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Reed Doughty: ‘Nobody respects us on special teams’

Safety Reed Doughty said Thursday that “nobody respects” the special teams of the Washington Redskins at the moment.

“I can’t tell what other people’s feelings are,” said Doughty, the Redskins’ special teams captain. “So I can’t tell if they feel like they don’t want to be on special teams. What I do know is that watching the film last week, I didn’t think it was an effort thing. I didn’t see people not caring. So it’s a matter of getting the job done. We’ve got three weeks to go and we’re 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.”

Reed Doughty says the Redskins can only go out and give effort over their final three games on special teams. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

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 Sunday’s 45-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Tight end Niles Paul, another of the club’s special teams leaders, said after that defeat that the Redskins are terrible on special teams and have too many players who think they’re too good to be playing on special teams.

“We had touchdowns scored on us,” Doughty said Thursday. “Let’s be honest: Any time you lose or something bad happens, it’s back to square one.  It always is. So had we won that game … [it’s], ‘Oh, we can fix that.’ But when you lose, it’s 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 don’t think you can do anything but keep working right now to fix that.”

Have a Redskins question? E-mail Mike Jones at with the subject line “Mailbag question” for him to answer it in The Mailbag on Tuesdays.

What’s ahead:

●  The Redskins practice at 11:50 a.m. on Friday.

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Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.



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Mark Maske · December 12, 2013