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Deron Snyder

Deron Snyder

Deron Snyder is an award-winning journalist and Washington Times sports columnist with more than 25 years of experience. He has worked at USA Today and his column was syndicated in Gannett's 80-plus newspapers from 2000-2009, appearing in The Arizona Republic, The Indianapolis Star, The Detroit News and many others. Follow Deron on Twitter @DeronSnyder or email him at

Articles by Deron Snyder

Jim Riggleman guided the Nationals to a 38-37 record, the latest in a season Washington has been above .500 since 2005.

SNYDER: Peace, blessings and a decade of columns

Chronicling the comings and goings is essential in my chosen profession. But all too often lately, discussing our own "goings" has become a thing in this business. Published December 30, 2019

Washington Redskins wide receiver Steven Sims (15) celebrates after scoring on a touchdown pass from quarterback Dwayne Haskins, not visible, during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) ** FILE **

Bruce Allen might be right about being close

No matter how much you abhor the thought and shudder at the possible consequences, you might concede that beleaguered team president Bruce Allen was (swallow hard) right. Washington IS close. Published December 22, 2019

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick speaks to the media following an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) **FILE**

Astros, Patriots need to be sent a message

The 2018 Super Bowl champions and 2017 World Series champions find themselves embroiled in cheating scandals today because they apparently don't understand the difference between acceptable and unacceptable forms of stealing. Published December 11, 2019

Former Carolina Panthers NFL football head coach Ron Rivera ponders a question during a press conference at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. Rivera was fired as coach on Tuesday. (David T. Foster III/The Charlotte Observer via AP)

Ron Rivera unlikely match for Redskins

Ron Rivera won't be the only recycled NFL coach on the market, but Redskins might be better off sitting out this round of musical chairs. Published December 4, 2019

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) stands on the court during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Stephen Strasburg and more reasons to give thanks

As it is written, give thanks in all circumstances (43 years could've been 23). Regarding sports, that encompasses wins, losses and even ties. The ability to field a team and compete is praiseworthy by itself. Published November 27, 2019

Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins takes selfies with fans during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, in Landover, Md. The Redskins won 19-16. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Dwayne Haskins will survive the selfie mistake

He has ideal size at 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds. He has exceptional arm strength to make any throw. And he comes across as a "young" 22-year-old, not mature beyond his years. But questions about quarterback Dwayne Haskins outnumber the answers. Published November 25, 2019

Washington Redskins running back Derrius Guice makes a catch against the Detroit Lions during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, in Landover, Md. The Redskins won 19-16. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

SNYDER: Now it’s about who stays, who goes

By beating the Detroit Lions on Sunday, 19-16, and snapping a nine-game streak at home, Washington checked off a few boxes that are small in the grand scheme, but possibly building blocks for the big picture. Published November 24, 2019

Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) speaks to his team prior to an NFL football game between the New York Jets and Washington Redskins, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)

Dwayne Haskins loses 1st home start

You have to go all the way back to Oct. 21 of last season -- when Alex Smith started and won against Dallas -- to find a different result at FedEx Field. Published November 17, 2019

FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2019, file photo, Ohio State defensive end Chase Young looks at the scoreboard during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Northwestern, in Evanston, Ill. Ohio State says defensive end Chase Young won't play Saturday against Maryland due to possible NCAA violation in 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

Chase Young targeted by vindictive NCAA

The NCAA and its proponents insist that college athletes and non-athletes should be viewed in the same light. But the athletes consistently are treated differently, with more scrutiny and less justice. Published November 11, 2019

Washington Nationals' Anthony Rendon loses his helmet as he strikes out during the fourth inning of Game 7 of the baseball World Series against the Houston Astros Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Anthony Rendon over Stephen Strasburg

Every front office in baseball is currently going through a familiar process, making moves and plotting strategy that will shape their 2020 roster. It's nothing new for the Nationals, who also do likewise every year, adding and subtracting faces from the prior season. Published November 6, 2019

Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins watches during warm-ups before an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus) ** FILE **

Dwayne Haskins needs to be on the field

The Washington Redskins finally started rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins on Sunday and -- surprise! -- the earth kept spinning on its axis. Published November 4, 2019