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Adam Archuleta on Negative People

NFL writers are required to think positively in August (see also: London Fletcher profile I, London Fletcher profile II, and London Fletcher profile III), and so the Chicago-area AP writer is thinking positively about Adam Archuleta:

(By John McDonnell - TWP)

And he's in a scheme that will emphasize his strength -- stopping the run and pressuring the quarterback -- rather than expose his weaknesses in coverage. The Bears won't ask him to cover the top wide receiver. Instead, he'll try to apply pressure, create chaos and control the run. Put simply, he'll be in position to do the things that allowed him to get 15 sacks and 547 tackles during five seasons in St. Louis -- unlike last season in Washington....

"He was made the scapegoat," said the Bears' Mike Brown, who is moving from strong safety to free safety. "When you watch tape and you know the kind of system they were playing and the types of things they put on him, it really wasn't his fault. It's always the new guy they're going to blame. He got paid a whole bunch of money, so he's going to get the brunt of the blame."

I wish Mike Brown had told us whose fault it actually was. And why is he watching Redskins tape, anyhow? But the key moment comes later, when Archuleta discusses lessons learned from last year.

He learned what he can and can't do on the field, but the biggest lesson was this: "I'm allergic to negative people."

Then he smiled.

"I just don't thrive in negative situations," Archuleta said. "That's just not in football. When I'm around a negative person, I can't deal with it. It really shuts me down. Whether that's a friend who's constantly complaining, whether it's a coach who has a negative coaching style, whether it's somebody who's always feeling sorry for themselves -- I just can't deal with it."

As someone well versed in the arts of constant complaining and feeling sorry for oneself, I can't say I sympathize. But again, a question is left unanswered. Here's my guess as to who the so-called "negative person" who ruined AA's time in DC might have been.

1) Gregg Williams: "Arrogant. Thinks he invented the wheel," according to that story last year. Also, frequently talks about "negative yardage plays."

2) Clinton Portis: Remember that Esquire profile by Chris Jones? ""People don't like perfect," he says. "You gotta show that you can still stir s*** up, get some negative pub."

3) Karl Rove: Is blamed for infecting all of Washington with insidious negativity, plus various transmittable diseases.

4) Nunyo Demasio: Yeah, the former WaPo beat writer was gone by last year, but there's here's a damning quote from the past: "If I was known as Mr. Negative at Redskins Park, I think players and coaches would run away when they saw me. Most of them don't:)." Denial is always a suspicious sign.

5) Daniel Snyder: Six Flags. Negative G Force. Think about it.

6) Vinny Cerrato: He has never not done nothing to help this team. That's like a triple negative.

Much more from the Sun-Times.

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 16, 2007; 11:34 AM ET
Categories:  Redskins  
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"who ruined AA's time in DC "

the liberal media

Posted by: onside kick | August 16, 2007 12:14 PM | Report abuse

F negativity.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | August 16, 2007 12:20 PM | Report abuse

LOL. I guess AA was really worried about coaching negativity when he saw the size of that contract offer from The 'Skins last year.

Why didn't someone stop poor Adam from signing that huge deal?

Pay me $30 mill, & you can call me a b***h all day.

Posted by: Preview Submit | August 16, 2007 12:33 PM | Report abuse

"LOL. I guess AA was really worried about coaching negativity when he saw the size of that contract offer from The 'Skins last year."


- Ray

Posted by: Ray | August 16, 2007 12:39 PM | Report abuse

"Please Adam, you really are a good football player. So can you please not miss your next assignment and also hit the guy a little harder? Could ya? Thanks."

Posted by: charlie | August 16, 2007 12:45 PM | Report abuse

I think Landover Mall not being the hub of shopping in PG County might have had something to do with it.

Everybody Hates PG Plaza.

Posted by: | August 16, 2007 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Hey Adam, I'll show you some negativity. You sure sucked something awful last year. See, that's negative? Want some more? Ok. I think you'll suck just as much if not more this year. Yep. That smarts, doesn't it? Well, don't feel too bad--you are just one in a long line of free agents that have stolen Daniel Snyder's money, an admirable calling, no doubt.

Posted by: Geoff | August 16, 2007 2:02 PM | Report abuse

The guy bangs Jennifer Walcott and also wants me to feel sorry for him. Whatever, Adam Archuleta wears glasses, has a pony tail, and spilled paint on his overalls.

Posted by: Skin Patrol | August 16, 2007 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I'm not an Archuleta fan, but can you steal a man's money if he's just dying to give more of it to you than you probably deserve? If so, and you've recently been the "proud" owner of Redskins tickets, gear, etc wouldn't you actually be the dupe from whom Dan Snyder has stolen the money? Or do you consider the product parading on FedEx Field a solid return on your "investment"?

Posted by: SSFSCoWA | August 16, 2007 5:30 PM | Report abuse

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