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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]

Articles by Deron Snyder

Washington Redskins quarterback Josh Johnson (8) watches play as he takes a break on the bench during the first half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) **FILE**

SNYDER: Quarterback position -- and decision process -- remains iffy in D.C.

Washington's brain trust believed Mark Sanchez was the best choice as this season's third starting quarterback. Josh Johnson's performance Sunday, in his first start since 2011, and the week before, in garbage time against the New York Giants, is an indictment of the decision-makers in Ashburn. Published December 17, 2018

Maryland's new head football coach Mike Locksley, left, and athletic director Damon Evans pose during an NCAA college football news conference, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in College Park, Md. Locksley, Alabama's offensive coordinator, will take over at Maryland after the most tumultuous year in the program's recent history. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) **FILE**

SNYDER: A bum job to some, Maryland a plum job for Locksley

When he says being the Terrapins coach is his dream job, you don't immediately question his sanity. Few new hires would say that -- and even fewer would mean it -- but Mike Locksley appears to be that rare. Published December 12, 2018

Washington Redskins punter Tress Way (5) warms up prior to an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally) ** FILE **

SNYDER: On an afternoon worth punting, Way stood out the most

With all due respect to halfback Adrian Peterson, Way arguably has been Washington's most valuable player and its most impressive weapon. His latest effort was no different, other than the overtime he put in. Published December 9, 2018

In this Dec. 11, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stands in the bench area during the second half of the team's NFL football game against the New York Jets in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File) **FILE**

SNYDER: Washington should come clean on not calling Kaepernick

We are long past the point that a team can trot out "football issues" as an explanation for the lack of interest in the free-agent quarterback. That excuse was as illogical the last two seasons as it was Tuesday, when coach Jay Gruden queued it up like a radio hit in heavy rotation. Published December 5, 2018

Alabama head coach Nick Saban and Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts, right, celebrate with the team after the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA college football game against Georgia, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Atlanta. Alabama won 35-28. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) **FILE**

SNYDER: Class, character not necessarily tied to stay-or-leave decisions

Jalen Hurts didn't have 32 million reasons to change team colors like Nick Saban did in January 2007. But Hurts had good reason to transfer if he chose to do so. He also saw good reasons to stay, acknowledging that one's position on the depth chart isn't necessarily a deal breaker. Published December 3, 2018

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster, right, leaves the Santa Clara County Superior Court, with his attorney Joshua Bentley after a preliminary hearing stemming from domestic violence accusations against Foster Thursday, May 17, 2018, in San Jose, Calif. Foster's ex-girlfriend, Elissa Ennis, recanted allegations Thursday that Foster physically assaulted her. She testified that she lied to authorities about the domestic assault to get back at Foster for breaking up with her. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) **FILE**

SNYDER: Washington defends its dumpster-diving pickup of Foster

The 49ers had just put him on the curb, like a moldy armchair awaiting a bulk trash pickup. Washington, acting like a thrift-conscious scavenger driving around neighborhoods in search of such "deals," pounced on the chance to haul him to Ashburn. Published November 28, 2018

Los Angeles Rams tight end Gerald Everett scores a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs in Los Angeles' 54-51 win on Monday. The Rams and Chiefs combined for 105 points and 1,001 yards. The lead changed hands four times in the fourth quarter. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

SNYDER: Slow down on all the 'new NFL' talk

The name is the same. But the sport is different, at least as played by the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs in their 54-51 scoring spree. It makes you wonder whether those teams and Washington's team play under common rules. Published November 21, 2018

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