I agree, but note…his name is SnYder. Not SYnder.
Even the teams that have gotten to the playoffs recently are no serious threat to win it all. Why? Because we trade away most of our draft picks, draft worse than probably any team in the NFL with the remaining picks, and have a horrible track record with free agents we sign who tend to under perform while drawing a paycheck beyond what they could ever get anywhere else.
Hyperbole much? If things were that bad, we’d be the Detroit Lions. Let’s face it, this was an 8-8 team. Not the worst, not the best. Average.
If you critically look at our draft record compared to others, we actually draft pretty well. Notably, our 1st-3rd round choices have done well historically, and we haven’t missed on many 1st rounders. Most teams have a gigantic bust on 1st rounders every so often (a few recent 1st round busts in our own division I can recall are guys like Freddy Mitchell of the Eagles, and William Joseph of the Giants) ; I can’t recall a 1st round pick the Skins have had that hasn’t worked out okay.
The real problem is that the Skins are stuck in “win-now” mode; just one more FA will do it. And that’s just not true. The FO is constantly trading away 3rd and 4th round draft picks; which are really the most valuable picks to build a team. So we end up with a team with little depth and no young guys for the future. The critical error with the Skins, including both the management, and the fans, is that there is no patience.
And I lump Redskins fans in as part of the problem, because as a fanbase, we’re completely rabid and cannot understand that a rookie HC going 8-8 in the toughest division in football…is actually a pretty good year. Zorn inherited an aging team, built to play an offense that was totally different from what he wanted to run. You need to have patience to let him rebuild the team he needed to…but I’ve already heard a lot of the “Fire Zorn” crap. And yes, I know Harbaugh is in the AFC Championship game with the Ravens, but despite Redskins fan denial, the Ravens are just a better team than the Redskins.
Another example of fan insanity: I don’t know how many times I’ve heard fans judge the 2008 draft as a total bust…even though logically you cannot evaluate a draft class, especially one with WRs drafted high (who historically take at least a year to develop), after one year. But 3 games into the season you started hearing crap from fans that Devin Thomas and Malcom Kelly were busts. It’s utterly ridiculous.
Seriously, the best thing for our franchise to do is have a few bad years where Zorn, or whomever, can rebuild the team for the future. Because this “win now” crap just doesn’t work. But I don’t know if Snyder, or the fans would have the patience to go through with it.