Washington Redskins

Formula For a Successful Redskins Season: Part 4 Of 4

SEATTLE - NOVEMBER 23:  Santana Moss #89 of the Washington Redskins carries the ball against Brian Russell #25 of the Seattle Seahawks on November 23, 2008 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Ed SheahinCorrespondent IMay 15, 2009

Part 4 of 4 - "Make the Special Teams Special":

Long ago, as a young boy watching the Redskins perform each Sunday, I can still recall the names of players who stood out each week and made a difference.  There are the obvious names like Dave Butz, Mike Thomas, Art Monk, John Riggins, and Pete Wysocki.

Wysocki....who was he?  Pete Wysocki was a free agent LB from Maryland who was a special team standout. 

Every single game Wysocki would make three to four plays on special teams that in some small way made a difference.  He played for the love of the game and gladly accepted and appreciated his role with the team for years.

The 21st century Redskins lack that type of impact player on special teams.  Not since the 1990’s and the Brian Mitchell era and prior have the Redskins performed on special teams as they had done dating back to the George Allen days.

Zorn and the Redskins have such a player already on their roster in Santana Moss.  Moss possesses the same game changing abilities with the ball in his hands as the Bears’ Devon Hester displays.  In seasons past, limiting Moss’ touches on special teams has been a priority for the Redskins in an effort to keep him healthy. 

Reflecting back on the first change that the Redskins must make at the beginning of this article, Moss must give way to Devin Thomas as the primary receiver and allow the team to use his unparalleled gifts as a special teams’ threat.  This would help lead the way in making the Redskins a more complete team, thus giving them an advantage in tight ball games.        

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