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Rich Bisaccia Offers Special Pedigree

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on January 3, 2014 – 5:33 pm



The Redskins know firsthand how well Dallas played on special teams this season.

On Friday, Washington interviewed the man in charge of the unit to be the 29th head coach of the franchise.

Rich Bisaccia directed a group that ranked fourth in the NFL In kick return average (25.5 yards per return) and fifth in punt return average (12.5 yards per return). Dallas held opponents to 20.8 yards per kick return, tied for the sixth lowest average in the league, and did not allow a touchdown on a kick or punt return.

The Cowboys ranked fourth in field goal percentage, successfully converting 93 percent of their attempts. They did not allow a blocked punt or kick during the season.

Special teams tormented the Redskins in both games against the Cowboys in 2013.

On Oct. 13, Dwayne Harris returned a punt 86 yards for a touchdown and added a 90-yard kickoff return. Harris sat out with an injury on Dec.22, but Micheal Spurlock picked up the slack with a 62-yard punt return that set up a Cowboys touchdown.

In his season wrap-up, ESPN NFL Nation Cowboys reporter Todd Archer gave the special teams a B+, as high a grade as any position group on the team.


Before arriving in Dallas, Bisaccia was the special teams coach in San Diego for two seasons, adding assistant head coach to his title in 2012.

In nine years with the Tampa Bay Bucccaneers, Bisaccia coached special teams, worked with running backs and earned an associate head coach title.

When Dallas hired Bisaccia, Jason Garrett called him one of the “premier” special teams coaches in this league.

“He’s one of these guys who just has an infectious personality, and I think that’s a really important trait for all coaches,” Garrett said in February.

“The players play as hard for him as I’ve ever seen any players play for any coach.”

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17 Responses to “Rich Bisaccia Offers Special Pedigree”

  1. By chris hunter on Jan 3, 2014 | Reply

    This team needs a defensive coach. Leadership, of course, is paramount. The skins have enough offensive talent to score points in any system, the defense needs a Carolina Panther like makeover. Two seasons ago, panthers’ defense was pathetic with Newton and now all of the sudden he’s the second coming. With the depleted offensive line and no true safties, a premiere middle linebacker, it looks like the NFL got want they wanted; a pitiful team in DC. Nfl sucks, GO SKINS!!

  2. By voodoovos on Jan 3, 2014 | Reply

    Who on earth is this man? Redskins head coach? I have to say I have no clue who this human being is?

  3. By Ronald Fisher on Jan 3, 2014 | Reply

    I don’t care if he coaches special teams or offense or defense! We need a leader of men. Ready for battle and credible enough to get the entire team to run through a wall for him. We haven’t had that kind of head coach since George Allen. Coach Gibbs had players who garnered that kind of enthusiasm.

  4. By Brian on Jan 4, 2014 | Reply

    @chris hunter: Do a little research on Bisaccia and see what a lot of former players and coaches have to say about Rich. Not to mention the success he has had at every stop. He was also strongly considered for the Tampa HC job when Gruden left. You may come away impressed. And as far as desiring a defensive minded coach….consider this, ST coaches have to be a little defensive AND offensive minded. Don’t sell this candidate short, he just may be what we need.

  5. By lwill4 on Jan 4, 2014 | Reply

    Please hire a head coach A S A P


  6. By Mike on Jan 5, 2014 | Reply

    Here is a nice write up on the guy!! I like the idea of bringing him in..


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