Being a Redskins fan these days must be a tough gig. Your team has enough talent to make the playoffs and does so after the violent death of a star defensive player, legendary head coach retires after a sub-par comeback, and the team’s meddling owner has canned both the offensive coordinator and the defensive coordinator (who was also the best candidate to replace said legendary head coach), while hiring their replacements BEFORE hiring a new head coach.
If I am Jim Fassel, Steve Spagnuolo, Josh McDaniels, or anyone else even remotely associated with the Redskins’ head coaching job, I ask myself: why do I want to work with Neo-Al Davis, who selects the majority of my staff before I’m even hired? Part of a coach’s prerogative is to get SOME say in hiring coordinators and assistants — it’s why the rumors about Lane Kiffin being asked to resign by Davis are valid regardless of how many times the Raiders deny it.
The Washington Post’s Sally Jenkins likens Snyder to a child playing with some very expensive toys. Snyder may aspire to be Jerry Jones, but at least Jones and his meddling resulted in something over the years (those three championship rings in the 90s do count), and if you’re a coach, why bother with the headache of Tom Cruise’s BFF and his yes-man intruding on your personnel decisions? Jim Mora the Younger was smart to take his name out of the discussion, and Gregg Williams should be relieved that he’s longer attached to the mess.
Congratulations, Skins fans — Snyder is on his way to combining the worst aspects of Jones and Davis into a new, farcical catastrophe that will serve as amusement for the rest of us who follow the NFL. I hope to see him patrolling the sidelines and the practice field in a velour tracksuit sooner than later.
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