DC Examiner: Redskins' safety Doughty deals with hearing loss

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The most prolific speech reader gets about 40% of what is said. This is because many sounds have the same shape on the lips.

As someone that has certification in Auditory Impairments, I applaud Reed and how he struggles to over come this challenge.
 

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I have so much respect for this kid, I can't even put it into words. (Though I've tried, many times.) But I'll say this. Next to the word perseverence in the dictionary, there is most certainly a picture of Reed Doughty.

I really respect Coach Jackson for the adjustments he made in the film room too. Even if he's not specifically addressing Reed, it's cool that he doesn't talk with his back to the room.

Reed may not be the best player in the locker room, but he's definitely one of the best people, and one that I admire a great deal.
 

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I don't think Reed will ever be dominant Mike. He is one of those guys that the team can rely on and the type of guy that every team needs. He is not going to be the next Ronnie Lott or even John Lynch for that matter. We will never see him in the Pro-Bowl. He goes to work, does his job to the best of his abilities and does not complain. These type of players are the unsung heroes (that word is overused, cops, firefighters, and military personnel are the real heroes, I am just at a loss for a better word right now) of a football team.

It is nice to see his teammates and coaches adapt to his unique situation.
 

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I understand what both of you guys are saying, but my favorite Skins have always been the "grab your hardhat and go to work," kinda guys.

Was Monte Coleman a dominant player? Not really. He had a big play knack, but for the most part, he was just a solid guy who led by example. He's also my all-time favorite Redskin.

I'm not real happy about Reed at FS. He almost seems too hesitant to take a risk sometimes. There was a play in the Bills game where he could've jumped the route and maybe had a pick, but he was content to make the tackle after a 15-yard gain or so.

I think the knock on his speed is pretty ridiculous though. (Not that it's been made in this thread. He regularly runs step-for-step with the fastest guys on the field, but he gets beat by a fingertip. Which, yes, is still getting beat.) His 40 isn't great, but he does have football speed.

Still, as one of the most sure tacklers on the team, I'd rather seem him at strong, almost acting like a fifth LB of sorts. I think Landry, for all of HIS flaws, is better suited to play out of position than is Reed.
 

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I'm not real happy about Reed at FS. He almost seems too hesitant to take a risk sometimes.

Still, as one of the most sure tacklers on the team, I'd rather seem him at strong, almost acting like a fifth LB of sorts. I think Landry, for all of HIS flaws, is better suited to play out of position than is Reed.

I agree completely. I don't like him at FS at all, but we really do not have better options right now. He is definitely an in the box safety. When he is up front, I am fine with him.
 

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I agree completely. I don't like him at FS at all, but we really do not have better options right now. He is definitely an in the box safety. When he is up front, I am fine with him.
I think Landry is better at free, though that difference probably isn't as big as most think. But I think Doughty is a lot better than Landry at strong. He reads the play faster, and wraps up.

(Laron, if you're reading this, I'll explain what "wrap up" means in a later post.)
 

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Your last line made me laugh. If Landry could tackle in the open field, I would say he is way better than Reed at free, mainly because he is more athletic and can cover the field better.

I will reserve my judgement on Landry at strong. I hope he wraps up this year and does not over pursue the play. I have a feeling he will though. He has the ability, just needs to play more confined.
 

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I will reserve my judgement on Landry at strong. I hope he wraps up this year and does not over pursue the play. I have a feeling he will though. He has the ability, just needs to play more confined.
Yeah, I probably should reserve judgement too, but my big mouth has gotten me in more trouble than this can, so I won't.

I think Doughty and Horton are both better at strong than Landry. And the fact that Landry IS the best athlete in the bunch is why I'd like to see him at free again. I keep thinking (more like wishing) that the playoff game in Seattle wasn't a fluke. The guy can cover some ground and has pretty good ball instincts. I just hope we don't see him in the box this year, getting trucked by Jacobs et al again. I'll tell you right now, I'll be hot. Because, like I said, I think we have two guys who are better in that spot.

I can't help but wonder though, if Horton had been the first rounder (and healthy) and Landry was the seventh, would we be looking at Horton at FS and Doughty at SS? I think so.

I hope we don't have another Robert McCune type on our hands.

(Sorry for the negativity, I've just been disappointed with Landry till now.)
 

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This continues to make for a great story. I wonder if he is familiar with Gallaudet?

I won't be surprised if he has a good game on Sunday night. He seems to always do well against the Cowboys.
 

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I have visions of Cowboys' receivers getting behind Doughty down the field for big gains.

His lack of footspeed is obvious. The fact the Redskins failed yet AGAIN to acquire a true free safety to back up Kareem Moore is unforgiveable.
 

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HH, no need to be sorry for the negativity. I think every Redskins fan has been disappointed in him so far.

I agree that not picking up a true free safety either to take the spot as a starter or as a back up to Kareem is a problem. I would not say it is unforgiveable because Allen and co. cannot overturn the whole roster in one off-season. Kareem Moore does seem to be injury prone, which is a problem. I am sure we will be looking for one next off season.

There are a lot of holes on the team right now. We have band aids. I believe Allen and co. are doing the best they can to field a competitive team. It is hard to overcome many years of poor decision making.

For the record, I thought it was scary that Shannahan was coming in here with Allen. I never like Shanny's moves in Denver, and Allen did not make too many good decisions with the Bucs. In his defense though, the Bucs owners do not want to spend money on American Football, but instead opt to spend it on Soccer. I think the jury is out on whether or not they can turn around this team. We will be tougher on the field, but will we have the proper personnel?
 

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