It has been so difficult to be a Redskins fan in general for the last 15 years since Dan Snyder purchased the team. In that time, the Redskins have had 8 different head coaches, for an average of 2 years each, though some have served for longer, while others have been “one and done” coaches.
The Redskins this season are currently 3-10. Only the Bucs, Raiders, Jaguars, Titans, and Jets have a worse record than the Redskins. There are so many distractions for the players on this team, it is no wonder they aren’t working together and aren’t able to win games. While many of the games have been close, ultimately they have been losses for the Redskins. RGIII has been injured and then benched. Colt McCoy has played well when he has been subbed in during these times. But, is it any wonder that the offensive line, receivers, etc. aren’t able to maintain consistency in playing? They don’t practice with the same quarterback week in and week out. They aren’t used to his play calling or snap count rhythm. There are lots of injuries to various players on both the offense and defense and so the subbed in players have to get used to playing and the coverages that are needed on the plays, etc. While they are professional athletes, it takes a bit to get into a playing rhythm. And now we have the controversy of RGIII being benched which has apparently pissed off the owner, Daniel Snyder, and is going to lead to, if it hasn’t already, a head-to-head with Jay Gruden, the current head coach. He might be a “one and done” coach. Clearly all of the blame for this record this season can not be placed squarely on the shoulders of RGIII. Although, I do find it funny that the Rams sent out all of the players they acquired in the deal for the Redskins to get RGIII for the coin toss last game. If that’s not a “Take a look at this, Dan Snyder!” I don’t know what is.
Here’s my thought – It all boils down to some horribly bad decisions that can be placed on the shoulders of the current owner. While he is an owner of the football team and provides financial resources, he is not a coach. He has not played football in a capacity that would qualify him to make player decisions, play calling decisions, etc. He says he has been a fan of the Redskins for his life (as have I), but he doesn’t appear to have any idea what this team was all about in the heyday and the three Super Bowl wins we had under Joe Gibbs. As London Fletcher said, there is no motto, vision, or mission of this team that he could figure out in playing for this team for 7 years. What does it mean to be part of this team? Shouldn’t being a Redskin mean something (other than being the laughing stock???)? There was a time when Redskins fans from all over advertised their fandom and decorated their cars, etc. especially for the games against Dallas. I don’t find that to be true any longer and it hasn’t been true for quite a number of years. Does Dan Snyder see that? Or is he oblivious to the fact that Redskins fans are ambivalent these days? I don’t even know what time our next game is at or who we are playing against. (I used to know the entire schedule by heart at the beginning of the season) I’m not worried about missing the game on Sunday afternoon. If we have other things to do, that’s fine, we go and do them. If we happen to catch the game on the radio, I listen for a bit, but I’m not hung up on listening to every word. My crazy fandom has become a passing interest. :-(