When looking for reasons behind success or failure with the Redskins, we typically focus on the field. Bad tackling. Great blocking. Playmaking threats. Talent gap. Sometimes though it's important to focus on what's happening away from the field. After training camp, practices and 11 games, it seems clear general manager Scot McCloughan didn't just add talent, but players who can help change the longstanding losing culture like Dashon Goldson and Terrance Knighton. This is less about the record, which at 5-6 is still "losing" but more about attitude.
Goldson, who organized a player-only meeting before Sunday's win over the Giants, was asked this week about what he thought the locker room was missing when he arrived.
“It’s simple, just leadership and somebody that believed in them and just pushed everybody to want to do better," the starting free safety said. "I mean, I’m a guy who… I pull guys aside or I’ll compliment a guy based on what he did in a game or at practice because little things like that can go far. When you have got somebody that believes in you and see things that you can do, it kind of motivates certain guys. I can reach guys one-by-one and even that, I think that’s a good deed.”
Also good for the players? Seeing hard work and good play rewarded. Contribute and stay on the field. Don't and regardless of perceived status, you don't. This began taking place during camp and the preseason with the Robert Griffin III benching for Kirk Cousins the obvious scenario. These moves make it obvious to the likes of Chris Baker and Will Compton and Jamison Crowder that playing time will be there if you do your job.
Now, we've been burned before by seemngly positive changes getting snuffed out, but the direction appears headed in the right direction. Breaking Burgundy's Ben Standig with more on this dynamic in the above video.
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