Last season Robert Griffin III was playing great football, the Redskins were winning games and not too many people, if any, were looking at the way Dan Snyder was running the show in the nation’s capitol.
Now, the Redskins are bad . . . again. For Redskins fans, this isn’t anything new. In fact, Last year’s success was a rare occurrence, because for the 11th time in 12 years their team is below .500 at the start of December.
This isn’t a good look for Dan Snyder and it’s an even worse look for Mike Shanahan, who is the sixth head coach over the past 13 seasons. The turnover rate has been high in D.C and Shanahan’s future hasn’t yet been determined.
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Tony Dungy brought attention to Redskins ownership this week while discussing why it isn’t easy being RGIII on the Dan Patrick radio show.
"I think the whole thing gets kind of exacerbated in Washington, with the whole setup there, the way it’s been, the owner and everything, and the press," Dungy said. "RG3’s gonna be okay, just like Cam Newton. Now in three or four years, he matures, he’s playing great football, maybe he’s matured a little bit, but they’re winning more, he’s playing better, so now it all looks pretty good. Whereas when you’re not winning, everything seems to be a negative."
"You think Mike Shanahan will survive?" Patrick asked.
"That hasn’t been the history in Washington," Dungy said. "Coaches haven’t lasted a long time there. I think it would be best for them in the long run to stay with this offense and keep building and keep some continuity. I’m not sure it’s going to happen."
"Would you want to work for him? For Daniel Snyder?" Patrick asked.
"No, no," Dungy said. "When you’re interviewing coaches for the job, and you haven’t told me I’ve lost the job yet? No, I would NOT want to work for him."
"If I said you could work for Daniel Snyder, or Jerry Jones, or not work at all?" Patrick tried.
"Let’s just say I’m retired from the NFL," Dungy said.
"So you would rather not work than to work under those two guys?" Patrick probed.
"No, I think I could work for anybody," Dungy said. "When you work for Dan Rooney, you work for Lamar Hunt, you work for Jim Irsay, even the Glazers were great to me, and let me pass or fail based on my ability. I think that’s what you’re looking for as a head coach, and I don’t know that you get that in Washington or Dallas.
"The problem I have with both those organizations: You’ve got to build a team; that’s how you win championships. You can’t just say we’re gonna bring in the best player, we’re gonna bring in guys, it doesn’t matter what kind of teammates they are or what type of history they have, if we get star players we’re gonna be good. And I think both of those owners think that’s the case: The more star players you have, the better you’re gonna be. And that’s not how you build championship teams."