Do the Redskins Have Talent?
Look, I'm no NFL talent evaluator. If I told you that the Redskins' talent ranked 6th in the NFL, or 28th in the NFL, or 82nd, you wouldn't believe me either way. Maybe the most sensible judgment would be to say that a 10-10 record over the past 20 games indicates middle of the road talent.
Jason La Canfora, a name some of you might recognize, sure hinted that the talent is an issue in his recent Skins piece for NFL.com, writing that "if things are ever going to improve in Washington, the team will have to drastically improve its results in terms of trades, drafting and free-agent efficiency." That, I suppose, speaks to talent.
I asked Mike Sellers the other day how the Skins' talent level compares; "I don't worry about other teams," he said. "I handle what's in our locker room."
But, as many of you have mentioned, other Redskins have said over and over that their talent is above average. Before we get any further into this season, I thought I might as well gather up some of the quotes and stick 'em all in one place.
Greg Blache: "If we didn't have talent, then you'd say, 'Well, there's a talent issue.' We have talent. But in our league, the most talented teams don't always win. The teams that play the best win."
London Fletcher: "If it was a lack of talent, then you'd be like, 'Okay.' That's one of the most frustrating things about the way we've performed thus far this season. It's because we have a lot of talent."
LaRon Landry: "If we don't reach our goals, it will be all of our fault. It's all a mindset. The talent is there."
Albert Haynesworth: "With all this talent, we haven't even scratched the surface. We're really cutting ourselves short and it's kind of ridiculous. If you see this team come together before it's too late, this team could be special. But if we continue to play like individuals, you'll see this team fall apart and continue to go downhill."
Jim Zorn: "We have tremendous talent on this football team....I don't know if it has to do with just overall talent."
Santana Moss: "You wonder why [stuff] ain't working for you. All you can do is scratch your head, man. Yeah, it's true, we have the talent. Yes, you're sitting there saying, 'We should be doing this; we should be doing that.' But 'should be' ain't good enough. You got to go out there and do it."
DeAngelo Hall: "I feel like we definitely have more talent on this team [than last year].... You add pieces that from a talent level, yeah they're better, but getting them to do what you need them to do for this defense to be successful is the task at hand. That's the job, trying to put me in position to make plays or do what I feel like I'm comfortable doing, trying to put Haynesworth, trying to put Orakpo, trying to put guys in positions to make plays is the challenging part on any team that adds big free-agent guys. That's gonna always be the toughest part of the puzzle."
Chris Cooley: "What our offense is, and the talent that we have on our team, if we eliminated the penalties and the mistakes and simple things and just did your job, we would blow teams out. We're that good."
Carlos Rogers: "We've got the tools, we've got the players, we've got everybody to get things done."
Clinton Portis: "I really do think on paper we've got the most talented team in the NFL. It's just putting it together and making it work."
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