Amerson knows what it's like to see a coach fired

Amerson knows what it's like to see a coach fired
December 13, 2013, 10:15 am
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Washington Redskins cornerback David Amerson (39) looks on against the Buffalo Bills in the second half of an NFL preseason football game Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, in Landover, Md.

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Redskins rookie cornerback David Amerson knows what it feels like to watch a coach go through his final games before being fired, he saw it last year in college. And now he could be seeing it again.

“In college, it was kind of similar kind of stuff going on, whether coach was going to be there or not,” Amerson said Thursday at Redskins Park.

In Amerson's final season at N.C. State last year, the Wolfpack fired coach Tom O’Brien after some slightly public disagreements with athletic director Debbie Yow. Now in the NFL, Amerson finds himself again in a locker room surrounded by rumors of a coaching change.

“It was kind of like the same energy,” Amerson said, comparing his final days in college with the Redskins situation now.

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“Not saying everyone is going to get fired, I’m just saying the way people are talking about things. It was kind of the same vibe, same feeling.”

Much of the controversy at Redskins Park stems from the alleged relationship between franchise quarterback Robert Griffin III and team owner Dan Snyder. Washington coach Mike Shanahan does not like the friendship between RG3 and Snyder, the rumor goes, and likely wants out of town because of it.

Whether because of that chaos, or as publicly stated to preserve the player’s health, Shanahan plans to shut down Griffin for the remaining three games of the season. Despite all of the noise, Amerson said he has not talked to Griffin on the topic.

“You try to stay away from things like that, you don’t want to make guys feel uncomfortable,” Amerson said. “I know I would want people to leave me alone about something like that.”

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For a rookie cornerback, Amerson has played pretty well. In 13 games, he’s registered 41 tackles, one forced fumble, and two interceptions. Amerson showed the playmaking potential that got Washington to draft him in the second round with a pick-six against Oakland in the team’s first win of the season.

“I feel like it's been pretty good. I’ve learned a lot of things, and am still learning,” he said of his rookie year. “I defintely think that the more experience I get, the better I feel out there, the better I play. I try to build off of that.”

At 3-10, the Redskins will undoubtedly finish with a disappointing record, but the chatter surrounding the team seems to make things worse. But according to Amerson, the losses weigh more on the rookie’s mind than the chaos.

“That's pretty much the cause of everything. If we were winning it would be a whole different story.”