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Old 12-06-2006, 11:15 AM   #1
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Big contracts = big pressure

I was just reading today's WP article about Andre Carter and he mentioned the pressure that comes along with the big contact he signed. Archuleta has also said that he had trouble this year dealing with the pressure that comes with the big contract.

It's an interesting theory to consider that perhaps one of the factors that played into our downfall his year may have been very simple... pressure.

Not only with the contracts, but the pressure of the high expectations. Bringing in an offensive guru in Saunders, the all-star collection of coaches here, and right from day one in camp Mark Brunell stated that anything less than a Super Bowl was going to be a disappointment this season. I understand that all teams to a degree have this mentality in August, but I think for the Skins they definitely felt under the gun to produce a Super Bowl season this year. It was Gibbs' 3rd year, time to turn the corner, etc.

In summary, I think one of the main reasons for our downfall this year was the pressure, the pressure of winning, the pressure of living up to the big contracts, and the pressure of having an all-star cast of coaches.

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Old 12-06-2006, 11:20 AM   #2
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I was just reading today's WP article about Andre Carter and he mentioned the pressure that comes along with the big contact he signed. Archuleta has also said that he had trouble this year dealing with the pressure that comes with the big contract.

It's an interesting theory to consider that perhaps one of the factors that played into our downfall his year may have been very simple... pressure.

Not only with the contracts, but the pressure of the high expectations. Bringing in an offensive guru in Saunders, the all-star collection of coaches here, and right from day one in camp Mark Brunell stated that anything less than a Super Bowl was going to be a disappointment this season. I understand that all teams to a degree have this mentality in August, but I think for the Skins they definitely felt under the gun to produce a Super Bowl season this year. It was Gibbs' 3rd year, time to turn the corner, etc.

In summary, I think one of the main reasons for our downfall this year was the pressure, the pressure of winning, the pressure of living up to the big contracts, and the pressure of having an all-star cast of coaches.

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and the pressure of we fans & the Danny wanting to win so bad.
you might've summed up the Danny's whole organizational model - big$ & big pressure.
I think you're right & that after a year to settle things down & gell, we should be better off in 007. I don't think we have a contender just yet, maybe in 08 if we can get some youth & depth.
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Old 12-06-2006, 11:22 AM   #3
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You know, Gibbs signed a five year deal. In the pressers early on, he stated that he wanted to return the francise to the greatness of it's glory years. Something that the fans could be proud of. He has 2+ years left to accomplish that goal. Apologies for the slight deviation. to much F'n and A'n going on this am
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Old 12-06-2006, 11:22 AM   #4
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I was just reading today's WP article about Andre Carter and he mentioned the pressure that comes along with the big contact he signed. Archuleta has also said that he had trouble this year dealing with the pressure that comes with the big contract.

It's an interesting theory to consider that perhaps one of the factors that played into our downfall his year may have been very simple... pressure.

Not only with the contracts, but the pressure of the high expectations. Bringing in an offensive guru in Saunders, the all-star collection of coaches here, and right from day one in camp Mark Brunell stated that anything less than a Super Bowl was going to be a disappointment this season. I understand that all teams to a degree have this mentality in August, but I think for the Skins they definitely felt under the gun to produce a Super Bowl season this year. It was Gibbs' 3rd year, time to turn the corner, etc.

In summary, I think one of the main reasons for our downfall this year was the pressure, the pressure of winning, the pressure of living up to the big contracts, and the pressure of having an all-star cast of coaches.

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There is some truth to this, however these two players (Arch & A. Carter) came in from teams that really did not want them anymore. These two already came in with a rep of under acheiveing at times, eventhough they also had moments of greatness.
Arch had a rep of being weak in coverage and A.Carter as a tweener LB/DE no real home. This has pretty much continued with Redskins.
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Old 12-06-2006, 11:28 AM   #5
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Re: Big contracts = big pressure

I've thought about this a lot. Not just in football, but professional sports in general.

This is a really interesting topic. First of all, I'm of the opinion that more money doesn't mean more production. How much more, physically, can one get out of his body and mind. Either it's there or it isn't

Which brings us to this, if the player has an 'off' year he is immediately considered a bust. So the mentality is, I have to live up to this contract or people will ride me.
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Old 12-06-2006, 11:43 AM   #6
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That's a funny sig 12th.
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Old 12-06-2006, 12:49 PM   #7
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Matty, I feel like pressure is something that all professional atheletes have to deal with. Some players respond well to the pressure and some do not. Unfortunately, and I know this parallel has probably been made before, the Redskins are a lot like the Yankees, who I despise, in that both teams love picking up big free agents. And very much like A-Rod for the Yankees, some of our off season acquisitions have not produced like we thought they would. However, the Yankees have also picked up free agents that have played well for them like Clemens and Sheffield. Maybe some of our latest additions need to ask other pro atheletes how they deal with pressure, I really think that pressure is something that a pro should expect to deal with. In addition, I think the pressure could be even more next year because they failed so badly this year. What if they worry too much about screwing up another season?
I guess the point I'm trying to make through all that babble is that playing poorly because of pressure is not an acceptable reason to play poorly to me. Pressure is something that should not hold them back, and if it is, they need to find some way to deal with it. Maybe Gibbs should bring in a sports psychologist because we cannot let another season pass us bye because our players can't handle something that most pro athletes deal with all the time.
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Old 12-06-2006, 12:59 PM   #8
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No doubt pressure is an issue, but I agree that pro athletes need to be ready to deal with this.

Also, Gibbs always "brags on" the character of his players. Clearly, one important character trait is dealing with big money. Coles, Portis, Washington, Griffen--they did it. AA and Carter (who is clearly adapting) need to step up and do the things they are physically capable of doing (maybe AA isn't physically capable--another theory ). Not that anyone is denying this obvious truism.

On the bright side, Carter shows that pressure can be handled. If you can't physically do things, then there's no solution.
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Old 12-06-2006, 01:20 PM   #9
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I don't really buy the pressure excuse either.

The NFL is under such a microscope these days that I think everyone feels some type of pressure (players, coaches, etc.). Besides, AA, Carter, etc. already received their big checks. We could cut AA tomorrow and he'd still walk away with over $10M. So where exactly is the pressure?

If anyone should feel pressure it's the Ryan Clarks of the world. These are the fringe players that live paycheck to paycheck while trying to establish NFL careers. For these guys it may be the difference between a long NFL career and hundreds of thousands of dollars, or returning to a blue-collar job in the real world. In that respect I can understand why they'd feel pressure.
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Old 12-06-2006, 01:28 PM   #10
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As far as Brunell's preseason comments about getting to the Super Bowl are concerned, I bet he said that because he knew that he obviously wouldn't be around much longer. He's getting older and the team had a lot invested in Campbell, so Brunell knew that for this season it was basically Super Bowl or bust. I guess he busted.

On a different note, do guys like Adam Abercrombie really feel all that much pressure to perform well after they get that fat signing bonus? I know that these guys obviously have a ton of pride in their game and they don't want to look like fools, but if they know they're set for life do they feel the same need to work their a$$es off?
I guess the answer to that question is sort of the fundamental difference between our franchise and one like the Pats.
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Old 12-06-2006, 01:47 PM   #13
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I don't really buy the pressure excuse either.

The NFL is under such a microscope these days that I think everyone feels some type of pressure (players, coaches, etc.). Besides, AA, Carter, etc. already received their big checks. We could cut AA tomorrow and he'd still walk away with over $10M. So where exactly is the pressure?

If anyone should feel pressure it's the Ryan Clarks of the world. These are the fringe players that live paycheck to paycheck while trying to establish NFL careers. For these guys it may be the difference between a long NFL career and hundreds of thousands of dollars, or returning to a blue-collar job in the real world. In that respect I can understand why they'd feel pressure.

What's the NFL minimum again?

I wish I was living paycheck to paycheck on that. It might be tough but I'm sure I could get by.

Believe it or not, no matter how much these guys are paid they still put pressure on themselves to play well and feel it from internal and external sources.

Not everyone is in it just for the big paycheck.
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Old 12-06-2006, 01:57 PM   #14
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I feel like all NFL players are confronted with enormous pressures, it's a very competitive league, it's on the national stage, and there's only 16 games in the regular season. Every NFL team has enormous pressure, I think the big factor is drive........once a player get his money, the drive to become the best diminishes unless the player has great character and loves the game. Maybe the skins should be looking to bring in Character guys, instead of high priced rejects from other teams. Other teams are not gonna just give away their locker room leaders, they give away the high priced guys that did not bring as much to the organizatoin as they could have AKA Randle El, Archuleta (was once good), and Lloyd
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I think its an excuse. Professional athletes are paid to produce, and many do. Santana Moss got a fat contract and delivered the goods. Being a pro means getting paid large sums of money to deliver on the field. It also means taking personal responsibility when you fail to deliver and correcting the situation.
this post is dead on. the problem might not be pressure, but the athletes trying to do more, since signing the big money contract. you are being paid to do what you do, if you are a 10 sack a year guy, then get 10 sacks. dont go out and try and be something you are not. pressure, to me, is an excuse
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