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Dane Randolph on Ralph

Just finished my Jordan Steffy story, which will be put on the Web sometime soon. Throughout the day, I will post interviews I did throughout the week, including the Steffy interview.

We have an online chat at noon. Fire away with questions, please. And I'm on Wash Post Live at 5.

Here is some quotes from an interview I did with offensive lineman Dane Randolph this week about Ralph Friedgen's new role. Randolph was pretty candid.


Randolph:

“One thing Franklin has done is get us to relax. Before, with Coach Friedgen stressed out and everything, it stressed us out as well. Now with Friedgen being able to relax, he jokes around more often.

“One time, Jaimie Thomas was hurt. Coach heard that Thomas had a professional massage and he said I need to get one of those professional massages because I heard it was good. It was one of those things where in the past he would be like I need you to get back in because I need you to play. Now it’s like, Okay I understand everything, just get back as soon as possible. I know the treatment is going great for you. It’s not as, I don’t want to say forceful, but it’s not as commanding as it used to be. It does relieve a lot of stress. He already said he got a lot more done in terms of getting ready for games and we have a pretty in-depth game plan.

“With him yelling, there was a point where it was no longer getting to us, it was past the point of motivation. It was like, ‘Okay, we understand, we understand, we know what you are talking about. Just let us do it. There was a point where he just didn’t get that. Now he does. He is very motivating.

“It’s not that we see his stress all the time. I tried teaching high school team over the summer, not that easy at all. With him yelling and everything, there is a point where it is no longer getting us, past the point of motivation. It’s like, Okay, we understand, we understand, we know what you are talking about. Just let us do it. There was a point where he just didn’t get that. Now he does. He is very motivating. Coach Franklin is very motivating.

“After we scrimmage, they show us good and bad plays. They say these plays are the differences in the game. If you caught that ball, that would have been a great play, 20 yard carry. He will show plays where we have done that and say that is what you need to do. And we need to do it all the time.

“He will usually have one or two of us in his office probably every other day, talk to us one on one. He talked to me once I had a bad practice. He said, ‘You’re one of the guys I am depending on.’ Have a great practice to teach the younger guys how to have a great practice. Last year he probably would not have been able to do that, have the time to do it.

“He became very impatient, with us and with the coaches as well [the past two seasons]. He is at the top of the totem poll. His stress goes down to everyone else. You can definitely see a difference. When he is having a good day, we’re all having a good day. When he is having a bad day, we’re all having a bad day. With him not being in a role where he has to control everything, he has allowed to actually calm down, give his input and do what he needs to do.”

By Eric Prisbell  |  August 29, 2008; 10:55 AM ET
Categories:  Football  | Tags: Dane Randolph  
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Good for Ralph. Great leaders and teachers recognize their weaknesses and change.

Posted by: virtueandvice | August 29, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

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