First, I must say, I can appreciate Tiller's undying optimism for his team. Deep down, most of us are like him, we are "homers." If the experts project the Skins will go 6-10, we say 9-7 and so on. After reading Tiller's Koolaid drunk editorial about all the"if's" and "potentials," I realized the pessimist, will abstain from partaking and remain skeptical. So in an effort to bring more to the other side, (that the Redskins will be much improved, all the way to the playoffs) I would like to make an observation that is backed up by science and is a theory that has already been proven many times over.
Minus all the additions through FA both in the secondary and WR corps. Let's even assume, Jenkins doesn't return to the Dline and we don't add any quality players to the draft. Doesn't having a new QB that guys respect make everyone play better? I think so. For example, in the fourth quarter, down by 14, every defensive player on the Packers knows, if we get Aaron the ball we still have a chance. How many defensive players do you think fought in the fourth quarter with Beck and Rex on the sideline. How many games did we lose last year by 4 points or less?
Doesn't having a guy at QB who is elevating his game, make others accountable to elevate their game? Remember last year, Cam Newton calling out some players on his team for quitting. If John Beck got up in his locker room and said the same things, what do you think would happen? We could only imagine.
Doesn't having a guy who is a winner, make others want to play for him? Of course it does, we have seen it all around the league and even in the NBA. Guys want to play with guys that win rings. Would we have gotten Garcon without RG3 coming, not sure, but I would say probably not.
Doesn't having a guy at QB who puts in the work, make others want to put in the work? I heard some leader guru say, the people following you will never rise above you in work ethic, time and effort. I would say the same is true of your leaders on the football field. One reason, I am glad they resigned Fletcher. RG3's coach commented favorably on his work ethic.
Doesn't having a guy that is a beast athletically in an environment that is athletic, garner respect? I know RG3 is more than a fast runner, he can throw accurately. But he will stretch drives with his legs. Do you not think the defense will appreciate that?
There is a story about Billy Sunday who played for the Chicago Whitestockings in 1883 as a major league baseball player who was ridiculed by his teammates for being small in stature. He challenged the fastest man on the team to a race, of which he won barefooted and beat his opponent by 15 yards. He was ridiculed no more. He went on to set a record in base stealing (95 bases in a single season) which stood for years until broken by Ty Cobb. Another record was rounding the bases from a standing start in just under fourteen seconds. Rumor later spread that he was the first man to perform an unassisted triple play.
The point is, minus X's and O's, minus the variables, and minus the potential of those we draft, RG3's athletic ability and leadership on the field will elevate the game of the players around him. Heck D-Hall has already referring to RG3 as the prince. How hard do you think D-Hall will play, alongside the prince. We won six games last year, we can win more this year, and I think it will be because they respect the man at QB, period.