The Redskins of the past would often throw money at a perceived problem by adding some free agent. That strategy did not work out too often -- you know the list.
On the surface, the Josh Norman signing is comparable. The handling of the then free agent cornerback and the man himself is the difference.
"The first day I met him we walked out to my balcony," said Redskins general manager and scene-setter Scot McCloughan. "I told him exactly what I want from a football player."
Earlier in the interview with NBC4's Carol Maloney, McCloughan reminded viewers what exactly makes an individual a "football player".
"I don't worry about height, weight, speed," McCloughan stated. "I worry about guys that are very competitive and understand it's about the team, it’s not about the individual, it’s the sum of the parts."
Whether it was a leverage tactic to not overpay, a screening technique, or a combination of both, Washington's GM laid out a vision that was not affected by Norman's decision.
"This is what we’re going to do," McCloughan told Norman. "And be part of it or don’t be part of it, we’re going to win with you or without you, doesn’t matter to me, but if you want a part of this, this is what I look for [a football player]."
The Redskins head personnel man painted a picture for Norman if the South Carolina native was willing to accept the challenge.
"If that’s not you [a football player], then don’t sign here," McCloughan followed up to Norman "but if that’s you, we’re going to move mountains."
Buckle up because Norman signed a 5-year, $75 million deal to be a mountain mover.
"And he was so excited about it," McCloughan described the former Panther's mentality after hearing the Redskins pitch.
Before jumping to conclusions that Norman is a bust because of questionable reports that he is getting burned in practice, read what McCloughan thinks about his work ethic. In fact, McCloughan wants even more Josh Norman-types in the future.
"It’s excellent," McCloughan commented on the All-Pro corner working on the jugs machine a hour after practice concluded. "That’s what I am striving for, that’s what the organization is striving for."
“You know its practice,” Jackson said. “That’s what we’re out here for, to get better and to challenge each other. It’s not like he’s [Norman] going against a guy [himself, Garcon, etc] that’s not capable of winning matchups and 1-on-1's. I really look at it as for wide receivers, it’s [1-on-1's] really for a wide receiver to win."
Jackson brings up the fine point that in reality defensive backs are rarely going to be put in handicaps that are present in 1-on-1 drills. The exercises force defenders to play a particular leverage that they usually would not utilize in game scenarios.
So the next time Norman gets "burned", do not take it so seriously and double check that the video shows the entire play.
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