Open thread: Losing Kehl, Sundberg hurts. But how much?

Open thread: Losing Kehl, Sundberg hurts. But how much?
October 15, 2013, 6:15 am
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Although neither Bryan Kehl nor Nick Sundberg find themselves in the headlines on a regular basis, both are important players for the Redskins and will be missed now that they’re sidelined with knee injuries.

But how much will they be missed? More than you'd think, I suspect.

Kehl is arguably the Redskins’ best player on special teams, leading the coverage units in tackles with five. Now the unit is down Kehl and Lorenzo Alexander, who left in the offseason via free agency. (Jerome Murphy ranks second behind Kehl with three tackles.)

It could be a devastating blow for a unit that’s already struggling. In fact, the Redskins rank 28th in kickoff coverage and dead last in punt coverage.

Sundberg is also a big blow. One of the most reliable long snappers in the game, he’s one-third of the field goal operation. Sure, they’ll go out and sign another snapper, perhaps as soon as today. But timing and rhythm take days, if not weeks, to develop. Forbath's missed 48-yarder against Dallas was, in part, the result of a snap (from Will Montgomery) that arrived a split second later than Sundberg's.

How concerned are you about these losses? As I said up top, Kehl and Sundberg aren’t headliners. But I think it’s possible their absence is going to be felt—and not in a good way.