Redskins hire Jets' Ben Kotwica for special teams

Redskins hire Jets' Ben Kotwica for special teams
January 15, 2014, 2:45 pm
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The Redskins have a new special teams coach.

Jets special teams coach Ben Kotwica will move to Washington to take the same job with the Redskins. The team has confirmed the hire.

Kotwica had just completed his first year as the Jets’ special teams coordinator. According to reports they wanted him to return but he chose to come to the Redskins.

He has a bit of an unusual background. Prior to last season he was a quality control coach for the Jets for two years. That is the sum total of his NFL coaching experience but he has plenty of life experience.

Kotwica played football at Army and is a decorated helicopter pilot who logged more 1,000 combat hours in Iraq during Operation Freedom II. Kotwica also interviewed for the Army head coaching job but was not offered the job.

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He has a big job ahead of him. The Redskins’ special teams unit were a disaster in virtually all facets of the kicking game last year and those issues were major contributors to the team’s 3-13 record. 

Kowtica's hire was first reported by Alex Mavez of FOX Sports.