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Pablo Eisenberg

A Senior Fellow at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute, Pablo Eisenberg served for 23 years as Executive Director of the Center for Community Change.

Snyder must go

In response to the question: Can you strip a leader of responsibility without completely undermining him or her?

Taking the most important part of Coach Zorn's job away from him -- play calling -- totally undermines his leadership and that of Redskins management, which has been criticizing him throughout the season.

The management of the Redskins, especially Dan Snyder, has failed to show leadership. It never recruited young players for both the offensive and defensive lines and did not increase the capacity of the team to win the league championship. Until Snyder goes, the Redskins will not have a chance to field an outstanding team.

By Pablo Eisenberg

 |  October 26, 2009; 1:06 PM ET
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Dan Snyder has no long range plan. He keeps trying to buy a winning team. Players, and coaches are changed yearly. He has destroyed the team slowly since he first purchased it. He needs to let someone who knows how to run a team come in and build a program. It may take 3-5 years, but in the long run, we will get a winning team. Or better yet sell the team to someone who cares.

Posted by: carl15 | October 28, 2009 6:21 AM
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You people seem to forget that Snyder OWNS the Redskins and as the owner, what YOU think doesn't really matter! The only way for you to get rid of him is to make the Redskins unprofitable. Otherwise he will just thumb his rich nose at you and continue to do what he does best: MAKE MONEY!!!

Posted by: joeblotnik49 | October 28, 2009 5:59 AM
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The present Redskins owner, Mr. Snyder, started the downfall of the Redskins on the first day that he owned the team. He should sell the team to somebody who is more knowledgeable and more dedicated to a sports team. Or at least stop being actively involved and hire a good manager to run the team.

Posted by: ricwpcomics | October 28, 2009 4:19 AM
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To the point and bang on Pablo. Snyder is the cancer that is killing the Redskins. He has to go, and all that go to the games and put money in his pockets are not helping the team. Be brave, stay home.

Posted by: TRACIETHEDOLPHIN | October 28, 2009 2:56 AM
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Snyder knows marketing and how to make money on the business side. For example, take an $800M investment and making it worth $1.5B.

HOWEVER, he knows NOTHING about running a sports franchise.

The Cooks, built the Redskins organization into one of the most beloved and respected sports organizations in all professional sports. In 10 short years, Snyder has destroyed a storied organization through horrible leadership and caustic management.

A great quote from USNWR "Leadership is having a vision for the future and an ability to motivate subordinates; management is the methods used in pursuing that vision in way that is profitable."

The only vision Snyder has is short sighted and focused on dollar signs and not on building a winning team, a respected organization franchise or a fan base.

It makes you wish Jack Kent Cook never changed his will.

Posted by: rockyjr | October 28, 2009 1:57 AM
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A good business man? Even that premise has been suspect for as long as this character has been on the local stage. Clearly he lacks any leadership knowledge. That is the psychology of motivation and how to implement it. His reputation as a marketer is suspect as well. Anyone can make a mint off the Redskins. It’s a matter of gall not talent. Furthermore, that bio on Wikipedia that makes him look like some Horatio Alger protagonist is a bit much. Who does a guy in his mid 20s who has already lost millions of other people’s money already get more millions in seed capital? It’s possible – not very probable.
My point – He’s not a good business man. He was very, very, lucky --once.

Posted by: jwallace2 | October 28, 2009 12:00 AM
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I agree with Mr Eisenberg that Snyder should go. Then again, he does own the team and has lots of money so it's unlikely.

And then I step back and remember: it's only football, not real life.

Posted by: gce1356 | October 27, 2009 11:27 PM
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Everyone needs to chill out a bit. There are other bad teams in the league, and none of them stay bad for that long. Its simply the Skins turn to be bad. These things go in cycles. Because the skins have won super bowls in the past, the fan base is a bit spoiled and unrealistic in their expectations. To be honest, i'd rather be terrible for a couple of years so we can rebuild and get some draft picks rather than continually scrape to 9-7 fighting for a first round loss in the playoffs and trading our picks away for the chance at signing some free agent that we believe will help us win immediately. At this point, i think its pretty obvious to snyder, zorn, vinny that we need to do things the right way. It will turn out for the best, it just may take 2 or 3 years.

Posted by: crossingubadly | October 27, 2009 11:16 PM
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I encourage everyone to treat Snyder the way he treats the fans, as a business consumer. The only way to get his attention is to deny him the opportunity to make any money from you. Stop watching, stop going to the games, stop buying anything redskins related. Tell business owners that are "official of the skins" that their relationship with the skins is making you reconsider your business relationship with that particular business. If Snyder wants to treat fans as a consumer instead of a customer, then tell him how you feel with your consumer power. Vote with your dollars and potential dollars and vote "No".

Posted by: CandyMan72 | October 27, 2009 11:04 PM
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I stopped watching the Redskins shortly after Snyder bought the team - I knew then that he was a bad apple. The Redskins will not be an inspirational championship team until we have a new owner. That will happen some day. Until then, I have plenty of other things to enjoy.

Posted by: GreenMommy1 | October 27, 2009 10:50 PM
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Snyder couldn't lead a rummy to a free drink.

Posted by: MartinZook | October 27, 2009 10:30 PM
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wow, people are so naive. if the redskins win, it doesn't matter. you really think dan snyder will sell the redskins?? what a joke. the thing that pisses me off is how players celebrate when they are loosing by more than 10 points. also, when the loudspeakers wail, hail to redskins at the end of a game they just lost...that is just wrong. dan snyder doesn't piss me off. vinny cerrato does and he's idiocracy. i thought jim zorn was a good coach, but none of his players really seemed to be ready to go week in and week out, and that may be on the players, but it does reflect on your head coach. unfortunately, danny boy will probably keep cerrato and hire john gruden, which is going to be good for like 2 years, and then the same thing will happen again, mediocrity, frustration, and pundits criticizing from their cushy offices. what a joke.

Posted by: hezbollaskins | October 27, 2009 10:20 PM
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We all know Snyder has turned into a really bad joke in this town. Will he sell? Probably he will if he can find the 1.5 billion price for the team. He flunked putting a good product on the field, but he has made a ton of money off the team.

I don't see anyway this nitwit can take his wife out to dinner without reserving the whole restaurant and bringing body guards along at this point. Who wants to live their life that despised? If tar and feathering were still acceptable Dan would have been on the first rail car out of DC right after the Detroit game looking like a chicken, feathers and all.

He has failed. If he wants to save face at this point he has to sell this team. He can apologize to the fans and mutter something about the good of the franchise. He obviously can't run one.

How about the latest Redskin move. No signs at the stadium for fams. What's the matter Dan you don't want your kids to see what Redskins fan think of you? It's a little late now as the cat is out of the bag. Newsflash to Dan: We don't like you very much for ruining the Redskins and putting an insipid product on the field. You are nothing but a common thief who sues 72 year old women for seats they can no longer afford, exiles the time honored tradition of tailgating to the Isle of Elba and now bans signs at the games. All the while telling the public it's for their own good while everyone with an IQ above 5 knows this isn't the case. It's so you can either make more money or not have to witness what people really think about you.

Sell the team. You'll do yourself and all the fans a service. You make money and we have a chance of seeing football played in DC again.

Posted by: boblund1 | October 27, 2009 9:37 PM
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Snyder must do the following:

1.) He must make a public apology to the fans for the unmitigated disaster he has produced.

2.) Commit seppuku.

Posted by: justshoothim | October 27, 2009 9:22 PM
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I think it is sad that some people on the Redskins official message board are saying that the Washington Post are making up stories when it comes to Snyder. They further claim that Snyder is doing nothing wrong and is nowhere near as bad as he is made out to be.

Visual evidence says otherwise, but somehow people just want to believe what they want to believe.

Posted by: Randy_Hawkins | October 27, 2009 9:20 PM
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I wonder if Daniel Snyder is reading this. Not one person has had a single good thing to say about him. If it were about me, and I was reading it, I would conclude that I needed to listen and to change, maybe even get out of the game. But what is it with this guy that he just doesn't seem to get it? Can a person really be that deaf to the truth? I find it amazing.

Posted by: dorofacol | October 27, 2009 8:54 PM
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I think that Los Angeles will have a pro football team in the very near future. It's a business deal. At least the United will finally get a stadium when the Redskins club leaves town.

Posted by: joe_b_stanley | October 27, 2009 8:38 PM
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Dan Snyder "The Owner Who Could Not" Must Go! Problem Number One: Dan Snyder Problem Two: Vinny Cerrato Problem Three: Fans who continue to Support Snyder by purchasing Tickets, attending games, and buying Skins Merchandise...Boycott the Redskins, until we get new ownership, for the sake of the Franchise...

Posted by: skins1985 | October 27, 2009 8:20 PM
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The management of the Redskins, especially Dan Snyder, has failed to show leadership. It never recruited young players for both the offensive and defensive lines and did not increase the capacity of the team to win the league championship. Until Snyder goes, the Redskins will not have a chance to field an outstanding team.

Snyder has ruined the franchise...there has been no attitude of patience and building a tem' no attention to the offensive line - to re-create the winning skins formula of "the hogs"; too much impatience; too much commercialism at the new stadium; too many aging veterans brought in and too many future draft picks traded away. What a disaster -- such a high payroll, so few draft picks, such a dispirited losing tram with little to no prospect for the next few years.

Dan - get a clue. Get rid of the commericalism and get a five-year plan; quit trading draft picks; get a eal GM.

Posted by: david_misc | October 27, 2009 7:44 PM
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CERRATO must GO...
Snyder will never fire him because that would be admitting to SNYDER'S BAD HIRING DECISION
Granted Danny Boy needs to cut-bait and go away as well
Vinny built this disaster and HE should be fired, not Zorn

Posted by: chris@directhiredc.com | October 27, 2009 7:23 PM
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Amazing how many comments are here stating we should get rid of Snyder. I concur. But there were 88000 fans in attendance last night. We would need the rest of the season with less than 40000 fans there, and no one buying merchandise, and no on e patronizing the advertisers on SnydeRadio to start the bankruptcy hearing. Any ideas?

Because as it stands...a fool and his money are soon parted. And there are 88000 fools in Washington.

Posted by: 20yrskinfan | October 27, 2009 7:07 PM
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I can't believe it! Finally, most of the comments are talking about getting rid of Snyder!

It's the ones who think that is unrealistic who are being unrealistic. They talk about getting a new GM - that Snyder won't listen to; getting a new coach - for The Danny to slowly tar and feather, one feather at a time; getting a new offensive line (they don't have linemen in fantasy football!!!!)....

It is beyond stupid to talk about repainting the casement windows when the homeowner is putting a million pounds of TNT underneath the foundation, and holding a lit match.

Posted by: poorskins | October 27, 2009 6:48 PM
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Fedex Field and Dan Snyder have been disasters for the 'Skins. I grew up going to games with my dad in the '70s and '80s at RFK...it rocked and we had no problem with parking! He had season tix for decades but gave them up after those seats became super nosebleeds at Fedex Field (not a good way to reward your long-time, die hard fans...that was the beginning of the end).

Posted by: alisamkeith | October 27, 2009 6:23 PM
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Someone with resources must initiate a hostile takeover. Snyder has ruined a team, a legacy, careers, made the Skins the butt of jokes, and set the poorest example of leadership. It's been more than 20 years since I've been to a game and I have vowed never to go to one as long as he is the owner. Ted, do you have any extra bucks?

Posted by: Steakum | October 27, 2009 6:16 PM
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enough talking, time for action. the only action that's feasible is to starve the midget. stop buying tickets, concessons, merchandise; support the team, but watch on tv, don't go to games any more. no amount of talking is going to move that midget.

Posted by: nolngeraseasontixhder | October 27, 2009 6:05 PM
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i was a skins fan since 62 (norm snead at q.b. and a single feather running from the back of the helmet to the front. beautiful!) but no more. as long as this team is the exclusive property of a self centered, arrogant brat, i will forego watching or caring about n.f.l. football.

Posted by: jimfilyaw | October 27, 2009 5:52 PM
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Please sell the Redskins
Please sell the team
We're on the wrong path
Dan must leave DC

Run then pass then punt
the offense can't score
Where players come to quit
cuz Danny pays more

Snyder is scum
Vinny too dumb
Get out of washington!
Rah Rah Rah!

Please sell the Redskins
Please sell the team
We're on the wrong path
Dan must leave DC!

Posted by: ZeroHero0 | October 27, 2009 5:45 PM
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Synder has been the primary owner of the Redskins for a decade, and what we've seen is comprehensive and deep fleecing of the money of the fans, with great success for him, and continually acting out his impulses about the team, with dismal results for team performance. He has earned multiple times over this action: firing.

I am firing Snyder. No ticket purchases. No viewing or listening to the games. (If you do, note the advertisers and boycott them -- of course tell them of your action, and why.) Also, no purchase of 6 Flags tickets. And no purchase of anything else with which I learn that Snyder is involved.

Non-violent action has produced awesome change when it spoke truth to power and was carried out with commitment. It can do the same in getting rid of Snyder. The fans have the truth, and they also have the power of their pocketbooks. All Snyder has is title to the Redskins and a well earned repution that approaches the dismal one of the unreformed Scrooge.

One last thing. If you should see Snyder, don't give him any attention, no shouts, no looks; rather, shun him -- turn your back to him. If you wish, lift up your foot so the bottom of a shoe is toward him. Shunning is a very powerful way of conveying the very low regard he has earned for himself in the past decade.

Join me and others. It's a big step for fans to take, but Snyder's mismanagement and the team's performance this season has provided powerful support for my actions. And, do I feel good that I am no longer supporting Snyder's continued fleecing of wallets and mismanagement of the team.

I'm looking forward to the day of celebration when Snyder accepts his firing and sells the team.

Posted by: jimb | October 27, 2009 5:34 PM
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Snyder is an arrogant control freak. He could care less about his fans and only desires to take their money and be a celebrity of sorts, for better or worse. He'll have Tom Cruise in his box but never a paying customer. He'll always be a meddler because he clearly can't resist. One of these years he'll get lucky and win it all. He will than feel absolved and act like some sort of super hero. That won't last long. It's sad that his wife has publicly stated that she cannot understand why everyone is so hard on her husband. Ignorance is obviously bliss.

Posted by: wp318676 | October 27, 2009 5:16 PM
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Danny Boy believes that being a businessman by itself is sufficient to mold a good football team. One of the basic tenets of management is that you place responsibility and accountability in the hands of competent people and allow them full scope to do what they were hired to do. The owner sets overall objectives but does not micro manage and second guess decisions of his or her management team. Unfortunately, we live in a society that believes that money is the most important thing in the world and that people run a poor second. I believe, however, that if you treat people in a decent manner, they will work their hardest and best for you.

Posted by: fasm7700 | October 27, 2009 5:00 PM
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Boycott all advertisers and sponsors of redskin games. and tell them why.

Posted by: californicationdude | October 27, 2009 4:57 PM
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Is this guy serious? Is he just coming to this conclusion? He's really going out on a limb. In fact, part of his 'recruiting' comments are only half right. Be more obvious, chief. This guys 'brevity' is a waste of Post bandwidth. Let the sports section handle it.

Posted by: really9 | October 27, 2009 4:42 PM
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Of course, Snyder should go. In fact, I like the idea I read about of renaming the team "The Snyderattos" because of the way Snyder and Vinnue Cerratto have ruined what made this franchise great. When we think of Redskins, let's admit it: we think of Sammy Baugh, Jurgy, the classy and gifted Art Monk, Riggo and the Hogs-- this list could go on and on. Those men deserved to be called Redskins, while the current owner has squandered the right to use that grand old name for his team.

I grant to Snyder that he wants to win, but I'm not backing a wildcatter who tries to raise new money for a new oil drilling effort after he has rung up 20 dry holes so far without a single gusher. Mr Snyder: it ain't working, and pls don't tell me that a new coach will fix it. The really good coaches will see no reason to come here to get tossed under the bus one after another.

Posted by: wevans3 | October 27, 2009 4:09 PM
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one day, many, many years fron now, after one ediotic move after another, and one embarassing season after another, and so many good men in his wake, Snyder will accidently get the formula right and win a Superbowl and will be the hero he so desparately wants to be. And everybody will forget all the past and embrace him.

Posted by: RD0000 | October 27, 2009 4:05 PM
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I bet even Snyder's money thinks he's an ass.

Posted by: hortonhearsawho | October 27, 2009 4:00 PM
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Snyder is a jinx or worse. He turns good coaches into bad, Hall of Fame coaches into mediocre, rookie coaches into ....

Years ago the Saints had an owner who could never win. It is that way with the Redskins. In the second half those running piles of men move against the Redskins on offense and defense. Their hearts are not in their play. They can not bring themselves to "Win one for the Snyder." Indeed, they do not want to. The fans should protest and resist. Don't go to the games; block the beltway on game days; pick on a prominent TV sponsor and take inaction. Snyder can ridicule and dump Zorn, but no one can dump Snyder but the fans. Only fans can make Snyder dump the 'skins.

At this point it is better that they keep losing and they know it!

No coach will take the job without protection from Snyder. All candidates will know the risks, but some will take the money.

Fans have no fury like a coach "Zorned." It is amazing that the fans are not calling for Zorn's hide. Snyder is trying to torture him out; Zorn is hanging in for a proper, paid, firing. Two emasculated coaches do not a head coach make. As Monday night showed, it is dysfunctional.

Posted by: toquasin | October 27, 2009 3:52 PM
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Snyder is a jinx or worse. He turns good coaches into bad, Hall of Fame coaches into mediocre, rookie coaches into ....

Years ago the Saints had an owner who could never win. It is that way with the Redskins. In the second half those running piles of men move against the Redskins on offense and defense. Their hearts are not in their play. They can not bring themselves to "Win one for the Snyder." Indeed, they do not want to. The fans should protest and resist. Don't go to the games; block the beltway on game days; pick on a prominent TV sponsor and take inaction. Snyder can ridicule and dump Zorn, but no one can dump Snyder but the fans. Only fans can make Snyder dump the 'skins.

At this point it is better that they keep losing and they know it!

No coach will take the job without protection from Snyder. All candidates will know the risks, but some will take the money.

Fans have no fury like a coach "Zorned." It is amazing that the fans are not calling for Zorn's hide. Snyder is trying to torture him out; Zorn is hanging in for a proper, paid, firing. Two emasculated coaches do not make head coach make. As Monday night showed, it is dysfunctional.

Posted by: toquasin | October 27, 2009 3:51 PM
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Snyder as a leader. What does it say about a leader who endorses suing his old age customers, or who apparently directs his employees to remove audience members who sport "Dump Snyder" t-shirts? Can good leadership ever exist when the leader is so petty and thin skinned?

Posted by: atidwell | October 27, 2009 3:42 PM
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For the record, I have been a loyal Redskin fan for as long as I can remember, back to Super Bowl VII. This is the worst I have seen in a long while.

Bottom line, I am raising my son to watch baseball and hockey. We will buy Nats and Caps merchandise, but none from the Redskins until Daniel Snyder and Vinnie Cerrato get out of the way. At least the Nationals are improving.

Jack Kent Cooke is spinning in his grave.

Posted by: avagabond | October 27, 2009 3:18 PM
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I am almost 50 years old, I have been sitting in the same seats for about 30 years. I like most are sick to our stomacks as to what snyder had done to our team. If i was the coach I would quit and i just feel sorry for most of the players. I have been dreaming for years that one day before I die the skins will win again like the good old days... O how i miss Jack Kent Cooke, a great ol guy. snyder is a greedy snake and if i ever met him id love to just tell him what a jerk off he is,,he has distroyed our team. msg

Posted by: mralexva | October 27, 2009 2:46 PM
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I have been a 'Skins fan since they played in Griffith Stadium. I have been through bad times and good with the team. But I have never experienced the incompetence recently displayed by Snyder and his puppet Cerrato. They have destroyed a storied franchise. I was on the season ticket waiting list for 18 years and when the ticket office called and told me I had two seats, I almost fainted. Then they told me the price, which included two preseason games that had already been played and I had seen on TV. Snyder did not get my money and never will. I declined teh tickets and was taken off the list. I guess it is better than being sued over tickets. Until Snyder goes or hires a real General Manager and runs the team like the Giants, Steelers, Colts, Patriots and a very others, we will continue to struggle with overpriced free agents and revolving head coachs.

Posted by: Factfinder57 | October 27, 2009 2:34 PM
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I have been a 'Skins fan since they played in Griffith Stadium. I have been through bad times and good with the team. But I have never experienced the incompetence recently displayed by Snyder and his puppet Cerrato. They have destroyed a storied franchise. I was on the season ticket waiting list for 18 years and when the ticket office called and told me I had two seats, I almost fainted. Then they told me the price, which included two preseason games that had already been played and I had seen on TV. Snyder did not get my money and never will. I declined teh tickets and was taken off the list. I guess it is better than being sued over tickets. Until Snyder goes or hires a real General Manager and runs the team like the Giants, Steelers, Colts, Patriots and a very others, we will continue to struggle with overpriced free agents and revolving head coachs.

Posted by: Factfinder57 | October 27, 2009 2:34 PM
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While there is nothing that we fans can do about Snyder, he needs to recognize that he should behave more like his predecessor, Jack Kent Cooke. When Mr. Cooke owned the team, he had the sense to hire GOOD managers and coaches and he stayed out of their business and let them do their jobs. Mr. Snyder would be well advised to emulate this behavior so that the football professionals could do their jobs. Perhaps then the team could get back to winning games.

Posted by: nsoble | October 27, 2009 2:30 PM
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There is only one way to make Snyder sell: those of us that love the Redskins must give NO money, attend NO games and yes, pray for losses.
Synder is terrible owner but a smart businessman. If the Redskins become a toxic asset, unprofitable, he might sell.
Then we might get out team back.

Posted by: lvixer14 | October 27, 2009 2:19 PM
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Agree we have to cut off Snyder's cash flow to force him to sell the team. But let's not stop supporting the players and coaches ... so if you have already paid for tickets, go to the game -

BUT DON"T BUY ANYTHING!

That will start hurting him. If people can't handle that, then at least chant and do this:

SECOND QUARTER, DON'T ORDER!!!

That is probably his biggest revenue time at the stadium, so hurt his pocket book!

Despite my husband being a huge fan for the last 40 years, we are turning in our season tickets next year. We have heard others are going to do the same. Now we can see if there really is this 'huge waiting list' for tickets (I doubt it). That will help expose him and devalue the team.

Posted by: RLB4 | October 27, 2009 2:19 PM
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As virtually all have said and are saying the problems with the redskins are Snyders fault. The organization is simply disfunctional. But the premise that Snyder would leave is farfetched and unnecessary. He will not sell this team, he is making too much money and "root for the uniforms" fans will continue to give him money. I believe he really wants to win but he lacks ability to run an NFL franchise. He can't have both winning and him running the operations. Sooner or later (should have been 10 years ago) he will hire a professional, competent (as opposed to Serato) General Manager/Chief of football operations and give him total control. The redskins did not get here overnight, they will not get better overnight. It will take somebody who knows what they are doing a few years to build the kind of organization that is consistently competitive (see NE,Indy,NYG,Pitts, etc). If Snyder stays out of it it could happen. But as long as he tries to run the org himself or hires toadies who tell him his clothes look great it will not.

Posted by: giscone | October 27, 2009 2:17 PM
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I'm from Seattle where Zorn originally played and more recently had been the q-back coach. He's a right wing xtian relying on FAITH to make his decisions for him. Divine inspiration is what he should provide not wait for. Just because someone is good at one thing doesn't necessarily qualify him for another... Good w/ q-backs. Not with non believers.

Posted by: Mitchavery7 | October 27, 2009 1:54 PM
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Yep - no brainer. Worst owner in sports. From attempting to charge people to walk to the stadium, to his musical chair of coaches, to his over paying under performing players, to his treatment of Zorn.

He has passed Peter Angelos. Both have ruined two of the most solid, heralded franchises in sports.

Posted by: cfink | October 27, 2009 1:49 PM
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While I agree that Synder has management issues, there are some things that are totally beyond his control. The team's performance against Philly was an aberration because there were too many ominous things that occurred that you really cannot attribute to a dearth of skill(s) or management.

Posted by: thecoatesfamily | October 27, 2009 1:47 PM
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I've been a Redkins fan since 1975, when George Allen was the coach. I've enjoyed the good, suffered through the bad, and basked in the great. But this is the worst. I don't think the Redskins have been this bad for this long since 1960-61, when they were the last lily-white NFL team.

fate1's recipe for ridding us of Snyder is painful but necessary. He may own the team, but dammit, it's OUR TEAM. We will have to make the Redskins suffer to force Snyder to sell the team to Ted Leonsis. rshoephoto's "fantasy" of having Leonsis buy the team is a great one -- though admittedly my fantasies don't involve Leonsis.

Tdiveley: Management is the root problem with the Redskins. The GM didn't acquire players who could step in after injury or build a nucleus around which to build. It simply signed the flashiest free agent to a giant contract and declared all personnel problems now fixed. I agree Camplbell checks down too quickly, but I believe that's because he's instructed not to take chances, and there's nothing chancier than throwing deep.

Yes, it's the players' job to get the job done, but what is the job? For the Redskins it seems to be appeasing the owner. Management needs to be behind its people and give them the authority to do what needs to be done. I'd be tempted to tell them to fire those it won't back, but we've seen that movie before. It's not the players, necessarily. It's not the coaches, necessarily. It is necessarily the management.

We must come close to killing the Redskins in order to return them to glory.

Posted by: yo_tamon | October 27, 2009 1:36 PM
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I'm sorry, but isn't "the team owner should go because we don't like what he's doing with the team" a lot like "we should try to find a way to get the homeowner next to us to sell his property because we don't like the landscaping?" One solution: stop pretending that leadership in football has any social utility, and find a real cause to care about. I can't understand why the Washington Post devotes so much press to this sport. How about something thought provoking, like Malcolm Gladwell's New Yorker piece, "This is Your Brain on Football" - some journalistic leadership, in other words?

Posted by: KandJM | October 27, 2009 1:35 PM
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To hurt Snyder in the near term we need to stop using the Redskins sponsors, and let them know why: Papa Johns, Verizon, 7-11, FedEx, Sprint, Bank of America, Russell Athletic, etc.

Posted by: WaPoPoster | October 27, 2009 1:05 PM
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to get rid of the owner..fans must not showup at stadium for this season.

Posted by: King9 | October 27, 2009 12:49 PM
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DUH! You're just figuring this out now Pablo? He's been the problem since he took over. All the free agent signings and off season moves have cost this team (if that's what you wnat to call it) since at least 2000.

You should change your name to Captain Obivous Pablo!

Posted by: jwash4472 | October 27, 2009 12:41 PM
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Unfortunately until Snyder starts getting hurt in his wallet nothing will change. It is starting to happen but people have to stop attending games. Season ticket holders need to cancel there subscriptions and those on the waiting list for tickets need to say no thanks!! The man makes a killing based on the fans loyalty. They have been sold out since the 1960s. Until then Snyder has zero incentive to change his approach, his business model. He is raking it in. Not based on good decisions but on the 80,000+ people who loyally attend games. Living in NC now, there is very little I can do but scream at my tv but DC's fan based must stand up literally and demand a better product. boycott the games! hurt the mans wallet!! force Snyder to Sell!!!

Posted by: hellerdonk37 | October 27, 2009 12:40 PM
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Good to see someone stand up and say the obvious out loud. Li'l Danny is THE problem with this team. He and his faithful sidekick Vinnie have run this franchise into the ground and only selling the team or hiring a professional GM who is given 100% authority to run the team can ever revive it. No self-respecting coach would ever work for these two clowns and it would be hard to get a better coach than Zorn to come here under current management conditions.

Posted by: dolph924 | October 27, 2009 12:38 PM
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"I like to see Redskins fans take some kind of demonstrative action, such as a mass protest of Dan and Vinny's inability to manage and lead the Redskins. A mass protest could be held on a specific date in D.C.
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How about those with season tickets going to the game and having a tailgate protest.? Stay in the parking lot partying and protesting but don't go into the stadium. Oh I can see it on TV now...

But I'm close to giving up. I was really sad years ago when Short took the Senators from DC. Since then I have been an Orioles fan and have not switched back since the Nats came to town. I'm glad DC has a baseball team again don't get me wrong, but my loyalty is with the Orioles thanks to their treatment of the fans and the years I have been watching them.

Thanks to Danny I might also start following the Ravens instead of the Skins. Tickets should be easier to get. I haven't been to a Ravens game yet but it just might be the cure to give me my football-fix each week and not have the side effects of Danny's mismanagement and inhumanity (Sue a fan? Who is this guy?). I'll give it until next season but each week I'm thinking the town who took me in when the Senator's owner screwed the fans might be the town that provides me with football I can stomach and an escape from another bad owner.

Posted by: Fate1 | October 27, 2009 12:38 PM
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I understand Rush Limbaugh is looking to buy into a team ... just a thought.

Posted by: CubsFan | October 27, 2009 12:24 PM
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No doubt the Skins have several major problem areas. But they are all second to the base problem, which was tipped off in the preseason loss to Baltimore if memory serves. It was noted they were not playing flat out, 100% on every play. So last night we were treated to Jaworkski's comment that he watched the Redskins' practice and didn't see the hustle, sense of urgency, purpose.

Football is first war, next smarts and discipline, and third individual talent. The Redskins record reflects that they are failing in the first, base requirement. As any elite military orgainzation knows, you train like you fight, and fight like you train. The Redskins are playing like they practice.

After that, Cerrato: All you need to know is that in 2008 the Eagles took Desean Jackson AFTER Washington took Devin Thomas and Fred Davis. 2009, did Orakpo have a sack or a tackle last night? Maybe he did, but I don't remember his name being called. And unfortunately, I heard rookie Macklin's name called too often.

Snyder: He is responsible for Cerrato.

I must say however that I have no problem with decision and announcemet that Zorn is the coach until the end of the season.

Posted by: Zigster | October 27, 2009 12:19 PM
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MY goodness, I'm tired of reading about something we cannot do anything about. This is Daniel Snyder's team and I'm sure he will continue to do what he wants, and when he wants. No matter how outrageous his decisions are.
Snyder understand $$$$$$$$$$$ only.

Posted by: bestowens | October 27, 2009 11:58 AM
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"Until Snyder goes, the Redskins will not have a chance to field an outstanding team."

Hallelujah! Now, can the same please be said about Peter Angelos?

Posted by: sirhockeyman | October 27, 2009 11:57 AM
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Campbell needs to be benched, Zorn and Sorato need to be fired, and Snyder needs to sell the team to someone who actually cares.

Posted by: smckaho420 | October 27, 2009 11:52 AM
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I have never seen an organization that is micro-managed succeed. Dan Snyder needs to realize that he is not playing "fantasy football;" that there are real lives and careers at stake here.

The day he turns the management and the onfield strategic planning over to the professionals is the day we will see the Redskins turn around.

Meantime, Danny -- go play in the sandbox.

Posted by: JeepJones | October 27, 2009 11:45 AM
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OK, no one person is to blame for all of the failures of the Redskins. Yes, the owner does and should shoulder a larger portion of the blame because it is him who has final and ultimate say on any decision. However, there is enough blame to go around, from the front office to the players. Danny boy cant make Campbell avoid a sack, or throw on target. Coach Zorn can have the perfect strategy to beat any team. Unless his players are able to execute the strategy is dead. Just like in business, so is true in football.

When looking back over Synder's tenure there are most certainly some eggretious mistakes made (like hiring Zorn, instead of firing 'My Cousin Vinny'). But you also have to evaluate talent. Just because you foolishly signed high priced over the hill players doesn't mean you will win. You need players who are able to make plays. That means catching balls, making blocks, actually tackling someone. Without that no team has a chance of winning.

Dont get me wrong, I think Synder is not a good owner, simply because he doesn't care about the fans, especially after the story of taking ticket holders to court because they couldn't afford the seats. Even after the Redskins resold the seats! How low can Snyder go!

I think it is time to clean house. New Management, new coached, and new players (or replacing a select few).

Posted by: sanmateo1850 | October 27, 2009 11:43 AM
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Anything that anybody says here about Snyder and Cerrato is utterly useless. It's the golden rule - Snyder has the gold and he's making the rules. Let's face it. The Redskins don't belong to the Washington D.C. area anymore. They're Dan Snyder's own personal, private property, and he doesn't want us riff-raff to have anything to do with his private property.

Nobody can make Snyder sell the team, unless a judge orders it for legal reasons. Unfortunately, the stupidity and cluelessness that Snyder possesses is not illegal. Six coaches in 10 years, only one of whom (Gibbs) has lasted more than 1 year? No intelligent businessperson makes that much of a turnover in leadership and expects to succeed. (Hmmmmm, I wonder if he did the same thing with Six Flags.)

We, the fans who give him money, have been trying to tell him for years what he's doing wrong and he hasn't listened. The only way he'll listen is when his competitors get his money. Whatta waste......

Posted by: mssnatchquatch | October 27, 2009 11:37 AM
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I read all these comments and I support all of them, but all we are doing is venting our anger and frustrations. I like to see Redskins fans take some kind of demonstrative action, such as a mass protest of Dan and Vinny's inability to manage and lead the Redskins. A mass protest could be held on a specific date in D.C.

Posted by: wan551 | October 27, 2009 11:35 AM
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Lets get real here folks. A ~130 million dollar payroll and they can't win games. I think this "blame the coach" or "blame the owner" bs is pathetic. You pay a group of so called professionals 130 million dollars a year to play a game, they better damn well know how to play.

Posted by: Nosh1 | October 27, 2009 11:32 AM
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As a Redskin fan since 1960, It is obvious that the current owner has caused this problem by refusing to hire a competent GM. However, I have finally changed my opinion about Jason Campbell. He just does not have that little extra that the top notch quarterbacks have.

Posted by: sportsfan2 | October 27, 2009 11:04 AM
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I would not call Charlie Casserly a successful GM.???
Maybe you've forgotten the replacement team that beat Dallas? In any case Cassserly, like or not, knew the Resdskins organization and the NFL, Danny boy could have learned from him, instead of bringing Cerrato whose idea of a team was to bring Jeff George, Dion Sanders, and other Hollywood type players...

Posted by: bbrb2 | October 27, 2009 11:03 AM
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The Redskins need a rebirth...the owner, the coach, and the QB needs to go now. Sitting in those bleachers last night it was a sorry sight to see...the cheerleaders had the adasity to do a dance off of Franklin's "Respect"...as if asking the fans for "a little respect"...how about the Redskins giving the fans a little win...Respect is earned not given and the Redskins haven't done anything this season to earn our respect...sorry,

A true die-hard Redskins fan who is a little feed up!

A true die-hard Redskins fans who is a little feed up!

Posted by: Beingsensible | October 27, 2009 11:02 AM
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Dan is an extremely smart guy who is clueless when it comes to sports management - lets be accurate.

Dan lacks patience and vision. - Marty was a great coach and he fired him because he thought he could do better.

Dan made Gibbs life miserable. And he's making Zorn go through living hell.

The sad thing is that Campbell had a wonderful day 29-43 2 TDs - and no one notices - the fumbles and the offensive line's poor play get all the press.

Posted by: agapn9 | October 27, 2009 10:49 AM
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We all know the Redskins are awful because off the owner. Its obvious. Now, what can be done? Does anyone know what options there are to get rid of terrible NFL owner? Can someone buy him out? Can there be a vote of no confidence? Can fans petition the NFL? Unfortunately, I think there is NOTHING that can be done, and as long as this chucklehead owns the team, they will fail. Snyder is a failure on many levels, unfortunately his toxic nature has infected the Redskins, and now in DC we have relatively little to chear about anymore.

Posted by: 123cartoon | October 27, 2009 10:48 AM
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When will the team lose "the curse" of their ethnically offensive name? Why not keep the mascot and change the name to something that everyone (including Native Americans) can be proud of?

So much for management's grand plan to have "another set of eyes" calling the plays. All the consultants in the world aren't going to improve an O line which has had no major investment for years.

I kind of like the business model up in Green Bay, it's a public company, with the fans being the biggest stockholders. Why not here?

Let the boycott start now!

We need to be rid of "Little Danny" and "Vinnie The Yes Man" once and for all.

I'm going to stop buying Redskins merch and watching the games, let alone attending. No more until Little Danny goes!!!

Posted by: Diogenes1 | October 27, 2009 10:47 AM
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Although on a visceral level I have empathy for the fans calling for a boycott of Snyder, the fact is that Snyder would make money even if nobody bought tickets. The TV contract alone guarantees that each team (even the Lions) receives $125 million.

Posted by: c_e_daniel | October 27, 2009 10:44 AM
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Los Angeles is looking for a professional football team. The Los Angeles Redskins has a nice ring to it. Then Dan Snyder can be close to his Hollywood buddies.

Posted by: at8man | October 27, 2009 10:42 AM
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I love the Redskins having been a fan since 1960, and though they have had their ups and downs they never let down the fans as an organization, until Danny bought them. That is when the money became more important than the team. Leadership is not about increasing profits for profit's sake. Heck Wall Street did a good job of increasing profits and look how that turned out. You build a business by seeking what your income source, TV and the fans, wants. Henry Ford did that as have most of America's great business leaders. Danny does not care about the football team concept or its fans. He does not care if the fans are upset. He cares about how high he can raise the price of the beer and increase his profits.

As long as Danny is making money with the Skins he will not let them go. I have never seen the fans turn on a team like this before. I feel sorry for the players who have had to work under bad management that lacks true leadership and competence.

But the fans seem in the mood to boycott Danny. Maybe its time for a fan revolt, not to punish the players, they'll be paid to play or find positions with other teams, but to reduce Danny's profits to the point where he is willing to sell the team to someone who cares.

How to boycott Danny:
-Eat and get drunk before the game in the parking lot then don't buy Danny's over priced beer or food.
-Hold up posters denoucing Danny at the game.
-Don't buy tickets if you don''t have to.
-Don't buy Skins logo merchandise.
-Anything else that will stop the flow of money to Danny without directly affecting the players, who we should still support, maybe more so now that they are in a bad working situation.

Posted by: Fate1 | October 27, 2009 10:41 AM
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Snyder is nothing but a piece of crap. Get the idiot out of DC. STUPID IDIOT, PIECE OF GARBAGE

Posted by: simonbm | October 27, 2009 10:40 AM
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The problem is the players. It wouldn't matter if you had the best management in the NFL, the 11 guys on the field have to catch the ball, hold on to the ball, be able to snap the ball, not hold on the line, and be able to trust their instincts. Jason Campbell looks like a scared rookie QB in the pocket. The play calling is good, but on a pass play Campbell seems to immediately check down to his 3rd receiver, because he thinks he doesn't have time. The players have to disregard their record and just go out and play.

Posted by: Tdiveley | October 27, 2009 10:40 AM
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It wasn't enough to relieve Coach Zorn of his duties, but Dan Snyder had to humiliate him by announcing it publicly. He sued long time season ticket holders. And he thinks his endeavors will be successful? Miss Celie said it best: Until you do right by me, everything you even think about is going to crumble.

Posted by: lcofield | October 27, 2009 10:38 AM
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PGr88:

See you at the next Putsch. What color armband will you be wearing?

Posted by: chopin224 | October 27, 2009 10:24 AM
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My fantasy is that Ted Leonsis assembles a group and buys the Redskins. Talk about management. Not only are the Caps one of the elite teams in the NHL, their farm team Hershey has won 2 AHL championships over the last few years. But Snyder is not going to sell the team and nothing can be done except for the fans to quit going to the games and do not renew their season tickets. In most cases fans hold on to tickets in hopes the coach and or players will change but we know Snyder is going to own this team for the next 30 years so nothing will change over that time.

Posted by: chopin224 | October 27, 2009 10:20 AM
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We all know that the root cause issue is the Dan Synder's inability to lead and build and organization, and reverts to his "fantasy football" mentality"...maybe this comes from getting rich quick and able to somehow purchase a classy and well-run football organization at the very young age of 34!!! Since he (Dan) has demonstrated his lack of leadership judgement to recognize that he needs good strong smart competent football people around him, then we as fans will continue to suffer with, at BEST case, mediocrity...but all current signs point to something much worse. Dan, wake-up!!!...give Zorn back his play-calling authority and make Sherm his offensive "consultant"; and then TOTALLY revamp for next yeat and PLEASE, as already suggested, follow the winner organization way of business such as NE, Steelers, etc. and build for the future....hire a new competent GM and DO NOT continue to rely on greatly-over-paying for free agents!!!!

Posted by: rshoephoto | October 27, 2009 10:19 AM
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Seriously what does being in "Obama land" have to do with anything. Its not like the Skins were doing any better when Bush was in office. Things for this team are a mess, all the way from the owner and down to the water boy. They don't care anymore, they just show up, get paid their millions of dollars and take the fans hard earn money and run.

Posted by: Jmireles | October 27, 2009 10:18 AM
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Yesterday's induction of Brian Mitchell into the Ring of Fame reminds us of Snyder's horrific leadership and his personal impact on the downfall of the organization. The induction was a nice gesture for a deserving hero. But do not forget 10 years ago when, after pouring his heart into the Redskins for years, especially on the treacherous special teams, Brian Mitchell was unceremoniously jettisoned to make room for a flashier, more marketable name--the weak-hearted Deion Sanders. Snyder did the same thing to lifelong Redskins fan and proven winner Brad Johnson when he hired the more-famous Jeff George. These are only two early examples of dozens of personnel moves, coaches and players, that have left everyone in the organization feeling unled, disrespected, and on their own. The off season treatment of Jason Campbell and the overpayment of Haynesworth are the latest examples of a leader subverting his own team. You cannot develop collective heart and esprit, intangibles without which no team can be successful over a 16-game NFL season, by undermining and humiliating your subordinates every step of the way.

Regarding whether or not to continue to support this team, I offer a grossly exaggerated analogy to make a point. Redskins fans that continue to support this organization are like German patriots that continued to support the Third Reich during WWII. Despite lifelong cultural attachments, we all must, at some point, recognize true evil for what it is and, upon doing so, stop supporting it. If the thought of Dan Snyder in his luxury box high fiving Tom Cruise and self-validating his leadership of the Redskins doesn't turn your stomach enough to ruin any Redskins' successful play, however rare it may be to see one, then you must question the effect that blind service to this undeserving franchise has had on your own humanity. For the sake of the sport of football, for the sake of righteousness, and for the sake of human dignity, the time to thoroughly and completely reject the Washington Redskins is sadly upon us.

Posted by: mjs82nd | October 27, 2009 10:11 AM
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When Snyder took over the Redskins he made 2 of the worse decisions of his career, he fired a successful GM
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I would not call Charlie Casserly a successful GM. While I agree Synder is doing a terrible job, the Skins were sorry ever since Gibbs first retired. Casserly made some of the worst decsions ever as GM. People seem to think the aweful state of the Skins started with Danny Boy, but they were bad before he bought the team.

Posted by: wstclair | October 27, 2009 10:07 AM
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And how exactly does one get rid of the owner???

Oh, I forgot, we live in Obama-land now. Just create a "football czar," trash Snyder as a rapacious capitalist, give Govt money to ACORN to protest at Skins games, and then arrange a back-door sale to one of your preferred Chicago cronies.

I guess it is possible after all! Go Skins!

Posted by: pgr88 | October 27, 2009 10:05 AM
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As long as the fans continue to pay he will give 2 hoots. My advise is, ignore the team and you will see how things change..

Posted by: moemongo | October 27, 2009 9:39 AM
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When a company struggles, it's Business 101 to examine similar companies that are successful to "steal" their blueprint for success. In football, you don't have to look hard to find teams that function well on and off the field year after year (Balt, NE, Pitt, Indy).

Just follow their lead, (srong GM, supportive owner who leaves personnel decisions in the hands of the GM and head coauch, emphasis on the draft,few big contract free agents, emphasis on strong offensive and defensive lines) mixed with a few years of patience, and this can be fixed.

The three owenrs that double as GM head up the Raiders, the Redskins, and the Cowboys. The first two are the most dysfunctional organizations in football, and Cowboys haven't won a playoff game with the players brought in by Jerry Jones as owner/GM.

The choice is a simple one. Let's just hope Snyder really wants to win bad enough to make this simple choice.

Posted by: hapster | October 27, 2009 9:39 AM
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Too bad it took you ten years to figure that out Pablo. The rest of us knew that when Snyder bought the team......

Posted by: WildBill1 | October 27, 2009 9:30 AM
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I keep hearing "getting rid of Snyder is not an option." Why not? I completely disagree with that opinion. There is, in fact, a way to force Snyder's hand, which is what the real fans in this town have been saying all along: STOP BUYING REDSKINS TICKETS AND MERCHANDISE. Just stop. If Snyder can't afford to pay the team, there is no team. Snyder doesn't own this team, the fans do. Snyder would be forced to choose between moving the team and selling it. Either way, the fans would be better off. Go ahead - move the franchise to LA. How long do you think it would be before Washington brings in another team and starts from scratch? That's exactly what needs to happen - burn this thing down and rebuild it, starting with a new offensive line and QB.

I say just stop supporting this man. I'm talking to you, fan with the "unconditional love" poster. Enough of that. It's time for some "tough love." We've spared the rod and spoiled the child for way too long.

We love the Redskins. We dislike Daniel Snyder, because he is destroying the team - and working dilligently to suppress dissent from the fans by taking away our paper bags at the gates. If we ever want to see the Redskins in another superbowl, the team needs to be separated from this owner.

Snyder, on your way out, you need to hand those three Lombardi trophies over to Joe Gibbs. They do not belong to you.

Posted by: Reader1000 | October 27, 2009 9:13 AM
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As a fan of 35 years I can say that Snyder has done the impossible. He is beginging to turn many fans to root against the Redskins. They actually want the other team to win, just to make Snyder look bad.

I live in NY area now and have begun to watch the Jets.

Posted by: tariq123k | October 27, 2009 9:11 AM
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When Snyder took over the Redskins he made 2 of the worse decisions of his career, he fired a successful GM and kept a losing Coach, and it's been downhill ever since. He has absolutely no understanding of how to run a sports organization, he would not be any better at owning a hockey team, a basketball team or any other team. Even he hired the best of the best GM, he would not let him (or her) work, and do what a GM must do. As long as he's the owner this beloved team of ours is doomed to complete and utter failure.

Posted by: bbrb2 | October 27, 2009 9:01 AM
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Snyder can own the team forever just get a fricken GM!! He has taken a premier NFL team with a winning tradition and destroyed it in 10 years. Stick to your computers danny boy and hire a GM.. Come on show us you can be a good owner!

Posted by: ALLOST | October 27, 2009 8:51 AM
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Hypothetically, the only thing that is needed is for The Danny to realize that he is not a football guy. Getting rid of him is not an option. So if he were to hire a proven and capable GM, the GM will evaluate Cerrato, Zorn and so on. The structure of the decision making in the organization will change. Accountability will also be enhanced. Unfortunately, this good scenario is a hypothetical one for the Redskins, although real for most of the successful NFL franchises.

Posted by: sadrad | October 27, 2009 8:31 AM
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In an era of free agents and the cap the only place that you can effectively spend money is management on and off the field. It's not enough to hire a great head coach like Shanahan. The ownership must make clear to him that he will pay for the people that he needs for the discovery and development of football players. Teams don't need stars but depth. The Patriots lose Tom Brady and other starters in 2008 but are 11 and 5! Good teams find good players and good players are drawn to good teams. Professional teams do a great geal of recruiting. They are beginning to resemble the college teams but unlike these teams they can hold onto a player longer. They also look for the right player. You can't play this game at this level unless you love it. So you're looking for a guy who's torn between money and winning. Don't get me wrong. Sooner or later all players want to sign a big contract. Take Richard Seymour. Belichick knew that he couldn't sign him. He possesses three rings and wants to see the money. Sometimes you must also let go and give somebody else a chance. Really good head coaches at this level are scarce. The younger man might be willing to split the duties with a partner as GM but the older man often wants control of both ends. He hires people in the office who know what he wants. There is no disconnect. It all begins with the ownership. It's also unfair to assume that Snyder possesses the money to do it. After this downturn in the economy he must have taken his share of financial losses. Perhaps a partnership might do a better job.

Posted by: Daedalus | October 27, 2009 8:24 AM
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If Snyder wwas serious about fielding a championship organization, he would pay a visit to Bobby Beathard to get a tutorial on how a great football organization is operated. Since Beathard left, this franchise has gone downhill, slowly at first, now in a rush.

Posted by: shanks1 | October 27, 2009 8:11 AM
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It matters but for academic reasons now , at this stage whether Snyder or Zorn or both are at fault.There is a need for major change in leadership. In one way or other both should recuse themselves from executive role.

Posted by: acpress | October 27, 2009 7:50 AM
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i thought george steinbrener was the worst.....he perciveried.....alas Monsieur snyder is caught up in a 6 flags land....what an awful team......

Posted by: dskelly1 | October 26, 2009 11:40 PM
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I must admit.Dan Snyder is a complete idiot,I enjoyed the fresh air he bought in when he first bought the team.I thought he has aggressive with getting free agents to come to DC.However not one has ever worked out. I know the Jersey sales were good,But the expirements never worked, and this team has been a complete laughing stock in the league..Monday Night Football will have a field day with this one tonight..Who would really want to come to DC to coach this team? Most coaches want there QB to chose from. Danny thinks he has his QB in Vinny..It's not working..Get a REAL G.M,and get away from decision making Dan....Enough is enough!!

Posted by: sharptown1 | October 26, 2009 4:56 PM
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You hit the nail dead on the head, as long as "ole danny boy owns the skins they will not win, unless the league gives a trophy to the team with the worst owner and flunky.

Posted by: rmilton | October 26, 2009 4:28 PM
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Amen

Posted by: Atouk | October 26, 2009 4:22 PM
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This year they did draft a sort of defensive lineman. But O Lineman Danny could care less about and now his is paying the price and so are any fans.

Posted by: snuf | October 26, 2009 3:17 PM
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Hear, hear. I believe the saying goes, "A fish rots from the head down."

Posted by: whorton1 | October 26, 2009 2:57 PM
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Yep yep. No doubt about that. Mr. Eisenberg, I admire your brevity.

It's just too bad that the Daniel Snyder thinks himself to be too good not to be an owner of a professional foot-ball team.

Posted by: Meepo | October 26, 2009 2:42 PM
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