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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 [email protected]

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Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) and Houston Texans strong safety Kareem Jackson (25) take down Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith (11) for a sack against the Washington Redskins in an NFL game, Sunday, November 18, 2018 in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Daniel Kucin Jr.)

SNYDER: Injury shows how freak accidents can happen in a snap

All of the sudden, Smith's future in D.C. looks iffy. He's under contract for four more seasons but questions already were being raised, even as he skippered Washington to a 6-3 record. And the one thing he does best -- avoiding interceptions -- was a just a rumor Sunday. Published November 18, 2018

"If something bad happens, [our fans] sulk. They sit back in their seat and they boo," Redskins cornerback Josh Norman said about playing at FedEx Field. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

SNYDER: A 'Dear Josh Norman' letter on fandom

I understand your frustration regarding fan support when Washington hosts other NFL teams, when portions of FedEx Field are filled with the visitors' devotees rooting against you and your teammates. That must be terribly annoying. However -- through little fault of your own -- you have a warped idea of what it means to be "a fan." Published November 12, 2018

Bryce Harper has potential suitors like the Phillies, Giants and Cardinals lined up for the free agent. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

SNYDER: Bracing for Bryce Harper's departure from Nationals

What was mere speculation six weeks ago -- the last time we saw Bryce Harper in the home whites at Nationals Park -- feels like a stamp of finality. We didn't know for sure at the time, but Wednesday's news that he turned down Washington's $300 million offer seems to seal the deal. Published November 7, 2018

Washington Wizards head coach Scott Brooks speaks with guard John Wall (2) during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Al Drago) **FILE**

SNYDER: Wizards' frustrating habits yield same results

It has been said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Does that also apply to watching the same thing over and over and anticipating a dissimilar outcome? Have the Wizards made us insane? We're about to find out. Published November 5, 2018

FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, file photo, Maryland interim head coach Matt Canada, center, huddles with players in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Minnesota,, in College Park, Md. Playing the dual role of interim coach and offensive coordinator, Canada has kept the Terrapins (3-2, 1-1) in contention for a bowl bid during a season dedicated to fallen teammate Jordan McNair.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

SNYDER: Maryland finally understood that Durkin could not stay

We live in an age and climate where shocking pronouncements are losing some sting, leaving us numb, because they arrive seemingly daily. But the University System of Maryland's Board of Regents punctured our punch-drunk senses Tuesday. Published October 31, 2018

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) is sacked by the Washington Redskins during the second quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

SNYDER: Recipe for winning not fancy, but plenty tasty

After winning for just the third time in nine visits to MetLife Stadium, after tightening its grip on the NFC East, after constructing the rare three-game winning streak under Gruden, Washington gets an "A" for its 20-13 victory against the hapless Giants. Published October 28, 2018

Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel stands on the touchline during the first half of an NFL football game against Los Angeles Chargers at Wembley stadium in London, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland) **FILE**

SNYDER: Go for two, play to win and don't apologize

For years, we've criticized coaches for being too conservative, too risk averse. We've advocated that they "go for it" more frequently, whether "it" is a fourth-down conversion or double points after a touchdown. But deep down, many of us are scared. The consequences of failure make us quiver, even though the only thing riding on the outcome for us is emotion. Published October 24, 2018

Washington Redskins linebacker Mason Foster (54) takes the field before an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) **FILE**

SNYDER: Closing time gets more comfortable for Washington's defense

After beating Carolina last week, Washington cornerback Josh Norman noted that the home team started the game on defense and ended the game on defense. "That's what you want," he said. Maybe that's what HE wants. I think most fans would prefer a series of kneel downs from Alex Smith in victory formation. Published October 22, 2018

Wizards guard John Wall said that this is the deepest team he's been on since arriving in Washington. He's also healthy after missing 41 games last season. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

SNYDER: Wizards see hopes rise with door cracked open in East

At least LeBron James isn't blocking upward mobility back here anymore. That's good news for all parties involved. The Wizards aren't among the favorites to replace the Cavaliers, but at least the stone wall has become a cracked door. Published October 17, 2018

Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman (24) carries the ball after pulling in an interception as Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) pursues him during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

SNYDER: Washington's timing just right to overcome adversity

For most teams, overcoming adversity means conquering troublesome circumstances and bouncing back after heartbreaking defeats. But in Washington, overcoming adversity means riding out good times and preventing victories from bringing you down. Published October 14, 2018

Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden watches from the sideline during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) **FILE**

SNYDER: Clock ticking on Jay Gruden era

It appears that Jay Gruden's tenure in Washington won't end well. At least he'll have plenty of company to commiserate with. Published October 10, 2018

IMG Academy's Silvio De Sousa #22 in action against Wasatch Academy during a high school basketball game at the 2017 Hoophall Classic on Sunday, January 15, 2017, in Springfield, MA. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan) **FILE**

SNYDER: NCAA's policies on amateurism should be the real federal fraud case

Here we are, forced to endure the charade as federal prosecutors put recruiting tactics on trial in New York, where the first of three cases off an FBI probe of college basketball's so-called underbelly has begun. But the real fraud is wasting our tax money on what's essentially a matter between the NCAA and its member institutions. Published October 3, 2018

SNYDER: Safety concerns eat at football from top to bottom

Roughing-the-passer penalties have more than doubled though three weeks compared to last season (34-16). The controversy is dominating discussions about the league in derogatory fashion. Meanwhile, at the youth level, where there can't be too much safety talk, participation continues its drop. Published September 26, 2018