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Wilbon: Redskins have a lot of reasons to be happy with Jackson signing

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Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon opened Wednesday’s “PTI” on ESPN — the same show during which Wilbon suggested the Capitals trade Alex Ovechkin — by discussing the Redskins’ signing of DeSean Jackson. If you’re a member of Team Who Cares What Wilbon Thinks, you know what you’re getting into, but you may be surprised by what he had to say.

Kornheiser read Robert Griffin III’s cautionary comment about the Jackson signing (“Everyone needs to understand that we haven’t won anything yet”) and then asked Wilbon about the expectations for Griffin and the Redskins following the move.

“Whoa, they’re all lathered up in Washington,” Wilbon said. “They’re winning another offseason championship. They won about five in a row of those in the early aughts. I think this is different. I think the Redskins have a lot of reasons to be happy with this. I would have done this, Tony. I know there are caution signs out there, even from just a football standpoint. RGIII put up one of them. By the way, smart of RGIII, because you know, the last times these things happened in the early aughts, there were no yellow signs, no red signs, no stop signs. People just went right through declaring Super Bowl or bust. RGIII’s not doing that, but there is every reason to look at what the Redskins have done now in this offseason and be thrilled going forward.”

Well then.

“It puts a tremendous amount of pressure on Robert Griffin,” Kornheiser said. “It’s a referendum year on Robert Griffin because they are loaded. They got weaponry, as people like to say. They really do. Now, if he’s the quarterback he was when they were 10-6 and went to the playoffs and he was Rookie of the Year, great. If he’s the quarterback he was when they were 3-13, it’s all going to fall on him one way or another. I would’ve made this move as well, but I’m going to quote Paul Simon, because I do have a certain amount of skepticism. And that’s, ‘A pocketful of mumbles, such are promises, all lies and jest, still a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.’ The Redskins have heard stuff that they want to hear, and they don’t want to hear any more.

“For example, if you are at all worried about DeSean Jackson and his off-the-field activities, and the first picture you see is DeSean Jackson, and DeAngelo Hall, and Pierre Garcon and the rapper Wale at a club late at night, what do you honestly think about that?”

“I think these are young guys who are full of optimism and sometimes themselves, but I don’t read anything into that,” Wilbon said.

Which seems like a reasonable answer.

Scott Allen writes about all things D.C. sports. Follow him on Twitter @ScottSAllen or e-mail him if you’ve got a tip to share.



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Scott Allen · April 4, 2014