Ability vs. Maturity

Nov.13, 2011; Miami, FL, USA; Washington Redskins wide receiver Jabar Gaffney (10) before a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Earlier this year, we saw the Washington Wizards trade away Nick Young and JaVale McGee to change the culture of the team. GM Ernie Grunfeld basically admitted that they wanted to bring in players that are more mature. There was no question that either one of these guys are talented. Young has big issues defending other guards and can be streaky, but when he’s on, he’s on. McGee could use a “big man” coach just like his mama suggested (though I wouldn’t have put him out there and made him lose his man card); but the natural ability is there. Is the maturity level where it needs to be? No.

Albert Haynesworth came into DC with a $100M contract. Since then he’s not only been virtually non-existent on the field, his off the field antics have drawn more attention than the few big plays he had while he was here. After being shipped out of here for a 6th round draft pick, both New England and Tampa Bay (who eventually cut Fat Albert) basically said he was the laziest player they’ve ever seen. Not that he doesn’t have the ability to be great, he proved that in Tennessee. But he made the choice to be sub-par.

Yesterday, a wide receiver by the name of Derrick Jabar Gaffney was astonished when he was told not to come into camp because they are planning to trade him. A guy who led the team last year in receiving yards and came up with a number of big plays. Could it have been because they signed Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan and they already have a host of other guys? He DID prove to be effective last season as he was closing in on 1,000 yards. I seriously doubt it was because of his performance on the field.

Maybe it was his performance on Twitter… who knows. I mean the day he chewed out the Dallas fan online, the thread went viral. Then just a number of days ago a thread about he and his wife getting a divorce filled with anger and expletives. Of course he said later that someone hacked his account and he didn’t really type all that.

(Yeah, don’t they all??) FYI: He has closed his account now… real shocker.

I remember when I saw the thread, I thought to myself, “You know, I wouldn’t really be mad if he didn’t come back next season… this guy could end up being a huge distraction to the team.”

Didn’t think it would happen so soon.


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Topics: Albert Haynesworth, Jabar Gaffney, Redskins

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