Redskins lose popularity contest. Whodathunkit?
In an article posted over at Comcast Sports Network, an ESPN poll shows that the Redskins are no longer the most popular team in the NFC East. By default, that means they're no longer among the top teams in terms of popularity overall. And to that I say, DURR HURR HURR. No kidding? Really?
With the top shelf job Dan Snyder has done in managing the Redskins organization over the past two decades one would have thought they'd be the most popular team in all of sports anywhere, even in Europe where they call Soccer Football. But no, according to this poll, the Redskins are dead last in the NFC East and Thirteenth overall in the NFL.
When you have an owner who believes playing fantasy football for real is the best way to go about building a winning team, and who belittles and contradicts his head coaches at every turn, it's hard to believe the fan base might get fed up with your Napoleonic bullshit and go elsewhere for entertainment.
For a team celebrating it's 80th year of existence, that's a bitter pill to swallow. But swallow it, Snyder must. Failing to put competent football people in a position to allow your team to succeed is all on you, Mr. Owner. You cannot run a sports franchise the way you run your Media business where you threaten and coerce and embarass and replace people on a whim. It doesn't work that way.
It's easy to see why Snyder fails in so many ways. He is the epitome of failure at the corporate management level in terms of running a sports team. In fact, if you wanted to write a manual on how to be successful as an owner in the NFL, you could simply write down everything Snyder has done in his tenure, then label it "DON'T DO THIS AND YOU WILL SUCCEED". It's pretty simple.
With Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan in control, the Redskins have been slowly turning the ship around. No, they're not winning a ton of games, but when you really look at the team and it's style of doing business now, you can see the small things starting to add up. Drafting for need, rather than going on a spending spree for aging Free Agents who were great once upon a time. Developing depth at positions of need. Keeping Dan Snyder away from the media in most instances. Letting your head coach and your general manager handle all football related issues.
Time will tell if the acquisition of Robert Griffin III was a wise move or a terrible gamble, but the hope he's bringing back to the Redskins fan base may soon bring the team back from the cellar of popularity and hopefully towards some post season action.