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Redskins-Rams keys to the game: special teams

This week the word for special teams is consistency. Danny Smith is a very talented special teams coach. His challenge is to get a complete game out of his players.

In Week 1 against Dallas, the punting was inconsistent; then last Sunday the kicking was inconsistent. This week the Redskins need to:

-- Make sure there are no letups in coverage. If the Rams are able to get great field position at the start of drives, it will give them more of a chance to get points on the board. So on kickoff and punt coverage, the key will be to keep them pinned back so they have to mount long drives.

-- Get better yardage on kick and punt returns. In kickoff returns, Devin Thomas has been effective, but not phenomenal. He gets the ball past the 20-yard line more often than not, but that's good field position in my book. In the punt return game, the Redskins' return yardage has not been what it should be.

-- Make good decisions. If there's a big return this week, that's a bonus. The return men must make sure to be wise when catching the ball. Don't catch a ball at the 5-yard line, let it go. Make sure to catch and secure the ball; a fumbled punt is mistake that could change the momentum of the game.

-- Connect on their field goals when presented with the opportunity. Although I don't think the score of this game will be close, it doesn't mean the Redskins can just go out there and miss field goals or not execute snaps and blocks correctly. They need to make sure they block and handle snaps well. The missed block that resulted in a blocked field goal last Sunday proved to be a costly one.

If the special teams win the field position battle with coverage and returns and do the little things like not taking a block for granted or a holding penalty, I believe they will be fine in this game.

By LaVar Arrington  | September 23, 2010; 11:36 AM ET
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Indeed. The one question I have is if, in fact, Armstrong ends up being out due to his groin injury and Devin Thomas is in the WR rotation again, do they take him off of kickoffs? Does Chad Simpson see his first action there, or does someone else handle that role?

Being that this might be the only entry in 'comments' so far, I guess no one cares about special teams, except when they screw up. LOL

Posted by: walkdwalk | September 23, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

P.S. Well daggummit, I CARE!

Posted by: walkdwalk | September 23, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

P.S.S. Actually, I don't. Just DON'T SCREW UP!

Posted by: walkdwalk | September 23, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

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