Prior to free agency in 2012, the Washington Redskins released safety Laron Landry, mostly due to his season-ending Achilles-related injuries in 2010 and 2011. The safety ended up signing with the New York Jets and so far Landry has impressed, but most importantly, he’s stayed healthy.
Ability was not in question when Landry was with Washington. His aggressive playing style was, because the safety was unable to consistently stay healthy. In a recent article with the New York Daily News, Landry expressed his feelings towards the Redskins and their training staff by saying that he often was at odds with when it came to proper treatment.
“That’s why they have great doctors and they have okay doctors, great trainers and okay trainers,” Landry said. “(The Redskins) had people who just had the job title, but not the passion for their job. . . . I don’t respect the training staff at all. I don’t respect the coaches over there. I don’t respect (Shanahan). I do respect Coach (Joe) Gibbs, who brought me there, and Coach Gregg Williams. I respect that 2007 organization. After 2007. . . . nonexistent.”
2007 was the last time Washington played in a post season game, losing to the Seattle Seahawks in the wild card round. It was the season that Washington lost a true franchise great, Sean Taylor, and picked up one the team’s best free agent acquisitions ever, London Fletcher.
I can understand Landry not being too fond of the “Zorn” era that ensued after that ’07 season, but Landry had his best year under Shanahan and defensive coordinator Jim Hasslet. He’s found success up north with the Jets though, so that’s all that matters now.
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