Hat Tip: Mile High Report.
ESPN measured Fan Satisfaction through an 80,000 person poll. Details:
FRL (Fan Relations): Ease of access to players, coaches & management
OWN (Ownership): Honesty; loyalty to players and city
AFF (Affordability): Price of tickets, parking and concessions
STD (Stadium Experience): Friendliness of environment; quality of game-day promotions
PLA (Players): Effort on the field; likability off it
CCH (Coach/Manager): Strong on-field leadership
TTR (Title Track): Titles already won or expected -- soon
Fan Relations: 103rd
Stadium Experience: 95th
Title Track: 42nd
We were 28th out of the 32 teams in the NFL overall. A few observations:
- No surprise on the Overall, given our poor ranking elsewhere.
- Fan Experience is a bit surprising as I think the Redskins are as easy to access as any other NFL team. Many regional events are hosted to introduce the team to fans. We might lose some points given Dan Snyder's reputation as an Ogre as well as Joe Gibbs vanilla press conferences.
- Ownership: I can't help but feel like Dan Snyder is pulling this ranking one way and Joe Gibbs is pulling it another.
- Third to last in affordability isn't surprising. Ben has that covered.
- Stadium Experience is better than our average but I'm sure the fans are still upset about moving out of RFK.
- I am a bit surprised about this, though a few bad eggs... Redskins fans love and hate their players. We love to love guys like Santana Moss and CP. Hate to hate (on) quality individuals though likely overpaid players such as Renaldo Wynn and perhaps David Patten. Hate (admitting) to love Sean Taylor because of his past transgressions. And love to hate on Mark Brunell as a scapegoat and Brandon Lloyd for tantrums. Overall I would've thought we'd rank better regardless, since I really do love to love virtually all the Redskins, even while I'm criticizing them -- and they're delivering just 5 wins.
- Fascinating how much we're willing to suffer through Gibbs v2.0, though wasn't 2005 really super awesome great? I refuse to turn on Coach Gibbs no matter what happens, given what he's delivered this franchise. I doubt that any other current Coach or team can deliver so little to fans in terms of winning success and still remain largely revered by the fan base. I am not being glib; that truly is a testament to how amazing Joe Gibbs v1.0 really was, both objectively in terms of his accomplishment and sentimentally for what he did for Redskins fans.
- We're still trading off the success of the 80s and early 90s, though that ship is sailing.