London Fletcher’s sight made him special.
The linebacker’s film study and work habits led to in-game prescience that drew praise from coaches and teammates and as they reflected on 16 seasons of productive play.
In an exclusive interview with Redskins.com, Fletcher discussed how his observations in practice influenced his opinion of Offensive Coordinator Sean McVay, who spent the past three seasons coaching tight ends.
“I watch him, you know. Linebackers and tight ends are next to each other,” Fletcher said. “As practice goes, I listen to the coaching points that he makes and how he communicates with his guys, just his overall knowledge of the game. I’ve been around enough good coaches. I think Sean has those attributes about him to make him be successful. It’s a great opportunity for him to put his imprint on a team and run the offense. I’m interested and excited to see what he’ll be able to do.”
Unless he has a change of heart, Fletcher will not have to endear himself to Jay Gruden and his staff.
But after playing for three teams in 16 years, the retired linebacker offered his perspective on what his teammates can do to ease into the new regime.
“I think you have to be coming in with an open mind,” Fletcher said.
“Be willing to work and study and show the coach that you’re willing to do whatever it takes to win. Normally when you have coaching changes, it’s because you haven’t won, so nobody can rest on your laurels. You have to come in and really just try to show the coach that, ‘Hey, here’s a guy that you can count on.’”
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