Washington Redskins: Which Redskins Are on the Naughty and Nice Lists?
You know Riggo (or) Diesel and Joe Gibbs and Rypien. You know Darrell and Portis and Orakpo that's blitzin'. But do you recall the most famous Redskin of all?
That's right, it's Robert of the red-hot Redskins. He doesn't have a shiny nose, but if you ever saw him, you would probably say he glows (like a light bulb).
All of the message-board trolls used to laugh and call him names (like a one-trick pony), they didn't believe that Robert could win so many games.
Then the day before Christmas Eve, Shanny let him play. "Robert, with your knee feeling right, won't you guide me team tonight?"
Then all the haters loved him, as they shouted out with glee. Robert of the red-hot Redskins, you'll go down in history!
Then you have people like this in San Antonio that join the "Nice" list and help you forget about all of that.
It may not be to the extreme as the people listed above, but the Redskins have their own "Naughty" and "Nice" lists, so here they are:
Naughty: Tanard Jackson
If you want to know why there isn't a picture of Tanard Jackson in a Redskins jersey available, it's because he's been very naughty.
Before the season, he was suspended all the way through August...of 2013, according to the Washington Post. Thanks to a violation of the league's substance policy, he hasn't been able to suit up for the Redskins just yet.
He may not be in the NFL much longer if these suspensions continue. But since he is technically a member of the Redskins, he belongs on the naughty list.
Naughty: Cedric Griffin
Here we have another member of the secondary who was suspended for violating the substance-abuse policy, according to the Washington Post, this time for performance-enhancing drugs.
You could have fooled us that he was taking anything that was enhancing his performance, as he has only had 33 tackles in nine games with the Redskins.
Much like Jackson, he may not find himself in a Redskins uniform for very long. This is the only year of the contract that he signed in the offseason, and he would likely not be re-signed if the Redskins find help in the secondary through free agency or the draft.
He is eligible to come back the day after the Dallas game on Sunday, so we'll see if he can be productive in the playoffs (if the Redskins get there) and earn another contract.
Naughty: Jordan Black
Hey look, another Redskin that was suspended for performance-enhancing drugs!
It pains me that it was someone who played for my beloved Fighting Irish, but Black deserves to be on the "Naughty" list for his action.
He has vehemently denied any wrongdoing, according to the Washington Post, and there's a chance that he can come off of the list if it turns out he was right and actually did provide the league with the subscriptions he was taking beforehand.
He's played in 12 games this year, not starting a single one of them. Perhaps if he is taking PEDs, they are the same as Cedric Griffin's, since it doesn't seem that they're helping all that much.
Naughty: Brandon Meriweather
Brandon Meriweather has only played in about one half of a game this season. It came in the game against the Eagles. He recorded seven tackles and an interception, which is almost as good as Cedric Griffin's season numbers (and with more interceptions, too).
He was arrested back in April for suspicion of driving under the influence, according to NBC Sports. I'm not sure why players risk driving intoxicated. There are about a hundred other ways they can get home; taxi cab, limo, train. Heck, I bet they could afford to have someone pick them up in a helicopter.
Remember, Santa is always watching, boys.
Naughty: DeAngelo Hall
Back in October in a game against the Steelers, DeAngelo Hall got extremely naughty with an official and was ejected for berating him.
He was fined $30,000 for the incident, according to the Washington Post, and it was probably the low point for the Redskins in the 2012 season (at least in the top three, along with the loss to Carolina and Joshua Morgan getting a personal foul against the Rams).
Hall claims that it was head linesman Dana McKenzie who was at fault in their altercation, as he alleges it was "misconduct" and a no-call on a controversial play that set him off.
Hall hasn't had his best season with the Redskins, but we all know that he can be a valuable asset if he plays to the best of his abilities. That will be something the Redskins need this week against Dallas. He had an interception in their first meeting on Thanksgiving.
You do have to say that Hall seems to step up his game against Dallas. Maybe he will get back on the nice list this week.
Nice: Alfred Morris
Morris may actually be the nicest Redskin. He always seems to pop up on Reddit taking pictures with random fans and even held a session where he answered questions from fans.
He still drives his 1991 Mazda 626 and is as humble as a child, playing for his favorite team.
Who would have thought that a sixth-round rookie from little Florida Atlantic would lead everyone in the NFL but Adrian Peterson, Marshawn Lynch and Jamaal Charles in rushing.
He's even ahead of Arian Foster, for crying out loud.
He definitely deserves a nice gift this year. Perhaps a contract extension or some neat flame decals for the old Mazda that he calls his "Bentley."
Nice: Kai Forbath
Perhaps the greatest gift that Redskins fans have received this year is an actual kicker.
Forbath has set a record for most field goals made consecutively to begin a career, going 17-for-17. That's pretty special, especially considering that the Redskins have used 18 other kickers since 1994.
He can hit from long range, short range, late in games, whenever.
There's a comfort level you have with Forbath that you haven't had with any Redskins kicker since Mark Moseley. You just knew last Sunday against the Eagles that when he lined up for two 40-plus-yard field goals that he was going to make them.
For his gift, he should be getting a golden shoe and a 10-year contract. I hope his success never ends.
Nice: London Fletcher
He never misses a game, leads the team in tackles (again) and is having his best year interception-wise with five picks.
I'm starting to have my doubts about whether he will ever retire. As long as he keeps playing at a high level, there is no reason to. He may have lost a step or two, but he is the heart and soul of a defense that has been improving as of late.
You certainly can't question his leadership, either. There's a reason the "C" on his jersey is in gold. He's been a team captain for five seasons.
Nice: Pierre Garcon
It's no secret that the Redskins are a better team when Pierre Garcon is on the field.
Without him, they are 1-5. With him, they are 8-1.
Despite missing those six games, he still leads the Redskins in receptions and receiving yards. He's being doubled up in the touchdown department by Santana Moss (eight to four), but Garcon provides a dynamic the Redskins have needed at receiver.
He can make a routine mid-level catch and turn it into a huge gain or make a pass that seemed destined for an incompletion into a chain-mover.
He's already received the big contract that he wanted from the Redskins in the offseason, so it's hard to think of a good gift. Perhaps a new foot?
Think about it, if he had a healthy foot the whole year, the Redskins might be going for the No. 1 seed in the NFC. You can't argue with his numbers!
Nice: Robert Griffin III
I spent part of my Christmas morning writing a poem about the guy. Did you really think I was going to leave him out?
Korey Beckett is a Featured Columnist for the Washington Redskins and Bleacher Report's Fantasy Football coverage. Like him on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/koreybeckettBR or follow on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/koreybeckettBR.
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