Redskins: What does it truly take to change a culture?
By Marc Lande
Once again, is it one player who can poison a locker room? One player who has the peer pressure abilities like a 13-year old offering a pack of cigarettes? Or has the wool been pulled over us?
When I interviewed John Wall back in 2017, I asked him, for the Montgomery County paper, if he was going out into the community talking to Montgomery County residents about the team’s success. He replied, “nah.”
For the modern athlete, it is their sport, their playbook, their causes, and their family, and not much else. Home and Nintendo.
A locker room culture change is centered around getting a group of individuals together that believe in their sport, their service, and maybe most importantly, their empathy.
So, hopefully the players bring that culture — of just wanting to see a smile on a kid’s face. “Mean” Joe Greene ads, meet the Redskins under Snyder’s leadership this past decade. Or have they just been talking a good game to us?
Is it about the fame and the wealth? Can an American dream be about making someone else smile? And if a team has that kind of locker room, why would you not bring in Antonio Brown? Or Reuben Foster?
Ten years. A decade is a long, long time to be interviewing players about hardwork and character. Are they unaware? Or flying by the cover of night?
Heck, maybe that is all that Antonio wants these days — to make a kid smile. We could even offer him a chat with Dexter.