I blame Mike Wise for this. I mean, it’s not his fault that former Redskins punter Derrick Frost thought there was an open competition for the job this preseason. And it’s not Wise’s fault that Frost popped off upon getting cut in favor of rookie Durant Brooks. But it his fault for writing an incendiary, off-target column about it all. Choice cuts:
If I’m Vinny Cerrato today, I really need Durant Brooks to be the next Ray Guy or Sean Landeta …
Frost had better preseason numbers than Brooks — 45.5 yards per kick in 15 punts to 42.8 yards per kick in 13 punts. Frost kicked it a little longer (he got off a 65-yarder out of the back of his end zone against Carolina) and a little more accurately …
He was inconsistent in Washington at times, but he often got the job done when it mattered. Was it enough to beat out the kid? That’s not the issue. The issue is whether he got a fair shake, and the answer is no.
There’s a lot to respond to, so let’s take it graf-by-graf. First, Guy and Landeta are two of the best punters in NFL history. The gap between them and Frost, one of the worst punters in recent times, is so wide that it’s absurd to say Brooks must mind it in order to justify the decision.
Second, that decision was made on more than preseason numbers. Brooks’ average — both gross and net — over the past two seasons at Georgia Tech was four yards better than Frost’s over the past few years with the Skins. That equates to about 20 yards of field position per game, and 320 yards per season. And even if the decision was made solely on the preseason, Brooks’ net average was two yards higher than Frost’s and he pinned more punts inside the 20.
Finally, the Redskins don’t owe Derrick Frost a damn thing. He had the fifth-worst punting average in the league last year. What did he — or Mike Wise, for that matter — think was going to happen upon Washington drafting the Ray Guy Award winner?
And it’s funny how big the disconnect on this is between Wise and all sorts of bloggers. It’s about as wide a margin as that which stands between Durant and Frost, and it’s especially notable considering Wise’s scathing stance on blogs. Maybe he’ll read this and reconsider. Maybe he’ll read this and be further entrenched. Or maybe he won’t read this at all. I don’t know. But I do know there are plenty of things to criticize the Redskins for, and going with Brooks isn’t one of them.
Other Skins news: Stephon Heyer has taken Jon Jansen’s job at right tackle. It’s tough to see the team’s longest-tenured player relegated to the bench, but good to see an old line get younger.