Execution Is One Piece of the Puzzle

Last week ESPN Monday Night Football analyst, Ron Jaworski, commented that “execution”, no play calling was the problem the Washington Redskins were having in their troubles. I could not disagree more.

Blaming the problems solely on execution is the easy “television” answer that no one can dispute with conviction. Yes, the players must execute the plays that are called, but if the players do not understand the plays they are being asked to execute, because the coaching staff is not adequately preparing the players to execute successful plays, because the management/ownership is putting pieces of the puzzle together that do not fit, then what you have is a hodge-podge of good pieces that do not work well together. 

Accountability starts at the top, and that top begins with ownership. That goes for the 7-0 Indianapolis Colts to the 0-7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Daniel Snyder purchased the Washington Redskins in 1999 and has been on a furious spending spree ever since, signing once great players from other teams to outrageous contracts for his beloved Redskins. This has spawned a very unimpressive record of 69-79 in regular season games since that time. Not one of the coaches during the Snyder era has yielded an overall winning record during his coaching tenure.

If the Redskins want to become a winning franchise again, it is time the management/ownership structure takes a hard look in the mirror at where the problems truly lie. And now with the recent ban on signs brought to the games and using the excuse that this policy is being implemented for “fan safety” is about one of the most laughable and transparent excuses I have ever heard.

Mr. Snyder has a right to say what he wants when he wants and how he wants as owner of the Washington Redskins, however at some point he has to stop making excuses for futility and take responsibility for the good AND the bad.  Mr. Snyder, please reach out to those who have truly been successful in the game and LISTEN to see where your personal faults lie.

This is a very humbling case to preset to a billionaire, but Snyder can only enhance his image and recapture the glory of yesteryear, by listening to the fans (or at least faking it).

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