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THE QUESTION

Will Redskins take the Yankee approach?

With an uncapped year ahead, will the perennial offseason Super Bowl champion Washington Redskins take the New York Yankee approach and try to buy a Super Bowl by loading up on high-priced free agents?

Posted by Matt Brooks on March 5, 2010 12:00 AM
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madmonk73: The only thing that will help the Skins is if they can sign some players who will give 110 percent. They need linemen, they need guys who wi...

Aprogressiveindependent: Baseball is different from football. In baseball arguably only acquiring in free agency a couple outstanding players to go with a few alrea...

gso-chris: This statement is an insult to the Yankees. The notion of "buying" a championship is a myth; the road to the World Series is littered with h...

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mraggieman Author Profile Page :

Matt Brooks what a stupid analogy. The Yankees have 27 Championships more than anyone else. On your theory shouldn't everyone do what the Yankees have done or do teams don't care about championships. The Redskins will be fine without bozos like you. Write about health care something we all need.

BigTrees Author Profile Page :

Like any compulsive (fill-in-the-blank)...

.. Just one more free agent! We can win it all with just one more. I'll see your $100 million and raise you a draft pick.

Shanno1561 Author Profile Page :

I'm loving it! everyone gets so upset by this comparison... I mean really why can't we be super greedy now? Were the Goddamn Washington Redskins!!!
Plus the simple fact the Redskins have won the "Off-Season Super bowl every Summer" This seems all routine to me as a season ticket (I've come to terms with my soul) holder for life. (yay new hd screens!)
I just love how everyone forgets that there is no floor this year to go along with the no cap... meaning we can get some great deals out there and save a bit here and there.

IT IS WHAT IT IS AND DANNY WANTS TO WIN DAMNIT!

crucialruddy Author Profile Page :

The problem is, the Redskins have already taken the "Yankees" approach since Danny boy took over. Redskins never develop players! They always want to buy them! The problem is, the Yankee model doesn't work for the Redskins!

11kap Author Profile Page :

Stop talking trash about the Yankees! They're the BEST!!!! Get over it.

Aerojam Author Profile Page :

One cannot 'Buy' a Championship!
If that were the case, based on your 'high payroll' theory... every year, in all four Pro Leagues, the highest payroll team would automatically win.

The Yankees (or anyone else) can only 'buy a championship' if they paid off all the officials, and paid the other teams to lose.

gtahfan Author Profile Page :

The problem with your quip, if the Redskins will buy themselves a title ala New York Yankee is flawed by one essential factor. The Yankees know what the hell they are buying when they buy! As a Yankees and Giants fan...I am delighted Snyder is running this organization in the ground with moronic moves EVERY year! Keep up the good work Dan!

markb_2 Author Profile Page :

What do you mean will they take that approach... Snyder has been trying to do that since he came into the picture. They clearly found that trying buy a team in the NFL doesn't really work. Every year the Redksins would bring in the flavor of the month and give him a huge contract and then watch as that person proved to be a dud. Lets hope they try and build a team this time around the old fashion way... through good coaching and player development!

keithjfleming Author Profile Page :

Ha! The premise of the 'question' is such nonsense. Yes, the Yankees have the deepest pockets, but they spend the money wisely by cultivating their minor league talent, resigning home grown stars (Jeter, Posada, Pettite, Cano, Rivera) and making strategic free agent signings. Will the Redskins try to buy a Super Bowl? Haven't they been trying to do that for the last 10 years? Hey Danny boy - Keep signing those big name skill guys on the downward slide to guaranteed contracts. Lineman? The draft? They're for suckers. Isn't LT available? "Like shootin fish in a barrell. I can see why the Lions haven't won a game in 2 years. Ha Ha" - Sonny Jurgensen first half comment 9/27/09 Lions: 19 Redskins: 14

bgreston Author Profile Page :

I don't see any pro playing for free. Everybody tries to buy a championship. The difference is how and what you buy. Also the NY market is different from any market in the US. Look at the WS, the small market teams like Philly, Florida (2x), Arizona, Angels have been successful in the last 10 years.

diesel4 Author Profile Page :

Please, for the love of God, don't take a QB at #4! Campbell isn't an elite QB, but he's good, and might even be better with some protection. We need an O-line. Get Okung!

capsbluelinedotcom Author Profile Page :

"Matt Brooks what a stupid analogy. The Yankees have 27 Championships more than anyone else. On your theory shouldn't everyone do what the Yankees have done or do teams don't care about championships. The Redskins will be fine without bozos like you. Write about health care something we all need."

Only if you assume that the best way to win is to go out and outbid other teams in the free agent market, which it may or may not be.

Also, there's no analogy here. It's a question of method, not comparison.

"Ha! The premise of the 'question' is such nonsense. Yes, the Yankees have the deepest pockets, but they spend the money wisely by cultivating their minor league talent, resigning home grown stars (Jeter, Posada, Pettite, Cano, Rivera) and making strategic free agent signings."

Yes and no. The Yankees have developed a lot of productive players from their own system, but their wealth has also allowed them to pick up other guys and allowed them to keep their own players. A lot of it comes down the ability to make a mistake - you give Carl Pavano or Jaret Wright a bad contract and you're the Yankees, you move on. If you're a smaller market team, you've wasted an irreplaceable amount of your budget.

All that said, I'd say 'yes'. The Redskins have a huge financial advantage and this is their chance to take advantage of it. Might as well go for broke.

dane1 Author Profile Page :

It worked for the Knicks.

jsoister Author Profile Page :

Oh for Pete's sake. High salaries are no guarantees of Super Bowls any more than they are of World Series any more than they are of talented journalists. I mean, look what paying YOU guys has given us?

Shawn1968 Author Profile Page :

Dan did already try to buy a Super Bowl. Remember having Bruce Smith and Deion Sanders on our team?

Dan may know how to make a lot of money but he has no clue how to win in football. It takes teamwork and heart. Guess which one he's lacking.

momalleysc Author Profile Page :

Why would this year be any different than the last 10 years?

HelloNewman1 Author Profile Page :

It is an insult to the Yankees to compare them to Dan Snyder's Redskins. He has blown a lot of money for nothing. The Yankees win. Snyder does not. Dan Snyder could not even hire a decent general manager or keep a coach. Sorry Yankees--somebody does not know the difference between winning and losing. Typical Redskins fan.

madmonk73 Author Profile Page :

The only thing that will help the Skins is if they can sign some players who will give 110 percent. They need linemen, they need guys who will leave their egos outside the lockerroom. Mr. Snyder does not know anything about football, as much as he would like to lead us to believe. Clinton Portis, Haynesworth, are all big talk and no results. They need to get a veteran QB to back up JC. And they need to let JC have some protection and call his own plays. But that will never happen.

Aprogressiveindependent Author Profile Page :

Baseball is different from football. In baseball arguably only acquiring in free agency a couple outstanding players to go with a few already on a team can make the difference between a winning and mediocre team. Remember baseball teams field nine players at a time, football teams twenty-two, on offense and defense.

Washington seems to be at least a few seasons away from winning its division, let alone anything more. They need a very adept quarterback, a better offensive line and one or two exceptional running backs.

gso-chris Author Profile Page :

This statement is an insult to the Yankees. The notion of "buying" a championship is a myth; the road to the World Series is littered with high-payroll failures! When owners are willing to pare payroll is order to turn a profit, the Yankees continually strive put a championship team on the field. Should't that be the goal of every club? The majority of their payroll has come from re-signing great stars (Mo, Jeter, Posada); indeed, A-Rod came through a trade; I've heard no one accuse Boston of "buying" championships, even though they've pursued the same path as the Yankees (home-grown talent, augmented with high-priced veterans).

As a Cowboys and Panthers fan, I can only hope that Washington follows the model of the OTHER New York team. Despite high payroll, when is the last time the Mets won a World Series?

 
 
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