While Washington Redskins fullback Darrel Young recorded a career-high five touchdowns during the 2014 season — including the team's first touchdown in each of the first three games — he believes his production means little if the wins aren't coming.
In 2014, the Redskins got just four of them.
A countdown of the Top 10 images of Redskins fullback Darrel Young during the 2014 season
"I think the problem is right now we have the talent, we just have got to find who to follow and where to go with this thing," Youn said. "Follow guys like Trent [Williams], not only because he's a Pro Bowler, but because he's out there playing hurt. Showing signs like that, guys who are willing to play hurt and play and understand injury and pain just go through stuff like that. We've got to piggyback off those guys and try to go forward."
Like his teammates, Young understands that winning can solve the disappointment.
But he also knows that can't happen without improvement from the entire roster.
"A win cures everything; you want to win games," he said. "That's what we can do. That's the only thing we can do to put ourselves in a situation to be better. You win games, we're not sitting here talking about Green Bay's problems. Everybody's talking about [Tom] Brady and then all of a sudden that went away because they won some more games. At the end of the day, you win games, all your problems are solved."
Young said that from an offensive standpoint, he's going to really hone in on improving as a lead blocker for Alfred Morris and the rest of the team's running backs this offseason.
While Morris appeared in his second straight Pro Bowl last week — and he recorded his third straight 1,000-yard season since being drafted in the sixth-round of the 2012 NFL Draft — Young wants to eliminate those games in which the Redskins struggled to get it going on the ground by "finishing blocks [to] help Alfred on the second level."
"You know what you're going to get from your O-linemen at the first level," Young said. "Good things happen, bad things happen, but the big runs are what happens on the next level – the linebackers, secondary – so for me, personally, I want to get the hell out of Alfred's way and be better for him, open holes for him, give him clearer reads."
Thoughts On Gruden In Year One, Moving Forward
From his first time in front of the entire team until exit interviews the day after the season finale, Young said he saw continuous growth in not only head coach Jay Gruden, but first-year offensive coordinator Sean McVay as well.
It marked the first time Gruden and McVay had worked together in their current capacities, and while Young said there were moments where the two had to work on situations they hadn't faced before, they've built a foundation that will allow them to succeed moving forward.
That starts with passion for the game.
"He's excited all the time regardless win, lose or draw, because he's going to come coach his butt off," Young said of Gruden. "He's one of those guys that you can always count on him to be honest with you. He tells you the truth. When you go out the door, you're trying to figure out what's next. 'What can I work on coach?' He'll tell you the truth. He might joke with you and he might laugh, but he'll tell you the truth and that's what you appreciate from a guy like that."