Not only have you turned a winning team into a losing one with your senseless personnel decisions, you've gone and $%^$%ed up the economic "unified theory of everything" with your irrational behavior.
Yes, it's not just our division and conference rivals, and the NFL in general that is lambasting this team for repeated spending failures. Now the flipping economists have locked their menacing gazes on us as well.
Really most of what Mr. Hassett has to say should surprise few Redskins faithfuls. We all know that Free Agents are overpriced by necessity, because you are forced to pay an actual market value for them. Or, in our case, you pay well above market value for them. Draft picks on the other hand, are paid somewhat arbitrarily according to the round they are chosen in. And this number is itself deflated because of collective bargaining. So says the economist:
But the Redskins are not just screwing up their own franchise:
The Redskins are not driven out of business because there is a high demand for football in Washington, and the NFL has a monopoly. A wisely run team cannot enter Washington and compete for Redskins fans.
The second point might be true, but it's more true that the reason the Redskins aren't driven out of town is because Dan Snyder is a genius at convincing us year in and year out that he's put together a great football team when he hasn't. If the team is only 8-8 (the horror!), nothing inflates expectations like a coaching change, especially when that coach happens to be Steve Spurrier. Nevermind his 0 seconds of NFL experience. And it ended so well!
Or when a team goes 7-9 and then 5-11, nothing fixes the problem like bringing in a famous D.C. icon like Joe Gibbs. Nevermind that he goes 6-10 the following year.
The sad thing is that after the success we enjoyed last year, success we had not enjoyed in many years, the team went out and spent a fortune just to screw things up. We added a bunch of coaches and players that haven't done anything to do improve this football team. Quite the contrary, actually, as even if we win out (which we won't) we'll still have more losses in 2006 than we did in 2005.
Hopefully Dan Snyder will finally realize the err of his ways and take the time to build a team from the ground up as opposed to trying to pay one into existence annually. But given the easily dazzled nature of Redskins fans like myself, I just don't see that happening. The real problem in Washington isn't Dan Snyder (I don't mean this; it is) who has done exactly what a successful team owner should do: line his pockets with gooooooold. And the reason he's been able to do that without producing a quality product is because the fans haven't operated with realistic expectations. 5 or 6 win teams do not turn into Superbowl contenders overnight. They certainly won't do so just because you've added a coach with zero experience or one who hasn't done so in over a decade.
Worse than all that we've found out that the Redskins are great at turning a mediocre but passable team (2005) into a very bad one. What this means for our ability to produce a perennial contender that enjoys lasting success, I leave for the readers to decide.