Earlier this week, Redskins strong safety Chris Horton lost his starting job to Reed Doughty, who Horton had taken the job away from last season. While some may have disagreed with the move, it was the least of the team’s many concerns. That is, until this was posted on Horton’s blog:
“[Redskins defensive coordinator Greg] Blache stated [Horton is] becoming a self-described “maverick”, and a “riverboat gambler”. He wants to change things up on the defense because he believes what they’ve been working with the past three weeks, well, hasn’t worked. But his decision [to bench Horton] is the wrong move to make.
“Blache contradicts himself. A maverick wouldn’t be afraid to address the real problems on the defense, rather than make a move that does little to change the profile of the guys on the field. He cited a couple of missed tackles and the pass interference call on Horton in explaining his decision. Why not cite the poor tackling at the line on the ensuing touchdown after the penalty? Or any one of the missed tackles on touchdowns other guys in the secondary have had this season. Unfortunately it seems Horton is the fall guy for a lot of problems on the defense.
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“We are paying Albert Haynesworth $100 million to play here. He has one sack and nine tackles through three games. That’s a problem.
“We are paying DeAngelo Hall, a guy who admits that big money has led him to apathy in the past, $55 million to play here. He has ten tackles and one interception through three games. That’s a problem.
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“The Redskins have sunk too much money into guys like Haynesworth and Hall who just aren’t producing yet this season, and they need to get their money’s worth. Haynesworth looks like he’s still getting in game shape, and Hall has missed several key tackles that could have been game changers.
“I could understand Blache’s decision more if Horton hadn’t come up big several times already this year. He is fourth on the team in tackles and had two key plays (the forced fumble and pass break up) in the Rams game. Even on the pass interference call last week, Horton stuck with his guy and played the ball coming in. A home team ref doesn’t make that call at Fed Ex field, and Horton makes a great play, rather than being punished for it.”
Whoa, boy. Where to begin …
First, it’s out of line for a player to endorse such strong, misguided and public criticisms of his teammates, coach and organization.
Second, the excuses made for the pass interference are just embarrassing.
And last, Horton’s a second-year seventh-rounder, meaning he can’t afford to spoil the well here, so let’s hope this is just a case of whoever it is he has commissioned to blog for him causing trouble.
Because, brother, I know you mean well, I root for you on Sundays and I’m glad you’re building out that web presence, but this is doing it wrong.
Update: The post was removed from Horton’s site without explanation.
Update No. 2: Redskins Insider reports that Horton received a call from Redskins PR, which is why the post was removed.