Dear Mr. Snyder,
First, a recap: since you purchased the Washington Redskins for some insane amount in 1999, the team has two division titles and four playoff appearances, with two playoff victories. During that same period of time, the Eagles have six division titles, ten playoff victories, and an NFC title; the Giants have four division titles, ten playoff victories, three conference titles, and two Lombardi trophies. Even the hated Cowboys, despite having many down years during that time, have two division titles and six playoff appearances. It is no stretch to say that every team in the division has had more success, despite the fact that you purchased what was arguably the most talented team in the division.
You have systematically run this once-proud franchise into the ground. You have accomplished this by firing coaches, hiring coaches who have no business having the job, and then repeating the process. Even when you do make a good hire (such as the hiring of Mike Shanahan, which appeared to be a good decision at the time) you allowed a coach who struggled assembling a solid defense in Denver to dictate the style of defense that would be run, despite not having the personnel to run it. You have accomplished this by signing players that have no business being on this football team to exorbitant contracts, indirectly resulting in the 36 million dollar salary cap penalty currently hampering the ability to sign needed players. You have certainly not helped the fan experience, and have alienated the fan base by actions such as pursuing litigation against season ticket holders unable to pay, and forbidding signs critical of your regime. In 1995, Redskins fans filled RFK stadium despite experience a third-straight season with 10 or more losses; in 2013, Redskins fans either failed to attend games or left early, despite having won a division title just the year before.
You have the support of a large portion of the fan base in your steady refusal to change the name. You do not have mine. I do not find the name offensive, I simply do not believe that the consistently poor teams fielded during your tenure deserve the name of the great teams of ages past. Calling this team the "Redskins" may or may not dishonor Native Americans, but it certainly dishonors Sammy Baugh, Art Monk, John Riggins, Charles Mann, and the Hogs. So change the name. Change it to something that deserves on-field performances and off-field theatrics such as those we have witnessed during your tenure. The "Washington Politicians" or "Washington Bureaucrats" would not be off the mark.
Please, please, for the sake of all Redskins fans everywhere, of which you are one, sell the team. Sell it to someone capable of looking past their feelings and doing what is right for the team and the fan base. Or, if you cannot bring yourself to sell it, hire someone else to run it, every aspect of it, and completely seclude yourself from the team. No contact with players, no input in decision-making for signing players or hiring coaches, until the Redskins again hoist the Lombardi Trophy.
You have the potential to go from being one of the most universally hated owners in sports, to becoming a beloved owner, if you simply remove yourself from the day-to-day operations of the football team. The franchise is broken. You cannot fix it. Step out of the way and let someone else do it. Now. Please.
A life-long fan of the Washington Redskins