Reed Doughty takes blame for botched fake punt

November 11, 2013

Punter Sav Rocca gets ready to deliver his pass on Redskins’ fake punt Thursday night at Minnesota (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Safety Reed Doughty said Monday he accepts responsibility for the botched fake punt that the Washington Redskins had during last Thursday night’s loss at Minnesota.

“It was a miscommunication,” Doughty said at Redskins Park. “I’ll leave it at that. I’ll take that blame. We didn’t get the call, the way I wanted to, to everybody. I thought we had that available. I shouldn’t have called it. So it’s my responsibility and I take the ownership of that.”

Punter Sav Rocca threw an incompletion on the play when his intended receiver, tight end Niles Paul, never looked for the pass. Rocca said after the game that the fake was put on when Doughty, lined up behind the center, touched his hands to his helmet. Both Rocca and Paul said after the game the fake should not have been on in that situation since it was the Redskins’ first punt of the game and they generally wait to see how an opponent lines up before considering a fake.

The gaffe did not hurt the Redskins in Thursday’s game because it was negated by a false-start penalty on Jerome Murphy. But it was another special teams misadventure for the Redskins.

“I think we’ve spent a lot of time on it,” Doughty said. “I think we’ve spent a lot of attention on it. And I think on a whole as a special team unit, I feel a lot better than I did at the beginning of the year. I feel like we’re playing faster. I feel like more guys are making plays. I feel like we’re getting off blocks and guys are making some good plays. We made some strides in the return game last week a little bit. But again, when you have a miscue every game, it doesn’t shed good light on us as special team players.”

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What’s ahead:

● The Redskins return to practice at 1 p.m. today. Mike Shanahan speaks with reporters afterward.

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