Hail To the Redskins (not)

If a loss to a team (Detroit Lions) that had not won a game in almost two years was not bad enough, another loss to a team that was 0-5 (Kansas City Chiefs) was even more of a devastating blow.  The Washington Redskins are in a free-fall tailspin with no positive way out in sight. The Redskins have had six coaches since owner Daniel Snyder took over in 1999, and the only coaches to have winning seasons during that time were Norv Turner and Joe Gibb’s 10-6 seasons in 1999 and 2005 respectively.

Since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, the Pittsburgh Steelers have had a whopping three coaches (Chuck Knoll, Bill Cowher, and Mike Tomlin). The Steelers have the most franchise Super Bowl wins (six) of any other NFL franchise. The ownership group has remained the same since the inception of the franchise and each coach has always had the support of the Rooneys with a support system that allows for each coach to be successful in his tenure.

I am not so sure the same can be said of the Redskins organization.  The Redskins are arguably one of the NFL’s most storied franchises, but as of late seem to be one of the NFL’s most storied and dismal franchises.  Snyder is also arguably one of the wealthiest owners in the NFL, but is often criticized for being too impulsive and concerned about the entertainment dollar than building a quality football team on the field. It takes time to build a winning tradition in the NFL. Buying high-priced free agents and over-paying players who have not yet lived up to their contracts is a sure fire way to create a disastrous locker room environment that harbors inconsistent results. The Redskins’ stadium (FedEx Field) holds roughly 90,000 fans and is the largest regular seat capacity stadium in the NFL. The stadium may be luxurious and provide great sightlines and entertainment value, but if the Redskins do no do a better job of putting a quality product on the field, their stadium will be drawing less fans than the prestigious high school playoff football games played at these stadiums in the late fall days of the football season. 

With the losses mounting for the Redskins, the pressure on Coach Jim Zorn rising, his play calling duties being stripped, the hiring of “offensive consultant” Sherm Lewis, the backlash of former players such as John Riggins becoming more profound, and now the fate of Executive Vice President of Football Operations Vinny Cerrato’s job security being questioned, one can only wonder what is going on in the mind of Mr. Snyder!

Things that make you go, “Hmmmmm?”


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