Today's NFL is heavily reliant on advanced metrics and next-level statistics, yet it's also unfortunately devoid of one key measurement: A way to track who is involved in the most on-field skirmishes, shoving matches and verbal sparring sessions.
If something like this did happen to exist, then the member of the Redskins whose name would likely show up more often than almost everyone this side of Trent Williams would be Pierre Garçon. That's because, if there's some sort of post-play action going on during a typical Sunday, it feels like the 29-year-old wideout is always there to add in a healthy push or to go facemask-to-facemask with an opponent.
And, according to his teammates, #88 happens to be really good at it.
In an article put out by ESPN on Sunday, the reporters who cover each of the league's 32 franchises were asked to identify which guy is the top trash-talker on their beat's roster. Redskins reporter John Keim turned to some players to help him come up with his choice, and he said that Garçon was the most mentioned name — easily.
Running back Chris Thompson, for one, said that the Garçon you see off the gridiron is hard to recognize compared to the one you see on it.
"When he steps on that field, he flips a switch and he's totally different," he told Keim. "We know on game day that the angry Haitian guy is coming out."
Added Keim: The veteran has "passion and toughness, both of which are among the reasons he's popular with the coaches."
Garçon plays angrily and he apparently talks angrily as well. So if the 'Skins opt to part ways with the wide receiver this offseason — he carries with him a pretty hefty cap hit in 2016, after all — then they'll not only have to replace his catches and yardage totals, but'll also be forced to find a way to replace his smack-talk, too.