10 years ago, had you asked me, "what will make the Redskins better? I might have answered, some talent. Well, after several years and much of Snyder's money we realized that didn't work. Fast forward to 2009 and asking the same question, I would have answered, O-line, O-line (in case you didn't hear me.) Just before this year's draft, you turn to me and say, "what should we do?" I would have said, trade up and out of Rexville, please. Just pick between Bob and Drew and get us the heck out of here.
Yet, after reading an excerpt from Redskins Training Camp: Observations from day 4 (Mike Jones of the Washington Post Insider) it occurred to me what is sure to bring change to a losing culture, is not bodies. Not 800 page playbooks. Not money (although that helps, if used wisely), but rather, Humble-Talent.
After driving his team downfield, Griffin lined up at the 10-yard line, and completed a pass to Chris Cooley, who turned and got to the 1, but fumbled. Linebacker Bryan Kehl scooped up the ball and went the distance of the field ... almost. Griffin ran Kehl down and shoved him out of bounds around the 5-yard line to save a touchdown.
Talent-only, makes flashy plays, but also says, "my contract prohibits me from running 95 yards after a defender, during training camp." Talent-only, improves the team, but can also destroy the locker room. Talent-only, can even win games, but off the field problems cost you the season.
Humble-only, makes an effort, but never catches the defender before he scores. Humble-only, says, "let's focus on the things we did well," all the while, sucking. Humble-only, can be a friend to the community, while becoming an enemy of fans.
But Humble Talent...that's some heavy stuff. When a QB drafted #2 overall, who has already earned a starting position, races 95 yards after a defender, who recovered a fumble that wasn't his, to defend the score, during training camp, you have Humble Talent. He inspired me to write this post, imagine what that kind of display does for the players. Humility is what everyone looks for in a leader and talent is what everyone looks for in a football player. Put them together, and you have a damn good QB that will make our team better!