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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.

Until Snyder’s Redskins are rebuilt from top to bottom in a sensible fashion, long-term success won’t be anything more than an illusion. One Snyder won’t be able to escape.