A few years back my neighbor told me I should get rid of the pine straw around the base of my trees and use pine nuggets instead. Needless, to say there were a dozen or so comments that came to mind, not of which were appropriate to share with my neighbor. So to be polite, I simply said, "thanks." As I walked away, I thought to myself, the pine straw is the least of my problems. I have shrubs that are foot too high, paint chipping off the mail box and a garage in need of a big sale.
Now, my neighbor says we should consider getting rid of Santana Moss. He shares with me why, and he's talking I just stair at his lips moving, while listening to noise. At the same time, I am thinking, what the heck is he concerned with Santana for, we still need o-line help, linebackers, corners and safeties. Through all the noise, I did make out something that sounded like, he was too old, slow and dropped too many passes. I almost got upset, but then I realized this is not really happening, Santana isn't going anywhere, he's just my neighbor with an opinion.
Get rid of Santana, really. Once I cooled off, I began thinking of things I should have said to him earlier in the day. Nevertheless, I decided I would jot down a few things so as not to forget them the next time we talked:
- Santana is a true Redskin. Tana, AKA the Burner, will always be fondly remembered by Skins fans as the one who burned Jerry Jones during a comeback against Dallas on Monday Night. Isn't that worth keeping him longer?
- BTW, he is only 32 to be exact. His birthday is June 1, 1979. Let's not put the guy in the grave yet.
- Hands a problem? I don't think so. Sure he dropped more passes this year. But in his defense he was going between qb's (Donavan, Beck, Grossman, round and round). That has to be difficult for a rhythm position. On the other hand, I was surprised to even see this as a point, because to me Santana appears to have soft hands, maybe that's just TV.
- A Good QB can make a good receiver, perform better. Interestingly Steve Smith (who happens to be almost the exact age of Santana) of the Carolina Panthers faced the same scrutiny season before last. Yet, when Cam Newton came, Steve Smith came alive. I believe, if we have a QB that can extend plays, Santana and Garcon will be a double threat.
- Someone asked, what does a young receiver not have? Slowness. Yeah maybe, but there is so much more a young receiver doesn't have like experience (in so many scenarios), good route running, and most of all a proven record. Everyone knows that drafting a receiver is a crap shoot. Not so with Santana, maybe he's lost a step, but we know what we get with him. Why in the world would we want to give any other team his experience, leadership and maturity.
- We have provided some lame ass Qb's over the years, and he doesn't whine and complain. He's not a cancer in the locker room. If you told me, we could sign a guy that runs a 4.5 instead of a 4.4, he's a team player, he learns the playbook, and runs good routes, we would all sign today.
- My neighbor also said we should trade Santana cause he could help another team make it to the Superbowl. Who the heck pissed in his Koolaid, the Park Ranger? That's the kind of attitude that says there is no way the Giants win the Superbowl...but they did, and they had a lot of holes. We don't send a guy away to help another team, we keep him so he can help our team.