GEORGE FAILS TO LEAD

In training camp Jeff George answered just about every question about his arm. Even when he obviously wanted to forget it. But he stood and delivered one answer after another.

I thought he had changed. That his famed negative personna had improved.

I was wrong. When it came time for George to be a leader, he failed. And, more than ever, we saw why George is a quarterback. But not a leader. And not a winner.

After Sunday's loss, he failed to address the media, slinking out of the locker room while others who played poorly stood and talked. Then, on Monday, with time to sleep on it, George again blew us off. But he talked to George Michael on Channel 4--a regular appearance for which he is paid.

The image teammates had of George that day was him running away from the press. That's their leader? Trust me, they noticed.

On Wednesday and Thursday, when the topic in Washington and the country changed from football to patriotism and grief, George again blew his chance to lead. Once more, a no comment flew from his mouth. On Thursday, he left out a side door to avoid the media and head to his car. Hey, Jeff, we're human. We're more worried about the Pentagon and WTC. We all know someone involved. That's all anyone wanted to talk about. Not about why, for the umpteenth time, you failed to lead a team to a win.

This is not the type of leadership Washington needs. Not now.

Other players stood up. Keith Lyle, for one, was very human in his concern about the families grieving and about not wanting to play a game Sunday. LaVar Arrington, while up and down on the field, has won points for his handling of the matter--and for being the only player to attend all of Darrell Green's retirement press conference.

But George? After this season, we'll all say good riddance.

John Keim covers the Redskins for The Journal Newspapers and is a correspondent for Pro Football Weekly.


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