The Leadership Secrets Of The Washington Redskins
A three point margin is as good as 30 when it comes to a win. Sure, we'd rather a three pointer over the Eagles and a 30 pointer over the Buccaneers. Beggars can't be choosers. When was it ever easy to beat the Bucs?
Besides, we saw three seeds of leadership over the past few days that will bear fruit as the season progresses.
The first occurred last week when defensive coordinator Greg Blache held himself accountable for the Redskins' struggles on defense. In so doing, he provided shelter for his players—and inspired them.
Here's London Fletcher-Baker quoted in today's Washington Post:
"We've been maligned this week. Our defensive coordinator was under fire. We didn't like that at all. We felt like it was definitely us and not his calls that were the reason we didn't play well against the Lions.
"We were at a point in the season where you had to stand up, we had to change, we had to draw a line in the dirt, you were ready to run through a brick wall for him,"
The Redskins defense shook off a strong start by Josh Johnson, a quarterback they hadn't seen before, to restrict him to 36 net yards passing and the Bucs to four first downs in the second half.
The second seed was Jim Zorn who stuck by his man, quarterback Jason Campbell as he fought through the ugliest football I ever saw him play.
The media applauds Zorn's fortitude for not pulling Campbell for Todd Collins. The media misses the leadership point.
When you have the right man on the job, and Jason Campbell is the right man for the Redskins right now, you have to let that man work through adversity. It's the best shot to overcome and it helps the player when tough times return.
Campbell himself is the third seed of leadership. He has age and physical abilities on his side. Wasn't that a beautiful 59 yard scoring pass to Santana Moss for the lead? What's been missing from Campbell was an indomitable spirit.
We've been waiting to see Campbell will the offense to a win. if Zorn pulled Campbell in the second half, the Redskins would have missed:
Campbell's nine yard scramble to convert for first down on a scoring drive (Suisham field goal);
Campbell's 13 yard scramble to convert for first down in the red zone and set up a scoring strike to Chris Cooley two plays later;
Campbell's perfectly placed scoring pass to Santana Moss who got behind Buccaneer cornerback Aqib Talib who was having some day with three picks.
Chess and checkers are played with inanimate pieces. Football is played with people. Games are not won by the side with the best players. They are won by the side with the best teamwork. That's a matter of organizational leadership.
Greg Blache showed leadership by holding himself accountable. Jim Zorn showed it by confirming his faith in his quarterback-partner. Jason Campbell showed it by fighting through personal adversity. That's going to help the Redskins over the next few weeks.
Daniel Snyder is nowhere mentioned in this discussion. That's got to hurt.
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