Doughty replacing Horton at safety for Skins

October, 1, 2009
10/01/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley


Redskins defensive coordinator Greg Blache announced Thursday that strong safety Reed Doughty will replace Chris Horton as the starter in Sunday's game against the Bucs. Horton, a former seventh-round pick out of UCLA, surprised everyone in '08 when he forced his way into the starting lineup by making some big plays early in the season.

Horton was called for pass interference in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss in Detroit, and Blache admitted that the play factored into his decision.

"Reed's actually played better the last couple of weeks," Blache said. "And Chris has struggled a little bit. He had a play last week with bad eyes; we got a big interference call. He had an incident the week before where it was not a good fit. And it's not that we're down on him, but the fact that you have a guy in Reed that's so close to him, gives him an opportunity, gives Chris a chance to catch his breath, refocus and come back strong."

I'm sure Horton's not thrilled about "catching his breath," but the Redskins are looking for a spark right now. If Blache thinks Doughty's playing better at this point in the season, then by all means start him.

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