The LA Times’ Gary Klein has a great read on Los Angeles Rams safety Mark Barron. One quote jumped off the screen, though:
I wasn’t uncomfortable, but at the same time I didn’t know everything that I needed to know...It was simplified. It was pretty much ‘You have this gap, take care of that and play from there.’
Now, I know what’s going on here and I know what’s going on there. You have to know everything that’s going on around you to be as comfortable as you can be.
I’ll let you as the reader decide how you want to parse that, but here are two facts I think are worth pointing out given that Barron didn’t know everything he needed to know:
- Last year was Barron’s fourth NFL season after four years at the University of Alabama. He is not an inexperienced football player.
- The 2015 St. Louis Rams employed numerous individuals to teach their players how to play football according to their system. They are called “coaches.”
I find it wildly curious that Barron “didn’t know everything that [he] needed to know” in 2015, the season AFTER the Rams traded for him from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with what had to be thousands of hours of practices and training camp and film sessions and the entire menu of educational instruction opportunities NFL players take advantage of to get ready to play football.
But hey. He said it.