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Throughout his reign, Snyder has demonstrated as much skill at hiring coaches as he did at signing free agents. Close to none.
With seven coaches in 12 years, Snyder has very little to show for his hires. After inheriting Norv Turner in 1999, it didn't take long for Snyder to begin his tear,as no coach has ever lasted more than three years in DC under Snyder.
After firing Turner in 2000, Snyder promoted staff coach Terry Robiskie to become interim head coach. Although Robiskie posted a record of 1-2, everyone pretty much agreed that he wasn't the answer.
In 2001, Snyder hired long-time Kansas City head coach Marty Schottenheimer. After beginning his first season with an 0-5 start, Schottenheimer took hold of his Redskins team and finished the season 8-8, barely missing the playoffs.
If there was ever a good move made by Snyder in the past 12 years, it was hiring Marty Schottenheimer. But, because Schottenheimer was smarter than Snyder and he knew that then-general manager Vinny Cerrato was a cancer, Snyder fired Schottenheimer after just one season.
In 2002, Snyder hired the Ol' Ball Coach Steve Spurrier away from the University of Florida, giving him the most lucrative coaching contract in the NFL at that time.
Spurrier would go on to try and make the Redskins his Florida alum purgatory and he would quickly realize that the NFL was not college football. After going 12-20 in two seasons, Spurrier was, not surprisingly, shown the door (resigned...with force, perhaps fired)
The legendary Joe Gibbs returned in 2004 when Snyder offered him a five-year deal worth $25 million. Gibbs had been out of the game for quite some time, but it didn't stop Redskins fans from believing that the Messiah had returned and he was going to give Washington another Super Bowl.
Obviously it didn't work out, as Gibbs went 30-34 and left with one year remaining on his deal.
And then of course, we have the coaching debacle of the era. In 2008, Snyder needed a coach to take the place of Gibbs. However, before hiring his head coach, Snyder and Cerrato found it necessary to find their offensive coordinator first...hiring former Seahawks quarterback coach Jim Zorn.
With all potential head coaches knowing that Snyder was a kook and that the possible staff would already be implemented whether they liked it or not, Snyder couldn't find a head coach.
Snyder had nowhere to turn and eventually ran out of options, eventually leading to the promotion/hire of the inexperienced Jim Zorn as the new head coach of the Washington Redskins.
It sounded bad and it ended even worse. Zorn was fired after going 12-20 in two seasons.
So now we're here. With Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen running the show, we can all feel a little bit better for the first time in a long time.
Without question, I would say that this latest coaching hire is the most promising since Schottenheimer and it eventually could be the best under Snyder.