Reactions to LaRon Landry
After the loss to the Saints, fingers were pointed primarily in two directions: at Shaun Suisham, and at LaRon Landry. Suisham is gone, having been unceremoniously left on the curb during this journey toward Disappointmentville.
"I know he'll just be upset," Coach Jim Zorn said during his weekly ESPN 980 appearance. "Yet there's an accountability there. We'll all end up being accountable for our season, no question about it."
That leaves LaRon Landry, who was the subject of much finger-pointing himself, both for giving up the two long touchdowns on double moves, and for enthusiastically celebrating many of his own efforts during the loss. Zorn, though, gave a flat "no" on Tuesday when asked whether Landry might be benched. Here are an assortment of reactions to Landry's performance.
Larry Michael, Redskins Nation: "LaRon's got a lot of talent, ok? LaRon's just got to calm down a little bit I think. I think some of his antics at times rub people the wrong way, but he's got a ton of talent and I love the way he plays the game."
Brian Mitchell, CSN's Postgame Live: "You know, I'm taken back to a few weeks ago when I heard the defense say when you hold a team to seven points, you're supposed to win. Well, today the secondary did not play very well. They gave up big plays when they had to stop the Saints. The game was lost in the play of the secondary."
Trevor Matich, CSN's Postgame Live: "And you know, I'll go even more specific, and I'll go to No. 30, LaRon Landry. In the second quarter he was burned on a double move that targeted him for a long touchdown pass. In the fourth quarter he was burned on a double move that targeted him for a long touchdown pass."
Jim Zorn, ESPN 980: "No [he won't be benched]. I think getting beat in that situation for us, I guess I would say that's a bad deal, ok, no question about it. LaRon knows it as well. But he has done, he has had a tremendous year, and unfortunately those things glare, juts like missing a filed goal. Yet I just put a lot of weight on LaRon as far as regrouping, regaining that edge. He's the one that created that sack...one of the only sacks we had of the day. It was a great blitz. He also had some breakups. He had that big pass breakup."
Landry, locker room: "I've got a 24-hour rule. Within 24 hours I start looking for something else, looking at your next opponent. You can't dwell upon this. I mean, if you live in the past, you'll stay down and frustrated the whole time. The whole season would be bad. If that's the case, you'd be down the whole time."
Joe Theismann, ESPN 980: "This football team has holes and one is at the free safety position. LaRon Landry should be nowhere other than 8 to 10 yards from the line of scrimmage. Twice [Sunday] he got burned because he bit up a little bit on a pump fake. He's not a free safety. It's not a place where he's comfortable. It's not a place where he's most efficient. And I'm gonna guess that somewhere through the course of these next four football games you will not see him in a position to have people do that to him. You take away those two plays from his game yesterday and it was as fine a football game as we've seen [Landry play]."
Zorn: "Well, we might move him around, I don't think wholesale. I mean, just like we blitzed him, and just like he's playing free safety, and actually knocking balls down, actually making tackles, everybody would love that, and we get a lot of that. Nobody likes--and he doesn't either--it's really the double move that has been his nemesis. It was really the same play, he got beat on both sides, but we're gonna stick with him, no question."
Matich: "To me it's an A-minus for all the defense but LaRon Landry, who gets an F-minus for giving up those two double moves."
Michael: "[Reads a question about benching Landry.] You can watch LaRon Landry's play in the ballgame, he plays with a lot of intensity. I don't think you want to change the way he plays the game. He plays it the way it's supposed to be played. He wants to take your head off, all right, and that's what the game's all about. It's a violent game, pro football. His positioning on those double moves, however, means this is a pretty good question from David. What do you do when someone continually gets burned on the same type of play? I think he's too good to be benched, but what do you do to straighten him out?"
Matt Terl, to Michael: "I don't think the actual point of the game of football is to take someone's head off. I might be wrong about that."
Jerry Gray, Postgame Live: "You get two big plays that you're not disciplined on....You've got to be disciplined enough to not let them get over the top. They hit us on those two plays, which you shouldn't be able to do. And if you're just playing disciplined defense, you'll win this game."
Theismann: As far as LaRon goes, he is not a free safety. They moved him to free safety because he has the ability to go sideline to sideline, but if somebody makes a move, he's going to jump it. It's what he does instinctively. He is not good going backwards....I don't think Greg [Blache] is going to put him in that situation again....This is new to him. This is a new position to him. It's the same thing with all the young receivers, with Fred and Devin and Malcolm. Everybody wants instant results in this business, and it doesn't happen that way. It takes a while to build a team, to put the pieces in."
Michael: "I mean, the showboating, you're entitled to showboat if you win. I think it's kind of shallow if you showboat and the scoreboard says you didn't win."
Zorn: "I just think it's misused. I love the emotion of the game, I like our guys getting fired up. I think we need to look around and see what actually did happen. Yeah, I would rather guys just go and play, but there's very little that players can do today. We've taken away some of the celebrations in the end zone, we've taken away a lot of the choreography that players come up with, and so there's very little times when a player can really show his emotion or his excitement, and you don't want to stifle that either."
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