flubs they have committed over the course of the season. For example, the miscommunication on a fake punt that happened last Thursday isn't going to happen again. Keith Burns will be able to hammer that out.

So, what do you think? Light at the end of the special teams tunnel? Or is it the proverbial oncoming train?