Thoughts on the Redskins-Rams trade and more

Posted by Bernie Kosar on March 13, 2012 – 3:59 pm

By Bernie Kosar, Special Contributor to

Here are my takes on some key Browns and NFL issues made while appearing on “Cleveland Browns Daily, Driven by Liberty Ford”:

On the Washington Redskins not being denied in their efforts to acquire the second overall pick of the draft from the St. Louis Rams: I actually think, even if the Browns would have topped that offer of three first-round picks and a second-round pick this year — which would have been aggressive, I know — the Washington Redskins and Daniel Synder and Mike Shanahan were all-in, and they were going to top it again. So if it took three number ones and a number two and that was topped by somebody, I fully believe they we’re going to come back with a couple number twos and a fourth number one. But they were going to win this battle.

On how the Browns might proceed with their two first-round choices with teams, such as the Rams, possibly looking to make trades with their additional picks: A lot of teams are talking about the same things that the Browns are talking about: “We need playmakers, we need difference makers.” You never know what teams are going to want and if they’ll fall in love with a specific player. We all know the names of some of the top-tier guys who have been bandied about and there might be interest. It’s probably not at the level there is for Andrew Luck or RG3, but at the level of being advantageous to at least consider doing things to acquire difference-makers. There are only X-amount of elite players and some teams will do whatever it costs to get them.

On the added pressure being placed on Robert Griffin III because the Redskins gave up so much to acquire the No. 2 overall pick of the draft: I think both young quarterbacks, RGIII and Andrew Luck, are really put in as challenging as tough a situation as any young quarterbacks have been in in a long time with all the media, with all the attention, with giving up all that the Redskins did to trade trade for the second pick, with replacing Peyton Manning in Indianapolis. Those two young men are going to be under enormous pressure like no other quarterback has probably seen before.

On how, from my personal experience, that pressure is handled: At the end of the day, the business of sports, the business of football, really isn’t something that’s on the forefront of your mind. When you’re in the facility, when you’re around the guys, when you’re in the media rooms, when you have a chance to play, you’re so obsessed and so laser-focused on what you need to do to make your team good, to make the plays you need to make, to do your job. You always hear Bill Belichick, whenever NFL Films has a microphone on him during a game, tell his players, “Do your job!” That’s attention to yourself and being productive and the singular focus that just really overrides everything if you’re going to be successful now. If you want to fail, start thinking of all the expectations, start thinking of everything that’s going on around you. Get off task, get off the specifics of doing your job, and you’re going to increase the percentages of making mistakes.

Be sure to catch Bernie Kosar’s regular appearances with Vic Carucci on “Cleveland Browns Daily, Driven by Liberty Ford,” Monday through Friday, 6-7 p.m. ET, live on ESPN 850 WKNR and

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