I tend to agree with Bubba, and my guess is that the unidentified player is Rod Gardener.Excerpts from Richmond Times-Dispatch
Paul Woody - December 31, 2004
IT'S THE EFFORT THAT COUNTS: The players who bother Redskins coach Joe Gibbs the most are the ones who fail to get the most out of their ability.
"I watch guys in the meetings," Gibbs said. "I give them lectures. I tell them, 'I see you sitting back in there, not taking notes, and that makes an impression on me.'
"I've had talks with guys, I just had one of these two weeks ago, and I told this guy, 'The coach who works with you said you can go to the Pro Bowl. But you aren't going to go because you don't want to go to the Pro Bowl. I'm just telling you this for you and your family. What you're going to do is bounce from team to team to team unless you get in gear. And you're going to wind up a mess.'
"I told him, 'Here's what we see, and here's what's going to happen unless you fix it.' That guy has a little girl, and he loves that little girl. And I told him, 'You're going to play six years, and she's going to have to figure out where she's going to college. Or you're going to play 12, and she never has to worry about anything the rest of her life. And it's up to you.' Sometimes it works. Sometimes, you know . . .
"I hate having those meetings. But if you don't have them, I think you hurt the team."
1. It has to be a starter. No backup is going to the Pro Bowl.
2. The player has to be on offense. All the starters on defense if anything, have been overachieving.
3. It has to be a player who is not playing hurt.
4. It has to be a player with less than six years in the league. This eliminates starters like Cory Raymer, etc. This is Gardener's 4th season, whereas it is only Dockery's 2nd.
5. The player has to be an underachiever.
My 1st choice: Rod Gardener
My 2nd choice: Derrick Dockery
My guess is Gardener will be playing for another team in 2005, which will confirm this.
P.S. The player in question has a small daughter. Anyone have a current 2004 Press Guide? A clue might be found in the press guide, where it indicates sometimes whether a player is married or single, etc.
Question: Gardener seems to be doing a lot of nightclubbing into the wee hours, and may be a bad influence on younger players like Sean Taylor. Is Gardener even married?