One of the biggest stories of the Redskins' season has been the emergence of LaRon Landry at safety. Naturally, people have started giving Landry some props. Rick Snider of the Washington Examiner, for example, wrote today that Landry is becoming the "successor" to the late Sean Taylor, even though Taylor and Landry play different positions.â†µ
But there's probably nobody happier about Landry's emergence than Redskins safeties coach Steve Jackson. I say this not because Jackson is proud that his pupil has emerged, though I'm sure that's part of it. No, I'm saying this because Landry's emergence has made Jackson look good for his bold proclamation last year.â†µ
After all, what coach--if given the magic truth serum--really would want Washington Redskins safety LaRon Landry over Pittsburgh's two-time All-Pro Troy Polamalu?â†µ
Jackson said he would, though, contrary to the statistical evidence. Worse yet, the Redskins' safeties coach didn't know that Landry was about to embark on the worst season of his pro career.â†µ
Little more than a year later, however, Jackson appears prophetic.â†µ
There are many reasons why it's awesome that Landry is playing this well. We can now add this one to the list.