RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Washington Redskins' new special teams coach flew more than 1,000 combat missions as a helicopter pilot during the Iraq War.
Ken Kotwica is using some of his military background to help organize and inspire the Redskins special teams units, which were the worst in the league last year.
At his first meeting with the team in the spring, Kotwica invited players to join his ''special forces.'' Robert Griffin III said he was so inspired he was ready to join the kickoff team.
But Kotwica says the parallels between war and football are ''exacerbated.'' He's averse to words like ''battle'' and ''war'' to describe a game.
---
AP NFL websites: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL

Recent NFL Discussions

Advertisement

Top NFL Public Bets

Advertisement

NFL Top Stories

Thumbnail Cowboys vs. Giants Pick Is the total in this Sunday Night Football's matchup between the Cowboys and Giants set too high for the 8:30PM ET kickoff?
Thumbnail Falcons vs. Rams Pick Will the under cash on Sunday when the Rams host the banged-up Falcons at 4:25PM ET?
Thumbnail Saints vs. Bucs Pick Will the Saints and Bucs rack up enough points to push the combined score over the betting today on Sunday at 4:25PM ET?
Thumbnail Seahawks vs. Packers Pick Will the Seattle Seahawksbe able to hold the surging Green Bay Packers’offense in check when the two NFC powers meet up this Sunday at 4:25PM ET?
Thumbnail Redskins vs. Eagles Pick Can the Washington Redskinsfind themselves in another high-scoring battle when they face the Philadelphia Eagles...

NFL Team Pages