Let’s journey into the world of make believe. Imagine a father and son playing side by side for the same NFL team. Sounds far fetched doesn’t it? But wait, not so fast. If the Washington Redskins retain Joey Galloway and Phillip Daniels for two years or more, this ridiculous notion could become a reality.
Despite a refreshing new regime in place and a supposed change in philosophy, the Redskins have managed to make the oldest team in the league, well older. I used the aforementioned Daniels and Galloway as examples, since they’re 37 and 38, respectively. Their ages certainly boost the average age of the team but there also seems to be a disturbing pattern of retaining geriatric warriors as opposed to drafting and developing young studs.
But then again, it may be ironic that the Skins team speed and quality depth seem to lag behind the larger percentile of the league. Drafting players such as DE Jeremy Jarmon (3rd Round), CB Kevin Barnes (4th Round) and WR Devin Thomas (2nd Round) seems like a waste, when playing Phillip Daniels, Phillip Buchanan and Joey Galloway in their places.
Trust me I get it, Devin Thomas though 6’2 223 can help the team in no way and has been labeled a bust. This means he can’t run even the most simplistic routes and wouldn’t have an advantage over a smaller cornerback on back shoulder throws or on jump balls. Meanwhile, Mr. Galloway has a whopping four catches in the first four games. Phillip Daniels has shown nothing to warrant a place on an NFL Roster and certainly nothing to beat out a prospective young pass-rusher. Kevin Barnes, by default has fallen behind Phillip Buchanan on the depth chart at cornerback. If these older players were really tearing it up on the field, this might not be an issue. I understand that veteran leadership makes a huge difference in winning but only when combined with young talent. There’s a reason why Yoda trained and deployed Luke Skywalker to defeat Lord Vader instead of doing the job himself.
The training camp consensus seems to be that most of their draft picks have “shown nothing” or haven’t practiced well enough to garner playing time. Most teams establish a culture of developing or maximizing their talent, versus labeling young guys as busts and wasting high draft picks.
To be fair, I could actually be wrong about this. Maybe this strategy will prove to be advantageous to the Skins while most teams rely on an infusion of youth. Perhaps the coaching staff even shows the movie, “Cocoon” in the film room for motivation before games. I don’t want to be too hard on the team’s seniors. After all, I do have respect for my elders. It would be a lot easier to respect the Skins if they get younger sooner than later.