There’s a fluffy little “Coach’s Corner” article on Redskins.com right now with Stan Hixon, our receiver’s coach.
It says all the right things about the additions of Caldwell and MacCardell. Things like, “Reche [Caldwell] played a lot [against the Lions] last Sunday, but he just didn’t get any attempts. He played more than Keenan played, actually. He had a couple plays where he was open, but we just didn’t get him the ball.”
There’s also some gushing about Keenan. Before we get ahead of ourselves about Keenan, let me just say the man barely saw the field and when he saw it he ran the same deep in on both of his catches. That’s a sign to me he doesn’t know the playbook. I’m not blaming the guy. He’s been here a week. But let’s not assume he’s the answer to anything.
There is one thing I think is crucial to point out about this article. There is not a single mention of Brandon Lloyd. I know the man has been practically useless. But given that he caught his first ball last week after coming in because of injuries, you’d expect the obligatory, “he’s real tough. He came through when it counted. We have to find ways to get him the ball more” type of quote. We don’t have to believe it. We don’t have to believe that they believe it. It is just standard.
The fact that we didn’t see it is further proof that Lloyd is only around until the Skins can come up with roster solutions. If Caldwell and McCardell learn the play book and start contributing semi-regularly, I wouldn’t be shocked if we started seeing Lloyd on the inactive list in favor of special teams standout James Thrash.
While last year’s acquistion Andre Carter was able to become more comfortable and start to produce, and Adam Archuleta just got the heck out, Lloyd is doing the worst thing possible–hanging out and taking up space. Personally, I hope he takes this as a hint to get his butt in gear and realize his potential, but my guess is that we won’t be seeing him on the field at all by Thanksgiving.
What’ll it be Brandon? The choice is in your hands. Are you ready to work harder than you ever have? Or will just collect more of Dan’s money until he decides enough is enough?