When it comes to height, the Washington Redskins continue to come up short. Apparently, it’s by choice.
Earlier this month the Redskins re-signed Aldrick Robinson one-year extension, and chances are they’ll probably re-sign veteran Santana Moss. I’ve come to the conclusion the Redskins could care less about height as long as you can play. Don’t believe me? They re-signed DeAngelo Hall. Like Robinson, he’s 5-foot-10. The two men play in positions that you would hope height would be a priority.
Besides Hall and Robinson, other members of the team who are under six feet consist of:
- Cornerback Josh Wilson (5-foot-9)
- Safety Jose Gumbs (5-foot-10)
- Safety Brandon Meriweather (5-foot-11)
Maybe it’s just me. Maybe I’m “that guy” complaining from the sidelines looking at what they may think are non-important aspects of a football team. Then again, when you watch a taller receiver rip a ball out the air and burn your corners, height may become a topic of discussion. I think I speak for everyone when I say that taller players on the defense would be a nice change.
Let me add that height doesn’t always mean better performance, only better odds in the matchup. The Redskins offensive line is pretty tall, which is probably an understatement.
LT Trent Williams and RT Tyler Polumbus are 6-foot-plus. The line is well past six feet and yet quarterback Robert Griffin III was sacked up the middle 24 times for a total of 184 yards lost. In addition, those sacks also resulted in nine fumbles.
In the end, it’s just about improving, no matter how tall you are.
Ricky Allen is a Washington Redskins writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @UltimateRedskin.