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By Mark Solway | October 10th, 2006

Many fans are exasperated by the kicking in Washington. Today the Redskins showed they are quite serious about fixing this problem. The coaches were planning to work out a rather inexperienced kicker today, Nick Novak, and a veteran kicker would have chance at the spot tomorrow, Todd Peterson. Redskin’s faithful will recall Nick Novak from his appearance in burgundy and gold last September. The undrafted free agent stepped up when Hall first began his struggle with the same groin injury he cannot seem to escape this year. Officials appear somewhat impressed as to what he can offer. His performance at Redskins Park today resulted in his signing to the active roster. Derrick Frost took over kick off duties again during the Giants game when a still sore Hall suggested it to the coaching staff. Frost’s performance as a punter seems to dissipate when he plays double duty for kick offs and punts. With the signing of Novak, the special teams unit can rely on Frost solely for punts and thus hope that he returns to the spectacular form we witnessed during the Texans defeat. The Redskin’s organization hopes that signing Novak proves a spark for the kicking game. During week one against the Minnesota Vikings, Hall missed a 48 yard field goal with 17 seconds on the clock, thus ensuring a Vikings victory. During last week’s match up against the Giants, Hall missed again on a 42 yard field goal attempt late in the third quarter. Both games were with in reach when the missed field goals took the wind out of the team’s sails. Sometimes making a change makes things better all around. Maybe signing Nick Novak will be the move that changes the tide. Special teams is not the only portion of the game that needs shaking up but perhaps the change will change karma, chemistry or something else that will move the Redskins forward and give them the momentum they need to go into their bye week with two consecutive…

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