Working for Dan Snyder for 17 years 'speaks to a character defect'

Chris Lingebach
May 09, 2018 - 5:47 pm

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The Redskins parted ways with longtime personnel man Scott Campbell this week, as reported by Chris Russell of 106.7 The Fan.

Campbell has spent 17 years with the organization, most recently as Senior Personnel Executive since June 2017, and before that as Director of College Scouting. How he was able to withstand the pressures of working at Redskins Park for as long as he did has Thom Loverro scratching his head.

"My position is if you're gonna work for Dan Snyder for 17 years, it speaks to a character defect," Loverro told Chad Dukes and Chris Russell on The Fan.

"No, really. If you've worked for him for 17 years," he went on, "I know you've done things you're not proud of. At some point, how much of that can you live with? I just think it either speaks to some kind of intelligence defect, character defect, something going on that, if I'm an employee, knowing what I know about the Redskins, I'm looking at the guy across the table and I'm saying, 'Why did you stay for 17 years?' I think that's a fair question. And Chris brought up all possible reasons why, but again, at some point, if your voice isn't being heard and your work aren't seeing results, at some point you have to ask yourself how long can you live with that."

Russell proposed several reasons why talented employees might choose to remain in Ashburn.

"I think Eric Schaffer's very smart and very talented," Russell said. "Why hasn't he left for another organization? Why does he continue to work for Dan Snyder and Bruce Allen? I mean, I wish I had the absolute number one answer. Number one, he's handsomely paid. Number two, he doesn't want to move his family. He's got young kids. A lot of these guys don't want to uproot their family."

"And I would just say this," he added. "A lot of them learned from Morocco Brown, who was impatient, who wanted to get out of there because the Redskins were not treating him right, fairly, the Redskins were not paying him like he should have been paid. He went to Cleveland to work for Ray Farmer and got treated like horse crap there, and in two years he was out of a job. So a lot of these guys see that the grass isn't necessarily always greener on the other side, so smart people sometimes stay loyal to bad companies, or bad leaders or bad dictators, depending on how you view things."

"Now, why aren't they better as a football organization? That's the great unknown," he said. "I think we all know part of the reason is you can be really smart and really good at your job over there, your voice isn't always 100 percent heard and you don't always get to make the bottom-line decisions."

"There's only two (voices at Redskins Park) that really count, and that's the owner and the team president," said Loverro. "They're the ones that are going to dictate what's going on or let things happen, let the other people do their jobs or not."

"There's an age in your life where you're driven, where you know it's your window," Loverro went on to say. "It's your window to make your move. And are you really gonna sit back and let that window just close just because you're comfortable? And again, if that's the case, I don't know how smart you are then."

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