confrontation with Clinton Portis made its way into the press. Suddenly, people started to come out of the woodwork to argue that Sellers was a terrible run blocker. My own opinion is that Sellers has been a very good blocker throughout his tenure with the Redskins, but has naturally declined with age (he’s 34 years old). Nonetheless, he has probably been somewhat overrated by Redskins fans. That made the viciousness with which the fans turned on him pretty startling.Mike Sellers started taking a lot of heat after his locker room
I wrote a post defending him at one point, although you may note that a commenter took strong exception.
I will admit that as the year went on I started to come around and see more and more missed assignments and failed blocks. I honestly can’t tell you if his performance declined or if I started to notice his flaws more readily.
Now will Sellers be a Redskin next year? Some argue that he is more effective as a blocking tight end, where he lined up (or motioned to) almost as often as at fullback last year. But Todd Yoder is already a pretty good blocking tight end, and in case you’re unaware we already have two pretty good pass catchers in addition. So that may be a hard place for Sellers to find a spot.
And I hope that someone will correct me if I’m wrong, but I am under the impression that the Shanahans (Mike and Kyle) are more inclined to use smaller, receiving-threat fullbacks than big 300+ pound leadblockers. If that’s the case, Sellers could be in serious trouble.
Eddie Williams, largely forgotten even before his injury last year, may be a viable possibility – he is more of a smaller, receiving H-back type who could be valuable in the passing game.
So before the coaching change, I was of a mind that Sellers should probably be replaced, but more due to age than performance. But under the Shanahan regime it may be even more difficult for him to find a role. I would give pretty decent odds that either Eddie Williams or an addition from outside will be the Redskins starting fullback in 2010.