âI canât tell what other peopleâs feelings are,â said Doughty, the Redskinsâ special teams captain. âSo I canât tell if they feel like they donât want to be on special teams. What I do know is that watching the film last week, I didnât think it was an effort thing. I didnât see people not caring. So itâs a matter of getting the job done. Weâve got three weeks to go and weâre not gonna make the playoffs. Nobody respects us on special teams. The only way to fix that is to go make some plays this week and take people holding their breath when we kick off and make plays and try to change that attitude toward that.â
The Redskins have had a series of issues on special teams this season and surrendered touchdowns on both a kickoff and punt return during last Sundayâs 45-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Tight end Niles Paul, another of the clubâs special teams leaders, said after that defeat that the Redskins are terrible on special teams and have too many players who think theyâre too good to be playing on special teams.
âWe had touchdowns scored on us,â Doughty said Thursday. âLetâs be honest: Any time you lose or something bad happens, itâs back to square one.Â It always is. So had we won that game âŚ [itâs], âOh, we can fix that.â But when you lose, itâs completely our fault. And I agree. We lost that game and [gave up] 2 1/2, almost three special teams touchdowns. But at the same time, I donât think you can do anything but keep working right now to fix that.â
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