Some Redskins players critique their own interviews

September 25, 2013
(John McDonnell/The Washington Post)
(John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

During my chat with Nick Barnett last week, he said that the last website he visited was the Redskins’ team site.

“I like to look at the guys’ interviews, see what they’re saying,” he explained. “See what type of team spirit we got. I do it after every game.”

Barnett said he also watches his own interviews to make himself better on camera.

“I do critique the way I respond to questions,” he said. “Not how I look, but my mannerisms. I like to think that possibly there might be a chance to do television when I’m done. If not, it’s fine. But I like to think about it.”

Cornerback E.J. Biggers also critiques his own interviews.

“Yeah, you have to,” he said. “That’s with anything you do,  you have to take a second look at it and see how you did and what you can do better. Some things you say, you’re like, ‘Dang, I wish I would have said that better,’ or, ‘I meant to say this.’ I kinda listen to some guys to see what they’re talking about or see who talks well. I try to learn by watching them.”

Other players don’t bother. Niles Paul told me he doesn’t think twice about his interviews. And Alfred Morris doesn’t either, but only because it makes him uncomfortable.

“If anything, in my head I’ll be like, ‘Aw, I could have said it this way instead of that way.’ But I never watch my interviews. I hate hearing myself talk,” the running back said. “Usually my auntie or my relatives keep up with my stuff and they’ll call me and tell me I did a good job. There was one interview I remember in college, it was after the first game in our new stadium my senior year. We lost that game and I was really upset and I showed it in my interview. My mom called me and she was like, ‘You can’t show your emotions like that. You gotta gather yourself before.’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, I know, mom.’ That was one of the only times I had someone say anything negative about an interview. I was just so upset that day. I didn’t want to talk at all.”

Morris has gotten used to doing interviews, thanks to a healthy amount of media coverage in high school. He says there’s a difference between Casual Morris and Interview Morris.

“You gotta find the difference,” he said. “Like, you’re not at home talking to your homeboys. This is going to be on TV. You gotta have your business voice and you gotta have your laid-back voice.”

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