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Zach Leibowitz
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Zach Leibowitz

A former sideline reporter for ESPN

Time to Own Up Guys

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I can't decide if I'd sack Al Davis or Daniel Snyder first. So, I'm going to take a .5 sack on each and call it a day. Since the Raiders moved back to Oakland in the mid-1990's, the Raiders have had eight coaches. It started with Mike White and currently stands with interim coach Tom Cable. Who? On the other coast, Snyder is now on his sixth head coach in Washington since heading the franchise in 1999. Does it say something that both owners chose to employ Norv Turner as head coach?

The biggest problem with Davis is that he plays the role of the GM, and he plays it poorly. He's also stubborn and declared he won't retire until he wins two more Super Bowls. Um, anybody have some time to kill? The Raiders have not won more than five games in a season since the team went to the Super Bowl in 2002. They are a combined 22-71 since the start of the 2003 season. If he were the coach, he'd have fired himself a long time ago. But he won't because he doesn't have to. Instead, he can continue to run his franchise into the ground. The once powerful Oakland Raiders have become a laughing stock in the NFL -- not like the Lions or Bengals, but they've become a 'W' check-mark in their opponent's schedule. Davis' reputation as a meddler, as a circus owner appears justified. His handling of the Lane Kiffin situation was the most recent embarrassment.

In Washington, one should have known Snyder's penchant for making headlines. He threw money at Deion Sanders and Bruce Smith early on. He tried to make a splash. Then he brought in Steve Spurrier. It all resulted in mediocrity. Granted, the Redskins have been in the playoffs three times since Snyder became owner and they've even won a couple games. But, they're not an elite team and they're no longer an elite franchise.

The bottom line is both are stubborn, controlling owners who know how to make headlines. But they appear incapable of putting together a consistent model of successful football. Now that is something they should both own up to.

By Zach Leibowitz  |  December 15, 2008; 10:01 AM ET  | Category:  Fans , NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Snyder is worse...At least Davis really wants to win. Snyder's only goal is to profit from the skins' marketing machine. Snyder and his Napoleon complex needs to either step aside and sell the team or hire a legitimate GM. Cerrato is a fetch dog at best.... How sad that this franchise has disintegrated into such a national joke.

Posted by: skinfannomore | December 15, 2008 7:58 PM

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