Why should the collapse of the NFL’s second-oldest roster entering the season be a surprise in a league ruled by youth?
Why should Snyder sell his organization’s soul to a coach with one playoff victory in 14 seasons since John Elway retired and expect anything above mediocrity?
The next coach will inherit a battered roster with few long-term answers. Blame the $36 million salary cap penalty all you want, but the extra free-agent money available in 2014 won’t fix the sieve-like offensive line, add another playmaker at receiver and address defensive holes too numerous to mention. This isn’t a team that’s a tweak or three away from returning to contention.
No, this is the irrelevance that’s a logical end to the flawed process that guides a third-rate organization.
Simply plugging another well-compensated coach into the same mess and expecting different results isn’t going to work any better than the folly of a quarterback with bad footwork and bad mechanics expecting to put up big numbers each week.
Even Snyder should understand. The owner has tried every type of coach, from hot-shot assistant to dusted-off legend to the red-faced man with two Super Bowl rings. None experienced sustained success.
All the while, the Redskins resisted constructing the type of organization that’s responsible for long-term prosperity in Green Bay and San Francisco and Seattle. Hire a president who can serve as a buffer between Snyder and the football operation. Bring in an actual football man from one of the pace-setting franchises as general manager. And don’t resort to the tired pattern of well-known retreads and faded glory as the next head coach. None of the seven head coaches under Snyder were born after 1954, in this whirlpool of instability.