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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