THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Safeties coach Steve Jackson has been at the center of controversy as of late in Washington. Yesterday, he addressed for the first time last month’s benching of his high-priced pupil, Adam Archuleta, as well as an ESPN.com story that reported Jackson is at odds with assistant head coach-defense Gregg Williams and cornerbacks coach Jerry Gray.
“The whole team has struggled. It wouldn’t be fair to single out Adam,” Jackson said of Archuleta, who signed a safety-record six-year, $30 million contract with the Redskins in March only to be benched after failing miserably for seven games.
“He prepares himself like a professional, like he was still going out there starting. He hasn’t pouted. He hasn’t done anything wrong. He’s just not the starter. We have big hopes for him. All you can tell him is ‘Keep yourself ready to play. You never know what’s going to happen the next snap.’ ”
As for the article, which accused Jackson of pouting, he said, “Whatever was said in there was said in there. That’s somebody’s opinion. I’ve known Gregg since 1991. I’ve known Jerry since 1992. Jerry’s like a big brother to me. Big brothers have different ways of doing things. We’ve had a lot of worse stuff written about us.”
As for the possibility that Archuleta or another one of his players was the anonymous source, Jackson said, “If somebody said something, that’s what they say. We just go out and work and try to win football games. It’s hard to say it’s a distraction when you go out and win.”
— David Elfin
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