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7 hours ago, CountBlah said:

I was very salty at work today.  Talked with a number of non-skins,  NFC east fans, and after I got done laughing at the Giants fans, we all agreed that the skins actually looked like they knew what they were doing. 

 

Then we went back to laughing at the giants fans. 

The Redskins actually have a damn good track record on 1st rd picks.  It's the depth picks and free agency where they fail as a franchise.

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Dwayne Haskins had a cover charge to his draft party. 

 

 

Good see he's wasting no time sucking up to Snyder

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Happy 20th Anniversary, Dan Snyder. Washington Fans Are Not Cheering.

In two decades of ownership, he's proven that he knows how to alienate fans and fire his coaches and managers. Winning, however, eludes him.

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Dan Snyder is not going anywhere.

Saturday, May 25 will mark the 20th anniversary of Snyder officially becoming the owner of the local NFL franchise, and throughout the years, the 54-year-old has earned a reputation as a meddlesome, micromanaging sports owner who can’t get out of his own way. 

His fickle leadership, questionable treatment of his loyal customers, and dysfunctional front office have driven away droves of fans. Washington has compiled a 139-180-1 regular season record and gone 2-5 in the playoffs under Snyder’s ownership, and there are often thousands of empty seats—or a crush of the opposing team’s fans—at FedExField during game days. The announced attendance of 57,013 on Week 2 last season was the lowest home opener tally since the stadium debuted in 1997.

The franchise is on its eighth head coach and has cycled through a carousel of quarterbacks, executives, and staff members in two decades. Since former City Paper sportswriter Dave McKenna wrote "The Cranky Redskins Fan’s Guide to Dan Snyder” in 2010 detailing the owner’s many failures, Snyder has only piled on more to the list. (Snyder sued City Paperand McKenna in 2011 for that story. He eventually dropped the lawsuit.)

The organization has made so many missteps under his leadership that it’s hard to keep track. Native American activists and sports fans have directed their ire toward Snyder for his steadfast commitment to keeping the team’s name, a dictionary-defined racial slur. Snyder said in 2013 he would "NEVER” change it. A team official anonymously told the Washington Post in 2017 that it fired its general manager because he had a drinking problem. And more recently, the New York Times reported that the team’s cheerleaders participated in a topless photo shoot and "an uneasy night out” with male team sponsors.

Even when there’s a glimmer of hope, like during Year One of the Robert Griffin III era, or when the team hired respected executives like Scot McCloughan, the owner finds a way to end the honeymoon with his influence.

NFL owners rarely sell their teams. D.C. is stuck with Snyder. So as this 20th anniversary milestone approaches, let’s take a trip down memory lane. Trigger warnings ahead.

1999 — "I do not like vanilla.”

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"I’m not focused on the money, I’m focused on the opportunity and the dream,” Snyder told reporters at his introductory press conference on May 25, 1999. "Hundreds of fans have written to me with their support and suggestions ... Your most pressing issue is no different than mine. You want to win, we want to win, and we’re going to deliver that.”

The "often bitter nine-month sale process,” as the Post’s Leonard Shapiro and Mark Maske described it, concluded with a unanimous 31-0 approval from NFL owners. Snyder purchased the team from the estate of the late Jack Kent Cooke for a cool $800 million—then a record amount paid for a U.S. sports franchise, and officially ended a quarter century of majority ownership by the Cooke family. Snyder, who grew up in Montgomery County, Maryland, called it "the most wonderful thing that’s ever happened to me.”

NFL owners effused praise for the then 34-year-old, who made his fortune through Snyder Communications Inc., a marketing firm he founded in the late 1980s with his sister.

"A unanimous vote doesn’t happen very often in this league. I have a bias for owners who are passionate and will put winning on the field above everything else,” New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said.

Snyder didn’t wait long to shake things up—or reveal his personality.

He removed Cooke’s name from the team’s home and renamed it Redskins Stadium in July. Snyder then sold the naming rights to FedEx in November in a $205 million, 27-year deal. 

According to author John Feinstein, when Snyder didn’t like defensive coordinator Mike Nolan’s play calling, he left a gallon of "31 Flavors ice cream” on his desk with a note: "This is what I like. Not vanilla.” Nolan told the Post Snyder later sent even more ice cream, "three five-gallon drums this time,” with another note: "I wasn’t joking. I do not like vanilla.”

Snyder also let go of Charley Casserly, the team’s general manager from 1989 to 1999. Washington went to four Super Bowls, winning three during Casserly’s 23-year career as the GM and assistant GM. Snyder replaced him with NFL scout and Kindergarten Ninja actor Vinny Cerrato.

2000 — Wanna watch practice? Pay up.

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Washington had just come off a 10-6 season in 1999, and the young sports owner, eager to assert his influence over his childhood NFL team, assembled a high-profile squad of veteran free agents Bruce Smith, Deion Sanders, and Mark Carrier to make a run at the Super Bowl. To do so, he gave the aging Sanders a hefty seven-year, $56 million contract.

Ever the businessman, Snyder moved the team’s training camp from Frostburg State University to Ashburn, Virginia, the team’s current headquarters, and became the first NFL owner to charge fans a fee ($10 to park, $10 for admission) to watch.

In one of his first, but certainly not last, instances of inserting himself in the team’s quarterback situation, Jeff George replaced Brad Johnson as starting quarterback, a decision that Johnson said was "made from up top.” Asked whether he meant Snyder, Johnson replied to the Post, "I think it’s obvious.”

Snyder’s team would finish 8-8 and fail to qualify for the playoffs. He fired coach Norv Turner after a Week 14 loss and replaced him with interim coach Terry Robiskie. The Post’s Liz Clarke wrote late in the season that it was "one of the most disappointing teams in NFL history.”

2001 — "Sports Jerk of the Year” 

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To replace Turner, Snyder turned to Marty Schottenheimer, a longtime NFL coach with the Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs. Washington started the season 0-5, but won eight of its last 11 games. Snyder fired him anyway—revealing an impatience that would be a trademark of his ownership. 

Snyder’s troubles weren’t exclusive to his football team. In April of that year, the sports owner and Verizon Communications agreed to pay $3.1 million to Florida authorities to settle claims that they transferred customers’ services to another company without authorization—a practice known as "slamming.” 

For this and other inglorious acts, the comic strip, "Tank McNamara,” named Snyder the "Sports Jerk of the Year.”

2002 — It’s all about control.

Snyder hired Steve Spurrier shortly after firing Schottenheimer. Despite never having coached in the NFL, Spurrier became one of the highest-paid in the league. The folksy college coach brought his aw’ shucks demeanor and pass-happy offense to D.C. from the University of Florida.

"Steve Spurrier will bring a supercharged, exciting and dynamic brand of football to our great fans,” Snyder wrote then in a statement. "His ability to energize players and teams is unprecedented. The Redskins deserve to be back at the Super Bowl and I am immensely confident that Steve is the coach to get us there.”

Schottenheimer revealed at this time that he butted heads with Snyder because they could not agree on the process of selecting players for the team roster. 

"The coaching change was not about Schottenheimer or Spurrier. It was about Snyder regaining control of his football team,” wrote the team’s former quarterback Joe Theismann in an ESPN column. "With Schottenheimer, Snyder realized he had no input. Now he has it again.”

In the first round of the draft that year, with the 32nd overall pick, the team selected quarterback Patrick Ramsey, who would become the fifth starting quarterback under Snyder.

2003 — "A lousy job”

Working for Snyder isn’t easy. After just two seasons, and with three years left on his contract, Spurrier resigned at the end of the 2003 season with a 12-20 record and no postseason appearances. The team’s 5-11 record was its worst record since Turner’s 3-13 season in 1994.

More than a decade later, Spurrier would admit he did a 'lousy job” in Washington, but didn’t let Snyder off the hook. 

"I did a lousy job,” he told the Post in March. "The GM did a lousy job. He happened to be the owner, so who needed to go?”

He added that he was upset that Snyder "picked the quarterback” in Ramsey and that he did not have full control over team personnel.

2004 — An attempt at former glory

Fans began to sense a trend. The team that won three Super Bowls prior to Snyder’s ownership became a joke in the NFL. Early that year, WJFK-FM, then the team’s flagship radio station, split up the legendary trio of Frank Herzog, Sonny Jurgensen, and Sam Huff, and replaced Herzog with Larry Michael.

In a desperate attempt to get supporters back on his side, Snyder convinced Joe Gibbs, the coach who led the franchise to those three Super Bowl titles, to return. Then 63, Gibbs signed a five-year contract worth $28.5 million, which made him the NFL’s highest-paid coach. He had been out of the coaching game for more than a decade.

But while the team gained a Hall of Famer, it also traded away a future inductee in cornerback Champ Bailey, who was sent to the Denver Broncos for running back Clinton Portis. The team also threw in a second round pick as part of the deal. 

Washington fans still pined for the cornerback years later.

"Everywhere I go outside of Denver, the only thing I get: ‘I wish you were still with the Redskins.’ That’s all I get. Even in this city, there’s Redskins fans everywhere,” Bailey told Washington reporters in a conference call in 2009.

2005 — More flags, less fun

Snyder earned some praise for nearly doubling the team’s revenue since he purchased the team (although part of that comes from, as Dave McKenna puts it in Deadspin, Snyder finding "so many forms of fan gouging.”)

The franchise had already been considered a profitable franchise, but the documents he filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission during his attempt to take over control of Six Flags amusement parks revealed that the franchise’s annual revenue increased from $162 million in 1999 to $300 million in 2004.

But Snyder’s reputation as a "business genius” was put to test with his ownership stake in Six Flags in late 2005. One of the company’s first moves under Snyder was to discard the beloved Six Flags mascot, "Mr. Six.” The campaign was later replaced by an unnamed Asian man shouting the tagline, "More Flags, More Fun,” in a thick accent. 

The ad was panned as racist. Six Flags filed for bankruptcy in 2009.

"Snyder’s run atop Six Flags was a debacle from the start,” McKenna wrote in 2010 for Slate. "While his NFL squad’s bottom line only got blacker, Snyder’s schemes didn’t play so well at the playgrounds.”

2006 — Kill the trees.

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The Department of Interior’s inspector general issued a report illustrating that Snyder wanted native trees on the hillside between his Potomac mansion and the C&O Canal to be removed so he would have a better view of the Potomac River.

Ultimately, the report blamed a National Park Service official, P. Daniel Smith, for helping Snyder broker a deal to cut down the trees, estimated in media reports at over a hundred, on government protected land. 

According to a Washington Monthly report in 2014, Smith and his NPS colleagues, including the C&O Canal’s new interim superintendent, Kevin Brandt, agreed to grant Snyder a special permit to clear the trees on the condition he replace them with 600 native saplings. But Montgomery County, Maryland, which also had authority over the land, did not give permission, nor did anyone commission an environmental assessment. 

McKenna reported in 2018 that Snyder had not yet replanted the trees. Last year, President Donald Trump chose Smith, a former lobbyist with the National Rifle Association, to be the National Park Service’s deputy director.

2007 — The end of Gibbs 2.0

Gibbs’ arrival injected the franchise with some much needed stability, but tragedy struck in the coach’s fourth year with the team. On Nov. 26, an intruder shot Sean Taylor, a fan favorite and Pro Bowl safety, in his home. Taylor died a day later.

"This is the worst imaginable tragedy,” Snyder said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Sean’s family.”

Washington finished the regular season on a four-game win streak and reached the playoffs, the second time during Gibbs’ return. But the years took a toll on Gibbs, who announced his retirement after the team lost to the Seattle Seahawks in the postseason wild card game, sending the team spiraling into years of ever-escalating madness. 

The coach went 30-34 during his second stint with Washington.

2008 — Hip hip hooray?

Following the footsteps of a Hall of Fame coach is never easy, so it made sense that the team wanted to take time to make its next hire. After Gibbs’ departure, the team fired defensive coordinator and presumed head coach-in-waiting Gregg Williams and offensive coordinator Al Saunders. 

Greg Blache was promoted to lead the team’s defense and on Jan. 25 the team hired Seattle Seahawks’ quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn as its offensive coordinator. Former New York Giants coach Jim Fassel appeared set to become Washington’s next head coach—until he wasn’t.

According to Fassel, Cerrato talked Snyder into promoting Zorn. In a stunning move, Snyder did just that, elevating Zorn to head coach on Feb. 9 after considering half a dozen candidates.

“[Cerrato] convinced [Snyder] that ‘Well, Jim Zorn’s gonna get a head job in a year, why don’t we talk to him?’ Well then everything fell in place, he pushes Jim Zorn,” Fassel recounted to New York’s Sportstalk 1240. "Jim Zorn was no more ready for that job than the Man in the Moon.”

A feud with starting running back Clinton Portis, a favorite of Snyder’s, marked Zorn’s first season in Washington. Portis has mocked Zorn for his corny attempt to rally the team with a "Hip hip hooray!” cheer

"What the hell we doing this for?” Portis recalled in 2018 on 106.7 The Fan’s Grant & Dannyshow. "What is that going to do for you? Does that make you say, ‘Ahhh, I’m about to go jump through this window. Ahhh, I’m about to give it to them today.’ I’m like, what the? I’m grown. I don’t even play that kind of game with my child … That’s how the locker room got divided. Because those dudes that was doing it, as a grown man, you’re sitting up here talking about ‘hip, hip’ and throwing it up, like, are you kidding me?”

2009 — The bingo caller

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In a move that still makes fans’ skin crawl, Snyder signed defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth to a seven-year, $100-million deal, then one of the richest in the league’s history. It’s been regarded as one of the worst contracts ever in the NFL. 

Haynesworth arrived at training camp his second season in poor physical condition, questioned his coaches, and would only play 20 games in two seasons with the team. In one infamous scene in 2010, Haynesworth laid on the ground for several seconds after falling on a play.

Zorn’s tenure in D.C. appeared to be reaching its end as well. Snyder quickly soured on the coach, and four games into the season, Washington hired longtime NFL assistant Sherman Lewis as an "offensive consultant.”

Lewis had not been on an NFL staff since 2004. He was a volunteer bingo caller at a senior center when the local NFL team called. When asked, Cerrato told reporters he did not know if the consultant had been active in football during retirement. 

Lewis would take over play calling duties a few games later

Off the field, Snyder made news for suing season ticket holders who backed out of their contracts, including a 73-year-old grandmother, Pat Hill, who had been a season ticket holder since the 1960s. The team also banned the homemade posters fans were bringing to FedExField as they grew increasingly critical of Snyder and Cerrato. 

This led to more outrage—and an eventual "Burgundy Revolution.” Fans became defiant and freely expressed their hatred of both Snyder and Cerrato in the forms of T-shirts, posters, and songs. 

Years later, those same feelings would be directed toward Bruce Allen, whom Snyder hired as the team’s new general manager at the end of 2009 to replace Cerrato. Allen represented a connection to the team’s glory days. His father, George Allen, coached Washington to its first Super Bowl appearance in 1972.

2010 — Monday Night Massacre

On Week 10, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick decimated Washington with 413 total yards in a 59-28 victory. The team had finished the previous season 4-12 and Snyder fired Zorn after he compiled a 12-20 record in two seasons in D.C.

Not long after, Snyder found his new guy in Mike Shanahan during a booze-fueled episode with some of his closest advisers, according to sportswriter Mike Wise, who recounted the events in a 2011 Post column. Snyder drank glasses of Sassicaia, Wise said, and then "graduated to Crown Royal,” before finally saying, "Let’s go get Mike Shanahan.”

Shanahan, a Super Bowl-winning coach with the Denver Broncos, signed a five-year contract to become the executive vice president and head coach for the team.

Even with those hefty titles, Shanahan had trouble getting Snyder to keep his hands out of team personnel decisions. Washington traded a 2010 second-round draft pick plus a conditional third- or fourth-round pick in 2011 for an aging Donovan McNabb, a move that Shanahan later said, on ESPN 980, came from Snyder.

2011 — Quarterback carousel

Consistency is key for a successful NFL franchise. Washington, under Snyder, is not known for stability.

On Week 7, Shanahan, Snyder’s seventh head coach, started journeyman John Beck, who replaced a struggling Rex Grossman to become the 13th quarterback to start for the team under Snyder.

Beck had not started a game since his rookie season in 2007 and Washington went on to lose, 33-20, with the quarterback throwing 22-for-37 for 279 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.

Grossman replaced Beck a month later. Washington finished the season 5-11, the fourth straight season it placed last in the NFC East.

2012 — A shiny new toy

It’s been well documented that Snyder likes to make big splashes during the off-season, and no player exemplified this more than Robert Griffin III, the dual-threat quarterback from Baylor University with Olympic-caliber speed and a social media-ready personality. 

The team badly needed a quarterback and a jolt of energy for the fanbase, and so it traded its original first-round selection, the sixth overall pick, a second-round selection, and first-round selections in 2013 and 2014 to the St. Louis Rams in exchange for the second overall pick, which Washington used to get Griffin.

Shanahan, whom Griffin has since said "never wanted” him, also drafted quarterback Kirk Cousins in the fourth round.

For one season, Griffin electrified the fan base and the NFL, carving up defenses on his way to becoming the league’s offensive rookie of the year. Washington won its final seven games en route to the playoffs, where Griffin badly injured his knee.

2013 — Not a mascot

Opposition to the team’s name, a racial slur, began to grow louder, and efforts from activists who have protested the name and the team’s Native American mascot imagery for decades gained momentum.

In the midst of this heated debate, USA Today reporter Erik Brady interviewed Snyder as part of a story about his wife receiving an award from the American Cancer Society. Would Snyder ever consider changing the team name, Brady asked.

"We will never change the name of the team,” Snyder replied. "As a lifelong Redskins fan, and I think that the Redskins fans understand the great tradition and what it’s all about and what it means, so we feel pretty fortunate to be just working on next season.”

Brady persisted, and asked if Snyder would consider a change if the team lost the ongoing federal trademark lawsuit.

"We’ll never change the name,” Snyder said. "It’s that simple. NEVER—you can use caps.”

(In 2017, the Supreme Court ruled that a section of the federal law banning trademarks that may be considered disparaging violated the First Amendment. The Native American activists fighting the team over its trademark registrations ceased their legal case shortly after the ruling.)

On the field, Griffin and the team failed to recapture the magic of the 2012 season and finished the year with a 3-13 record. Years later, Shanahan would say that Griffin mentioned specific plays that he would and would not run. The coach, according to Sally Jenkins of the Post, believed Griffin’s words came "straight out of the owner’s mouth.” 

2014 — ‘A culture of fear’

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After Shanahan’s scorched-earth exit, where he denied being the source of anonymous leaks, the Post published a deep-dive into Snyder’s dysfunctional leadership. Every head coach has left Snyder’s team with a losing record.

"What you find is there’s a culture of fear,” one anonymous former employee told reporter Rick Maese. "That seems to be [Snyder’s] approach. I wouldn’t say he has the ability to inspire, not much in the way of leadership skills… People are afraid to step out of the box. Do his executives go out of the way to challenge him? I don’t think so. You heard a lot of, ‘This is what the corner office wants.’”

The report painted a picture of a meddling owner who brings trouble on himself. The words "moody,” "mercurial,” "unpredictable,” and "openly hostile” were used to describe him. Multiple staffers told the Post that they received bags of apples in lieu of a holiday bonus one year.

Not long after the Post article ran, Snyder hired Jay Gruden, the brother of Super Bowl-winning coach Jon Gruden, as the eighth head coach under his ownership.

Later on during the season, fans took photos of expired beer from that summer’s World Cup, a flashback to 2006, when the team sold bags of peanuts from an airline that had been out of business for more than a year.

2015 — A (brief) new era

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In a move that fans hoped would finally signal a new era of responsible front-office leadership, Washington hired a well respected talent evaluator, Scot McCloughan, as its general manager.

McCloughan took over Allen’s duties in shaping the team’s personnel—at least that’s what Allen told reporters. McCloughan had found success with the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks but also admitted to struggles with alcohol.

"Since I’ve been here, it has been nothing but…, ‘Let’s get better and find a way to win football games!’” McCloughan told the Post shortly after his hiring. "As a general manager, it is so nice to feel that and hear that. It has been awesome.”

The team would name Cousins as the starting quarterback, effectively ending the RGIII era in Washington. 

2016 — Captain Kirk

"A different vibe from Redskins owner Daniel Snyder,” a Washington Post headline declared in January 2016.

Maybe Snyder had learned from his mistakes. The team had just come off a 9-7 season with a playoff appearance. A young, promising coach in Gruden roamed the sidelines and an even younger football genius named Sean McVay served as the offensive coordinator. McCloughan was in charge of putting together the team. Now Snyder just had to resist the urge to interfere.

Cousins, whose inconsistent performance had split the fan base between supporters of him and Griffin, was on his way to setting several franchise records. 

But the team finished a disappointing 8-7-1, and the seemingly solid foundation was cracking, even if fans didn’t know it at the time.

2017 — Throwing an employee under the bus

McCloughan became the only GM that season to miss the NFL scouting combine. Rumors began to spread.

In early March, Allen announced that the team fired McCloughan a little more than two years into his four-year contract. Publicly, Allen and the team wished the executive well, but in a Post article about the firing, an anonymous official attributed the decision to McCloughan’s drinking problems.

"He’s had multiple relapses due to alcohol,” the official said. "He showed up in the locker room drunk on multiple occasions. … This has been a disaster for 18 months.”

Players in the report said they did not see anything from McCloughan that would compromise his job performance. Media members and fans ripped how the team handled the situation. 

"If this really was the issue, you don’t send him out the door by smearing his reputation or pointing the finger at him,” said ESPN’s Michael Smith. "This is why this team will never prosper … That is not the way you treat an employee.”

2018 — Tell the truth. Get fired.

Time and time again, Allen incorrectly pronounced his starting quarterback’s name.

In video interviews, Allen referred to Kirk Cousins with what sounded like "Kurt.” To some, it showed a lack of respect for the player who set several passing records for the franchise. Washington appeared reluctant to give the quarterback a long-term deal.

Cousins’ status with the team proved to be one of the biggest questions in the off-season. He eventually signed with the Minnesota Vikings for a fully guaranteed three-year, $84 million deal. The team replaced him with Alex Smith.

A few months later, some of the team’s cheerleaders told the New York Times about a topless photo shoot and uncomfortable night out in Costa Rica in 2013 that included being "personal escorts at a nightclub” for some of the team’s sponsors. Cheerleaders told the Times that "their participation did not involve sex,” but described the arrangement as "pimping us out.” The team responded in a statement that each cheerleader "is contractually protected to ensure a safe and constructive environment.”

That May, Snyder, in another apparent effort to appease fans and quiet discontent, hired Brian Lafemina as the team’s president of business operations and chief operating officer. He came with years of experience in the NFL and managing programs focused on fan experience. 

It offered a small glimmer of hope. One of the Lafemina’s first moves was to eliminate the season ticket waitlist that the team had boasted about for decades, asserting it sold out home games dating back half a century. 

"I’m a pretty simple person,” Lafemina told The Post that September. "If you have something to sell, I think the best way to sell it is to tell them it’s for sale. To me, it was no more complicated than that.”

Snyder parted ways with Lafemina and the executives he brought in less than eight months later. The team, according to the Post, had been "dissatisfied with the early returns on his efforts to boost flagging season-ticket sales and game-day revenue.”

2019 — Superyacht

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With McCloughan and Lafemina gone, Allen’s position within the team’s hierarchy has been strengthened, even as fans call for his firing. Speaking at the Senior Bowl, Allen made a rare media appearance and explained why he believes he’s the right person to lead the team.

"I share [the fans’] passion for this franchise,” he said. "I share their passion for the things that we can accomplish … We’re going to get this whole organization believing in it.”

Around the same time, the Guardian reported that Snyder had bought a $100 million, 305-foot superyacht, the Lady S, outfitted with the world’s "first floating private Imax movie theater,” which cost an additional $3 million.

Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren recently called out Snyder for the purchase. "I’m pretty sure he can pay my new #UltraMillionaireTax to help the millions of yacht-less Americans struggling with student loan debt,” she tweeted.

Prior to last month’s NFL Draft, a report leaked that Snyder would once again have a hand in who the team drafted. Washington would end up with former Bullis School star Dwayne Haskins Jr., the player Snyder reportedly wanted, with the No. 15 overall pick, and complete a draft that pundits have deemed "excellent.”

But as history has proven, the bigger the hope, the greater the disappointment. Snyder has shown little ability to change. And while he is loathed as one of the worst owners in sports, he can count on at least one fan in high places: Donald Trump.

"The owner is a—he’s really a good guy,” the president told Larry O’Connor of WMAL. "He’s been a supporter, and he’s done a very good job.” 

Trump must be watching a different team.

 

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Vinny Cerrato opens up on what Daniel Snyder is like in the Redskins’ draft room
 
In the days and hours leading up to the 2019 NFL draft, a fear began to creep in among the Redskins’ fan base when a report emerged that owner Daniel Snyder had "taken over the first round of the draft,” a sign that the wheeling and dealing Snyder of the past had returned.

Snyder’s opinion on whom the team should take with its first pick also raised red flags because it reportedly differed from those of the people inside Redskins Park who spend all year evaluating college talent.

 

 


Former Redskins vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato played a big role in the first half of the Snyder era. He received a lot of scrutiny for how he viewed roster construction, as well as his relationship with the owner.

Cerrato, now a host on Baltimore’s 105.7 the Fan, joined "The Kevin Sheehan Show” podcast on Friday to offer insight on what it was like to work with Snyder in the Redskins’ draft room, and if the owner’s decision to "take over the first round” was such a bad thing.

"I really liked [Dwayne] Haskins,” Cerrato told Sheehan. "From all reports, Dan was running the first round. I think Dan did a good job. I think the evaluations he had on Haskins, I liked. Because when I watched Haskins, I thought he could make all the throws. I thought he was a big, strong quarterback. He had decent feet in the pocket. He’s not a runner, of course. I thought it was a good pick for them. It may take him some time because he only played one year [as the full-time starter]. So it’ll be interesting to watch his development.”

The Redskins selected Haskins at No. 15 and traded back into the first round to draft pass rusher Montez Sweat at No. 26, both picks meant to fill pressing needs. After three days and 10 selections, the team received high praise nationally (a rarity in the Snyder era) for addressing areas of need, accumulating talent and recognizing value. The franchise appears to value the draft more than at any point since Snyder bought the team in 1999.

"It turned out to be a good thing,” Cerrato said about Snyder reportedly taking over the first round.

"We don’t know yet if it turned out to be a good thing, right?” Sheehan replied.

"So far, so good, yes,” Cerrato said. "Let me say this: Part of the job of whoever [is] there, if it doesn’t go good, part of their job is the owner’s always right, so you got to take the hit. So if Haskins doesn’t turn out well and Sweat doesn’t turn out well, it’s not Dan’s fault; it’s whoever’s fault. That’s just part of the job duties.”

Another part of the job, at least according to Cerrato, was having to change Snyder’s opinion when the owner was set on whom he wanted to draft.

"We would just have to convince him otherwise a lot of the times,” Cerrato said. "He would listen. And if we had a good enough evaluation and good reasoning, then he was cool with it. He was good at listening at those things, especially when Joe Gibbs was there. If the scouts wanted somebody else and Dan took the other [player], they didn’t do a very good job of portraying their case to get somebody else.”


Cerrato recalled Snyder being amiable during the 2003 draft, when the Redskins made just three selections.

"I remember one time when we took Derrick Dockery,” Cerrato said. "We were sitting in the third round and we had Derrick rated as a late first-round pick. He was sitting there on the board and Dan says, ‘All this work that you guys do — if you believe in your board, you’ve got to take Dockery,’ which was the right thing. Dan was fun to be with.”

Sheehan asked Cerrato about the possibility of Snyder stepping in and forcing the Redskins’ coaching staff to start Haskins before he may be ready. Cerrato brought up Sean Taylor’s impressive preseason debut in 2004, followed by then-defensive coordinator Gregg Williams not rushing the fifth overall pick into the starting lineup.

"Dan says, ‘You think Gregg will start him now?’ ” Cerrato said. "I said, ‘I would hope so.’ And, no, he didn’t. [Williams] said he’s got to earn it. Dan never influenced that one. Dan wants [Haskins] to succeed. I think Dan will just sit back and kind of let it happen when the kid’s ready.”

During his 10 seasons with the team, Cerrato appeared to be very close to Snyder. Cerrato said that’s not the case anymore.

"I haven’t talked to him for a while, but he was a good family friend,” Cerrato said, adding the last time he talked to Snyder, they discussed the owner’s late father.

 

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I dunno.  Their defense looks stacked.  Their running game looks solid.  They won't get to 11 wins for the 600th year in a row, but I'm not sleeping on them either.  

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Didn't the same thing happen to Darius Guice last year, or was that actual training camp?

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35 minutes ago, paco said:

Didn't the same thing happen to Darius Guice last year, or was that actual training camp?

I think his injury happened in a preseason game

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You are right.  His 6th carry of the first preseason game.

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So far my favorite r-words fan hot take.  Its not outrageous, just the grammar and sentence structure gets me along with the fact it really doesn't make a point at all.    :lol: 

1 hour ago, Inigo Montoya said:

its season ending, also a dude like this with a bunch of idol time away from the team isnt going to end well. I wonder what these guys do all offseason to keep their bodies in shape? That has to be a big missing factor, then you go out there and try to do too much too quickly. 

 

Gee, if guys aren't keeping themselves in proper shape, they might get hurt :o 

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This, however, is great.  Apparently the R-words were pimping this AM all the stuff they are doing this season to reduce injuries.  :roll: 

2 hours ago, Skinsinparadise said:

ironically this article was floating out today this morning on twitter

 

 

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23 minutes ago, paco said:

So far my favorite r-words fan hot take.  Its not outrageous, just the grammar and sentence structure gets me along with the fact it really doesn't make a point at all.    :lol: 

 

Gee, if guys aren't keeping themselves in proper shape, they might get hurt :o 

Idol time is the worst. 

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1 minute ago, Dawkins 20 said:

Idol time is the worst. 

Americans are two idol.  That's why we our so fat.

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38 minutes ago, Don Corleone said:

 

Couldn't happen to a "nicer" guy and "nicer" organization. 

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18 hours ago, Don Corleone said:

 

Probably would of got suspended for something anyways. 

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On 5/20/2019 at 7:35 PM, Don Corleone said:

 

Is Schefter one of the fake offended, divisive forces, too?

I can’t say I feel sorry for Foster, but you have to wonder what part the head trauma plays into his actions.

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It’s been 20 years since Daniel Snyder bought the Redskins. Here’s a season-by-season look.

 

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On May 25, 1999, NFL owners voted unanimously to approve the sale of the Washington Redskins to a group led by 34-year-old Daniel M. Snyder. The decision, which came more than two years after longtime Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke died at age 84, ended a nine-month sale process that began with a blind auction.

"I’m a fan, a huge fan,” said Snyder, a lifelong Washingtonian who made a fortune as the co-founder of a Bethesda-based marketing firm and paid $800 million for the Redskins and Jack Kent Cooke Stadium. "It’s that simple. I’m not focused on the money, I’m focused on the opportunity and the dream. … Hundreds of fans have written to me with their support and suggestions. … Your most pressing issue is no different than mine. You want to win, we want to win, and we’re going to deliver that.”

Snyder, 54, hasn’t lived up to that promise. Under his leadership, the Redskins have had four times as many head coaches (8) as playoff wins (2). Splashy free agent signings haven’t produced victories — Washington is 139-180 since Snyder bought the team — and one of the more loyal fan bases in professional sports has been gradually driven away.

How did things get to this point? Here’s a season-by-season look at Snyder’s tenure.

1999

Record: 10-6

Head coach: Norv Turner

Starting QB: Brad Johnson

Key additions: Johnson (trade), Champ Bailey (draft), Jon Jansen (draft)

Key departures: Trent Green, Terry Allen, Ken Harvey

Daniel Snyder wasted no time putting his stamp on the franchise, firing general manager Charley Casserly, who helped the Redskins win three Super Bowls, and replacing him with San Francisco 49ers director of player personnel Vinny Cerrato. Washington won the NFC East for the first time in eight years behind the league’s second-ranked scoring offense. The Redskins defeated the Detroit Lions in the first round of the playoffs but blew a 13-0 second-half lead to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a week later.

Snyder, who wasn’t shy about criticizing Turner during the regular season, gave an upbeat message after the loss. There was reason to be optimistic about the future under new ownership, or so it seemed.

2000

Record: 8-8

Head coach: Norv Turner (7-6), Terry Robiskie (1-2)

Starting QB: Brad Johnson (7-4), Jeff George (1-4)

Key additions: Deion Sanders (free agent), Bruce Smith (free agent), George (free agent), LaVar Arrington (draft), Chris Samuels (draft)

Key departures: Brian Mitchell

Snyder opened his wallet during the offseason, signing future Hall of Famers Sanders and Smith, as well as George and veteran safety Mark Carrier. Perhaps to offset the cost of a roster owed more than $100 million in salaries and bonuses, Snyder charged fans $10 to attend training camp, which he moved from Frostburg State University to Ashburn.

The defense improved under first-year coordinator Ray Rhodes, but the offense sputtered. Snyder fired Turner with no plan to replace him one day after a 9-7 loss to the Giants in Week 14 dropped Washington to 7-6. Under interim coach Robiskie, the Redskins finished 8-8 and out of the playoffs.

2001

Record: 8-8

Head coach: Marty Schottenheimer

Starting QB: Tony Banks (8-6), Jeff George (0-2)

Key additions: Rod Gardner (draft), Fred Smoot (draft)

Key departures: Deion Sanders, Brad Johnson, Mark Carrier, Dana Stubblefield, Larry Centers, Albert Connell, Tre’ Johnson

Snyder’s first of many handpicked head coaches? Schottenheimer, who signed a four-year, $10 million deal after spending the previous season as a TV analyst and fired Cerrato three weeks later. Snyder promised to leave football decisions to the 57-year-old former head coach of the Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs, but after the Redskins started 0-5, reports emerged that Schottenheimer would probably be fired if the team did not improve significantly over the season’s final 11 games.

Washington won five straight and appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated but missed the playoffs for a second straight year. Snyder fired Schottenheimer soon after, saying, "It became clear that the Redskins and Marty had irreconcilable differences.”

2002

Record: 7-9

Head coach: Steve Spurrier

Starting QB: Shane Matthews (3-4), Patrick Ramsey (2-3), Danny Wuerffel (2-2)

Key additions: Renaldo Wynn (free agent), Jeremiah Trotter (free agent), Ramsey (draft), Ladell Betts (draft)

Key departures: Kenard Lang

After rehiring Cerrato, Snyder took a big gamble on his next head coach, convincing Florida’s Spurrier to make the jump from college to the pros. Snyder "sold me by his passion and love of the team,” the Head Ball Coach said. A five-year, $25 million deal that made him the NFL’s highest-paid coach probably didn’t hurt.

With a roster featuring five former Florida quarterbacks and wide receivers in Spurrier’s first season, the "Gatorskins” went 4-1 while averaging more than 30 points per game in the preseason. The honeymoon lasted through Week 1, as Matthews passed for 327 yards and three touchdowns in a win over the Arizona Cardinals. The Redskins eclipsed 30 points in only one other game and missed the playoffs.

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Steve Spurrier lasted just two seasons as Washington's head coach. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

2003

Record: 5-11

Head coach: Steve Spurrier

Starting QB: Patrick Ramsey (4-7), Tim Hasselbeck (1-4)

Key additions: Laveranues Coles (free agent), Trung Canidate (trade), Chad Morton (free agent)

Key departures: Darrell Green, Dan Wilkinson

Spurrier’s second season in Washington was worse than his first. Despite the addition of wide receiver Coles, the Redskins averaged only 17.9 points per game and, after starting the season 3-1, lost 10 of their final 12 games.

"Okay, we wound up 5-11,” Spurrier said at what would be his final news conference with Washington. "Not very good! But there was some worse than us. I guess that’s one positive way to look at it, we weren’t the worst team in the league.” Spurrier, who would later say he didn’t have the power to pick his own quarterback in Washington, resigned a week later, and Snyder began his search for the Redskins’ fifth head coach since he bought the team.

2004

Record: 6-10

Head coach: Joe Gibbs

Starting QB: Patrick Ramsey (3-4), Mark Brunell (3-6)

Key additions: Clinton Portis (trade), Brunell (free agent), Sean Taylor (draft), Chris Cooley (draft)

Key departures: Champ Bailey, Bruce Smith

Snyder bought himself some goodwill with an increasingly disgruntled fan base by hiring Gibbs 11 years after the three-time Super Bowl champion retired. While Cerrato remained Washington’s VP of football operations, Gibbs was given final say over roster decisions.

"Joe Gibbs helped define what the Washington Redskins stand for — integrity, hard work, determination, winning and championships,” Snyder said. "Who better to set our strategy and lead the Redskins back to championship glory?"

The following month, the Redskins traded Bailey and a second-round pick to Denver for running back Portis. With Larry Michael calling the action from the Redskins’ radio broadcast booth after replacing fan favorite Frank Herzog, Portis ran for a 64-yard touchdown on his first carry — a rare highlight in a 6-10 year.

2005

Record: 10-6

Head coach: Joe Gibbs

Starting QB: Mark Brunell (9-6), Patrick Ramsey (1-0)

Key additions: Santana Moss (trade), Carlos Rogers (draft), Jason Campbell (draft)

Key departures: Fred Smoot, Antonio Pierce, Laveranues Coles

The Redskins traded Coles to the New York Jets for Moss and drafted Rogers and Campbell in the first round during what was, by Snyder’s standards, a quiet offseason. Snyder added more seats to FedEx Field to increase its capacity to 91,704, the largest in the league.

After falling to 5-6 with an overtime loss to the San Diego Chargers at home in Week 12, the Redskins won five straight, including the regular season finale at the Philadelphia Eagles, to clinch a wild-card berth.

The Redskins defeated the Buccaneers in the first round of the playoffs but lost at the Seattle Seahawks a week later. Washington hasn’t won a playoff game since.

2006

Record: 5-11

Head coach: Joe Gibbs

Starting QB: Mark Brunell (3-6), Jason Campbell (2-5)

Key additions: Brandon Lloyd (trade), Antwaan Randle El (free agent), Adam Archuleta (free agent), Andre Carter (free agent)

Key departures: LaVar Arrington

In hopes of improving the offense, the Redskins hired former Chiefs assistant Al Saunders to call plays from his 700-page playbook and acquired wide receivers Lloyd and Randle El. Meanwhile, Snyder expanded his portfolio with the purchase of three radio stations. "If The Washington Post were for sale, I’d buy it right now,” he said at the time. "I don’t buy companies at their peak. I sell them at their peak.”

During training camp, Brunell proclaimed that "anything short of going all the way would be a disappointment,” but Portis injured his shoulder in the preseason and was limited to eight games, safety Archuleta was a bust and Gregg Williams’s defense finished 27th in the league in scoring defense.

2007

Record: 9-7

Head coach: Joe Gibbs

Starting QB: Jason Campbell (6-7), Todd Collins (3-0)

Key additions: London Fletcher (free agent), Fred Smoot (free agent), LaRon Landry (draft)

Key departures: Derrick Dockery

After Sean Taylor was murdered in his home in November, Snyder chartered a flight for players, coaches and other team employees to attend the Pro Bowl safety’s funeral. Washington lost an emotional game to the Buffalo Bills that week to fall to 5-7, at which point a playoff push seemed unlikely.

Journeyman Collins replaced an injured Campbell in the next game and led a comeback win. Washington wouldn’t lose again during the regular season and sneaked into the playoffs as a wild card. The surprising run ended with a first-round loss to the Seahawks, after which Gibbs retired for a second time.

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Redskins Coach Joe Gibbs retires following the 2007 season. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

2008

Record: 8-8

Head coach: Jim Zorn

Starting QB: Jason Campbell

Key additions: Jason Taylor (trade)

Key departures: Brandon Lloyd

The Redskins were set to hire former New York Giants coach Jim Fassel to replace Gibbs, but they reversed course in the wake of fan backlash and tapped quirky Seahawks quarterbacks coach Zorn for the job instead. While Zorn had no previous head coaching experience, the Redskins started 6-2 in his first season, including a Week 4 win over the Dallas Cowboys that ended with Snyder joining the postgame celebration inside the Texas Stadium locker room.

The good times of Zorn leading chants of "Hip hip hooray!” wouldn’t last, as Washington lost six of eight to end the season. During the team’s late-season slide, Portis went on a local radio station and openly mocked Zorn by saying, "We got a genius for a head coach.”

2009

Record: 4-12

Head coach: Jim Zorn

Starting QB: Jason Campbell

Key additions: Albert Haynesworth (free agent), Brian Orakpo (draft)

Key departures: Jon Jansen, Marcus Washington, Shawn Springs

The Redskins made a splash in free agency by signing defensive tackle Haynesworth to a seven-year deal with a maximum value of $115 million. "It’s a lot of money, but honestly, I put more pressure on myself than what the contract will do,” Haynesworth said. Pressure or not, Haynesworth was a flop.

Zorn’s days were numbered after the Redskins became the first team to lose to the Detroit Lions since December 2007 in Week 3, and late in the season, Snyder fired Cerrato and hired Bruce Allen as general manager.

Snyder, who was becoming increasingly unpopular with fans after a report that he had sued 125 season-ticket holders asking to be released from their multiyear contracts over the past five years, called his new GM, the son of former Redskins coaching legend George Allen, a "proven winner.”

2010

Record: 6-10

Head coach: Mike Shanahan

Starting QB: Donovan McNabb (5-8), Rex Grossman (1-2)

Key additions: McNabb (trade), Trent Williams (draft)

Key departures: Jason Campbell, Chris Samuels, Antwaan Randle El, Fred Smoot

With Zorn gone, Snyder turned to a veteran coach with a proven track record by signing Shanahan to a five-year contract. When the Redskins traded for aging McNabb to replace Campbell three months later, Snyder cut short a family vacation to greet his new quarterback.

"It was necessary,” Snyder said of his team’s offseason changes at head coach, GM and quarterback. "We were 4-12 and going in the wrong direction. All of the changes are to get us going in the right direction. Obviously, the pedigree and the success of the people that I've brought in, you could tell we're going in the right direction."

McNabb was benched for Grossman in December after a three-game losing streak.

2011

Record: 5-11

Head coach: Mike Shanahan

Starting QB: Rex Grossman (5-8), John Beck (0-3)

Key additions: O.J. Atogwe (free agent), Ryan Kerrigan (draft)

Key departures: Donovan McNabb, Carlos Rogers, Clinton Portis

McNabb lasted all of one ugly season in Washington and was shipped to the Minnesota Vikings for a late-round draft pick in July. The Redskins went into the season with Grossman and Beck as their quarterbacks. Predictably, that didn’t end well. Both had their turns as the starter during a miserable year. Shanahan preached patience, something Snyder hadn’t shown much of over the previous decade.

"Like I talked to him about when I first got here, I said, ‘Dan, if you don’t plan on me coaching here five years and doing it the right way, you’re hiring the wrong guy.’ ” Shanahan said at the end of his second season. "It’s going to take some time to do it right.”

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Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan congratulates rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III after a 76-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter of a win over the Vikings. (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

2012

Record: 10-6

Head coach: Mike Shanahan

Starting QB: Robert Griffin III (9-6), Kirk Cousins (1-0)

Key additions: Griffin (draft), Cousins (draft), Alfred Morris (draft), Pierre Garcon (free agent)

Key departures: Rocky McIntosh, LaRon Landry

At Snyder’s urging, Washington traded four draft picks, including three first-rounders, to the St. Louis Rams to move up to select Baylor’s Heisman Trophy-winning Griffin with the second overall pick in the 2012 draft. In a somewhat surprising move that would have major repercussions in the coming years, the Redskins took Michigan State’s Cousins in the fourth round.

Griffin won the starting job in training camp and led Washington to a surprising 40-32 win at the New Orleans Saints in his debut. The Redskins were 3-6 entering their bye week but won seven straight games to end the regular season, clinching the Redskins’ first division title since the first year Snyder owned the team. Griffin tore his ACL in Washington’s playoff loss to Seattle and has not been the same since then.

2013

Record: 3-13

Head coach: Mike Shanahan

Starting QB: Robert Griffin III (3-10), Kirk Cousins (0-3)

Key additions: Jordan Reed (draft), Chris Thompson (draft)

Key departures: Lorenzo Alexander

In May, Snyder gave his most definitive answer to date about his franchise’s nickname. "We’ll never change the name,” Snyder told USA Today. "It’s that simple. NEVER — you can use caps.”

Meanwhile, a rehabbing Griffin was determined to be the Redskins’ starter in Week 1, and he was, but he failed to recreate his magical rookie year as defenses adapted to Washington’s zone-read option. With three games remaining in the regular season, Shanahan benched Griffin in favor of Cousins. After Washington finished 3-13, Shanahan got the ax with a year remaining on his contract. "Redskins fans deserve a better result,” Snyder said in a written statement.

2014

Record: 4-12

Head coach: Jay Gruden

Starting QB: Robert Griffin III (2-5), Kirk Cousins (1-4), Colt McCoy (1-3)

Key additions: Ryan Clark (free agent), Jason Hatcher (free agent), DeSean Jackson (free agent), Colt McCoy (free agent), Morgan Moses (draft)

Key departures: London Fletcher, Reed Doughty

Snyder signed former Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Gruden, who worked with Allen in Tampa Bay, to a five-year contract as head coach. Gruden expressed excitement about working with Griffin, who dislocated his ankle in Week 2 and struggled to develop as a drop-back passer upon his return.

Cousins and McCoy both saw action as the starting quarterback in Gruden’s first season, which ended with seven losses over Washington’s final eight games. Snyder didn’t speak at an end-of-season news conference, but Allen assured fans that the Redskins were "winning off the field.”

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Kirk Cousins was Coach Jay Gruden's starting quarterback for three seasons. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

2015

Record: 9-7

Head coach: Jay Gruden

Starting QB: Kirk Cousins

Key additions: Terrance Knighton (free agent), Junior Galette (free agent), Brandon Scherff (draft), Preston Smith (draft)

Key departures: Brian Orakpo

In January, Snyder hired well-respected talent evaluator Scot McCloughan to serve as general manager. The move, which drew praise from fans and pundits alike, stripped Allen of his GM duties, though he remained team president.

Before Washington’s regular season opener, McCloughan and Gruden persuaded Snyder and Allen to bench Griffin in favor of Cousins, who rewrote several single-season franchise passing records while leading the Redskins to the NFC East title. The Redskins lost their wild-card playoff game to the Green Bay Packers at FedEx Field, where capacity had dipped to less than 82,000 following the removal of seats for the third time in five years.

2016

Record: 8-7-1

Head coach: Jay Gruden

Starting QB: Kirk Cousins

Key additions: Josh Norman (free agent), Vernon Davis (free agent)

Key departures: Robert Griffin III, Alfred Morris

After several years of avoiding the "offseason champs” label by laying low in free agency, the Redskins signed Norman to a record contract after the Carolina Panthers rescinded their franchise tag on the young cornerback. Made with McCloughan’s blessing, the move wasn’t met with as much skepticism as it probably would’ve been in previous years.

Playing on the one-year franchise tag, Cousins put up big numbers for a second straight season. But a home loss to the New York Giants in the final game of the regular season prevented Washington from clinching a second straight playoff berth for the first time since 1992.

2017

Record: 7-9

Head coach: Jay Gruden

Starting QB: Kirk Cousins

Key additions: Zach Brown (free agent), Terrelle Pryor Sr. (free agent), D.J. Swearinger (free agent), Jonathan Allen (draft)

Key departures: DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon

In February, Cousins became the first quarterback to be franchise-tagged in consecutive years. The next month, a few days after giving Gruden a two-year contract extension in a signal of continuity, the Redskins fired McCloughan, with an official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, attributing the decision to the GM’s ongoing problems with alcohol.

On the field, Cousins struggled at times without wide receivers Jackson and Garcon, who departed via free agency. The Redskins ultimately couldn’t overcome 26 players being placed on injured reserve. Despite the disappointing season, Gruden became the first Redskins coach to be brought back for a fifth year under Snyder.

2018

Record: 7-9

Head coach: Jay Gruden

Starting QB: Alex Smith (6-4), Colt McCoy (0-2), Mark Sanchez (0-1), Josh Johnson (1-2)

Key additions: Alex Smith (trade), Adrian Peterson (free agent), Paul Richardson Jr. (free agent)

Key departures: Kendall Fuller, Kirk Cousins

During Super Bowl week, the Redskins traded for Kansas City veteran Smith, which allowed them to let Cousins walk in free agency. In May, Snyder hired Brian Lafemina from the league office to head business operations, and one of his first moves was acknowledging that the team’s season-ticket waiting list no longer existed. The Redskins drew 57,013 fans for their Week 2 game against the Indianapolis Colts, the smallest crowd for a home opener in FedEx Field’s 21-year history.

Washington got off to a 6-4 start before Smith broke his leg in a loss to the Houston Texans. McCoy, Sanchez and Johnson would all start games before another injury-marred season ended without a playoff berth. Snyder got rid of Lafemina and his key lieutenants before the year was over.

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May ‘lil Danny live a long, healthy life

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Looks like it isn’t a financial issue for Trent Williams after all.

It was previously reported that Washington left tackle Trent Williams was skipping the team’s mandatory minicamp in an effort to demand a new contract, but it looks like that isn’t exactly the case. New reports suggest that his motives have more to do with how the team dealt with a recent medical situation, and the starter is now vowing not to play for the NFC East team.

 
 

The seven-time Pro Bowler opted not to play in this year’s exhibition game due to injury, and had offseason surgery to remove a growth from his scalp — just the latest in what has been a growing list of ailments for Williams over the years. Between missing games for knee, elbow and thumb injuries, he hasn’t played a full 16-game season since 2013.

Williams has two more years on what was once the top-paying OL contract in the league, and carries a $14M-plus cap hit for each of the two seasons remaining. He doesn’t hold the highest-earning contract at his position anymore — and he isn’t playing like he should be either — but Washington doesn’t really have anyone else on the roster that could simply move into his role. 2018 third-round pick Geron Christian mightily struggled while filling in for Williams last season.

So, another year, another round of drama for Washington.

 

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On 5/24/2019 at 3:48 PM, CountBlah said:

May ‘lil Danny live a long, healthy life

The good die young, he'll live to 105.

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