Marcus Mason says Skins are Yankees of NFL
Forever prospect Marcus Mason, cut for the third time by the Redskins, went on The Junkies Wednesday morning to discuss his former team. He was clearly unhappy to be out of a job, but while he was honest about his experience, he had lots of good things to say about the locker room.
For example, he never caved from the party line that the Redskins have way too much talent to be a struggling 2-4, which increasingly seems implausible to the fanbase and media. Here's Mason's take:
"It cannot be the lack of talent, because on paper, these guys are the Yankees of football," Mason said. "They have so many nicknamed players. It's just the little things. Coach Sherman Smith, he told everybody that the minor things are major in the NFL. So yeah, you missed a block, but that missed block can turn into a sack, that sack can turn into a fumble, that fumble can turn into a touchdown. Little things like that, it just piles up. It's just executing the plays, that's the only problem right now."
Well, when the starting running back says the team has the most talent in football, it's only natural that his backup would describe the team as the Yankees. On his next answer, though, Mason finally strayed from the party line. He was asked whether he thought things would get better or worse for this team, this season.
"Just looking at the caliber of teams that they already played and then their upcoming next five weeks, you know, I don't know," he said. "I hope it goes well for them."
More interesting things from Mason, who said he got the call telling him he was cut not from Jim Zorn, Daniel Snyder or Vinny Cerrato, but from director of pro personnel Morocco Brown:
On Sellers and Portis fighting: "Really, it wasn't even like that. It was not like that at all. The team chemistry, it REALLY is the best. It's just not clicking right now, not putting all the pieces together."
On being cut again: "I mean, I've been with the team three times, and I've been cut three times by them. So at some point, it's like, you know what people say in domestic violence. You're in a violent relationship, why does the woman always go back?"
On the reasoning: "Pretty much it's just not understanding fully with the plays. You know, they change up plays so often, like all the time. They're changing the route, so when you get in the game, you get all this going and you're thinking, and then you wind up running the wrong way or something. They pretty much told me that they have to bring in a guy that can be trusted on special teams as well, and obviously they have to bring in an offensive lineman."
On the season: It was like a rollercoaster ride. I was told that if Clinton Portis went down that I'd be the starting running back, and then at times I was told that it's the NFL and that stands for not for long, so I was being told a lot of different things. It's a difficult playbook, as a young guy, I'm getting my first carries, anxiety's going and everything, so things didn't really go right. But I'm pretty sure that the way they're looking at it I was the reason for them being 2-4."
He was joking with that last bit.
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