Darrell Green on the Secondary and the Playoffs
As long as I had Darrell Green on the phone to talk about the Hall of Fame and his Twitter explosion, I figured I should ask him about the Redskins. He's optimistic. That, after all, is why August was invented.
"I have a personally good feeling about this," he told me. "I was telling Dan Snyder the other day, I have a good feeling about this season, because it think that Jim Zorn, like it or not, was a rookie head coach last season. And rookies make mistakes, whether players or coaches. I made the Pro Bowl my second year. That makes sense....If you're gonna be something, then that second year we should see some incredible signs of that.
"So I think that with his leadership and the maturity and maturation of the offense, this team, it is not a stretch to put us at an NFC home-field playoff situation. That should be our situation, period. I expect it, and I soberly anticipate that. I don't think I'm stretching it in any way. I'm just saying it matter-of-factly. This defense should be a top 3, 4, 5 defense, and with this team, this leadership, it should be a home-field advantage type of playoff position team. That's what I see. That's what I anticipate. I'm not gonna get weird about it, it just is what it is, and hopefully it'll transpire."
I'll take the under, but it's nice to hear some optimism. A few thoughts from Green about the headliners of the Skins' secondary:
DeAngelo Hall: "With Hall in the saddle with a fresh start, he's kind of looking for something to prove, having played in Atlanta for many years and being somewhat rejected from the Raiders. Hopefully he has a level of humility and a level of hunger from that standpoint. Hopefully he'll have a burning in his stomach."
Carlos Rogers: "I don't think he has really played up to being a top 10 pick yet, but he showed us last year that the potential is there, and we should benefit from the fact that his contract is up. He showed it to himself and to all of us that it's in him. Human nature can come into play, and that should be a very positive. That comment is not a comment on Carlos Rogers; it's a fact, it's a fact of life. From the organization's vantage point, this is the reality that we should anticipate. With where he is, what he's done last year, where his contract stands and what we need, we should be getting the best out of Carlos Rogers, and I anticipate that we will. I think that we will. Time has put everything in place."
Fred Smoot: "Fred is Fred. He can be a utility player that if he has to play, has to start, has to nickel, whatever. He should be mature and capable enough to do whatever."
Justin Tryon: "Just to toot my own horn for just a second, for six weeks I trained Justin Tryon, and I'm gonna say that Justin Tryon, if he's given the chance, he's a starter in 2009, 2010 or whenever the opportunity comes. He is definitely qualified to be a starter in the National Football League. I'm putting my reputation on that, after being with him for six weeks, seeing what I've seen from him. Hopefully he'll have his chance and be a Redskin for a long time."
LaRon Landry: "Obviously, LaRon, he just does what he does."
Chris Horton: "Horton was the kid who came out of nowhere and it'll be very important for him not to have a slump in his sophomore year, to really prove that he is an NFL player."
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