In today’s editions, Jason Reid writes about inside linebacker London Fletcher, whose effective leadership has provided stability during difficult times the past four seasons.
One of the NFL’s smartest players, Fletcher is respected for, among many things, his commitment to preparation. He analyzes tape of opponents and the Redskins’ defense daily, “hoping to see something I haven’t seen before,” he said. “Staying in that film room, and understanding the weaknesses and the strengths of our defense, it just helps you to be able to go out there and make plays.”
Beginning his 14th season, Fletcher, 36, says he has not considered retirement, “though you obviously think about the next transition. I love the game, and I want to continue to stay involved, so you think about different ways you can stay in it.”
With his smarts and work ethic, Fletcher would seem to be an ideal coaching candidate. It would probably please Daniel Snyder if Fletcher, the greatest free agent of Snyder’s era as owner, joined the coaching staff after he retires.
It’s a no-brainer, right?
“Well, I’ve actually thought about coaching very little,” Fletcher said. “I have young kids – they’re 4, 3 and 1 – so I don’t want to be away from them. You’ve got to put in the hours when you’re coaching.
“That’s the only way to do it, especially when you’re just starting out. So … I just don’t know about that. But I also know I have a lot to give back to the game. I don’t want to keep it to myself.”