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The 5 O'Clock Club: Building & sustaining success

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It’s 5 o’clock somewhere...

On 20 June 2017, Andrew Brandt posted an article with the intriguing title: How to build a winning franchise in the NFL. That article had this interesting passage:

How then, do you achieve sustained success in the NFL? Every team is looking for that answer, but one common trait of successful teams is that they have an unshakeable philosophy that stands the test of time. Some may not like their team-building philosophies, or the way they handle contracts, or the risks they take (or don’t take) on character, but with organizations such as the Patriots, Steelers, Packers, Seahawks, Ravens, Cowboys and a few more, you know what you are getting. Conversely, teams that bounce from one strategy or philosophy (often with different decision-makers) never establish a culture that players and fans can know and trust.

Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, has said that if Amazon has a good quarter it is because of the work and decision-making done three to five years ago. This applies to sports as well; success in 2017 will have formed its roots years ago.

Teams like the Browns and Jets—recent unsuccessful franchises that have traversed various strategic models of team building— appear to be committing to new philosophies that eschew quick fixes and instead taking the long view. This version of “tanking”— bringing a foundation down to its studs rather then continuing to remodel—could be an organizational philosophy that can work.

What do you think about the Redskins?

Is the franchise on a stable and winning path, or is it an organization in disarray?


Who in the Redskins franchise is most critical to the team’s long-term success?

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  • 38%
    Dan Snyder
    (77 votes)
  • 10%
    Bruce Allen
    (20 votes)
  • 6%
    Doug Williams
    (12 votes)
  • 3%
    Scott Campbell
    (6 votes)
  • 2%
    Eric Schaffer
    (5 votes)
  • 22%
    Jay Gruden
    (44 votes)
  • 16%
    Kirk Cousins
    (33 votes)
  • 1%
    Samaje Perine
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Jonathan Allen
    (0 votes)
199 votes total Vote Now