- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 4, 2001

Daniel Snyder, owner of the 0-3 Washington Redskins, held a press conference Tuesday and criticized anybody and everybody who says first-year coach and front office guru should be fired. "Marty Schottenheimer's record is impeccable," he said. "Have a little more faith," he said. "It takes time to put together a winning organization." Well, begging Mr. Snyder's, the coach's and Grantland Rice's pardon, but it matters how the Redskins played the games and whether they won or lost.
Indeed, what all is wrong with the Redskins?
A) The offense, which has scored an embarrassing 16 points in three games including a 37-0 Monday night stinker against Green Bay.
B) The defense, which has allowed 112 points.
C) A coach relegates future Hall of Famer cornerback Darrell Green to the sidelines.
D) A front office team, headed by Schottenheimer, preoccupied with room and travel assignments and curfews instead of the fundamentals of football.
E) An ambivalent team of players who have no confidence in the Schottenheimer way.
F) All of the above.
If you selected F, you are among those who Snyder fingered, those who have already picked out a tree, carved Schottenheimer's initials into the trunk and purchased a rope.
Coach Dick Vermeil, whose Kansas City Chiefs were the most recent team to humiliate the Redskins, made some frank comments after the game. Of course, they were in defense of his old buddy. "[The Redskins] don't have enough good football players. They got some old guys that like to moan," he said. At least that's what the Associated Press quoted him as saying. Actually, Vermeil used a word that rhymes with witch to describe what the old guys were doing.
And, if you need further evidence, here's what guys-in-the-know had to say. Dan Daly, a sports columnist for The Washington Times: "When you demand total control of a football team, make yourself the Sole Source of Information on all matters, large and small, you're also asking for the blame when things go wrong… . it all comes back on you." And Michael Wilbon drove home similar sentiments in his post-game column for The Washington Post: "A whole lot of players in that Redskins locker room don't trust their coach or members of his staff. They don't trust the plan he has implemented from the X's and O's to the assigned seats on the team charter flights."
Indeed, Snyder is in big trouble, and it might do him and his team a world of good if he were to get over his gunshyness for having not fired the lackluster coach Norv Turner. This is a different season and a different set of woebegone circumstances. The Redskins need leadership and victories, and they need both now.

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