Snider: Redskins fan base is 'broken'

Josh Luckenbaugh
December 11, 2018 - 1:01 pm

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As the Redskins face the prospect of another playoff-less season, Rick Snider believes the fan base has finally been "broken."

"This team is hitting ground zero. The fan base is broken. It's broken," Snider told The Junkies Tuesday. "It's come through the last three years, and now you finally see — I don't know if this is Washington's team any more."

Sunday's 40-16 home defeat to the Giants — Washington's fourth loss in a row — not only was marked by poor attendance at FedEx Field (a common theme this season), but also garnered low TV ratings in the D.C. market. 

"Part of that is the young people today are going toward a (big) game and all the other options versus your local team," Snider explained. "And hey, the local team hasn't given anyone under 30 anything to remember, so they're moving on." 

Snider sees no choice for the Redskins but to make wholesale changes, starting with team president Bruce Allen, followed by Jay Gruden. 

"You have to get rid of your GM first, because you're probably gonna want to change your coach, and you're now gonna have to change your quarterback," Snider said.

"There's a chain reaction: you want the coach who's gonna pick his quarterback, and not let it be like Joe Gibbs coming the year after or so with Jason Campbell and not wanting him. You want to grow together all three pieces."

"You need all three pieces to work together and not have different agendas. And Dan Snyder's not a personnel man, his GM's gotta pick this next coach."

"The fan unrest is so bad, that Snyder can't just keep (Allen) in any role," Snider concluded. "You just can't. You just have to say: 'I'm sorry, nine years is great.'" 

"Bruce is retirement age, and there's been rumors of him wanting to retire, so maybe it could happen."

If Allen did in fact retire, the victory parade might rival the one for the Capitals' Stanley Cup. But as of now, the Redskins have not made any front office moves. 

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