Motivational Techniques May Need To Shift
After Robert Griffin III hinted following Sunday’s loss that he may need to be tougher on other players, cornerback DeAngelo Hall said players need to be more critical of themselves.
BY ZAC BOYER
ASHBURN – There’s no Knute Rockne speech that’s going to get the Redskins to play better. All those impassioned, pregame pep talks from London Fletcher only go so far.
If the Redskins hope to win their first game on Sunday when they host the Lions, it’s going to be about execution, not inspiration.
“We’re not in a Hollywood movie where you’re going to hear a speech and all of a sudden, guys are going to play harder,” cornerback DeAngelo Hall said. “Guys have to want to play hard, have to want to make plays, have to want to be in the film room and have to see what’s coming, know what the offense is trying to do.”
Motivation isn’t what’s kept the Redskins out of the win column as they enter the third week of the season. Stunted drives and missed assignments have.
But after a 38-20 loss to the Packers on Sunday, Robert Griffin III suggested that, as a team captain, his leadership style might have to change.
“If those guys want me to go out there and be the stern leader, then I’m willing to do that,” Griffin said. “I got some of that from my teammates on the sideline asking me to do some more things. Not necessarily change who I am as a person, but if they want me to be hard on them, I’ll be hard on them. When you start 0-2, it’s a little bit harder to go about that, but I think that’s what we need.”
Fletcher is the only one of the Redskins’ four captains who commands a vocal presence in the locker room. The 38-year-old linebacker is the one responsible for the speeches on the field before the game, and he’s the one whose attitude carries weight.
Griffin, left tackle Trent Williams and nose tackle Barry Cofield all prefer to lead by example, but that type of passive technique works best when things are going well.
The players, Hall believes, must be more realistic with their self-evaluations if they’re to learn from the mistakes of the first two games.
“I think when we’re watching this film, we’ve got to be tough on ourselves, you know?” Hall said. “We have to critique ourselves – myself included. There’s some plays where Coach is telling me, ‘That’s a good throw, good catch.’ I’m like, ‘Nah, that’s a play I’ve got to make.’ That’s just about being accountable, knowing what you can do and you know, trying to make that play. I feel like we all have to reexamine each play and you know, be as tough and critical as possible.”