5 NFL Owners That Need To Sell Their Teams ASAP
An owner has more impact on a team than what meets they eye. When looking at an owner's "performance" it is important to consider the financial state of the team, its marketability, and of course, how things are doing on the football side of things.
It is an owner's job to make sure they have quality people in place to take care of both the business and football side of things, and failure to recognize necessary changes (or too much change) is no one's fault but theirs.
Just because a team is winning does not mean they are well-owned, although winning certainly can help cover many of an owner's shortcomings.
Here are the owners that need to consider moving on from NFL ownership.
5. Dan Snyder
No other owner in the league can be as directly tied to a team's shortcomings as Dan Snyder.
Snyder, who knows as much football as a casual fan, tried to mettle in football operations, failing almost every step of the way. He gave big money to guys like Adam Archuleta and Jason Taylor, only to fail to produce on the football field.
He fired 30 employees in his first month of ownership. Redskins fans began to express their hatred of Snyder on message boards, so he bought them. Fans turned to talk radio to express their anger, so he went ahead and bought that, too.
He sued a 73-year-old woman for not being able to pay for her season tickets on time. The woman has had the tickets for over 50 years, and was unable to pay because the economic collapse hit her hard.
He sued a Washington Post writer that brought to light many of his atrocities. He has since dropped the charges.
Redskins Park as looking like less of a football facility and more like East Berlin during the Cold War.
It all came together with the fateful Albert Haynesworth signing, which may go down as the worst free agency signing in NFL history. The move got just about everyone fired and was a perfect symbol for the ineptitude of the Snyder era.
Snyder has since taken a backseat, hiring an experienced general manager and a Super Bowl-winning coach to take care of the football operations. The Redskins may not be winning right away, but they are at least staying out of the back pages and running their team properly.
Despite his new, low-key approach, Snyder has done enough to prove that he is simply in the wrong business.
4. Stephen Ross
Since Stephen Ross bought the Dolphins, he has been more interested in showmanship and making a spectacle of a football team than simply putting a quality product on the field.
After initial success in 2008 with new coach Tony Sparano, Ross grew weary of his run-first approach. Even if Sparano continued to have success, I would not doubt that he would have made a change in the name of making his team more exciting to watch.
To add appeal to his dull franchise, he brought in several minority owners such as Marc Anthony, thinking that it would actually make people buy tickets. He built a club inside of the stadium himself, and is said to be working on building a theme park across the street.
What Ross fails to realize is that football fans are not interested in those unnecessary aspects of the team. If a fan wants to go to a club, they are going to go into downtown Miami, not the football stadium. Adding all of these unnecessary aspects to a team gives the impression that the team is not good enough to stand on its own as a marketable product.
Aside from his bizarre marketing strategies, Ross' biggest problem is the perception that the Dolphins are not an attractive destination for quality football players and coaches. Ross tried to hire Jim Harbaugh (while Tony Sparano was still under contract), and failed. He was turned down by Jeff Fisher, and Peyton Manning refused to meet with him. Days later, the young Matt Flynn ran away to Seattle, despite having his former offensive coordinator as head coach.
Earlier this week, Ryan Clark came out to say that "no one wants to join the Dolphins." Clark was recruited by Miami a few years ago, but was uneasy with the lack of transparency in general manager Jeff Ireland.
Right now, the Dolphins have no direction, no quarterback, and a GM no one seems to trust except Ross himself. It may be time for Ross to pursue other endeavors.
3. Malcolm Glazer
Despite winning a Super Bowl a decade ago, the Glazers are doing more to hinder the progress of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers than they are trying to make them a winning and profitable franchise.
After a veteran purge in 2009, the Bucs tried to get away with a roster that was among the cheapest in the NFL with the youngest coach in the NFL. The results were volatile at best, which is to be expected from a group of players as young as the Bucs' roster was.
General manager Mark Dominick did everything he could to squeeze wins out with such few resources to find players and experienced coaches. The onus for the recent failures of the Bucs lies on the Glazer family.
Also owners of the richest sports team in the world, Manchester United, the Glazers found themselves in over a billion dollars in debt after some bad investments on shopping malls. Both Buccaneer and Manchester United fans were frustrated with the Glazers' refusal to sell either one of the teams to either give them enough money to focus on one team or put in in the hands of someone who could afford to finance it.
Manchester United has enjoyed much more success on the field than Tampa Bay has, but it is apparent that the financial woes of the Glazers had an impact on the team's ability to sign players. As a result, the Bucs were losing and tickets were not selling.
Granted, they went on a bit of a spending spree this past week, locking up players like Vincent Jackson and Carl Nicks, but that spending was forced because they had to meet the cap floor.
Tampa still has a decent enough roster to compete, but if an owner's financial problems are getting in the way of winning, it may be time to sell the team.
2. Jerry Jones
Let me make one thing clear: Jerry Jones will never ever ever ever ever sell the Cowboys. He will own the team until the day he dies. He simply has too much enthusiasm on winning and being a spectacle for the rest of the NFL to look up to.
However, as much as it is appreciated to have an owner that is willing to spend whatever it takes to get their team in the "win" column, Jones is enthusiastic and involved to a fault. Yes, he had early success in the 90s with Aikman and Emmit Smith. But since then, Jones has not produced a consistent winner for the better part of a decade.
As the team's general manager, his draft success has been limited to a few stars such as DeMarcus Ware that barely make up for many misses the team has had. The trade for Roy Williams a few years ago was nothing short of catastrophic.
To his credit, he took a massive risk in building a new, massive stadium that dwarfs anything else in American sports. However, his investment has yielded nothing in terms of playoff appearances.
Overall, Jones has been pretty up-and-down as an owner—until he hosted Super Bowl XLV.
In short, Dallas was one of the worst hosts in Super Bowl history. Everything from transportation to heat in hotels was a nightmare.
But to knowingly sell tickets to thousands of fans in unsafe seating areas just to try and break and attendance record is nothing short of despicable. Such an act is a poor reflection on the league and Jones should an will be punished for it.
As I said before, Jones will never sell his beloved Cowboys, but I can't help but think how much better off they would be without him.
1. Mike Brown
In a league where progressive thinking is abundant, Brown has left the Cincinnati Bengals in the stone age.
The Bengals currently do not have their own indoor facility. Down the block, a local high school team has one.
Even in a year where the Bengals made the playoffs with a rookie quarterback, Cincinnati has failed to sell out their stadium on a consistent basis. The local fanbase is just too accustomed to losing and temporary success, that they need to see the long-term growth to believe it.
Give him credit for maximizing value for Carson Palmer, but he got a bit lucky. If Al Davis was alive, he would have never made the trade.
The fact that his former starting quarterback and face of the franchise would rather hang up his cleats than play for Brown is quite telling. The Bengals are just not on the same level as other franchises in terms of running a football operation with any efficiency.
Another owner with general manger duties, he too often rolls the dice on talented yet troubled players that set his team back. He gave Antonio Bryant a monster contract then released him after finding out more about his injury problems. Pulling a stunt like that would get a "normal" GM fired.
If you want to give him credit for taking Andy Dalton last year, consider that he actually wanted Ryan Mallet instead before being talked out of it.
Despite their short-term success, the ceiling of the Bengals will always be limited as long as Mike Brown is calling the shots.