While much of the reaction to the cuts here has focused on Justin Tryon’s presence on the 53 man roster — and, wow, the commenters do NOT seem pleased with that choice — the bigger story to the local mainstream media is the Durant Brooks decision, especially given Derrick Frost’s comments after the fact.
Essentially, Frost told both the Post’s Jason LaCanfora and the Times’ David Elfin that the competition was “a sham” and that he was never given a fair chance to make the roster. More specifically, he said to LaCanfora:
I want to thank [special teams coach] Danny Smith for the three years he gave me here, and I feel like he always treated me well, and I will continue to think that. But I think we all know who made the decision, and when you’ve got a draft that isn’t starting to look so good, you’re going to do whatever you can to make it look as good as possible.
Those quotes in turn inspired Mike Wise’s column today, which spins Frost’s comments forward as foreshadowing a locker room revolt against Vinny Cerrato and Redskins management.
The blogs, on the other hand, have not taken the news quite so negatively.
The Redskins Report is a bit pithier, but expresses similar sentiments in their analysis of the cut list:
If you are one of the worst punters in the league, you’re going to have to whip the competition to win a camp battle, Frost didn’t. It was close and tie goes the guy who might not suck.
Sportz Assassin at Fanhouse softens the blow even more, although the idea is still the same.
The key is consistency. Frost hurt the Redskins at various times last year with gawd-awful kicks … including a key punt late in the Redskins playoff loss to the Seahawks.
The ever-meticulous Rich Tandler, though, is the one who takes the most umbrage at Wise’s column, and also the one who makes the most cogent argument rebutting it — essentially that the Redskins drafted looking past this year, and made their cuts the same way. It’s an optimistic take on the whole situation, but it rings much truer to me than the apocalyptic scenario Wise concocts.
(Tandler also uses the same argument in favor of Justin Tryon, which I’m sure will convince everyone here that the decision was a good one.
I think that the Redskins got exactly what the expected out of him when they drafted him. They knew he had good speed and suspect coverage skills. You can teach the coverage skills, you can’t teach the speed. Keep him on the team as your fifth corner, work to hone is coverage skills, and see what you have in 2009.
Convincing, right? Or maybe not.)
Anyhow, reports expect Frost to catch on quickly with another team, possibly Seattle, which — as DC Pro Sports Report caustically notes — means that the correctness of this decision would be made very clear in the stat column this season. Which might be less amusing than watching writers spar about it, but is probably much more accurate.