An issue that continues to be raised is the lack of talent on the Redskins, now that a number of first-string offensive players are injured. Time after time, this sorry excuse is used to justify why this team struggles.
Please find something else to blame, because it really doesn’t make sense.
The NFL is a collection of the finest football players, period. Every single player in the league has been thoroughly examined and scouted. A player doesn’t just walk off the street and put on a uniform. This league is one of the toughest to get into and even tougher to stay in, so you have to be a player if you are on a roster.
It’s also about player development. There are so many players around the league that weren’t high draft picks but are very successful. It’s all in how you build a team and develop your talent.
Think I’m wrong? Here are a few examples.
Let’s start with Bart Scott, who wasn’t drafted. In 2002, the Ravens picked him up and developed him. Eventually he moved into a starting role.
How about Adam Vinatieri? He’s one of the greatest kickers ever. He came from a school I never heard of--South Dakota State. I know the Redskins have struggled at the kicking position for quite sometime.
Then there’s Steve Smith, the 74th pick for the Panthers in 2001. If he were on the Redskins, I guess we’d be overlooking him too, right?
Let me see, what are his measurements?
Height: 5 ft 9 in. Weight: 185 lbs.
At a glance, those seem comparable to...hmm let’s see who might have similar physical characteristics.
Height: 5 ft 10 in Weight: 205 lb
NFL Draft: 2001 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16
Here’s another, since we have no talent left on offense.
Antonio Gates. Wow, one of the greatest tight ends of this era.
Height: 6 ft 4 in. Weight: 260 lb
Undrafted in 2003. Really, undrafted!
He sounds like someone on our team who I think was drafted. Yes, yes it’s coming to me.
Height 6 ft 4 in Weight: 257 lb
College: Southern California
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 48
Interesting. Davis was a much higher pick than Gates. Moss was taken long before Smith. It would appear that all the work that went into scouting these players would indicate that Moss and Davis were more talented and better prepared for the pros than Smith and Gates.
So everything changed as soon as they became pros? Smith and Gates magically became more talented players in the NFL?
It doesn’t work like that. Those guys were taught and developed and used properly. As time went on and they became veterans of the game, they were able to transition into great NFL playmakers.
It’s the same thing the Redskins could do if they’d wake up and do things right.
There are plenty more examples. So enough with ‘we have no talent’ already. The problem is how guys are being used and ultimately, whether they are being developed.
I think we all know the answer to that.