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Mediocre at Best: but far from the Worst

The bizarre happenings in Washington or Maryland always bring out the sentiments that the Washington Redskins are the worst ran franchise in football. 


To prove this it is pointed out the team’s performance while Daniel Snyder has owned the team; the lack of playoff opportunities, the lack of playoff wins, no Conference Championships and no Super bowl trips let alone a win.  It continues with the detailed management of the team going after the “big name” free agent, hiring and firing multiple big name coaches, ignoring key aspects of the team (OL), continued Cap-hell and the trading of draft picks.

All is true, but is it true that Washington is the worse run NFL franchise or is it a misdirected owner.

Daniels Snyder is a business man who owns a football team, he operates with a business understanding and the results separate the Redskins from most others teams.  The Redskins have not had a truly awful season in 10 years. Lots of misses of the playoffs, but never fewer than 5 wins. Just in the last 4 years, 15 different franchises have won 4 or fewer games at least once. Since 2000, 22 different franchises have won 4 or fewer games. Since 1994, when the Skins won 3 games, 26 other franchises have won 4 or fewer games at least once (and the Rams did it in both St. Louis and LA, and the Houston Oilers/Tenneesse Titans also did the combo). Only New England, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Tampa Bay and Minnesota have also avoided that fate. And Tampa Bay appears headed towards that fate this year.

 

Of those 5, NE and Pittsburgh are truly exceptional, though they had middling years. Tampa had a brief run, Dallas was at the end of its run when this analysis started, and Minnesota just had middling performance. But at least Minnesota had a few good years, including that 15-1 year. The Skins never did better than 10 wins and that really shows their fate – they’ve been decidedly average the whole time. Never putrid, but never excellent. And that can be exceedingly frustrating as a fan but it’s the way to run a business and be successful, NOT the way to run an NFL team.

If a business is allowed to completely collapse the business no longer exists, if an NFL team is allowed to collapse then a team can rebuild from the interior and become a dominate football team for a significant length of time.  Daniel Snyder started to step back during Gibbs second tenure, but now with the goings on it appears he is stepping back in, Danny-boy for the good of the team and the good of the Fans, hire a football GM and allow them to “blow-up” the team and BUILD a team, some key young players are in place right now to build a solid team around: Orakpo, Jarmon, Horton, Thomas, Kelly, Davis, Mason, Alridge, Rinehart, Williams…Chip thanks for the information.

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