Spags Says No, and I Defend Snyder
Wow, defending Daniel Snyder and Gary Williams in the same day. Tremendous. Next up: the Lerners, West Virginia fans and Brandon Lloyd. Oh wait....
Anyhow, Spags and his hair-cutting wife have bowed out, just as Sally Jenkins recommended, to blogging delight. Now I don't want to speak to Mr. Snyder's leadership skills, or people skills, or public relations skills, or media manipulation skills, or fan-treatment skills, or parking-lot-pricing skills. Like you, I don't get any great pleasure from reading stories about when Mr. Snyder fired Norv ("It's all about winning," Snyder said at the time. "We assembled the best team we could put together. At this point we just really needed to make a change, driven with what I call some serious leadership.") And I really don't want to read endless comments from Mr. Snyder's fans attacking the Washington City Paper, although Lord knows I can't stop hitting refresh.
All I want to point out is this: In the nine years Snyder has owned this team, his regular season record is 68-76, and his teams have made three playoff appearances. Both are below average; both could be called mediocre at best. However, by my very quick and rough count, over those nine years, 12 NFL teams have a worse record (or, in Houston's case, a worse winning percentage) than Mr. Snyder's Redskins, and 16 NFL teams have the same number or fewer playoff appearances. The closest equivalents to this resume of mild mediocrity would be the Bears (71-73, three playoff appearances), the Dolphins (70-74, three playoff appearances), the Panthers (67-77, two playoff appearances) and the Cowboys (64-80, four playoff appearances).
Does that record really necessitate running away a head coaching job? I mean, we're not talking about the Lions here. We're not talking about the Cardinals. We're talking about a slightly below-average franchise with a meddling and alienating owner whose team has nevertheless made the playoffs in two of the past three years, and came a lot closer to sweeping the Super Bowl champs this season than vice versa. It doesn't exactly seem like working for a Haitian porn site to me.
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