Are the Washington Redskins Doomed with Dan Snyder at the Helm?

Dilan Ames@@DilanAmesNFLCorrespondent IDecember 21, 2013

BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 25: Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder walks the sidelines prior to the start of a preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on August 25, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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In short, yes, they are. However, there's a lot more to it than that.

Ever since Dan Snyder took over the Washington Redskins organization, he's developed a reputation for big dollars spent on big busts. More than that, he's had several of his former players speak out on how he would create an uncomfortable atmosphere for them, making them want to leave the franchise.

Dan Snyder's Most Notable Bust Signings
NameContract LengthTotal Amount
Albert Haynesworth7 yrs.$100 million
Deion Sanders7 yrs.$56 million
Jeremiah Trotter7 yrs.$36 million
Brandon Lloyd7 yrs.$35 million
Donovon McNabb5 yrs.$78 million
Adam Archuleta6 yrs.$30 million

He's had several embarrassments in the form of coaches and players, but none worse than the $100 million contract he gave to Albert Haynesworth. Bust signees is just one area in which the Snyder era has a history of failure, and it doesn't seem to be getting better. Every head coach of the Redskins since his inaugural year as owner has left Washington with a losing record, and it's become clear that Snyder is the biggest problem the Redskins have.

What's become most clear is the fact that he's probably just not cut out to be a dominant voice in the decisions of an NFL team. What would realistically be best is if he adopted the Jack Kent-Cooke philosophy of keeping out of the football decisions and backing everything financially. Snyder should just let the general manager manage and the coach, coach.

He also lacks the thick skin needed in the NFL business world, with the prime example being his planted staffer at a sports website. The writer's purpose was to counter any criticism aimed at Snyder or the team, but he was found out before long.

Snyder then sued a D.C. paper for running a story about it, further proving himself as a bit thin-skinned.

Aside from all that, he's had a laundry list of quality head coaches that just can't seem to win with Washington but are rather successful in the other coaching ventures for the most part. Marty Schottenheimer and Steve Spurrier are just two examples of guys who have gone on to other teams and had notable success.

Most recently, with Mike Shanahan, a two-time Super Bowl champion, Snyder has had a divide forming because of his favoring of higher-profile players, namely Robert Griffin III.

According to ESPN's Dan Graziano, Shanahan was reportedly ready to leave the team at the conclusion of last season because of Snyder's preferential treatment of RG3. He decided to stay after Griffin III tore his ACL because he did not want things to look like he was leaving solely because of the injury. 

He stayed, but he still wasn't happy.

Tensions mounted between coach and owner throughout the offseason and into the 2013 season, and it's finally coming to a head as we enter these last two weeks of the regular season.

In recent press conferences, Shanahan has declined to comment on his relationship with Snyder, but it's evident things are a bit weird. Who knows what it is about Snyder that seems to drive these coaches away? But whatever it is, it has to stop.

Each time the Redskins seem to catch a break, there is always some disconnect that begins to develop somewhere across the team. If the reports about Snyder's infatuation with Griffin III are true, then RG3 could turn out to be the worst thing to ever happen to this team.

What Snyder should do is throw out the 2013 season. It's garbage. Rebuild as much as possible in the offseason, keying in on worthy draft prospects and free agents. Bring in a new coach who's good with players and can make a difference in the team's culture. 

If, after the 2014 season, there is still doubt surrounding RG3, then weigh out the options and see which route is best. Give him another chance? Trade him? Let his play decide. 

Snyder must stop coddling his quarterback or else he risks the rest of his team's roster crumbling down to bits of what it was.

The time and resources are there for Snyder to rebuild his reputation and his franchise, but it must come through logical decisions with the long-term success of the team in mind, or the Redskins are virtually doomed as a franchise while under his hold.


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