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By John McAfee
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Adam Archuleta
When you see the dysfunction that has turned Redskins Park into a battlefield of bickering, and the record nearing the end of Mike Shanahan's four-year tenure in Washington, mixed in with the two bizarre years of Jim Zorn, you have to come to a new appreciation for what Gibbs managed to do in those four years running this organization.
This used to be the time of year when Dan Snyder's Bombardier BD-700 jet with the Redskins helmet on the tail zipped across the country and scooped up big-name free agents. For better, but usually worse, the Redskins owned free agency.
One of the biggest free agency flops in NFL history came to an end Thursday when the Washington Redskins shipped Albert Haynesworth to the New England Patriots for a 2013 fifth-round draft pick, relatively meager compensation for a two-time All-Pro with one of the most lucrative contracts ever signed.
A side benefit of Joe Gibbs' resignation is that it gave Washington Redskins fans a chance to hear from owner Dan Snyder, who has been reluctant to speak publicly in recent years about his franchise.
Signed as training camp began in 2004 after being let go by the New York Giants, safety Ryan Clark found a home in Washington. By Week 6, Clark was starting on a defense that would rank in the top 10 during both of his seasons. The Redskins were 14-12 with Clark in the lineup (including their only playoff victory since 1999), 3-5 when he wasn't.
Normally taciturn Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor commemorated yesterday's official end of training camp practices by talking to the media for the first time this summer.
Pierson Prioleau critiqued the games like an assistant coach or as if he were still playing in the Washington Redskins' secondary. But as last season's losses mounted, it became too much.
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In hiding for nearly the entire offseason, even as the Washington Redskins were discarding a highly paid safety and a veteran assistant coach, trying to acquire a Pro Bowl outside linebacker and forgoing several chances to address a leaky defensive line, Gregg Williams answered questions yesterday for only the second time since Dec. 30.