John Madden Calls RG3 Benching Baloney
When Madden calls something baloney, you know it is serious business. Here is what he had to say about RG3 and the Redskins courtesy of DC Sports Blog.
“I mean, you know it’s baloney,” he said, his strongest words on the topic. “I like Mike Shanahan, and I’m not talking behind his back, but when you say something like that, you know that’s not right — you’re not going to sacrifice regular season games. There’s only 16 of them a year. You’re not going to sacrifice regular season games for an offseason program. I know that part of it was he wasn’t healthy last offseason and that really hurt him, so it would be good if he were healthy this offseason. I believe that. There’s some truth to that.
“But his playing is going to to help him,” Madden continued. “He needs experience, he needs snaps, he needs reps, he needs to get his confidence back. And if it’s a problem of taking too many sacks and too many hits then BLOCK BETTER for him. Get some better blockers, get a better scheme, go an extra lineman sometimes, go an extra tight end, chip a good pass rusher, do SOMETHING to help him other than to shut him down. Where did shut him down ever come up in football? I never heard shut him down. I mean, that was a baseball thing — a pitch count, he’s thrown so many, now we’re going to shut him down. I’ve never heard of a football player ever being shut down. Now if he’s hurt, that’s a different story. If he’s hurt and can’t play, then we’re talking about a different ballgame here.”
“You have so many parts to that, and I think it probably all starts off with the record,” Madden said. “I’ve always said winning’s the great deodorant, and conversely, when you have a bad record, everything stinks, and everything starts to unravel, and everything falls apart. You know, you never hear oh they have a great locker roomwhen they’re 3-10. When they’re 3-10 you have a coach problem, you have an owner problem, you have a quarterback problem, you have a defensive problem, you have all the problems, and that’s what the Redskins are going through right now.
“I think it’s a dysfunctional group,”
I honestly can’t find anything I disagree with in those statements, can you? I have said from the beginning, losing is what causes the narrative to change, more than anything else.
We will see what Kirk Cousins can do.