Willie Parker: "It's time for new and bigger things"
Willie Parker had a pretty short tenure as the Redskins' newest big-name offensive addition. I mean, the dude didn't even get one full weekday to enjoy those spoils. Plus, with McNabb and Johnson to choose from, it's gonna be tough to move a lot of Parker burgundy and gold jerseys for a while.
Anyhow, Parker was on 106.7 Friday evening to discuss signing with the Skins, and in the course of the interview he talked about the strengths of Washington's three big-name backs.
"We all have different styles of running," Parker said. "Clinton Portis, he's a great pass protector. That's something I always admired him about. And L.J. is a hard runner. And the way I run the ball is totally different. I'm more of like a seam runner, like a change-of-pace style running back. So with those guys on my side, man, I only can get better, be a better pass protector and be a harder runner, and I think that'll benefit the team. You've got to go back and just think about what it'll do for the Washington Redskins."
"Clinton Portis is a great pass protector," huh? Dude also has a lot more rushing yards than the other two men. Chris Russell asked Parker about having a chance to win the starting role, and the back said that was "real important."
"Being a running back in the NFL, you're motivated pretty much...to be a star running back for a great organization," he said. "And I think me coming to Washington with Clinton Portis and with Larry Johnson, two great running backs, I mean, it's only gonna better myself and better them also with this competition....
"The only reason why you play this game is to win a championship, and that's what we've got to do. I mean, I'm in a different colored jersey now, and I'm definitely gonna bring that excitement and joy to the team."
Parker said the injuries that have dogged him the past two years were not because of his advancing age, but rather because he had changed his offseason routine.
"I kind of went back to that this offseason, working out with my trainer, getting my body back right," he said. "And that's the thing that I got away from and I ended up injured and not playing as much, not taking the load, not getting the bulk of the carries in Pittsburgh. But I'm back, my body is healthy, and I'm back to 100 percent and I'm just ready for whatever lies ahead of me. I got kind of on track this offseason and kind of woke up and pretty much told myself I can't take it for granted."
And like everyone else in the universe, Parker said he's always admired the offensive scheme of Mike Shanahan.
"I'm a zone runner, I love the zone play," he said. "That's where I get the bulk of my yards. People always look at me as a slasher, that I get my yards outside. Pretty much the zone play, you can set up outside plays with that play, so I love that. I love his scheme. And when we had our talk a couple weeks back I told him I love his scheme, I love what he brings to the table, and hopefully we can get something worked out, and I'm glad we did.
"Because that's just the way I run the ball, I can pick and choose, pick my own holes and choose. There's no right or wrong way to run the ball, so pretty much I love to pick and choose and I'm that type of runner."
Before Parker left, he was asked whether he'll bring his Super Bowl rings to D.C.
"That stays back," he said. "That's not going to Washington. It's time for new things, new and bigger things."
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