Why chemistry, fit are biggest keys to building the Redskins
By Daniel Kelly
Beathard focused on fit, not big names
Beathard had only three No. 1 draft picks, not in one year, I mean in his entire career with the Redskins from 1978-1988. That ‘s three No. 1’s total in a decade. Think about that for a second.
I’m certainly not taking anything away from who I believe is the greatest head coach in Redskins history and perhaps the NFL itself; I’m simply saying it’s really important to focus on the importance of chemistry. This is something Beathard understood as well, if not better than, the greatest chef in the world.
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Chefs understand that three cups of salt instead of sugar dramatically change the taste of any dessert. And the same concept holds true in the game of football.
Think of a football team like a recipe. Some recipes, like the one in Kansas City this past season, seem to be pretty tasty while some recipes, like the 2019 Dolphins, seem to be like food poisoning.
One player can change the entire dynamic of a team. For example, throw in a cup of Antonio Bryant or two tablespoons of Josh Gordon so to speak and you’ll see what I mean. There is so much more to scouting and evaluating than what a guy’s 40 time is. There’s so much more to it than how many yards did he rush for last year. It’s all about fit.
A GM is like a mad scientist, putting all these elements together, a dash of this and a dash of that. It’s all about fit.
Let me say it again, it’s all about fit.