Dexter Manley remains optimistic
Amid the crush of pessimistic radio transcriptions featuring former Redskins greats, let me present something dramatically different: an optimistic radio transcription featuring a former Redskins great. It's Dexter Manley, appearing on Friday's Sports Fix on ESPN 980, with hope springing eternal out of his ear lobes.
"Well, I will say that I think the Washington Redskins have a great, historical tradition with the fan base, and I'm really, really optimistic," Manley said, making him somewhat of a minority this week. "You know, we're 2-4 right now, I think we can turn it around...You know, it's sort of a mess, but I think with Sherman Lewis calling the plays, there's no question that the system wasn't working. You know, it's like a person in recovery: if you think you're gonna keep drinking and you're gonna get a different result, then there's something wrong with you, you're delusional. You've got to be able to change something. I think a change was necessary, but I will say this, this is one thing that Certified Building Services knows, they know how to execute."
Wait, what? Oh, Manley is doing some sort of work for Certified Building Services. I wish Vinny Cerrato would work in promos like that during his rants about the media. "I will say this, the media likes to twist my words, but there's nothing improper about the twisting that goes on at Old Towne Dance Studios."
Anyhow, Manley was asked if he's ever seen the populace in such an angry state of mind, and he said no, he hasn't.
"And I don't think it's really warranted," he said. "You know, I walk around this community, and that's all they talk....I can assure you this, I think that it could be warranted, but I don't think Snyder should take all the brunt for this here. I hear people saying, it starts at the top. This guy wrote paycheck after paycheck, so he has entrusted some of his lieutenants to sort of give him the information. I'm not so sure they gave him the correct information. But I feel the Redskins [fans], it's a great tradition here, and they want to win. They're desperate. It's a football town, and they want to win. And they have a right to win, because it's a great football town."
Kevin Sheehan asked what advice he'd have for Daniel Snyder if asked; "Well first of all, I'd wave the white flag for Dan, ask him to surrender, just keep writing the checks and remove himself, step back a little bit," Manley said.
"But I know it's hard to do that when you're the owner. You own the team, you own the players now, you own the locker room, how do you tell me to step back?....I would get me a general manager, I wouldn't get someone who [says] they had some success at certain levels in football, I'd get someone who really knows Xs and Os, who's very insightful, who can go out and recruit players and evaluate them. Whatever type of offense I'm running, I'd bring those kind of players in. The defense I'm running, I'd do that kind of thing. But most importantly, I would have to ask Dan to keep writing the checks, and then slip me a few dollars on the side. If Sherman Lewis can come back after four years, I promise you this: give me a shot Dan. I can come out. I guarantee you I'd get you three sacks. Give me a shot."
The man can still talk, give him that. He also offered thoughts on two specific defensive players.
Brian Orakpo: "You have to be relentless to get to the quarterback, and I think they have a guy who can be that way, but they keep putting him at linebacker. You know, once you move a guy away from the ball, closer to the ball, he's not as effective, but I think Brian Orakpo can really be something special if Greg Blache decides to keep the guy in a three-point stance, keep him coming....
"Coach Zorn is out there every day so I'm gonna ride with him, but from afar, sitting back, I think that this guy could be much more effective and help their team, keeping [the pressure] coming, [by] putting him in the three-point stance versus trying to have him cover some [tight end]. He takes him out of his game and he doesn't help the football team that way. You help the football team keeping that guy coming, keying on that quarterback."
(Zorn was asked about this on ESPN 980 earlier in the week; "I think he's doing a heck of a job learning that strong side linebacker position, and he's really been effective there too," he said. "On the pass rush side, he's REALLY effective, but we're not gonna pass rush every time....[In the run game] double teams will engulf him, so I think we're doing the right thing....There's very few games I think that have been impacted with him in a negative sense in the secondary. But again, on first and second down, if you double-teamed him, as light as he is, he'd be courageous, but he won't be in a pass rush mode, he'll be in a run stop mode. And how effective will he be at that point of attack?")
Albert Haynesworth: "Oh boy, you did have to ask me that," Manley said. "What do I think? I think this. The Redskins' front four, they have all the ingredients. They have speed, power, but they have to execute, they haven't been able to be consistent with this. Now Haynesworth, when he got here, I know he probably likes Reggie White, but he doesn't play like Reggie White. This guy runs off the field, comes on the field. Greg Blache's supposed to be tough, he needs to be real tough.
"He's a guy 6-7, 350, talking about his stomach hurt and he goes to sit on the sideline for a few [plays]? I watched the game, it seems like every play, the guy's running off the field, they're carrying him off the field. Should he be 350? He does look like he's trimming down. He could be more dominant probably if he was 325."
Last radio transcription of the week. Seriously.
October 23, 2009; 3:14 PM ET
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