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This just in: Williams will coach who is there

Aug 4, 2006, 7:35 AM EDT

Mike Wise had a good column about Andre Carter in Thursday’s Post. The part worthy of discussion, though, came in the opening of the piece when Wise talked about Gregg Williams and showed that he (Wise) doesn’t quite get it:

There was a telling moment Tuesday in Ashburn when Gregg Williams was asked whether he had worried Andre Carter might choose Denver over Washington during free agency. He could easily have said that not acquiring a pass-rusher of Carter’s ilk might hurt the defense. But Williams couldn’t let his prideful self go there.

“Had he made a choice to go somewhere else, good riddance,” he said, sneering. “That’s fine.”

What a nurturing way to let players know where they stand, no?

If there’s one thing that I’ve learned about this coaching staff is that they don’t worry about players who aren’t there. I remember talking to Greg Blache last year when his defensive line was going through a major rash of injuries. He said, “I can only coach the players who are here. If a player’s here, I’ll coach him. If he’s not, I can’t coach him.” Williams expressed similar sentiments.

If the coaches aren’t going to worry about players who aren’t there, why in the world would they worry about players that they never signed in the first place.

It appears from the article that Carter’s father, former NFL defensive lineman and Redskins coach Ruben Carter, gave him plenty of nurturing. If he came to the Redskins, or any other NFL team for that matter, in search of it he came to the wrong place.

Wise is starting to grow on me as a columnist, except when he has wimpy, Alan Alda type moments such as this one.

  1. Joe - Aug 4, 2006 at 12:28 PM

    I agree to some extent, although I recall hearing after Carter was signed that there was concern in the organization when he left without a contract. I think Carter acknowledged that he was also somewhat worried that if he went to visit the Broncos, the Redskins would go trade for John Abraham. Still he wanted to keep his word to the folks in Denver.

    Williams’ answer was a no-brainer. What else is he going to say? Is he supposed to cry himself to sleep at night if a free agent chooses another team?

    I didn’t hear him say it, but my guess is that the sneer in that quote was directed more toward the silly question than it was toward Carter or players that choose to go elsewhere. It’s hypothetical and deals with something that was resolved months ago. Who cares, right? In the words of Drew Rosenhaus, “next question!”

  2. Joe - Aug 4, 2006 at 12:28 PM

    I agree to some extent, although I recall hearing after Carter was signed that there was concern in the organization when he left without a contract. I think Carter acknowledged that he was also somewhat worried that if he went to visit the Broncos, the Redskins would go trade for John Abraham. Still he wanted to keep his word to the folks in Denver.

    Williams’ answer was a no-brainer. What else is he going to say? Is he supposed to cry himself to sleep at night if a free agent chooses another team?

    I didn’t hear him say it, but my guess is that the sneer in that quote was directed more toward the silly question than it was toward Carter or players that choose to go elsewhere. It’s hypothetical and deals with something that was resolved months ago. Who cares, right? In the words of Drew Rosenhaus, “next question!”

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