New special teams coordinator Ben Kotwica is tasked with turning around what was the worst special teams unit in the NFL last season.
Lucky for Kotwica, the personnel he'll be working with this season is an upgrade from 2013's underachieving bunch.
Credit Redskins president and general manager Bruce Allen for signing and drafting several special teams-minded players this offseason.
Veterans such as linebackers Akeem Jordan and Adam Hayward and rookies Trent Murphy and Bashaud Breeland, among others, are expected to make meaningful contributions.
Then there's Kotwica, the disciplinarian.
As the Richmond Times-Dispatch's Michael Phillips notes, Kotwica, a West Point graduate, applies principles from his eight years of military experience to his coaching:
I would suggest to you that one of the most important lessons is that you can have a plan going in, you can have an operational order, but the enemy’s got a vote.
You’ve got to have the ability to make adjustments. Because you’ve got a plan going in that might work, but again, the enemy’s got a vote. Whether it’s in the desert of Iraq or the football field on Sunday, you’ve got to have the ability to make adjustments and instill confidence in your soldiers or players that the job is going to get done.
No one will know what to expect from special teams until September, but Kotwica has already changed the culture this offseason. That transformation must continue throughout camp.
A drastic turnaround by special teams coupled with a healthy Griffin will go a long way toward making the Redskins contenders in the NFC East.