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Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 12/ 6/2010

Redskins to Fans: "Progress Cannot Be Stopped"

By Dan Steinberg

So say you have a franchise with an oldish roster, a recent history of mediocrity and an unclear arrival into the world of the NFL elite. Sort of a progress problem, all in all.

Say you then decide to bombard people with a mass e-mail, trumpeting a "special message," with a subject line bragging that "Redskins Progress Cannot Be Stopped." The text:

Today the Washington Redskins are looking to the future. As we prepare to leap forward to new heights, we realize progress cannot be stopped, but it can be driven. As a passionate fan, we invite you to experience firsthand what progress means to the Washington Redskins and for the road that lies ahead.

Say that, beneath this tease, you included an embedded video player embossed with four glowing varieties of Redskins helmets but no other details, urging people to click and watch. What do you suppose the topic of that video would be?

Congratulations, Redskins fans. Big day for you, I'm sure.

(And yes, the team did nearly the exact same thing last year at this time. It was tone deaf then, and it's tone deaf now.)

By Dan Steinberg  | December 6, 2010; 10:28 AM ET
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"progress cannot be stopped, but it can be driven"...isn't that tag line of a car commercial that's currently running on local TV stations?

Posted by: tundey | December 6, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Progress Cannot Be Stopped.

Nor can we stop certain forms of cancer, some especially virulent sexually transmitted diseases, or the uncontrolled coniving and greed of a certain Midget Megalomaniac.

But that doesn't mean we must support or subsidize the madness.

Boycott the Redskins.

Posted by: Vic1 | December 6, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Yep, they did it then. I recognized this shti and deleted. I think they apologized last time and said it was a mistake? I have one more year on my contract, and a pair of Kenny Chesney tickets won't compel me to renew.

Posted by: AdamCr | December 6, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Danny has successfully stopped progress for almost two decades.

Posted by: Buck_Wheaton | December 6, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

10 years is enough. Dan Snyder has killed the franchise. They're not even competitive.

Posted by: Scoonie97 | December 6, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Can't play the video. what's in it?

Posted by: ImIdaho | December 6, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Fits right in with McKenna's "A to Z" portrayal of Snyder completely whoring out the Redskins brand. Both doing it at first, then doing it a second time. Unbelievable.

Posted by: ThisGuy | December 6, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised how many people at ExtremeSkins defended Snyder's [regime's] Audi commercial.

Posted by: WorstSeat | December 6, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

This was completely absurd. The organization should be ASHAMED to do something like this when they consistently put such an inferior product out on the field. But they're not, and that says a lot.

Posted by: darindo | December 6, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

This was completely absurd. The organization should be ASHAMED to do something like this when they consistently put such an inferior product out on the field. But they're not, and that says a lot.

Posted by: darindo | December 6, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Yes, progress can be stopped. By a greedy, inept owner. By a racist name. By a monstrous corporate stadium in the suburbs. By horrible choices in drafts, trades and free agency. By ripping off the fans time and again.

I'm done with the Deadskins. Baltimore Ravens here I come. Go Ravens!

Posted by: jmarks09 | December 6, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Considering the state of the Redskins franchise, with all the holes on offense and defense that have been exposed this season, I was expecting this email to be something uplifting from the team to its season ticketholders outlining their plan to build a legitimate NFL contender.

To play the video and see the Audi commercial was an unexpected disappointment and only fuels the notion of the Redskins being completely out of touch with its devoted fans.

Perhaps the Redskins could learn something from Audi. Unlike the Redskins, Audi has focused on building elite top tier products and it's showing in the automotive standings with increased market share. If the Redskins focused more on its on-field product, and less on marketing, I'm sure the Redskins would see improved results in the NFL standings. As fans, that is all we want.

Posted by: SacTownSkinsFan | December 6, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the Germans should buy the Deadskins...can't progress when you are dead.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | December 6, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Looks more like progress can't be started.

Sell, Daniel, sell!

Posted by: BigTrees | December 6, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

rotten to the f-ing core

hot steaming pile sliding backwards and leaving a putrid trail with dan snyder selling plastic spoons to take a bite

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | December 6, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Danny S.'s idea of progress is money filling his wallet. He's done that, at the expense of the Redskin fan base. As avid a fan as he *claims* to be, M.O.N.E.Y. is by far his most fanaticism. We all knew this was not going to be the year, for the exact reasons Mr. Steinberg wrote: ".... a franchise with an oldish roster, a recent history of mediocrity and ....", so who are we kidding. The hope is that Msrs. Allen and Shanahan WANT to be with an elite program and will not tolerate mediocrity. They did inherit a heap and its going to take a couple years to turn it around. So far the actions have not indicated there is an intolerance.

Posted by: kbmcwhinney | December 6, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Just when you think Snyder can't sink any lower, he amazes everyone with his hubris.
Wrecked the team with stupid signings of washed up coaches and players, shafted the fans at every turn, then sends them a message about "progress" that does not exist.

Posted by: pjohn2 | December 6, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

the Redskins have made ZERO progress since this time last year.

I count one player, Laron Landry, who has performed better this year than last.

But I can count 8-10 who have under-performed 2009.

Brian Orakpo, Andre Carter, Rocky McIntosh, Kedric Golston, etc.

Shanahan came in and mismatched personnel and scheme on BOTH sides of the ball.

He kept a putz in Haynesworth on the roster and then added a broken down old Joey Galloway at WR.

He traded draft picks for a 34 year old quarterback and a 30 year old right tackle who missed 2009 with an injury.

What team was he watching in 2009?

It must not have been the Redskins because NOBODY last year thought this team was 3 or 4 players away from being competitive for the playoffs.

Posted by: RoyHobbs4 | December 6, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Come on, someone tell the truth. The D coordinator needs a new job because basic coaching tells you to use the players you have until you get the players you want. In other words 4-3 until you get 3-4 players. And the head coach is to blind to see that, wow will 700 yards of offense agains the feared 3-4 open his potatoes?And any professional head coach that would in essence blow a game by not letting his best player play to prove he has the biggest balls needs a career change. Maybe Denver knew that too and put him out to pasture only to have the walking dead return. The skins threw away a positive future when they passed on Gregg Williams and pulled the old end around on (should I say it, yes Mr. Cooke). So we continue to suffer with washed up coaches as well as inferior players and talent evaluators. Snyder free the skins and go play in the street or race track with Gibbs. To tell the truth this another sorry coaching staff with good organizational skills. So lets let them do the paper work and leave the coaching of football players to real men.

Posted by: angelobraddock | December 7, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

Go ahead frustrated Redskin fans - vent yet again and again. Next year you'll be doing the same, it is a 'fan' thing to do - that is a thin skinned fan, a fair weather fan, the kind of 'fan' that will singing their praises some day claiming to have been a fan all along. Go ahead, it's free country. All the while Dan Snyder continues to keep this team as a top valued sports franchise IN ANY SPORT. So obviously he won't care if you vent. I understand the Cowboys are looking to boost their fan base into DC more, and you can join their bandwagon. For the remaining 'real fans', the ones who belly up to the games each Sunday, who skip the wine and cheese and go for the hot dog and beer, who eat the peanuts in the shell, who don't care if their aim in the Men's Room is as bad as a McNabb 5 yard pass, they are the real fans who will support their team through thick and thin. And yes, there are a lot of us. So all you disgruntled fair weather fans join the crowd, have your wine and cheese, sip your pinot noir at the game or at home. Just don't let me see you eating peanuts in the shell someday at the game when the team is again hoisting the Lombardi trophy.

Posted by: bfjam | December 7, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

"Progress cannot be stopped..."

No, it can't. The Skins are progressing from 4-12 to 6-10. Oh, what joyous progress! Maybe next year they'll be 8-8!

Posted by: diesel_skins_ | December 7, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Brandon Jacobs can't be stopped....when he's running against the Redskin 3-4 defense

Posted by: coparker5 | December 7, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

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