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Punt Coverage Jobs Are Still Unsettled

With the addition of veteran punter Hunter Smith, the Redskins expect punt coverage to improve significantly this season.

In the preseason opener against the Baltimore Ravens, Smith had much better distance and hang time on his punts than the team's punters last season, Durant Brooks and Ryan Plackemeier.

Regardless of how well punters perform, however, players on the coverage team must do their jobs, too. Many of the team's young players are competing to make the 53-man roster as special-team specialists, and coach Danny Smith hopes they make a strong impression on punt coverage Saturday against the Pittsburgh Steelers at FedEx Field. No one stood out in the opener, Smith said, and there are only three preseason games remaining.

"In the preseason, it's tough," Smith said. "There are some individuals who did some good things, but the unit has to be good. We didn't really play a full unit that we would call a one or a two. We played guys in spurts. Sometimes, you'd look a little bit not in balance because of that. It's nice when you've got a punt team and you've got the same guy running next to you and they switch lanes to help each other.

"When you mix and match in the course of a game, you don't get those things. There's some guys that I'm going to give more playing time to because they did some good things, but there's nobody that really solidified a job or jumped out in one game."

One Redskins Player Is a Former Gymnast

Dan Steinberg reveals the player's identity. Hint: It isn't Jeremy Jarmon. And it isn't Jim Zorn because he isn't a player. However -- and somehow you knew this was going to be the case -- Zorn did teach gymnastics in college.

By Jason Reid  |  August 20, 2009; 5:49 AM ET
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If the Redskins put some points up against the Steelers this weekend, maybe we'll see a little kickoff action. At the present pace of 1 a game it will take about 14 preseason games before we've settled on the best KO team.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 20, 2009 6:30 AM | Report abuse

Anybody got MIKE NELMS email ADD?

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | August 20, 2009 7:17 AM | Report abuse

Of course, it works both ways. We're really setting back our pre-season opponents. Sure, they're winning handily, but they don't have any idea who can play on their kickoff return teams.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 20, 2009 7:20 AM | Report abuse

Against my better judgment I read this article thinking that Wilbon may have changed his way. I should have known better. Until someone proves Bolt is using he gets the benefit of doubt. My guest is he is being tested more than any athlete right now is sports and has come up negative each and every time. He really need to stop hating on the brother and appreciate what he has done.

Posted by: jm220 | August 20, 2009 7:41 AM | Report abuse

Off last Thursday's action, I'd say DANO is missing JAMES THRASH and KHARY CAMPBELL a lot more than he's willing to admit publically. I'll bet he's smokin' privately, however.

Posted by: glawrence007 | August 20, 2009 7:50 AM | Report abuse

screw Wilbon, hate that self serving prick....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | August 20, 2009 7:55 AM | Report abuse

Against my better judgment I read this article thinking that Wilbon may have changed his way. I should have known better. Until someone proves Bolt is using he gets the benefit of doubt. My guest is he is being tested more than any athlete right now is sports and has come up negative each and every time. He really need to stop hating on the brother and appreciate what he has done.

Posted by: jm220 | August 20, 2009 7:41 AM


You think Bolt has it bad? At least he doesn't have to take a GENDER test!

http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/news?slug=ap-worlds-gendertest&prov=ap&type=lgns

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 20, 2009 8:16 AM | Report abuse

talent_evaluator - what's happened to you? You haven't posted a response to the last four messages. Even though the logo says this is RI it really isn't - it's chat with talent_evaluator. You should have called out that last message for being so profane. This is a fambly blog you know. It's up to you to uphold the morals of the blog.

Posted by: SonOfStan | August 20, 2009 8:20 AM | Report abuse

screw Wilbon, hate that self serving prick....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1

Prick or not, I don't hate the guy. He's also a pretty talented and entertaining columnist. I read the Wilbon article too, and I don't think he hate on Bolt. Wilbon wrote a column on what a lot of people are thinking these days when they see a guy smash world records, hit a lot of home runs, win several bike races, etc.

Wilbon's not responsible for people being skeptical about doping in sports. The dopers are. That's something ever world class athlete will have to live with, clean or not. I'm sure Bolt will find a way to get over it. He's probably washing his frustrations away right now in a bathtub full of money.

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | August 20, 2009 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Special teams is where those young linebackers, safeties and linemen need to excel to make the opening day roster. Preseason special teams are usually one of the best parts of preseason games because players realize and they sacrifice their bodies to make a play. I didn't get this from the Redskins' special teams play on Thursday night. They were as flat as the rest of the team. This is Danny Smith's group and no matter who is out there, he needs to fire them up and get them making plays. Special teams are 90% adrenaline. When a person stops to think, it is not natural for a human being to run full speed into a head on collision with another human being running full speed. A coach has to fire his guys up and not have them thinking about the hits. He needs to have them focused on tackling one guy and removing any obstacle along the way to realizing that task. Danny Smith just does not strike me as the guy who can get his special teams unit fired up.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | August 20, 2009 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Ken my dislike for Wilbon stems from his chat about ST after his passing, how ST 'embraced his past, and refused to distance himself from it'..which when you factor in that ST didn't talk to the media, which included Wilbon, and that it was categorically incorrect that in fact ST WAS distancing himself from his past, it just comes across as defaming ST's character.....

I could care less what he writes about, he could write about softball, nascar, and bass fishing, and he's still a prick....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | August 20, 2009 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Greg,

I forgot about the ST stuff. Correction: Wilbon's a Dbag.

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | August 20, 2009 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Beaner, I think - without trying to assume too much about Wilbon's opinion - what he meant (or at least what was true) was that SeanT lived in his old neighborhood, unsecurely and still ran in some difficult circles repleat with the type of personalities that caused his end.

Posted by: DikShuttle | August 20, 2009 8:41 AM | Report abuse

which when you factor in that ST didn't talk to the media, which included Wilbon, and that it was categorically incorrect that in fact ST WAS distancing himself from his past, it just comes across as defaming ST's character.....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | August 20, 2009 8:28 AM |

I don't think that Wilbon was "out of bounds" in the comments that he made about Sean Taylor. Too often his tragic death colors the thoughts people have about the man. Like Vick, he was an enigma. With Vick you don't know if he is truly repentant and with Taylor you don't know if he had moved on from his thug past. The signs point that way but there is enough ambiguity to make the comments Wilbon made acceptable in the sense that they aren't totally outlandish.

Posted by: SonOfStan | August 20, 2009 8:43 AM | Report abuse

The ST21 debacle certainly turned it for me.

But even so, since Wilbon became an NBA/ESPN company man I've felt like the quality and insight of his WaPo articles diminished. It's clear he's not really connected to the Washington sports scene...got too big for us. He's also developed that endearing ESPN knack for brown-nosing stars.

Posted by: p1funk | August 20, 2009 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Prepare yourself for a boycott of Scots whiskey. The Scottish government just released from prison the Libyan who was responsible for blowing up the Pan Am jetliner with 259 people on board over Lockerbie, Scotland. He's dying of prostate cancer. The victims' families and the American government had opposed releasing him.

I guess we can drink whatever Scots whiskey we have around the house, but after that it's Jameson's or Wild Turkey. Ah, the sacrifices we have to make for freedom: Freedom isn't free -- it's the price of a bottle of Old Crow.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 20, 2009 8:47 AM | Report abuse

T_E, how does that guy still have a neck?

Posted by: DikShuttle | August 20, 2009 8:49 AM | Report abuse

I like Jameson and Wild Turkey but it sure is no Chivaz Regal or Glen Scotia.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 20, 2009 8:49 AM | Report abuse

sos, read some of the things that Joe Gibbs was saying about ST, then compare them with what Wilbon said. Then remember that Joe saw/worked/interacted with with ST EVERY DAY. Wilbon wasn't even the lead reporter for the Redskins, didn't have even the SLIGHTEST relationship with ST, but claimed to know ST well enough to write that crap.

Sorry, uh-uh, I ain't buying the crap that Wilbon is selling.

dik, ST didn't run in the same circles, thats where you/Wilbon are incorrect. ST was changing his life around, read some of the stuff that had been written regarding it, quotes from CP, Gibbs, Moss. Wilbon choose to either ignore that, or flat out lie, because writing about someone changing their life, isn't as exciting, doesn't attrack as many people as writing that ST was still embracing his past....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | August 20, 2009 8:51 AM | Report abuse

I don't think that Wilbon was "out of bounds" in the comments that he made about Sean Taylor. Too often his tragic death colors the thoughts people have about the man. Like Vick, he was an enigma. With Vick you don't know if he is truly repentant and with Taylor you don't know if he had moved on from his thug past. The signs point that way but there is enough ambiguity to make the comments Wilbon made acceptable in the sense that they aren't totally outlandish.

Posted by: SonOfStan | August 20, 2009 8:43 AM | Report abuse


It doesn't have to be outlandish - just ignorant, irresponsible and (I believe) self-serving.

You'd think a professional writer/columnist would actually find out some facts about ST's life and the circumstances of his death before he whips it out and takes a wiz on his grave - but no, Wilbon needed to jump the gun and get his controversial 2-cents out there while he still didn't know anything.

A person is alot more than just the sum total of their publicized mistakes/bad decisions, it was too bad Wilbon didn't have the decency to think that way.

Posted by: p1funk | August 20, 2009 8:53 AM | Report abuse

beep

Posted by: p1funk | August 20, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

p1, amen brother.

Wilbon, from that day forward was a complete and total fraud, not to mention a POS to me.....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | August 20, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Jameson and Wild Turkey but it sure is no Chivaz Regal or Glen Scotia.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 20, 2009 8:49 AM

Chivas, Glen Scotia = Drink of Scottish Surrender Monkeys
Jameson, Wild Turkey = Drink of Freedom-Loving Patriots who Fought the British Crown

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 20, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse

T_E, there now is a rift between us. The Scots whipped the British. Something your beloved Jameson drinker could only dream of.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 20, 2009 9:18 AM | Report abuse

I have to disagree with the ripping of Wilbon re: ST21. From my point of view he wasn't trying to rip to shreds ST's life and credibility, rather he was using ST's death to discuss his concern about "young, black americans" who find themselves in violent situations and have a tough choice to make. They either stay where they are and face potential violence or get out and find a less threatening environment.

I DO AGREE that his tone throughout the article was harsh, and definitely didn't do anything to highlight the positives in Sean Taylor's life.

Posted by: BigE44 | August 20, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

F Wilbon, he is a D-bag. Never liked the dude from day one, he makes everything about race. He is a sportswriter, not a cultural expert.

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 | August 20, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

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