Redskins hire Jets special teams coach Ben Kotwica [updated]

Update, 2:55 p.m.:

The Washington Redskins confirmed that they have hired Ben Kotwica as their special teams coach.

Kotwica interviewed with the team on Wednesday and takes over for Keith Burns, who was fired along with Mike Shanahan.

Original post, 11:35 a.m.:

The Washington Redskins hosted New York Jets special teams coach Ben Kotwica on Wednesday for an interview for a potential position on Jay Gruden’s coaching staff, a person with knowledge of the situation said.

Ben Kotwicka
Ben Kotwicka, center, coached special teams for the Jets this season. (Associated Press)

Kotwica just completed his first season as the Jets’ special teams coordinator. He was promoted to special teams coordinator in January of 2013 after he spent six seasons on the staff as a quality control assistant working with special teams and defense.

Kotwica’s contract with New York has expired, and although the Jets have extended him an offer, he has received permission to interview with other teams.

Kotwica, who served in the Army and piloted an Apache attack helicopter in Iraq, interviewed for Army’s head coaching position last month, but didn’t get the job.

The New York Daily News on Tuesday evening reported the Redskins had interviewed Kotwica for the position. A person with knowledge of the situation said that Kotwica was at Redskins Park on Wednesday to interview with Gruden.

The Jets last season ranked among the top 10 in the NFL in kickoff return yards  and 17th on kickoff coverage. Washington is coming off of a disaster of a season on special teams, ranking among the worst in the league both on kickoff and punt coverage.

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Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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