SNIDER: Redskins sinking like a rock to the bottom

Rick Snider
November 21, 2019 - 2:56 pm
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The Redskins are reportedly no longer Washington’s favorite team. Duh – where have you been for the last two years?

A Washington Post poll conducted two weeks after the Nationals won the World Series shockingly shows the Nats are now D.C. resident's favorite team over the Redskins with the Capitals, who won the Stanley Cup two years ago, a close third.

Anyone watching "FedUp Field" deteriorate from big crowds to small crowds to even smaller crowds dominated by opposing fans knows the Redskins have killed the loyal base that was theirs since the Senators left town in 1972. With no baseball for 33 years plus mediocre basketball and hockey, of course, the Redskins dominated with their two runs of football greatness with three Super Bowl championships. 

Winners are beloved in Washington. Losers are exiled.

Daniel Snyder has been an awful owner by steadily undermining the football side of his marketing treasure since buying the Redskins in 1999. But even Snyder living in his bubble should be worried about the Post poll. Maybe a survey before the Nats won would be a little more realistic, but the bottom line is there is no Redskins buzz anymore.

No buzz about the first-round quarterback who probably won’t turn into anything special at the NFL level. He should have waited another year to further develop because the NFL is bad at improving passers, especially a team that’s about to change coaches again. Sure, the next coach will double-pinky swear to improve Dwayne Haskins but ask Robert Griffin III, Jason Campbell or even Patrick Ramsey how that worked.

There’s no buzz about the Redskins’ other first-rounder Montez Sweat, who has done little. Most years, there would be outright concern over a first-rounder not succeeding, but fans can’t muster enough strength to care.

Snyder will surely look at poll numbers and say a winner will turn things around and they’re close, right Bruce? Team president Bruce Allen will nod yes as he sinks a putt on his office green that reportedly sees regular matches between the two.

But the Redskins are rocketing towards 1-15 with players that look like they’ve given up despite lip service to the contrary. And if they don’t care, why should fans?

Until Snyder cares enough to fire Allen, fans won’t care what the Redskins do. That’s pretty damn pathetic, but then that’s the Redskins Way now.

Rick Snider has covered Washington sports since 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @Snide_Remarks.

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