Shaun Alexander, Unleashed?
You know who else the Seattle media is writing about this week? Shaun Alexander. He was the Redskins player chosen by the Seattle media for their visiting player teleconference this week. Let's review Shaun Alexander's D.C. stats: 11 carries for 24 yards. That's fewer rushing yards than Santana Moss has recorded. In one carry.
To his credit, Alexander recognized that he hasn't exactly been the main cog in Washington's offense, and his quotes to the Seattle said as much. "When you're the man, you're the man," Alexander said Wednesday. "And when you're not, you're not." Here's more.
"I was actually surprised that you guys asked me to do the interview because reality has to set in," Alexander said. "That's not my role on this team. Now, do I want it to be more? Of course. Do I think I can take 20 carries now? Well, I think finally last week and this is week was probably the first time I could probably say, yeah, I could take 20 carries and go do some damage. But that's not the role on this team right now.
"And it could change in two or three weeks. It could change this week, but that's not the role right now. Reality is, are you going to be so fired up, are you going to come out there really crazy? I was like, 'I've got one carry last week and I think one carry the week before that,' so what are we talking about?
"So I'll be excited to come to Seattle and see the guys and go eat some food at the Pearl, and I'll be ready to go, and if I get my number called, I'll go out there and try to do great things."
Regardless of his humility regarding his current role, Alexander thinks he could still "do some damage," which is not how many fans have interpreted his Skins debut. Does his coach agree? Sure sounds like it. This was Zorn after the loss to the Cowboys: "We tried to get Shaun in there at the end there too, but he didn't have a chance to really unleash himself on the football field."
Unleash himself? Looking forward to it. If you didn't know, Alexander has already unburdened himself of his life story, in a book he wrote two years ago: Touchdown Alexander: My Story of Faith, Football and Pursuing the Dream. I just read an excerpt, with a youthful Alexander promising to be "the best Shaun I could be--the best Shaun the world has ever seen." Um, hello?
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