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Another Cook In the Redskins' Kitchen

You want to know why the Redskins are dysfunctional? There's evidence every day. Vinny Cerrato has called longtime offensive coach Sherm Lewis out of the bingo hall to be a consultant to the Redskins even though Lewis and Coach Jim Zorn never even talked about it.

Don't except to read an indictment of Lewis here. During my years covering the NFL for The Post in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Lewis was one of the top offensive minds, an assistant to Mike Holmgren and by extension, part of the Bill Walsh/West Coast offense family tree. He was one of the black coaches who was dramatically underemployed and was passed over for head coaching positions that went to lesser qualified candidates. Lewis was a wonderful coach, but he's been out of football since 2004.

But the part that speaks to the Redskins dysfunction has nothing to do with Lewis, it has to do with the Redskins powers-that-be.

Why in the world would you bring in a "consultant" who has been calling bingo and not even been in the league without telling your head coach? Why would you bring in anybody to interact with your team without telling the coach? Why would you undermine your coach's authority that way? And why do the Redskins never learn ANY lesson?

Year after year, it happens -- one way or another. Did the Redskins want to embarrass Zorn by doing this? Do Dan Snyder and Cerrato simply not care? Did Cerrato do this without talking to Snyder? I wouldn't bet on it.

Still, the Redskins have added another cook to the kitchen. How is this supposed to help? If Lewis sees something, which I suspect he might considering he knows this offense as well as anybody living, is he supposed to tell Zorn to change it? Is he supposed to make suggestions, or just go to the owner and tell him?

This, once again, is crazy. Look, you can bring in a consultant any time. Teams and coaches often like to have an extra set of eyes. But there's a way to do it. This isn't the way.

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Michael Wilbon

 |  October 8, 2009; 8:22 PM ET  |  Category:  NFL , Redskins Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Can you imagine Snyder doing this to Joe Gibbs? It shows how little respect they have for Zorn. They wanted a pee wee coach they could kick around.

Don't be surprised if they can the Zorn during the bye week.

Posted by: jeffkuske | October 14, 2009 1:10 PM
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Snyder is a disgrace to football fans all over the world. He ruined a great franchise trying to use the Skins to play his preverse version of fantasy football. Cerrato is to Snyder what the tail is to the devil.

Posted by: lcribas58 | October 13, 2009 3:21 PM
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Snyder is by far the worst owner in professional sports today.
As long as he has control of this team, they will go nowhere.
Redskins fans deserve much better than this!

Posted by: Kikkoman | October 13, 2009 3:00 PM
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If you think it's bad now, wait till we start playing the good teams.

Posted by: mdondon300 | October 12, 2009 8:38 PM
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Dan Snyder!
Does Vinny have something on you? I am not an X's and O's guy, just a fan that knows a little bit about the great game of football that I enjoy. I have been a Skins fan since the 70's and I ain't changing teams but Dan, can you please get us a real GM? Please! And if you are going to get rid of the present coach, let's get it on, do it now, there are some coaches out here that seem to be well qualified to take over. Come on Dan, let's get better..Today...Thanks

Posted by: billydapoet | October 12, 2009 5:43 PM
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I'm with Redskinrandy --season ticket holder "forced" to drive 150 miles from Richmond to FedEx since the $$ is already spent to watch this comedy of errors once known as the Washington Redskins. And damn skippy it gives me the right to boo and hiss and moan and wear paper bags on my head when "forced" to swallow another demoralizing defeat to teams we have no business losing to. However, we all must admit our "team" just plain sucks, for whatever reason. We expect an exceptional product be put forth with the amount of money we shell out, and quite frankly, it is not worth anywhere CLOSE. Yes, I agree with all of you fans, anti-fans and the like that our problems are EVERYWHERE, top to bottom and have been ever since Mr. Cooke died and Gibbs I retired after getting ten glorious years outta the players we now wear their names on our jerseys. I really hope Snyder and Cerrato and the players read these comments and truly understand our die-hard loyal frustrations....we expect more, deserve better and are not getting what we expect!

Look, any true football fan, for whatever team, lives and dies with their teams success and failure. We wait all year for these precious 16 games to make our lives a but more joyous. Hopefully it gets rewarded with playoff victories and maybe a championship once in awhile. Yes, we are spoiled by our success in the Gibbs I era and wish it desperately to return. I do not want to live the rest of my life not seeing the Redskins return to glory. If Mr. Snyder claims to be a true Redskin fan, do us all a favor and start ACTING LIKE ONE! Hire the people that will make watching the Skins a joy again. Make the organization work-friendly so that successful ex-coaches will want to work here. Stay out of their way and let them ply their trade as intended. True fans will always bleed burdendy and gold and buy merchandise because it reminds them of when it made them feel good about being a Redskin fan. So do us ALL a favor and start treating your revenue source better by putting out a product worthy of our loyalty. Right now we stink because of all the reasons mentioned here. No one wants to die having our only Redskin memories be from a bygone era that once was. Mr. Snyder, be a fan again and give us a product we've come to expect. PLEASE?

Posted by: artie65 | October 12, 2009 11:07 AM
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To Heraldv:

I don't know how long you have been a Redskin fan but as a Redskin fan I don't care when was the last time some other NFL team had a winning streak. I do not care when the Bills, Bears or when Denver start to make the playoff.I do not care how bad Al Davis is stinking up the Raiders nor do I care to compare the mediocre owners in the NFL to the current Redskins owner and see if he is par for the course. All I know is that the Washington Redskins have (maybe had)a proud organization. An organization that play in one of if not the most difficult division in the NFL. Year and year after year fans have shown their devotion to the Redskins not because they sit at the bottom of the division but have contended for it(Not so in the past ten years). We have an owner who has been around for over a decade and despite the wealth, fan base, and impetus of the NFC East can't assemble a team(management down to the jock strap boy) that can even go out and give the fans a season to be proud. Whats is the owner of the Redskins excuse?

Posted by: cruzanlion | October 11, 2009 11:34 PM
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Wilbon is stupid, very very rich (the man), but stupid.

Posted by: beenthere3 | October 11, 2009 9:49 PM
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I am a big skins fan, but after watching the loss to the Panthers, the skins lost because of their offensive line. When Samuels left, Batiste needed help; therefore, Cooley spent the whole game blocking rather than running pass routes. Stick a safety in the box for an 8 man front and Portis is shut down as well. Moss & Kelly couldn't shake man-to-man coverage the whole game. Same thing happened in Detroit! The O-line is not as strong as management hoped it would be - they need to work on this. As well, the west coast offense is not fast enough. There was no reason for Portis to be caught by the backside LB in the endzone for a safety. The skins need faster developing plays. O-Line & tempo -- the reason the offense is so offensive!

Posted by: AlexDickey | October 11, 2009 8:39 PM
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Sherm Lewis has 4 SUPER BOWL RINGS to his CREDIT.

SHOW ME HOW MANY SB RINGS Jim Zorn has?

Zorn & JC are Mental equivalents on the football field. Neither one of them will make it to a super bowl except as a SPECTATOR !

Portis is right Sellers isn't blocking. He is playing like he is still in practice.

Get some 6ft 5 in receivers... TO would have been a good choice, the SMURFS aren't going to make it in the NFL. THE DB are better then the SMURFS.

My Wife even says your players are Over Payed bunch of LOSERS....

Posted by: digtldesk | October 11, 2009 5:14 PM
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As anyone who has coached or managed a team in serious competition knows, no matter the level, it always comes down to the players you put on the field. Some coaches can do more with less than others, but in the final analysis, its the horses you run with. The sad fact is that the Redskins are a mediocre collection of talent--not that they are without some talented players--but the organization lacks the experienced management that knows how to assemble a team, most obviously on offense. In the end, this comes back to the owner who has no real GM who knows football. The organizations who are consistently successful have GMs and others with authority who understand what a team needs, evaluate talent, and go get it. The fact that the Redskins are a dysfunctional organization makes it worse because talent does not want to come here.
We need new ownership, and Washington, unfortunately, is facing decades of this dysfunction if we can't get it.

Posted by: moldlaw | October 11, 2009 4:31 PM
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DEESY,

I gave you more football knowledge in my piece which I did mentioned to Mr. Wilbon to NOT bring the "race card" into his Redskin article, than you have done in any of your comments!

Race is relievent, BUT not in talking the Redskins....Doug Williams won a Super Bowl, Jason Campbell is our QB, and a damn good one, IF he didn't have 5 Off. Coordinators (he was outstanding in College finished his Sr. season 13-0, National Champs, PLUS, he is playing behind the WROST Off Line in the NFL....PLEASE tell me how RACE will help Jason or the Redskins get a better Off. Line.....IT WON"T!
We draft 2 WR's and 1 TE in the 2nd Round last year and in the Detroit game this season, combined those 3 -2nd Round picks had 1 catch, NOW that is the type of Management which will keep making the Skins the laughing stock of the NFL!
So, get of your couch, STOP thinking every person is 15yrs old who says talking of RAE is a nonissue, RACE is NOT an issue!
If Mr. Wilbon thinks it is, THEN create a 1,000,000 Man March on DC again to prove his point

Posted by: talbottj | October 11, 2009 9:13 AM
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here is a way to fix this bring Mike Holmgren in as GM or team president and John Gruden as coach.

Posted by: fdevans007 | October 11, 2009 7:15 AM
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Wilbon, too bad your right.I gave up on the skins a few years ago.No team effort ,coach afraid to try another quarterback. Just beating worse teams ,not good.Carolina a favorite over SKINS ??? BAD Great stadium and great fans.Too bad.Collins did get the team in the playoffs,no more.DONE

Posted by: dcg326 | October 10, 2009 9:32 PM
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i'm a white guy 81 yrs old who spent 40 yrs at griffigh and jfk watching skins.don't pick on wilbon or vance as they call it as they see it. they are the MOST HONEST REPORTERS YOU CAN FIND.as long as danny can fill seats he can care less about win or lose. lookk at his running back who has a pas to come or out of the game anytime. players on this team could care less about striving for a total goal

Posted by: jmeeks6scrrcom | October 10, 2009 8:38 PM
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I pity the fool who buys tickets to the Redskins and puts money in Danny Boy's pocket.

I said I pity the fool!!

Posted by: Skeptic21 | October 10, 2009 6:55 PM
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Nice column, Wilbon. ECOJS, VERY well done, I couldn't have expressed my own views any better than that. What an absolute joke he has made of this once elite franchise. For a guy who made millions in business ventures, he doesn't have a CLUE how to run a professional football franchise. Hire someone who KNOWS WHAT THE HELL THEY'RE DOING! YOU AND YOUR TOAD CERRATO OBVIOUSLY DON'T KNOW HOW TO RUN A FRANCHISE!

Posted by: GARDNER33 | October 10, 2009 6:38 PM
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The Redskins have become the East Coast version of the Raiders.

Two once proud franchises with egomaniacs for owners that play embarrassing, mistake-filled football games topped off with locker room fights. What a joke.

Whatever benefit of the doubt that was left around the league concerning Snyder is long gone. What decent coach would want to take over for Zorn? He had to pay Spurrier $25 million for 5 years. Same for Gibbs for 4 years. Zorn is a bargain.

Anyone thinks Cowher or Gruden or a retired class act like Dungy would want to get involved with this franchise is kidding themselves. Cowher is headed to the Panthers, Gruden has already worked for Al Davis once, and Dungy is going to stay retired. Any decent coordinator (aka Zorn) is going to be hesitant to have their reputations and potentially bright futures ruined by a brief tenure as head coach of the Washington Deadskins.

Wake up folks. This trend is going to continue for a long time. Snyder is a young guy. No fans have ever "forced" an owner to sell a franchise. The franchises in those cities have just sought to relocate. Support Baltimore? No way. Art Modell is no model owner himself. There are people in Cleveland and Ohio who are still waiting to catch him walking down the street after he left town with the Browns.

All we can do is hope that one season we luck into a Super Bowl run.

AT LEAST Jim Zorn is fighting the uphill battle of trying to bring some class to the organization.

Posted by: ecojs | October 10, 2009 1:03 PM
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As a life long Cowboys fan, I absolutely love having Dan and Vinny running the show. I hope they're around for a couple of more decades.

Posted by: davidp54 | October 10, 2009 11:36 AM
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"You know what I'm tired of? All you fans or so called fans, writers, and people that think you know it all. Dan Snyder is the owner, like it or not."

Danny, it's a little early to hitting the sauce.

Shouldn't you get back to your Dinner Party with Tom Cruise?

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | October 10, 2009 11:23 AM
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You know what I'm tired of? All you fans or so called fans, writers, and people that think you know it all. Dan Snyder is the owner, like it or not. All the talk is useless unless you are willing to stop supporting the team. In that case...beat it! Tell me something? If he's the worst owner, what does that make all the great owners that have never come close to winning a Super Bowl? The Bears have not been crap since 85, The Cowboys have not won a playoff game in over a decade, the Bills with the great Mr. Wilson, 0-4 in bowls and that team has been losing for years, when was the last time the Raiders, Chiefs, Chargers, Broncos won anything? every year we hear how Parcells is a genious, 1-3 Dolphins, the Eagles can't buy a Super Bowl with a coach who has sons running around Philadelphia selling drugs and pulling guns, until this year the 49ers did not have a pulse and I could go on and on because there are 14 or so teams that have never won a super bowl and have been awful or worse over the same period of time that Snyder has owned the Redskins. There are about a half dozen consistent franchised right now out of 32, so the Redskins are like most. Who cares if you have a beloved owner that has never won anything. Which makes most of the owners just like Dan Synder. Get off the MAN! Stop being negative, like my grand mother once said, I you don't have anything positive to say, don't say anything. Just walk away! And Wilbon (the Bears fan) when are you going to honor your committment to me on a silent auction to a D.C. Sporting event I paid for over 10 years ago that you DID NOT HONOR?

Posted by: heraldv | October 10, 2009 10:43 AM
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I don't understand why Redskin fans are against the hiring of a consultant for the team? The only thing wrong with this hire is "who needs the consulant". Dan and Vinny personally need all the help they can get with the following three points:
1.Fire Vinny
2.Hire a football knowledgable general manager
3.Allow the general manager to run the football operations of the team

A "good" consultant would tell Danny that...

Posted by: ram102480 | October 10, 2009 10:10 AM
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I'm one who believes that you can still point the finger at Zorn and Campbell AND admit, yes, Snyder is the ultimate culprit. It is just amazing that Snyder, a very smart businessman, refuses to accept the criticism and advice of so many sound football minds and do what is necessary to make this team respectable. The move with Lewis is expected, it's, despicable and it's the typical Snyder message to his current coach -- put a for sale sign on your front lawn. Redskins' fans live in a nether world, unoccupied by football professionals, doomed to football hell until Snyder goes to his "reward".

Posted by: scribebob | October 10, 2009 9:37 AM
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Michael, really, the salutary slap of "the white man keeping the brother down" (sorry Tony!)injunction that's undermined your spin for decades notwithstanding, I couldn't agree with you more!! The first thing that occurred to me when I heard of this move by Cerratto was the old adage "too many cooks will spoil the stew". Had the Milsteins been given a chance to own the Redksins, I bet we wouldn't be in this mess right now. Sally Jenkins writes of this culture of toxicity that pervades Ashburn now, and I hate it. This team doesn't even look like they practice their plays they are so bad. The owner is a truly reviled man, his player personnel minion is a senseless fop, and the coach's lip service is so transparent, even a middle schooler could see right through it. It's gotten so bad, that now it's hard to really discern WHAT has to change for this team to come back.

It's probably as much of an indictment of pro sports as it is a problem with egos trying to run a football team. But SOMETHING has to change, whatever that THING may be...

Posted by: jv_cfpllc | October 10, 2009 9:21 AM
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Boycott anything where Dan Snyder makes money so he'll sell the team. Support Baltimore.

Posted by: oldknoble | October 10, 2009 8:04 AM
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Mike,
I try hard to give you the benefit of the doubt, BUT again you fail by brining up RACE in your pieces...you said "Lewis was one of the top offensive minds.......He was one of the black coaches who was dramatically underemployed and was passed over for head coaching positions that went to lesser qualified candidates. Lewis was a wonderful coach, but he's been out of football since 2004."
Every time you get talk about stuff, you bring up the race card. You slanted a spin on the High School piece a year ago, RACE again, w/o talking to both sides....there is the problem, you hear something, see something and BAM, you instantly know it, RACE had something to do with it. Mr Lewis is a hell of a coach, period, end of story....AND out of football since 2004, that is it.
You should spend your time talking about the REAL problem of the Redskins like Sally's article and Mike Wise's article....people who are gravitating to the real issue, THE OWNER - the Main and ONLY Core issue with the Redskins!!!!
As a diehard Skins fan for mnay years, UNTIL the Owner is replaced, or finally figures it out that the team needs Football People making decisions, NOT him and hire those people, the Skins are doomed....just look at the past 10/11yrs of Snyders ownership....list everything done by year....it is a brokendown highway of BAD moves....and what once was a very, very, proud and elite franchise....is becoming the laughiing stock of the NFL or sports world in general....AND that will ultimately hit him in his wallet, BECAUSE even though he THINKS he has everything COVERED....ultimately the disfunction will begin to eat away at the high value of the Redskins Brand....THAT is the reporting take you are missing....keep hitting that point home with your columns, you seem to have a platform, your blogs, articles, keep doing that, BECAUSE that is the REAL story here, NOT that the Skins brought in Lewis....the real questions is WHY would Lewis ACCEPT such a position....$$$, or a promise of being the next Head Coach.....it must have been something, not there are TOO many cooks in the kitchen....This is a plain and simple "An Owner who shouldn't be Owning the Team"!

Posted by: talbottj | October 10, 2009 8:03 AM
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Posted by: deesy | October 9, 2009 10:37 PM

Who cares?

Posted by: bestmick1 | October 10, 2009 7:55 AM
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Those who blame Campbell or Zorn are sorely missing the point. It is so obvious, as many have stated, that the problem is Snyder. Who amongst you truly believes that Cutler or Sanchez could have compensated for all the egregious managerial errors that pile up year after year?

I am all for a boycott and/or a T shirt campaign. Imagine Snyder's discomfort in looking out at the Redskins loyal fans wearing burgundy and gold "Snyder Sucks" T shirts. It puts the blame where it deserves to be. Somebody could make a lot of money and it wouldn't be Snyder! I truly believe that a loss in revenue is the only thing that would talk to that pig headed ass... Unfortunately, we are like the abused wife who can't get out of the relationship, taking the beatings as she thinks about how things used to be okay years back. Brutal.

Posted by: AbuColetrane | October 10, 2009 7:27 AM
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As a lifelong fan and season ticket holder (why, I don't know) I REALLY hope none Snyder's antics actually WORK. Just imagine the smugness and "I told you so!" if the 'Skins make the playoffs. As a fan I might be able to stomach and suffer more short-term embarrassment if there were some long-term hope on the horizon. Any success in 2009 will simply add an air supply to the raging inferno that is Dan Snyder's ego!

Posted by: lhtominack | October 10, 2009 6:39 AM
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Stepping back, getting OUT of the car and letting a qualified football executive drive would actually be the first step toward the objectives of BOTH the fed-up Redskins fans and the "how can I make a buck out of this?" Redskins owner.

Putting someone who gets it in charge -- and giving him total autonomy -- is what's needed for this team to have any hope of returning to a role of perennial contenders.

That's what the fan wants.

The owner has tapped every possible revenue source EXCEPT the one that will deliver the motherlode of profit -- a winning team.

Do you realize how much stuff we'd go back to buying if there was a return of the pride in this team? Heck, if they ever win another title (even a division title), the merchanidise will fly off the shelves.

Is Vinny that football guy? No. And, to some extent, we'll never know how good of a football guy he could be if left to his own abilities because there's always been at least one string being tugged from on high.

Or that's the way it's seen throughout the rest of the NFL. Cerrato knows this is the only owner that will hire him.

Sally Jenkins was dead-on last week when she wrote the owner would rather be on center stage of continued 8-8, 9-7 mediocrity than in the wings of a 12-4, 13-3 contender.

He values his involvement in the process more than the success of the process.

Posted by: redskinsfreak | October 9, 2009 11:53 PM
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I am a huge Redskins fan, but this is insane. I agree with most of you, Snyder is the number one problem, but you also have to understand how bad the players and coaches are as well. Jim Zorn is NOT A HEAD COACH. hes a quarterbacks coach disguised as one. Why do you think he sticks by Campbell so much? He's a phony to the West Coast offense. Just some jackass who read Seattle's playbook when he was coaching Hasselbeck. Also, most of their players are really bad. The playcalling is one yes, but their players are so much worse than blaming the playcalling. Carlos Rogers couldn't catch a beach ball if it were passed to him by the redskin cheerleaders. Justin Tryon is gonna get wrecked in the secondary. Landry tries to destroy everything that moves, and is a fake Sean Taylor who embarrases himself in coverage. Reed Doughty is a special teamer at best. Haynesworth was GROSSLY OVERPAID and is a fatass. hes so out of shape he has to come off the field every three plays to get air. He was good in Tennessee because he had good linemen around him (Jevon Kearse, Kyle Vandenbosch) and he was playing for a new contract. He could care less in washington, hes got his 100 mil, why should he try. And one last thing, the 2nd rounders were awful choices. They will be in the UFL or on another team's practice squad in two years. Portis is aging, his numbers will decrease significantly this year. He shies away from contact when he finishes runs and is allot slower than before. he's trying to preserve his career long enough to collect more money from Mr. Greedy Snyder. They need a fast RB to compliment him.

Posted by: wrose92 | October 9, 2009 11:05 PM
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I'm going to start selling T shirts that say "I WON'T BE A REDSKINS FAN AGAIN UNTIL SNYDER SELLS THE TEAM" Any buyers

Posted by: cheryl8852 | October 9, 2009 11:02 PM
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jts53,

Are you serious? Get back to us when you the Eagles ever win a Super Bowl. And when you win three, then you can talk smack. Otherwise, take a seat with the Vikings and Bills.

Posted by: ptewell | October 9, 2009 10:48 PM
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Dan Snyder is a cancer to the organization. Always has been, always will be. All he cares about is money. He has no clue how to win. As long as he runs the show we will continue to be an embarrassment. You have to build a Super Bowl team, you can't buy one Danny Boy!

Posted by: supernewshawk | October 9, 2009 10:43 PM
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Campbell is the problem, plain and simple. Get rid of him, put in a QB that can make decisions that put the ball in the end zone (Collins anyone?) and the team will turn around a la the last 4 games of the 2007 season.

Posted by: jsmith33351 | October 9, 2009 10:40 PM
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I may have mis-spoke earlier in the reference to "race/ism". It dawned on me that many people who make such comments haven't lived through the 50's to 70's. They wonder why us "old folks" make reference to discrimination because many, perhaps most, younger people don't see it as a major issue.

I just did a little research and the first modern day African-American coach in the NFL was Art Shell (1989 LA Raiders), first African-American Assistant coach in the NFL was Lowell Perry (1957 Pittsburg Steelers) and the first African-American Coach(s) to take a team to the Suprbowl was the Bears Lovie Smith and the Colts Tony Dungy in 2006.

In April of 1997 Art Shell and Black assistant coaches met with NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue to discuss minority hiring. Many of the younger fans have no sense of this history and have seen many Black coaches and players during their lifetime.

Hopefully some of them can now better understand why Mr. Wilbon brought up the "fact" that Lewis was "underemployed" given the reality of that time in our history.

Thankfully times have changed and decisions are more often made on a person's ability. Of course there are still "deciders" like Mr. Snyder who will make choices based on.........(I have no idea).

If the issues arise we'll have to remind ourselves that the younger people may not be racist or insensitive; they just haven't lived through those times. I hope Mr Wilbon will use this information to help those that follow us to understand where we are coming from and that we all need to learn from history.

I apologize to those I perceived as being "racist" when they tell us "to get over it". I think I may have misunderstood where they were coming from.

Posted by: deesy | October 9, 2009 10:37 PM
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You Redskins fans might keep in mind that nobody else in America cares about you anymore. Twenty years ago the Redskins mattered, but today they don't exist except for DC.

Posted by: mcweber | October 9, 2009 10:17 PM
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boblund1,

You are spot on, and Snyder has been the only constant in the turmoil this team has faced since January 1999. The reality of it all is the fans have supported this team that has death-spiraled into a carnival sideshow. If people get smart and quit supporting this team that is the horse's arse of the NFL, only then will Snyder consider responding. Until then, he will continue to collect the dollars from all the faithful, who are being exploited as suckers. Wake up, Redskins fans!

Posted by: ptewell | October 9, 2009 10:06 PM
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It makes me wonder if the decision to bring in Al Saunders was Gibbs' decision (or for that matter, the decision to draft Jason CAmpbell).

Posted by: jsmith33351 | October 9, 2009 10:02 PM
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If Lewis has such a great mind, what is he doing here?


Are we the 50's Redskins yet?

Posted by: gonhkn | October 9, 2009 9:52 PM
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A lower-case "e" on English, however, is bad writing.

Posted by: capsfan7 | October 9, 2009 9:11 PM
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Using except instead of expect was a typo, not poor English. The pronunciation isn't even similar, so it was an obivous error.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | October 9, 2009 8:49 PM
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I agree with those of you who demand that Dan Snyder sell his interest in the Redskins. He has become a joke and a liability whose continued presence harms the Redskins.

Posted by: JohnRice | October 9, 2009 8:47 PM
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Poor english like *Don't except to read an indictment of Lewis here. * just does not cut it. Mr. Wilbon, you MUST do better. Children read your stuff and, if they write like you do, they will fail in school.

Posted by: rhodesia | October 9, 2009 7:59 PM
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I agree i been a redskin fan 39 years. he needs to sell the team or they will never win.i am ashamed to tell anyone iam a redskin fan. SNYDER IS PATHETIC . MAKES ME SICK TO WATCH THEM.

Posted by: mikes2760 | October 9, 2009 7:49 PM
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Those of you that keep bringing up race/ism NEED to BE COMMENTING on one of the Political or Human Rights Sites. THIS SITE IS FOR DISCUSSING THE WASHINGTON REDSKINS.

REGARDLESS OF A PRO OR CON REFERENCE TO RACE/ISM I ASSUME THAT ANYONE BRINGING UP THIS TOPIC EXHIBITS "RACISM". LET'S TALK FOOTBALL!!!!

Posted by: deesy | October 9, 2009 7:46 PM
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What is it that bothers so many people about any time someone brings race into the discussion? That is a rhetorical question, its obvious that many don't like to deal with the issue and how it contextualizes a discussion. Maybe particularly while talking about sports. But in this case it seems that even though Wilbon has said something that many commentators on the NFL have said, white and black, everyone starts yelling about the race card and how he needs to "get over it". Get over what? He was talking about something that did or did not need to be 'gotten' over. He was expressing a widely held opinion.

In fact, watch the game this weekend...I'd bet a few bucks that one of the white commentators will mention that many feel Sherman Lewis was 'passed over'...what the hell is the big problem with acknowledging that? Is it threatening somehow?

Posted by: wilsonmg_2000 | October 9, 2009 7:44 PM
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How do we impeach an owner? If we can do it to the President of the Unites States, we can certainly do it to OUR inept franchise owner who has made reapeated boneheaded offenses since the day he walked in the door as our team's owner, right?

How in the world did this guy ever run a successful business? He has NO discipline. ZERO! He's like a kid in a candy store. I want this, I want some of that, and ooooh give me that too, but has no clue on how to spend his $ wisely. He's a spoiled brat and as a native Washingtonian, he has made me literally embarrassed of my heart and soul, the Washington Redskins. I never ever thought I would feel that way. . .in this day and age of rampant greed, rapid free agent turnovers, and ridiculous antics by all athletes in general, the SKINS were my one true passion left. It's gone. Robbed by Mr. Dan Snyder.

Jack Kent Cooke, for all his faults, ran this team like a family. All of us were family. . .from the fan all the way up in the bleeder seats, to the guy squirming in his recliner at home, the players, the coaches. WE WERE ALL FAMILY. This guy has no clue what he is doing and I'm sick and tired of him making a mockery of our franchise and city. It used to be a proud feeling to tell someone you were a Skins fan. . .now people literally snicker because of this jokester.

If he had any dignity, pride, or self-awareness at all, he would walk away now. You tried. You just couldn't do it. We all fail. And you have failed miserably my sir.

It's mind-boggling to me how he has proceeded to strip one of the most storied and classy franchises in sports down to a complete mockery with no passion and a revolving door of coaches. C'mon you're supposed to be a smart guy Dan. . .YOU ARE THE PROBLEM! He is the 2nd coming of Jerry Jones. . .JJ is no prize, but Snyder makes him look like the wisest man around. I just wish he would do us all a favor and sell the team. I don't know how much longer I can hang on as a fan with this joker running the show. I know he wants to win, but his lack of discipline is appalling. . .look at the best franchises in the NFL. . .Pittsburgh, New England, Colts. . .they make value plays Mr. Snyder. They do not grossly overpay no matter how immense the talent. You repeatedly make the same mistakes over and over again. Fred Davis? WHY??????? We have one of the top tight ends in the league in Cooley and he's still relatively young! Anyone noticed soon-to-be All-Pro Desean Jackson lighting it up week in and week out? We took not one, Devin Thomas, but two, Fred Davis BEFORE Desean. Enough said. The ineptitude of this franchise is disgusting.

Does anyone else agree?

Posted by: machodebaucho | October 9, 2009 7:40 PM
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Wilbon doesn't write about Hockey unless he bashes it for it's fighting. Is that racist? So does Jim Vance channel 4 news. He always bashes the rioting in Soccer in Europe. Don't tell me it doesn't cut bothways. And if you want change then it's time to put the race card away and live the life you were given be it black or white or any other race.

Posted by: hessone | October 9, 2009 7:28 PM
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I don't think Wilbon is playing the race card. He is speaking the truth.

Posted by: muktech | October 9, 2009 7:23 PM
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Why should anyone be surprised? Snyder has a very long history of running the Redskins. From the day he took over the team has turned into a joke. Why? SNYDER!

The only things all of these bad teams have in common is Dan and Vinny. Since Vinny can't scratch his behind without asking Dan it doesn't take a first grader to figure out Dan's the problem.

Snyder runs this team like a business, pure and simple. I have no doubt the business end of it he is very astute at. It's the football end of the business he's clueless on. He's not getting better he's just remaining clueless year after year. In the mean time the team is a joke and Dan would probably care if it started losing money. However, since it doesn't lose money Dan just keeps insuring we'll hae one lousy team after another. FIRE SNYDER. THIS GUY IS A PROVEN BUFFOON.

Posted by: boblund1 | October 9, 2009 6:57 PM
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cohenra makes a bit of sense. Blatche has been with the team and a new head coach AND offensive co-ordinator makes no sense. Let Blatche select His offensive co-ordinator (Lewis or someone else).

I don't think snake-charmers or vodoo priestes will work... I think they are the current consultants to Snyder and Cerrato. I would suggest the guy on the Mentalist (Jane?) should be hired by the fans to secretly enter the "inner sanctum" and hypnotize these guys.

Posted by: deesy | October 9, 2009 6:45 PM
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Same crap different season.
Same owner? That's the reason!

Posted by: DoneWithDan | October 9, 2009 6:44 PM
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Look, while most of us didn't know it, Danny had the guy already on board as his defensive coordinator who SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN THE JOB OF HEAD COACH WHEN ZORN DID. Blache has since become known to Joe the fan and has shown himself to have a presence about him that is beyond engaging and confident--heck, Michael, he could do your job better than you, which is saying something about both his intellect and ability to communicate since you have been carrying my boy Tony for I don't know how long.

No, seriously, Blache presents on the TV at least as the man to lead the Redskins and has since day one of last season. How Dan got a way with bypassing him in this town in this sport with none of you talking heads or writers, and you are both, saying anything is beyond me. Unlike folks like me at least, you had to have known who Blache was and what his talents are.

And, you still seem to miss it. Mr. Zorn is gone before this season is over, and the rightful leader of this team is going to finally be put in place.

You know what, I think that this team will play for Blache, will see things more clearly under Blache, will trust Blache and one another as they haven't under Zorn. And, to make Blache the head guy, Dan had to bring someone in to take over the offense, which is what he just did.

This "bingo" dig, are you nuts? I mean, you say on the one hand that the guy is a genuis, knows the West Coast offense better than anyone alive, better than the guy calling the plays right now, and you're talking about "BINGO?"

This team had a black man in place who was more ready to lead this team that Zorn ever was up til this day and he was passed over. It looks like Danny boy is about to make that right. And, instead of getting out in front of the bus on this one, you are crawling under it, and missing the story once again. "When will they ever learn, when will they ever, learn." Bob Zimmerman

Posted by: cohenra | October 9, 2009 6:33 PM
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Hey some of you readers: Why so sensative? Wilbon merely gives details and his opinion on Lewis and some readers get so sensative.
Is the sensativity similar to watching your favorite t. v. show , sitting on your favorite chair, in your warm cozy house, eating your favorite meal and then a "Save the starving children" promo comes on?

Posted by: cruzanlion | October 9, 2009 6:32 PM
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Really, there are worse things than a losing team...like no team (pity L.A.), or death penalty scandals (Black Sox)and many more dreadful things....

The press and fans need to keep complaining and holding Snyder's feet to the fire. Eventually it will all get through his asbestos boots and things will turn around.

Asbestos! Gives an idea--sue, Peter, sue!!

Posted by: Bluefish2012 | October 9, 2009 6:30 PM
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Losers, nothing but losers. Maybe Mr. Snyder could bring in some snake charmers, or perhaps a voodoo priestess, or he could just shut up and let the professionals run the team and call the plays.

Out, out, damn spot.

Posted by: LouisianaVirginian | October 9, 2009 6:21 PM
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I agree with the majority that Snyder and Cerrato think that using money will buy a winner; truth is hiring smart football people and leaving them alone Will. Look at the Packers who are publicly owned and have a good scouting core and build through the draft.

If you watched the Packers vs. Vikings you might have concluded that Favre had plenty of time for making plays because of Minnesota's offensive line. Rodgers had problems if he had to take time, allowing the defense to break through the offensive line led to the Packs' demise.

I have a hunch that if we had a strong offensive line, Campbell would be able to demonstrate that, in fact, he is an exceptional QB. To prove my point I suggest we play a game vs Minnesota and we exchange the Skins offensive line for the Vikings offensive line and see what happens.

It is unlikely that Mr. Snyder will consider anything any of us might offer. Apparently he believes that Money can buy anything because that has been his experience. Because this is his mind-set I suspect that he hasn't even taken time to learn the lessons of the Green Bay Packers whose budget is considerably limited.

Posted by: deesy | October 9, 2009 6:08 PM
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ralston21

Its funny to see a anonymous poster calling blanche a coward on a web blog. How about going to him and calling him a coward. How about saying that to one of his players. Bad mouthing him on a web blog is more cowardly than you claim he is. Its also funny to see loafers like us on the internet all day telling someone else they should resign from their jobs. Oh how we can always see the flaws in others but never ourselves.

Posted by: ged0386 | October 9, 2009 6:07 PM
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As much as I hate all the negative ranting by skins fans one thing I agree with all of you is snyder needs to get out of the way. Vinny would be a better GM if he was not consulting with snyder more than his coaches. I also have to agree with angry fans that it seems that the only way to convince Snyder to get out of the way is to stop buying tickets. Not stop being fans nor do you need to hate the team or the players but stop giving snyder money seems to be the only way to make him sit down and allow the team to be run by real football guys, not a fan who happens to own the team. And like Wilbon says winning will bring in more fans than marketing ever can. If you are selling out as an average team that loses about as much as it wins imagine if you actually won more than you lost.

Posted by: ged0386 | October 9, 2009 5:59 PM
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DCFanatic

Well like most whites, you never want to talk about race unless you can point the finger at someone else. Wilbon was just pointing out the obvious. Stop being such a coward regarding race. Its not going to kill you to acknowledge that Sherm Smith was overlooked when he was in coaching. Yet norv turner has had three head coaching jobs and still does not have a winning record. Yes the race card is alive and well and until things change it will get played. Deal with it.

Posted by: ged0386 | October 9, 2009 5:50 PM
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Consultants are so MBA corporate-think. Surely someone at Redskins Park knows what a consultant is--someone who will take your watch and tell you what time it is.

Boycotts, etc. don't work. By definition, there are always losers in any sport. Eventually the worm will turn and Redskin days will come again. We may have to wait until Snyder gets it or he finally lets go of the team, but some day, over the rainbow....

Posted by: Bluefish2012 | October 9, 2009 5:42 PM
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To: beigebandit
Snyder might be a fool & a foolish owner, but the REAL FOOLS are the hordes of Redskin FANS who still support this team. Sticking a label on something (or keeping a label on something) does not mean that it IS the thing. This organization has NOT been the Washington Redskins since Snyder bought the team. He's making money hand over fist while the fools who buy the seats continue to nearly fill up Fed-Ex (except for the over-priced Club Level seats, which, apparently, will go to brokers along w/ other seats that still more fools stand in line for on the waiting list) Field every home game as well as all the folks who buy Redskin paraphanalia. Snyder might be a Redskin fan, too, but he doesn't know how to act like an owner. He does, however, know how to act like a spoiled child with a plaything.

Take a look at the Ravens franchise. Take a look at the Patriots franchise. Take a look at the mighty Steelers franchise (3 head coaches since 1969 and NO cheerleaders...oh, yeah, and SIX Super Bowl wins).

As long as the fans continue to pour $$ in Snyder's pockets, do you think he will change his meddling ways?

Posted by: therapidone | October 9, 2009 5:36 PM
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This whole discussion is academic unless there are empty seats at FedEx Field. It's time for fans to put up or shut up. You keep going to the games? You deserve to be screwed.

Posted by: simpleton1 | October 9, 2009 5:36 PM
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To: beigebandit
Snyder might be a fool & a foolish owner, but the REAL FOOLS are the hordes of Redskin FANS who still support this team. Sticking a label on something (or keeping a label on something) does not mean that it IS the thing. This organization has NOT been the Washington Redskins since Snyder bought the team. He's making money hand over fist while the fools who buy the seats continue to nearly fill up Fed-Ex (except for the over-priced Club Level seats, which, apparently, will go to brokers along w/ other seats that still more fools stand in line for on the waiting list) Field every home game as well as all the folks who buy Redskin paraphanalia. Snyder might be a Redskin fan, too, but he doesn't know how to act like an owner. He does, however, know how to act like a spoiled child with a plaything.

Take a look at the Ravens franchise. Take a look at the Patriots franchise. Take a look at the mighty Steelers franchise (3 head coaches since 1969 and NO cheerleaders...oh, yeah, and SIX Super Bowl wins).

As long as the fans continue to pour $$ in Snyder's pockets, do you think he will change his meddling ways?

Posted by: therapidone | October 9, 2009 5:34 PM
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Come on, folks. Lets face the truth. The players stink and the coaches rot. One can sugar coat all one wants, but those are the facts!

Posted by: petervn11 | October 9, 2009 5:28 PM
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Dan Synder has leapfrogged Jerry Jones in the race to challenge Al Davis as the worst owner in football. At least we've got a cool new stadium here in Dallas to go with the pathetic football that is currently played here.

Posted by: Route1 | October 9, 2009 5:20 PM
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I hate to admit it but I am a New York Knicks fan. For 8 years they have been terrible and for 8 years MSG has been packed with fans. Those fans keep buying tickets, pay for parking and buy beer and hot dogs. Many years ago when Wellington Mara ran the giants, they went about 8 straight years without a winning season. Mr. Mara kept hiring old giant cronies like Alex Webster and the team kept loosing. The fans started going to the games wearing paper bags over their heads and still the team lost. Eventually there were empty seats. Pete Rosell told the old man that he had to hire a pro to run the team and the NFL literally forced the ole man to hire George Young. The rest you all know as professional coaches like parsells and Belichick led the Giants to lofty heights. There are several lessons to be learned here
1) The knicks stink and fans need to not go
2) The skins stink and fans need to not go
3) Your billionaire owner needs to hire someone competent and get out of the way
4) Mara became even richer when the giants started winning. Perhaps there is a lesson here for your owner.
5) Incidentally as a giant's fan I am thrilled that you guys stink. Back in the day your fans were the most obnoxious in all of football. I hated those stupid pigs. Now they are just pathetic stupid looking old men. I do feel your pain as fans, and I hope you get good enough again to beat Dallas and Philly.

Posted by: gvelanis | October 9, 2009 5:18 PM
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I lived in D.C. for five years ('99-'04) and watched one screw up after another by the 'Skins upper management. Dan Snyder is the worst thing that ever happened to your storied franchise.

Posted by: mozart56 | October 9, 2009 5:15 PM
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Boycotting the Dallas game sounds great.
In fact, give your ticket to a Dallas fan.
If the Redskins win, imagine the glee with which you can greet your friend the next day.
And if Dallas wins, they will be so grateful for the chance to see Dallas win, they won't razz you too much.

Posted by: edlharris | October 9, 2009 5:08 PM
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Why in the world would you bring in a "consultant" who has been calling bingo and not even been in the league without telling your head coach? Why would you bring in anybody to interact with your team without telling the coach? Why would you undermine your coach's authority that way? And why do the Redskins never learn ANY lesson?
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your questions are rhetorical, sadly the answers are not --- dan snyder is the reincarnation of bob short and dc has very bad mojo.

Posted by: atidwell | October 9, 2009 5:07 PM
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I say that DannyBoy needs to spend more of his disposable money towards fixing up and bringing back to life the Six Flags Theme Parks that he bought a few years ago, and try not to buy a Super Bowl team overnight.

Posted by: SportsFan4Ever | October 9, 2009 5:01 PM
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I sold programs at RFK back in Sonny's day and my dad was a ushser and we are diehard forever. My dad is passed now, but I know he's still watching. The best time in my life was sitting in my dads section after I was finished selling for the day watching Sonny and the boys go. We diden't win all the time but they were great to watch and we were never out of a game with Sonny at the helm. Well I'm retired from the Marine Corps now and would love to have Vinny's job. I've been calling the shots for years now and have aiways been right with my coulda shoulda wouldas. Vinnys job is not brain sergery. We can move him to program sales to keep him imployed. I'll give him a few pointers to get him going and we will be on our winning ways again and I'll do it for the same money I'm making as a furniture store manager now. So hit me back Danny and let's make this team exciting and winners again. My fantasy football record is outstanding too!

Posted by: masielloa | October 9, 2009 4:57 PM
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Those of you that call out Wilbon for "playing the race card" are just as bad as you think he is, only in reverse.

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | October 9, 2009 4:55 PM
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Here's the deal: Snyder keeps bringing all those expensive free agents to DC because that way we fans will think the team has a chance of winning and will buy his overpriced tickets and other crap. For Danny Boy, it's all about the money. Look at the decisions he's made in the last 10 years. If you shift the perspective from creating a good football team to making money, they all make sense. From Deion to Haynesworth. Even suing YOUR OWN FANS. What a joke. Now we have to wait out two owners in the DC area before we have competitive teams, Snyder and Angelos.

Posted by: mlfromgtown | October 9, 2009 4:48 PM
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Boycott Dec. 27 vs. Dallas. Nationally televised game. How embarassing and what more of a way to send a statement on the teams final home game. Even more appropriate that it is rival Dallas.

Only 14 fans attend holding signs with the letters SELL THE TEAM DAN

Arrange for tailgates at alternate locations to ensure Landover is a ghost town.

Unused ticket stubs to this event would be priceless. Certainly this experience would create much more of a lasting memroy than the game itself.

Dan certainly would have to comment then.

Think about it folks.

Posted by: PaSkinsFan3 | October 9, 2009 4:42 PM
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10 years. Six head coaches. Two of those head coaches proven winners. At least 12 quarterbacks. A record of something like 75-85. One deep run in the playoffs. No Super Bowls.

You'd think The Daniel Snyder would take a look at the wreckage of teams of the future over the last 10 years and compare it to an empty trophy case in the Snyder era.

Posted by: Meepo | October 9, 2009 4:41 PM
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I'm a Giants fan. I love it. Please don't ever fire Cerrato nor sell the team. Please, please, please.

As a matter of fact- why don't you do sort of what Gerrah did in Dallas. Danny- you be G.M. Vinnie can be double executive chief special super senior managing consultant and run a bingo game.

Truth be told- I really miss the competiton in the NFC east- now its just the giants and eagles. I really do feel bad for my many skin fans although I do give them all kinds of crap.

Posted by: petekam | October 9, 2009 4:40 PM
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10 years. Six head coaches. Two of those head coaches proven winners. At least 12 quarterbacks. A record of something like 75-85. One deep run in the playoffs. No Super Bowls.

You'd think The Daniel Snyder would take a look at the wreckage of teams of the future over the last 10 years and compare it to an empty trophy case in the Snyder era.

Posted by: Meepo | October 9, 2009 4:39 PM
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I think you all are missing how smart Snyder really is. This move was to satisfy the Rooney Rule while DannyBoy goes after Shanahan, Holmgren, et al. Look for a coaching change during the bye week.

Posted by: nospam4me1 | October 9, 2009 4:28 PM
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Wow. Wilbon waited until he had written 60 words before playing the race card. Usually he plays that much sooner--like in the headline. Lovers of sport are not the race-haters you race-baiters think we are, Wilbon. As Borat says, don't be a racialist. Get over it!!!

Posted by: ktp70 | October 9, 2009 4:20 PM
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Wilbon,

Who proof reads your columns? You have a misspelled word in the 1st sentence of the 2nd paragraph. Look for it.

Posted by: viennacommuter | October 9, 2009 4:19 PM
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A definition of a fool: Someone who does the same thing over and over and over, and expects different results. Sound familiar?

For as long as the Snyder/Cerrato marriage exsists in this town, us Skins fans will have to suffer each and every year. They always have some re-create the wheel idea about making this franchise successful. They feel as if Zorn needs a consultant?... when in actuallity they are the ones who should seek help!!!

From day one, after Gibbs left the 2nd time around,when supposedly the organization was put back on track, their daily operations have been a complete joke! Just think about the circus of a coaching search that was put together...Great idea to hire your O-coordinator before your coach, and even a better idea they hire that same person to be head coach. Shocker!!!What respectable coach would walk into a situation without choosing their own assistants. Oh thats right, Jim Fossil. Riiight. Zorn has never called a play in his life far less coordinate an offense, or lead a team. But Zorns the problem? Not the decision to hire him? What buffoooooonns!!!!! They can hire whoever they want to consult, and they will all probably say the same thing:aging o-line, wasted/traded draft picks, too much of a dependancy on free agency, Vinney Cerrato,inexperienced coach, BAD MANAGEMENT,VINNY CERRATO, AN OWNER WHO SHOULD WORRY ABOUT GETTING THE SKINS BACK TO D.C. AND NOT PLAYER PERSONNEL, VINNY CERRATO!!!! Sorry for the tangent.

And here are a few more bright ideas from the geniuses who run this orginazation: lets waste three 2nd round picks on recievers/tight end(who by the way have done absolutely nothing), especially when we have an aging/injury prone O-line, and lets sign an over weight D-lineman to $100 million dollar contract because our 4th ranked defense needs the help,not our poor under performing o-line. Oh thats right we have Bugel who can coach anyone up...why bother with the o-line?

We fans, definately have the worst owner in all sports...what a fool!

Posted by: beigebandit | October 9, 2009 4:05 PM
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when the offense didnt work under gibbs was that zorns fault ,when the offense didnt work under spurrier was that zorns fault ,when the offense didnt work under norv was that zorns fault, i,m totaly confused this is not a new situation but we blame a great coeach and football mind. let him do his job and by the way pick his coaches and talent and see what happens ,where we are apparnetly headed now is back to square one. 2 owners work with this mentality. and they both sit back and collect money and watch other teams play in the superbowl

Posted by: tird45 | October 9, 2009 3:58 PM
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Thank you for your column Michael!

Money certainly brought Sherman Lewis from his bingo game the other night to Redskin Park. Money and a expensive private jet ride. Here we have yet another example of the fundamental belief of the Snyder system. Money buys all. Money fixes all. Money is what it's all about!

And in ten years, this has been a belief system and emphasis has destroyed a once great and winning sports organization.

Will this guy ever realize the error of his ways? Will he ever realize he lacks the kind of self awareness, team awareness and football intelligence necessary to be an real owner in the NFL? He lacks the subtleties, the grace, communications sensibilities that characterize great owners of the past and present. His heavy handed and misguided ways are not what you see in organizations like the Steelers, Giants, Patriots, Colts and Eagles.

Snyder has said he was a Redskin fan when he was growing up. Well from where I stand, no REAL Redskin fan would ever do what he has done to this team over the last decade. Except for bringing back Coach Gibbs a second time, he has lacked any kind of originality, creativity or football sense. Sadly, even with Coach Gibbs as his mentor, Snyder has failed to learn the lessons on how to create a winner.

Posted by: DFi4487 | October 9, 2009 3:32 PM
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Gee, Wilbon writing a column that has race in it. Don't you ever get tired of beating that tired drum Wilbon? I would'nt p on you if you were on fire Wilbon.

Posted by: DCFanatic | October 9, 2009 3:10 PM
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If you don't have a decent O-line the QB don't have time to throw. I have watched Snyder/Cerrato pour money into Defence year after year and still can't reach the top. As long as you bring in guys and change their position or from how they play in other systems, they will fail.e.g. Haynesworth, Orapko.
Campbell is not a bad QB, look around the league. The coach is controlling and don't allow the QB to think for himself. He will flourish next year in someone else's system and we will end up with a dud.
Recommedation to management: Keep the young guys, clean house, build from the draft, stop asking players to move to positions they have never played,build a decent O-line, get rid of the boring west coast offence(this is the east coast) and bring in a no nonsence coach (like SF)and the redskins will be a winning team by the 2011 season. With these changes the fans will appretiate the effort and stick around.
PS: you should have kept Marty as your coach. You would be winning now

Posted by: a7181945 | October 9, 2009 2:42 PM
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What scares me about Cerrato and Snyder is that they actually believe these are good moves. Every move they have ever made that has caused damage to the organization, including this one,they believe wholeheartedly to be good moves.

If they were sweating like Jessica Simpson taking the SAT, I'd feel better. But they really buy their own crap. And everything bad that happens they feel is the fault of someone else.

That's scary. This team has literally followed the path of a Greek tragedy in recent years.

How do people like Snyder get so much money? If there's a flaw in the system of capitalism...this is the poster child for it.

Thanks for the article Wilbon.

Posted by: 20yrskinfan | October 9, 2009 2:20 PM
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Blanche ain't no dummy...he sees his defense crashing and burning once they play a good team. Now he can avoid the media shake down.

Posted by: LongTimeSkinsFan | October 9, 2009 2:14 PM
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davefromdc1, are you really serious with you comments?? Defending Synder? Expectations are high in DC and they will ALWAYS remain high. That being said, Snyder is not making the grade and Cerrato isn't even coming close. Dan Patrick said it best a few weeks back "The Washington Redskins are Dan Synder's fantasy football team". It isn't a coincidence that as soon as the Cook family was out of the picture that things began to go south. The writing is on the wall - open you eyes!!

Posted by: skins10 | October 9, 2009 2:11 PM
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Geez all you so called Skins fans, let's see what happens first before we pass judgement. Maybe our collective support instead of collective admonishment will help spur success of our team. True fans give support through the good and the bad like a true marriage. It hasn't been pretty this year but they have won 2 games and it's early. Instead of looking at this move as something sinister, I look at it as if it helps, great. Yes it sounds like it wasn't handled properly but we're stuck with these guys running the show and only our support of the players and coaches will help bring success. From what I'm hearing everybody is together that matters on the field. Teamwork and unity, fighting hard to the end, that's what Redskin football is about! And I think the players and coaches are doing that.

Posted by: rennert22 | October 9, 2009 2:09 PM
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Turn the lights out the party is over...no offense = change

Posted by: LongTimeSkinsFan | October 9, 2009 2:08 PM
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Nice, I like how you had to bring race into this. Good job Wilbon......

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 9, 2009 2:04 PM
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As far as calling those of us who don't like the name Redskins fools cctsbuddy, you can be silent and let people think you are an idiot or you can open your mouth and confirm it. Confirmed.

Posted by: chopin224 | October 9, 2009 2:00 PM
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let me say first that Blanche is a coward. pure and simple. He is afraid to answer the tough questions from the media so he's given a pass by the head coach?? Really?? I hate to use metaphors, but there was never a more appropriate one then " if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen". Point being, if you're too much of a wuss to answer to the press, then you don't deserve to be a professional coach. He is disgracefull and should resign immediately. I hear there's a bingo parlor looking for a new caller. Now on to that loser Cerrato..what a moron! All I have to say about him is WR/TE/WR. enough said.

Posted by: ralston21 | October 9, 2009 1:59 PM
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Dan Snyder or Vinnie Cerrato have a new alias. It is Dave from DC. Thankfully for their sake, there are a few fans left who can be fooled by this charade. It's amazing that there is anyone out there besides Snyder's or Cerrato's family members who can justify their actions the last 9 years.
A blind man can see that the successful framchises build through the draft, and understand that you need patience to have sustained success in this league. The Giants (in our own division), the Steelers, Patriots, Colts etc. all hire a coach, and give the coach time to implement his system, and the GM time to draft the right players who fit that system. This is no secret, this is not rocket science, but for some reason our owner and GM don't get it.
They sign a guy who was never even a coordinator to be their head coach, after claiming he wowed them in the interview. less than 2 years later, they embarass him by bring in a consultant, a guy who has been gone from the league for 5 years.
I'm in shock as to how Dan Snyder is a billionaire. It clearly requires ruthlessness as opposed to smarts to make millions.
Don't expect anything different from this owner. he will continue to buy up radio stations to control the coverage of his team, and will hire a battery of lawyers and PR people to be his voice. He is an over bearing, self centered, selfish coward, and he has made our football experience a nightmare. i am sorry the league doesn't have the power to remove owners. This guy is truly the pits. Hate is a strong word, but if there is anyone I despise, that would be Snyder.

Posted by: RollyMac | October 9, 2009 1:53 PM
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Skinsfan from Long Island: Hey, Mr. Snyder...Having been such a successful business man all these years....It must really eat at your gut to be such a loser for the past ten years as an NFL team owner! I said last week that you have to stop acting like a little child in your luxury box AND start communicating to your fans on what you intend to do to turn this team around. Do not give us this garbage about how you do not talk about the team during the season! Well, for what it's worth, the season may be over fairly soon. If you intend on keeping this team, then YOU know that Vinny has to go! Get over yourself and start acting like an owner. There is a reason Joe Gibbs left early. There is a reason that nobody can stay with your organization for any length of time. There is a reason the players are not happy - except the ones that YOU elect to pay large sums of money to in exchange for subpar performances. There is also a reason that you cannot put together a decent offense - it is called an O-LINE! Just a little hint for you if you ever decide to get serious about our Redskins!

Posted by: rvscanzani | October 9, 2009 1:40 PM
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Snyder and Cerrato are rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic...

Posted by: CHICO13 | October 9, 2009 1:40 PM
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Just want to say that this has been my favorite year yet for Redskins football. The football is bad, ok, but the entertainment I get from watching the team has been first-rate. An inept, backstabbing front office, bickering overpaid players, and delusional fans who are mistaking this team for one that might have played here a few decades ago. And it's just going to get better when the coach gets fired, as he inevitably will.

I grew up watching the Lions. They also have an inept owner. They rarely amount to much (Who is surprised that the Lions eventually went 0-16?), and they never will as long as the current ownership is in place. The Lions have been bad for decades. Same deal with the Cardinals' owner Bidwill. Stinking teams, year after year (last year was just plain weird. Even so, that guy put a sinking team out there for over 40 years before 2008 happened).

That's the company you're in, Redskins fans: Ford, Bidwill, Snyder. Snyder looks young and healthy too, so this should last for a long time.

Snyder is like Tiger Woods. He's been so bad at such a young age, who knows how many losing records and fired coaches he will have at the end of his ownership? He's still got decades of ineptitude ahead of him.

Hail to the Redskins! Let's hope for something really special in Carolina this weekend.

Posted by: tjotoole | October 9, 2009 1:30 PM
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I’ve come to the conclusion that everything going on with this team is a big SCAM! Seriously!
The truth is that Dan Snyder never cared about winning on the field, he secretly only cares about winning the distinction of being the biggest screw-up owner ever of an NFL Franchise.

Hang in there Danny! You’re closing on Al Davis faster than Rush Limbaugh on a twinkie.

Posted by: Redskinrex | October 9, 2009 1:23 PM
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What good coach would want to come work for the Redskins? Not only does this screw the pooch now -it really makes people second guess working here in the future. It's terrible. We have a history of making very poor decisions and what star coach/GM would come here thinking that it would be different? You'd have to be a fool. It's all very frustrating and kind of sad...just when you think they've stopped making dumb decisions and they'll let the season play out - they find a way to meddle. Unbelievable.

Posted by: JBuss | October 9, 2009 12:58 PM
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We are stuck with Snyder for the long haul, but at some point he's got to wake up and get rid of Cerrato. The one constant through Snyder's 10+ years of mediocre ownership has been Cerrato. Vinnie may have a Super Bowl ring and a college championship ring, but he wasn't responsible for either. He road someone else's coattails. What value does Vinnie Cerrato offer by bringing in a Consultant -with or without the Head Coach knowing? I could make a few phone calls and bring in a consultant and all I've been doing is sitting in the stands at home games since I was 7 years old.

Posted by: Section235 | October 9, 2009 12:32 PM
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I don't think Zorn is the problem. I think their biggest problem is their offensive line. Zorn is being conservative because he knows he can't have pass patterns that take more than say 3 seconds for the receiver to get open. Plus, he can't send his backs out on patterns. They have to pass protect. Clinton Portis is being blamed unfairly too. He has awful blocking and does very well considering. If you doubt it, look at how the backups do compared to him.

I think there are problems everywhere, but if they had a decent O Line they would probably finish 8-8 instead of what I suspect will be 4-12.

The root of the problem is what the skins do in free agency and this is Mr Snyder's fault. Football is much more of a team sport than say Basketball or Baseball to a lesser extent. You can't pay a huge salary to one or two players at the expense of everyone else. It needs to be balanced. You have 22 starters (Not including special teams) compared to 5 and 9 in basketball and baseball.

If you look at recent super bowl champions, I can't think of any that signed a big contract free agent. You have to go back to Deion Sanders in the mid 1990's going from SF to Dallas. You will not win by paying a lot of money for big name free agents and hopefully My Snyder will get that it's better to sign 5 mid level players than 1 superstar.

Posted by: Kidhorn | October 9, 2009 12:13 PM
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I agree Cerrato is worthless and he and Snyder obviuosly know nothing about building a football team. Snyder apparently is following the Raiders model instead of the Patriots or Steelers. However, they both know 100% more than Wilbon (or me). What are Wilbon's qualifications for criticizing how anyonne runs a sports fanchise. Everyone that reads this blog, reads the WP, or watches Wilbon on PTI knows is is anti-Redskins no matter what the issue.

Posted by: DodgerDog | October 9, 2009 11:50 AM
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I've been a fan of the Redskins ever since the Bill McPete years, as bad as they were then we did have an offense, we scored points. we have been putting up with this mess for ten years,things will not change unless we the Fans stop supporting this team, we need to boycott the games,by pickit out side and not go in, stop buying jerseys, an other Redskins items, this is all that the owner ubderstand.

Posted by: walexander68 | October 9, 2009 11:39 AM
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Someone asked me a couple of weeks ago who was my favorite Redshin player and I could not name one of the current players as a favorite let alone my favorite. This comes from watching a badly managed team for the last ten years. Yes we have Portis, Moss, Haynesworth etc. But the owner has no clue what a qualified football person is so he turned to Cerrato who's claim to fame was that he said the Jim Druckenmiller was better than Jake Plummer while in SF. Now that should tell how much he knows about evaluating talent. If I was running the team scouting department I would have drafted Adrian Peterson two years ago and traded Portis for 3 picks. I would not have drafted 3 receivers last year and as good as I think Haynesworth can be I would have not signed him to a contract that large. The only thing that I want to see happen is for Snyder to sell the team to someone that cares about winning and understands that as a owner of the team he is not qualified to make personnel decisions. Hiring Zorn was not a good move which is the reason why G. Williams was let go. He wanted to hire his own OC. I feel that Russ Grimm is the only coach who can instill some urgency into this band of misfits and malcontents. We play in a division that require you to run the football effectively. This is not the West Coast so get rid of it

Posted by: pri1ce | October 9, 2009 11:33 AM
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You people make me sick, you truly do. I think if you want to boycott you should go ahead and do so. At least that way the REAL skins fans can enjoyt the game in peace. Without you drunken west virginia rejects coming in to my stadium and acting like idiots while berating the team. Come on who boos their hometeam after a win. No matter how sloppy a W is a W. Matter of fact why would you begrudge a owner for trying to win??? Its mind blowing. This man only tries to put a winning product on the field. OKAY I admit that he may have made som big misteps over the past 10 years (Deion, and the ole ball coach come to mind) BUT if he just sat back and blew up the roster and didnet resign any good players while sinking to the bottom of the league just to get draft picks you PPL would STILL give him a hard time. I understand every drunken ex high school JR. Varcity team bench rider thinks he knows football but trust me you really dont! Before you go off next time go look up salarycap structure, free agency as well as player and coach personality profiles then come back and tell me its as easy as upgrading the O line and getting a new QB. Stop listening to Wilbon he has not reported real sports since the 90's he's a sellout TV talking head

Posted by: davefromdc1 | October 9, 2009 11:13 AM
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The only year in the past 10 under Snyder that the Redskins played with passion and purpose, where you could see the beginnings of a foundation, was when Marty was coach and Cerrato was unemployed.

Cerrato is the cancer in this organization. Bring in a qualified GM to run the football operations - scouting, coaches, salary cap, etc. and this team will be a contender. Case in point - Atlanta, with Thomas Dimitroff as GM, and an owner that doesn't get involved.

Sad part is, we wasted the best years of Portis, Samuels and Moss' career in mediocrity.

Posted by: ASinNY | October 9, 2009 11:03 AM
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Snyder is suffering from Napoleon Syndrome. A short man who's trying to wield his power over everyone because of his lack of height. Poor l'il fella. You really have to feel sorry for him.

Seriously though. I take you back to when everyone wanted to run Brad Johnson out of town when we had a team that had just won the NFC East. So Snyder goes in brings in Jeff George (who?) and Johnson goes to Tampa and gets a ring.

He ruined the continuity of what was already a playoff contender by bringing in Fantasy Players waaaaay past their prime.

He had a chance to hire a coach (Gregg Williams) whom the team wanted and respected, but instead he hires a man with NO head coaching or coordinator experience, and makes a mockery of the entire process. Has he learned? Sadly, no. The Redskins, a once PROUD franchise is now a laughingstock and Napoleon doesn't even care......

Posted by: amontgomery1 | October 9, 2009 10:52 AM
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The Skins offensive troubles over the past three seasons can be attributed to one thing and one thing only: the REFUSAL to address the Offensive Line throught the Draft. You win football games in the trenches and you build winning football teams from the inside out. The Skins have 5 picks in the upcoming draft (1,2,4,5,7) we need 3 OL, 1 OLB, 1 TB, 1 CB. I think Heyer is OK at Right Tackle and Rabach will do for now at Center while Edwin Williams develops. Chris Samuels, thank you for all you have done for the Skins but it's over. We need a Left Tackle and Guards badly. I would like to get an OLB so Orakpo can put his hand in the dirt full time. CP, Ladell, and Rock are all the same age and 1 or 2 of them need to go so that Marcus Mason and a young drafted back can develop and depth at Corner is needed I do not buy Tryon at all, Smoot is getting long in the tooth and Carlos is always in position but will not make a play. I like Carlos but I have never seen one player drop so many interceptions over the past two seasons. Football is Blocking and Tackling, until Vinny and Snyder figure that out we can never hope for better than one and done in the playoffs.

Posted by: bhickson | October 9, 2009 10:40 AM
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Dithylloyd, the defense did not give up 23 points to the giants. if you remember, they scored a touchdown off of JC's fumble. Campbell and Portis need to go, but as long as Snyder owns this team, we are screwed. And why should Blache be the coach? I think he sucks and it really pisses me off that we are wasting so much talent in Orakpo by making him play linebacker. Just think how many sacks he could have if they would put him back at HIS REAL POSITION, DE. That dude is a beast!!

Posted by: ebibb25425 | October 9, 2009 10:28 AM
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I agree with Wilbon. The question is how long will it take for Dan synder to learn how to be an owner? were in year ten now.

Posted by: drpolarbear | October 9, 2009 10:28 AM
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Ticket holders please do the math:
Ticket price * 8 games * 90,000 seats * 10 years = $1,000,000,000.
Snyder has made over a billion dollars on tickets alone. Why would Snyder change? The Redskins organization is Snyders part time toy.

Posted by: jercha | October 9, 2009 10:28 AM
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Hey everybody,

Nothing is going to change until we the fans STOP GOING TO THE GAMES!! Do you really want to see this sorry, no-account collection of arena football-caliber players kick field goals for the next 25 years? Stop going to the games, stop watching them on TV, stop buying jerseys and paraphernalia...then and only then will things change!!

Posted by: DCrealist | October 9, 2009 10:11 AM
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The competitive part of this season is about over.(see schedule) I hate being this cynical this soon. It didn't come easy. I am an AVID redskin fan living in Giant/Eagle territory. Been a skinsfan since Sam Huff got traded to the skins from the giants. Unless Mr. Snyder bites the bullet and hires a competent GM who will then hire a Bill Cower or John Gruden, etc. to coach. Nothing will really change. Mr Snyder needs to step back and let football people run the team. Sort of like finally admitting you need to hire Capt.Quint to find the shark and not a bunch of amateurs. The frustrating part is that he is NOT cheap abut the team. He pays top dollar. He deserves better results. For that, he should be admired. I hope I am wrong about the season being over for the skins i really do. But my instincts tell me that for the rest of the season we will get a lot of football theater but not too much more..Good luck Skins

Posted by: pacnetw | October 9, 2009 10:09 AM
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Snyderrato has always done business with their trademark MO. "Quick-fixes", it's really getting tedious & comical to watch these two run the Redskins football organization. They're clueless to say the least.

BTW, Blache has decided to stop talking to the media, which pretty tells a great deal of dysfunction going within the team. I mean, why would he waste his time explaining the defense deficiency and keep apologizing for the losses and all the losing games about to unfold when HE KNOWS HE'S NOT COMING BACK NEXT YEAR.

BOYCOTT GAMES!!! that's the only way we will get our conerns taken seriously, because if the Redskins happen to lose most games this season but still have these home games attended by 86K fans, they won't care and trust me they will continue to run this team until we are in the same boat as the hapless Raiders. 10 years people!!!! 10 Long, excruciating, humiliating seasons with Snyderrato at the helm. THE TIME IS NOW!!!!

Posted by: alucard1 | October 9, 2009 10:02 AM
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The offense has been offensive during the Zorn era and it hasn't really improved. The Redskins should do everything within their power to try and fix the offense, so I dont' blame them for hiring Lewis. Not telling Zorn is certainly a vote of unconfidence, but it's nicer than firing him (which is almost inevitable at this point).

Posted by: wwc4g | October 9, 2009 10:00 AM
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Our problem has been the QB position. We have finished in the middle of the pack all these years and so our draft picks have been middle of the pack where you can't really draft a quality QB. That's the ONLY problem I see in our inept offense from what I watch every single Sunday. Brunell would hold on to the ball too long and now so does Campbell. Yes, I was one of the fans calling for Gibbs to put in Campbell and yes, now I want Campbell gone. He's probably the greatest backup you'll ever have on a team. But not even close to having the smarts and instincts of a Good QB. I think Dan Snyder tries, that's why he spends money. And to Snyder's defense, ZORN has made absolutely HORRIBLE calls. As a coach you want to put the team in a position to win and by his play-calling he absolutely has not done that. He is to blame as much as Campbell for our two losses and the inept offense as a whole. Last I checked, Snyderatto tried to get Jay Cutler (who dropped 48 on Detroit!!) in the off season but that's somehow seen as a bad thing. Whatever. Zorn and Campbell to me are place holders at the moment. Nothing can help Campbell, but at least Sherm Lewis can help Zorn call plays that put this team in a position to win.

Posted by: harbirsingh | October 9, 2009 9:57 AM
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so i have decided that not only is this lewis hire probably one of the biggest gaffs by snyder in the past 18 months aside from not addressing the o-line in the off-season....bringing in a guy as a "coordinator" who was calling bingo numbers 4 days ago and think he will turn something around, making this team a HUGE punchline to a bad joke, but also, it just shows that the coaches are screwed no matter what happens and brings more uncertainty than answers that could come from it all....picture it...it has nothing to do with lewis....the team, with or without him improves considerably, and then lewis is credited with a job well done, further "proving" that zorn was at fault, and wave bye bye to zorny....option 2, teams tanks or even just doesn't improve to the point where they blow carolina or anyone else out of the water, all that "proves" is that zorn screwed up the team beyond lewis being able to help and welp, wave bye bye to zorny....snyder isn't just meddling, he is setting up the team to lose and causes futher discontinuity in any solidarity that the team may be trying to build up
even if he cares nothing about the team, you would think that he would realize that a winning team is a more profitable team, and appeal to his only care, the bottom line.

Posted by: captainchaos47 | October 9, 2009 9:54 AM
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Do you think this might be another opportunity for Danny Boy to get some publicity. If the team is good nobody cares about the owner and he never gets any press. It's all about the coach and the players, they get all the publicity.

If they stink and he is meddlesome he gets press. For a guy like Danny Boy who loves to see his name in the lights regardless of whether it's a positive or negative spin this is wonderful.

The fools who want the name changed from Redskins need to be careful if Danny Boy has his way they will be the Washington Snyder's that will make him immortal. All of this is about Danny.

If you stopped writing about him maybe he would go away-no that's too good to hope for.

Posted by: cctsbuddy | October 9, 2009 9:54 AM
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One problem is that to Danny while he wants to win he's a business type so as long as the Skins make money then he thinks he's been successful.........

Posted by: FLvet | October 9, 2009 9:50 AM
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I think Clint Eastwood said it best. "A man has to know his limitations". Dan Snyder apparently hasn't comprehended the fact that he is more of a custodian/steward of the Redskins than an "Owner". It's obvious that Vinny Cerrato isn't working. Is Jim Zorn the man, who can say? It doesn't appear he's being given a fair shot. What surprises me most is Dan Snyder should at least be a good manager, I can't imagine he ran his communications company as badly as he's managed the Redskins or he would never have had the chance to buy the Redskins. I call on Dan to either accept his role as caretaker and trustee or sell the team to someone who will for the good of the franchise, for the good of the Redskins. I think someone said if you truly love something let it go. Couldn't he just look at old tapes of Jack Kent Cooke?

The biggest error Dan can make is overestimating the loyalty of the fans. The fans can take losing but not blatant exploitation and the apparent lack of personal and organizational integrity.

Posted by: sgwat62 | October 9, 2009 9:46 AM
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I don't agree with what the front office is doing overall, but Cerrato said this morning that he came to Zorn and asked him could he use another set of eyes, and then they discussed who could help. Zorn said Lewis, then Vinny called Lewis. I know, Vinny could be lying, but I don't think Wilbon should just flat out say that Vinny called Lewis w/o consulting Zorn. You might want to cite a source (oh yea, its a blog, I forgot, no need to cite sources). Anyway, know I need to go slap myself for backing up Vinny.

Posted by: cmterpsnskins | October 9, 2009 9:43 AM
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Or perhaps this is just Blache's OC when Zorn gets fired for perhaps being with winningest coach in the Snyder era...

Posted by: hakimallen | October 9, 2009 9:42 AM
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LIKWID: "ridiculous and retarded" would actually be a step up for this Redskins Front Office. Repeating the same actions and expecting different results is the textbook definition of insanity.

Posted by: walkdwalk | October 9, 2009 9:40 AM
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This move like many under this regime is ridiculous and retarded.

At first, I thought it was a good idea because you have someone who has actual coaching experience and success in running an offense coming in to lend a hand. However, I was not privy to the fact that Zorn was not made aware. If that's the case, wow. Just another blind leading the blind move by Snyderratto. Or I should say Snyder, because Vinny really is just a pawn that's used to make Snyder's decisions half-way "sound" like they make sense in football terms. Let's be real.

I'm not sure this person really exists in the world. But the Redskins really and truly need above and beyond anything else, is someone with some clout and a lot of power and knowledge behind their name, to tell Snyder: "the best way to run this team is to hire a bright young football mind to run it. You, stay out of his way and just sign the checks."

IF... that should ever happen, then the Redskins could and would return to the upper echelon of the NFL.

Posted by: LIKWID | October 9, 2009 9:32 AM
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A consultant, retained with no clear directive and no communication with the coach; a defensive coordinator who is excused from talking to the press because "he really needs a break." Our beloved team is on a steep path to the bottom. It will continue as long as Synder owns the team. The problem is not Zorn, who would be fine given the time; it is not Campbell, either. It is an organization that can't draft or manage. It is sad.

Posted by: darrellgreenscousin | October 9, 2009 9:25 AM
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Being a lifelong Eagles fan, all of this chaos with the Skins is great. The Skins will remain a joke & a disaster as long as the Danny & Vinny comedy show are in charge - neither have a clue about how to run a professional sports team. Thankfully, I can go to Baltimore to watch a PRO team.

Posted by: jts53 | October 9, 2009 9:23 AM
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Lets recall--Danny boy, a business owns the team and is probably still makings millions from his investment. The other owner who has made a fool of himself, Mr. Jones, actually played organized sports.

Hopefully Snyder, when his earnings from the team drops, will sell the team. In the interim we'll hear about Fat Albert being treated for a sprained butt, how Carlos Rogers missed covering a receivor, or a bunch of other excuses for a bad outing.

Think back to when we had it good: Green, Monk, Jacoby; and hope those type of players will be on the team.

Posted by: almelbe | October 9, 2009 9:21 AM
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Well you know normally I agree with you Mr. Wilbon but not this time. I think zorn is over his head and has been sice he was hired and atleast the redskins didnt fire him.I feel like he can be a good coach but he lacks experience. Sherm will bring in that experience and hopefully they can save the season. I do agree that Danny boy has really destroyed what once was a proud franchise by bring in players like clinton portis that only worry about his self and is not a leader but yet is the franchise player. This team will win only when the bring in a leader on the field that holds all the player accountable. I watch denver this weekend and brian dawkins yes he old now but he changed the attitude of the team and held everyone accountable. Its not just about talent its about accountabilty in football. Tell me one person from this team that can do this from the top to the bottom. Dont worry I'll wait!!! no body!!! that who!!

Posted by: dast830 | October 9, 2009 9:18 AM
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When you read my comments, understand that I am a season ticket holder, and for the yearly cost of just under $7,000 a year for two tickets, I get;
1. a parking pass (in the Orange lot)that you can buy on the side of the street for about $25
2. two seats in club level that can be purchased in the parking lot for $150 to $200 each.
3. to watch year after year an inept offense that hardly ever puts over 20 pts on the board.

Oh, and did I mention I live 150 miles from the Fed-x, and drive 3 plus hours to see my beloved Skins.

So, from someone who invests money, time and alot of emotion in supporting the Skins; THEY ARE STARTING TO PISS ME OFF.

You can't even compare what the Skins put on the field to the top level teams in the NFL. Wilbon is right, again, the Skins under Snyder are disfunctional. There a four years left on my season ticket contract, so unless I am willing to face a lawsuit from MY team, I'll write the check next year, and then the three following years. After that, unless there is a change at the top, and mean tippy top, I'll bitch and moan form my recliner, and save the $7,000 a year.

Posted by: Redskinrandy | October 9, 2009 9:16 AM
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I've been a 'Skins fan since growing up in the D.C. area. I now live in Michigan. Last week was unbelievable - my beloved 'Skins losing to the perennially awful LieDowns....Not only did I catch it for the loss, LieDowns fans are now completely convinced that THEY no longer have the worst owner in the league. And they're celebrating!!!

Posted by: fanfromafar | October 9, 2009 9:09 AM
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The real point is that Zorn is a dead man walking. An offensive turnaround will be attributed to Lewis, and by extension, to Vinny for having the "wisdom" to bring in a consultant. Another offensive dud will signify that Zorn's play calling, schemes, or both are the problem and, once again, Vinny will get credit for pointing that out through Lewis. Zorn = Fired. Vinny = Retained since he was so smart to bring in a consultant to fix the team or point to the problem (Zorn).

Posted by: bkhoward | October 9, 2009 8:59 AM
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It's been week after week...so far all the comments from the writers is: The blame should start from the top!...however, the top is not pointing the fingers at themselves...
Danny Boy,
Do us all a favor? Sell the team to someone who really LOVES the game of FOOTBALL and wants what REALLY is best for the TEAM. All you care for is bringing this high-dollar players who have yet to produce, i.e. Haynesworth...
I hear these players all talking and saying that it's a matter of time before they break one...shoot, I think they owe us the fans to break one this Sunday and beyond...tickets to the game are outrageous and I see why (we have to play the players' salary) for what to see our Skins lose week after week...
I agree let's boycott from going to the games...Snyderrato will hurt in their own pockets!!!
BOYCOTT...BOYCOTT...BOYCOTT
By they way, though,
GO SKINS!!!

Posted by: dpena75 | October 9, 2009 8:56 AM
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This is being blown out of proportion. The guy is 67 years old and is not "after anyone's job" as Cerratto said this morning.

Posted by: redskinfanfolife19 | October 9, 2009 8:51 AM
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I TOTALLY agree with the subject of this column. Snyder has once again proven that he is clueless as an owner. He is turning this franchise in to the laughing stock of the NFL, if he hasn't done so already.

But come on, Wilbon. Is it even within the realm of possibility for you to write a column without using it as a forum for how blacks have been oppressed?? How is the fact that Lewis had been passed over for head coaching positions even remotely related to this issue?? It's not. And why would you bother to even reference the fact that Lewis is black?? It DOESN'T matter what color he is.

You're unbelievable, man. A true disappointment.

Posted by: jive_turkey | October 9, 2009 8:47 AM
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I TOTALLY agree with the overall subject of this column. Snyder has proven once again that he had no business being an NFL owner and he's turning this franchise to shambles.

But come on, Wilbon. Is it even within the realm of possibility for you to write a column without using it as a forum for how blacks have been oppressed?? How is the fact that Lewis had been passed over for head coaching positions even remotely relevant to the decision by Redskins management to bring him in as a consultant?? It's not. Why is it even relevant for you to reference the fact that he's black?? It DOESN'T matter what color he is.

You're unbelievable, man. A true disappointment.

Posted by: jive_turkey | October 9, 2009 8:42 AM
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It is time to boycott the games. We all should unite and show our displeasure by boycotting. This is the only Dan Snyder will be forced to sell .

Posted by: otutmo | October 9, 2009 8:30 AM
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I agree with most of the comments here, but I will note that Byron12 may be a bit misguided in his praise of the defense - after all, we've played the Rams, Lions, and the Buccaneers! In our only game against a legitimate opponent, the Giants, the defense gave up 23 points. So let's not declare this entirely an offensive problem, when the defense let the lowly Lions march down the field and score time and again...

The buck stops with the man signing the paychecks, and that's ultimately the fans.

Posted by: dithylloyd | October 9, 2009 8:13 AM
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Sadly, I am a Redskins fan. You are right year after year the fisaco continues and will continue as long as Dan Snyder owns the team. The only way this will change is when enough people get fed up and stop watching, stop going to games and Mr. Synder sells the team. For a very smart guy he does some really stupid things, like believing he knows football, when the evidence, over ten years, has proven the opposite.

Posted by: chtraywick | October 9, 2009 8:01 AM
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I think the Redskins don't do anything rational. And the sad thing is they will never be forced to change as long fans keep pouring into FedEx field and keep buying the merchandise. There're are 2 ways to get a person/company to change: either you make them see reason (which will never happen here) or you make it unprofitable for them to continue (which should happen here).

Posted by: tundey | October 9, 2009 7:55 AM
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This is not about "bringing in another set of eyes", and they (Snyderato) don't care about undermining this coach. Why? Because they have already made the decision to fire this coach. Lewis has been brought in to learn the team and the playbook as it stands, so he will be ready to step in and call the plays when Zorn (and most likely the other Sherman too) is officially fired and Blache is made interim head coach. There is no other explanation that makes any sense, and yes it is a perfect example of why this team under the current management is disfunctional. I find it very telling that Blache has handed off his media duties to Jerry Grey (with special permission from the league). Blache does not want to have to answer the inevitable questions about whether he wants to be the head coach when Zorn is fired. Expect Grey to be the defensive coordinator under Blache when it all comes down.

Posted by: TheRealAnalyst | October 9, 2009 7:13 AM
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We wouldn't see this article if four things, NO 8 had happened in 4 games. All are related to both the QB and receivers. The defense right now has teams averaging 13 points or less a game. That is MUCH better than a year ago!

The problem is when an ERRATIC QB, with low confidence and totally confused in the opening of a game, defenses are emboldened he whole game. They SET THE TONE< not Campbell or Zorn. Receivers and RB's are victims of this immediately. Only in the Detroit game did domination from the offense begin to take shape, with many contributing to the loss.

Against the Giants, the Skins actually should have won, again, if NO drops had taken place from the "Receivers" at crucial moments. Add in the USUSAL JC fiascos in all these games and you realize, its mainly the QB and OC. Why?
MOST 5 year Veteran QB's in the NFL (if they last that long), OVERCOME errors, almost immediately and move on. JC seems to be as inept in later parts of games, as he is in the beginning. His memory retention on certain players, not just PLAYS or what he's told, is low.

I can get Cutler, Stafford and Sanchez to remember the next time they play a DB, his particular strengths and weaknesses and get the WR to adjust to take advantage. You don't always need a coach to tell you that, if its put over you player's shoulders to the inside, its gone, because the speed of the FS will give him a pick instantly.

Tip passes happen a lot, but throws right into players hands and in their ability to int it due to bad judgement, so often means you aren't average. To me, its the QB that must leave. You cannot convince me this team will suddenly storm the Bastile, when Brett Favre is challenging from Minnesota, NY is better with a better Manning, SF is punching people in the mouth, and Chicago has found its legs. and most of all, Drew Bress and Company shored up the wholes we used to take advantage of,

Posted by: ByRon12 | October 9, 2009 7:11 AM
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They've succeeded in one aspect. They turned a once rabid diehard fan into someone who could care less whether they win or lose. To tell you the truth I hope they lose the rest of their games and the fans revolt. Hurting Snyder in the wallet is the only thing that will make that idiots head snap back.

Posted by: CHICO13 | October 9, 2009 7:09 AM
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Look everybody knows that danny and vinny are lovers.That is why they can not get it together.There focus is elsewhere.

Posted by: whitado | October 9, 2009 7:07 AM
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I am not going to disagree about Management being a major problem but how about viewing this as bringing in an experienced office coordinator since neither the Head coach or coordinator had experience and are not getting the job done after 20 games? Would there be this much blame on management if the head coach replaced his coordinator who is not showing progress? I look at coaches and ask are they getting the best of the players they have now.

Posted by: igsimon1 | October 9, 2009 6:16 AM
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We are doomed! Snyder abd Cerrato have, are and will run this team into the ground for as long as Snyder owns this team.
What I think they are doing is preparing to fire Zorn after Sherman has a grip of this team and replace him. They won't have to change the offense because the west coast is already established. That makes it a smooth transition when the moment is right. Probably after a another big loss. Snyder is young and will own this team for decades. Like I said, WE ARE DOOMED!

Posted by: KurtShanaman | October 9, 2009 5:00 AM
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How about we fire Ceratto and let Lewis have his job? He COULDN'T do worse...

Posted by: watchingfromasia | October 9, 2009 4:41 AM
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Yes, this move is questionable. Yes, Zorn will now have someone looking over his shoulder, and that can't feel good. But you've blown this out of proportion (intentionally?) by suggesting that Zorn didn't know anything about it ahead of time. If that's the case, Vinny was lying and you should report that. Because Vinny said that he and Zorn went through a list of names ahead of time, and settled on Lewis.

Posted by: olavsmith | October 9, 2009 2:40 AM
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Why is it that the Redskins never learn from pass experience?
Will the players play for Zorn? NO, NO.
Leadership and Direction, and I really don't see such qualities with Zorn, and with all the respect to him. Bad Coach in the wrong time.
I have not seen a sailor becoming a captain without transition in the ship.

Posted by: lmarchal08 | October 9, 2009 12:42 AM
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Mike, Is Snyder the worst owner in sports in building a team?

Posted by: tjzukoski | October 9, 2009 12:27 AM
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This is just typical BS by Snyrato.
Suing fans...tailgating...,...

I have always given the front office the benefit of the doubt but there comes a time when it is too much.

What boss doesn't tell his employee he is going to have a consultant before it happens??? The kind that is a bad boss who doesn't foster team building and loyality.

This is the last straw... I really don't think we will ever have a good/great team with Danny at the helm.

Like Wilbon said, "crazy."

Posted by: REDSKINRAYINCA | October 8, 2009 11:21 PM
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Mike,
The stories I read in The Post on this charade reported that Coach Zorn was asked about bringing in a consultant and that he helped go through the names of who would be brought in. I agree with you that this "consultant" business undermines the coach, but I disagree that the coach knew nothing about it before it happened.

Posted by: royhobbs56 | October 8, 2009 11:16 PM
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Mike, why do always ask irrelevent rhetorical questions? "Don't expect to read an indictment of Lewis here". Who was expecting one?

I can't find a single article criticizing Lewis' qualifications, everyone is criticizing the "consultant" role, not his knowledge of the West Coast offense.

Can't you simply stick to writing about the topic at hand, instead of inventing issues to argue about?

Posted by: twigmuffin | October 8, 2009 11:00 PM
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Snyder is the one who needs a consultant; someone to show him how to build and run an NFL organization. I'm sure Lewis can provide input on the "west coast offense" but, to have success wouldn't he need to be attuned to what opposing defenses are doing now, 5 years after he last worked in the League?

Posted by: Parkerhill | October 8, 2009 9:40 PM
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first! this whole affair borders on the ludicrous. you start to wonder if this is all intentional.

Posted by: funkey | October 8, 2009 9:36 PM
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