While there may have been some knee-jerk “cut him” sentiments among fans after the Josh Morgan penalty, I haven’t seen too many people seriously advocating for that punishment since Sunday’s loss. He signed a long-term contract with the Redskins in free agency, and has been a big part of Mike Shanahan’s offensive plan. He’s also due a reported $2 million in fully guaranteed money.
None of that matters to Rodney Harrison. The former safety and current NBC analyst called in to The Fix on ESPN 980, and took a minute to address the Morgan debacle.
“I would cut him,” he said emphatically when asked what he would do. “And what better message does that send your team, to your young players? What better message? And, trust me, Josh Morgan, I don’t have anything personally against him. But I’m looking at the message that it sends to your team.
“I don’t care about the 2 million bucks,” Harrison continued. “Do you think the Washington Redskins, as much money as they paid the players over the course of years, old guys that couldn’t even play, made them multi-millionaires, you think they care about 2 million bucks? I’m more concerned about the statement that it makes.
“Hey, that’s just my opinion, and people may say I’m wrong. But I’ve talked to coaches, I’ve called coaches, general managers, and said, ‘What do you think about this situation?’ Because I was curious. I didn’t know if I was too far left or too far right. But my heart, it is what it is. I would cut him if I was the coach.”
I think it’s safe to say that we should all be grateful that Harrison doesn’t make personnel decisions for the Redskins.
Harrison didn’t mention which coaches and general managers he talked to and didn’t reveal what they said, but I would be very surprised if any of them actually admitted that they would cut a key player with guaranteed money over a foolish penalty in a chaotic game.
For the record, it looks like our Bog readers would agree. This morning’s “blunder poll” has Josh Morgan dead last of the four knucklehead plays we offered. Gus Frerotte keeps the crown for now.