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Redskins camp countdown: 20 kickoffs inside the 20

Jul 3, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT


We’re counting down to the start of training camp here by looking at some numbers that will be keys to the Redskins’ 2014 season.

20—Kickoffs inside the 20

While Kai Forbath will get some serious competition from Zach Hocker for the job as the Redskins’ kicker, it seems likely that when all is said and done Forbath will be lining up to kickoff when the Redskins open the season on Houston on September 7. Unless Forbath gets a bionic leg installed between now and then it is unlikely that he will consistently pound balls into the end zone for touchbacks. He was 31st in the NFL last year with 14 touchbacks and that isn’t going to improve significantly.

The Redskins will have to work with Forbath’s limitations but that doesn’t mean that they have to give up field position every time they kickoff. There are other ways to get the job done like directional kicks with solid coverage that pins the other team inside the 20 yard line.

A goal of 20 kickoffs inside the 20 is an ambitious one. Last year Forbath had nine in 13 games. Only one kicker, Phil Dawson of the 49ers (23), had more than 20 kickoffs inside the 20. But eight kickers had more than 15 such kicks so it’s not unrealistic.

Camp countdown

  1. hitmeimopen - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    I read this to learn the ‘other’ ways to pin teams behind their 20 yd line, and all he says is ‘directional kicks. Writer doesn’t instill a lot faith. Didn’t we use that directional crap last year? And, why wouldn’t every team we face scheme against it knowing all about Kobra Kai’s penchant for short, stubby kicks?

  2. colmac69 - Jul 3, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Can live with forbath as kicker….however skins let a gd kicker go in graham gano…he coped a lot flack for blocked fgs but they are prob 90% fault lies in protection failing….odd time its a low kick but if everything is gd its nearly impossible to block a kick or punt…..last yr gano showed what he could do plus he gets touch backs on consistent basis

    • Rich Tandler - Jul 4, 2014 at 6:51 AM

      One of Shanahan’s dumbest moves. They had lived through all of the growing pains with Gano and just when he was about to emerge as a solid kicker, he whacked him in favor of Billy Cundiff, who was coming off of one of the biggest chokes in NFL history.

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  3. mrhart76 - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    Yeah I was upset when they gave up on Gano. But thats what we do. Thats our move. Next up: Orakpo . Archives

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