Washington Redskins: From Glory to Horror Story – Part 2
The Washington Redskins are a famed and storied franchise. They have 85 years of stories that cover their existence in the NFL. Coaches such as Vince Lombardi, Otto Graham (‘66-‘68), George Allen (‘71-‘77), Joe Gibbs (‘81-‘92, ‘04-‘07), Marty Schottenheimer (‘01), and Steve Spurrier (‘02-‘03) have walked the sidelines of this franchise. The history includes over 600 franchise wins, 14 Division titles, 6 Conference Championships, 2 NFL Championships, and three Super Bowl Championships. However, through all that glory the franchise has become a recent horror story.
Follow along as we take a small journey through the Washington Redskins: From Glory to Horror Story – Part 2.
The Horror Story
Since the purchase of the Redskins by Daniel Snyder in 1999, the team has been futile. It all started when he sold the naming rights to the stadium to the highest bidder. On November 21, 1999, Federal Express won the bidding war and since then the fans have known Jack Kent Stadium Fed Ex Field.
It does not stop there. The following season Snyder fired what would be the first of many coaches in his tenure, Norv Turner. Terry Robiskie would take over as interim on the season and the team would finish 8-8.
The 2001 season would not start any better. The Washington Redskins would start 0-5 under Marty Schottenheimer. However, they would go 8-3 in their final 11 games to finish the season 8-8 in what would become the only season that Schottenheimer would lead the team.
Daniel Snyder always to makes a splash. He did just that heading into the 2002 season. Snyder hired, who was at the time, the biggest college head-coaching name in the game, Steve Spurrier. He would be the fifth head coach in 10 years. Although Spurrier would only last two years going 7-9 (2002) and 5-11 (2003). The 5-11 was the team’s worst record since 1994.
Joe Gibbs Era #2
Daniel Snyder was able to make another big splash in the offseason of 2004. He would bring Joe Gibbs out of retirement. While the second coming would not be as successful as the first, it did see the Washington Redskins return to playoffs in two of the 4 seasons (2005 and 2007) that Gibbs was at the helm.
That was the highlight of the Gibbs Second Era.
The years leading up to 2012 were just plain bad. Jim Zorn coached two of those years. He had a promising start only to finish 8-8 and 4-12 in his two seasons as head coach of the Redskins. Super Bowl-winning head coach Mike Shanahan would replace him. Shanahan would have two losing seasons. However, in 2012 that changed.
This season saw the Redskins win the NFC East for the first time since 1999. It saw a home playoff game and a QB that won the NFL Rookie of the Year, Robert Griffin III (RG3). Many thought the glory was returning to the Nation’s Capital. Nonetheless, it was all for not. RG3 would not be the same after a knee injury. The Redskins would finish the 2013 season with a 3-13 record. The Redskins would fire Shanahan on December 30, 2013.
The team would do a search of viable head coaches in the days after the release of Shanahan. On January 9, 2014, the Washington Redskins announced the hiring of Jay Gruden. Gruden had head coaching experience but not at the NFL level. The Redskins tabbed Gruden as a championship-level coach. Having won championships in his career in the AFL. General Manager Bruce Allan thought that could translate to him running an NFL team. Not so much.
While there was a return to the playoffs under Gruden, there were things that were much worse. There was a lack of support for RG3. A player in which Dan Snyder paid a fortune for. Gruden did not feel as though Griffin was the man to run his offense and thus ran him, no pun intended, out of town. He turned to the fourth-round pick in 2012, Kirk Cousins.
Cousins would grow to be one of the better QBs in the NFL. In fact, there was the talk of giving him a long-term contract. Although the two sides could never come to an agreement on a deal. Cousins would end up spending two years on the franchise tag before signing with the Minnesota Vikings.
President Bruce Allen brought McCloughan in to be the General Manager. He helped rebuild the team by bringing some top-notch young talent through the NFL Draft. Many questing the move in the beginning, however. That is because McCloughan was a previous alcoholic. He had taken a leave of absence from the Seattle Seahawks due to the issue.
The issue then resurfaced, or at least that was the rumor. There were many leaks as to why the Redskins released Scot McCloughan as GM. To me, this is where the dumpster fire the Redskins are today began to smolder.
Leaks of inside issues became a common entity. If you notice, the good franchises do not have internal leaks. In fact, good franchises do not have internal issues as much as the Washington Redskins do. Many believe that there is a common theme to these leaks, Bruce Allen.
Allen has been the GM/President of the Washington Redskins since 2010. During that time, the failures of this franchise have been at the forefront. From the hiring of Jim Zorn to Jay Gruden, and the most recent Trent Williams tumor issue. All of these have a common tag of Bruce Allen.
Now the dumpster fire that began smoldering with McGloughin is in full rage. The Redskins have fallen to the lowest of the low in the NFL. While there may be an end in sight, it is not immediate.
The days of being a fan of the Washington Redskins are tough. The stadium is empty, the opponent fills more seats, and brown paper bags are on the heads of many and TV ratings for the area at an all-time low when the team is on.
We know that Daniel Snyder is not going to see the team anytime soon. Thus, there is only one-way to end this horror story and begin to return the team to the glory of part one of our story. FIRE BRUCE ALLEN!
I live and die as a fan of this team and this is where I feel the team is at this point. Changes need to happen or else we, as fans, will wallow in less than mediocrity for years and years to come.
These are just some of the high(low)lights of the Snyder era. How do you feel about the horror story of the Washington Redskins? Leave a comment below.
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