Redskins safety Reed Doughty spent some time the other night talking to Redskins beat reporter Chris Russell on ESPN980. The conversation covered the spectrum, from Doughty’s characteristic charity work to how the defense can improve their ranking. You can listen to it in the 980 Audio Vault (in the miscellaneous tab), but Redskins.com intern Brian Tinsman has the highlights below.
During a recent interview with Chris Russell on ESPN 980, Reed Doughty detailed his busy offseason. In addition to staying in shape for football, Doughty will be Honorary Walk Chair for this Sunday’s Northern Virginia Kidney Walk at the Reston Town Center.
“The reason why I’m doing it is because my son was born with kidney disease,” Doughty told Russell. “For my son, his disease was not preventable, but for so many people in the Washington DC area-which [has] the highest prevalence of kidney disease in the nation-it is preventable.”
The walk will be held on April 3rd at 3 p.m. and features both one mile and 5k options. Registration is free, but participants are encouraged to raise at least $200. All benefits will go to the National Kidney Foundation.
“There’s 26 million Americans affected by kidney disease and over 700,000 in the Washington DC area,” Doughty explained. “We’re just trying to create, obviously some donations and funds, but I’m also out there just trying to create some awareness for what causes kidney disease and how we can prevent it.”
As for Doughty’s son, he’s enjoying a regular life after wife, Katie, was able to donate her kidney to save his life. “He’s three years post-transplant and he’s doing great, but he was on dialysis,” Doughty said. “Obviously in regards to him having only one kidney, he’s not going to be playing a whole lot of contact sports and things of that nature. But no, he’s been doing great, he’s been going to preschool and he’s doing all of the things that kids get to do.”
Doughty also took the time to talk to Russell about some football.
Last season was the Redskins well-documented first season in the 3-4 defensive scheme implemented by Head Coach Mike Shanahan and Defensive Coordinator Jim Haslett, and the season also saw the defense fall to 31st in the league after three consecutive years in the Top 10. Doughty, however, doesn’t blame the system.
“I don’t think you can ever contribute it to being just the 3-4 or 4-3,” he told Russell. “You’ve seen teams be successful using both defenses. I think what you have to look at is the amount of time that each player has been in the system. I think it’s hard for a player to come in, learn a whole new system, and be comfortable in it in three months.”
Doughty noted that there were certainly some growing pains during the transition. “Going from a top-10 defense down to the bottom of the pack, that was tough mentally. I enjoy the potential, but I don’t enjoy losing or being ranked anywhere near last in the NFL.”
He sees the defense being better this year, just by virtue of experience. “I think you’ll see leaps and bounds of improvement this year with the players because they’ll have the comfort and be able to make quicker adjustments.”
Doughty also expects contributions from new players that are a better fit for the system. “You also have to have the personnel,” he told Russell. “We didn’t have a whole lot of draft picks last year, and you can’t address needs if you don’t have an opportunity to select people in the draft.
“It’s been tough to fill those needs-when you have a 3-4 it’s distinctly different from a 4-3.”
When Russell asked about his own personal contributions to the defense, Doughty felt like he adjusted pretty well. “I think my skills lend to my versatility,” he said. “I pride myself on being a hard-nosed player, I love playing on a hard-nosed defense, and I think we have the capability to be that.”
“I was excited at what I got to do inside the defense and the various roles that I got to take on,” Doughty explained. “We can disguise and I think that’s where I come into play, using not just my athletic ability but my mental abilities, to put myself in a position to make plays. I enjoy that versatility and hopefully I’ll be able to continue to do that, along with special teams.”
Tags: national kidney foundation, Reed Doughty
Posted in General | 1 Comment »