Posted on: January 27, 2008 12:16 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2008 12:18 pm

Why Dan Snyder will never build a winner

The NFL has great owners (Bob Kraft, Jeff Lurie, Paul Allen and others); middling owners (too many to count); meddling morons (Jerry Jones); and a nutjob (Al Davis is in a class by himself).

But there is only one Dan Snyder, and fans of 31 franchises should thank whatever deity they choose for that. Awful free-agent signings, bad trades, poor choices when hiring coaches -- Snyder has checked off every move from the Mindless Owner Manual.

This offseason could be Danny boy's crowning glory. After an emotional, draining but ultimately successful season (on the field), your Hall of Fame coach retires. Step 1: Hire somebody the players respect, from the current staff to create continuity and build off a playoff season.

Instead, he fires Gregg Williams and Al Saunders, hires new assistant coaches, including offensive and defensive coordinators, before even naming a head coach. So whoever comes in will have to live with the staff Snyder has built.

This is a Jerry Jones stunt, but that doesn't matter since Jones is actually the Cowboys' coach, no matter whose name is on the office door. Or didn't you see J.J. on the sidelines as Dallas was blowing its season against the Giants in the playoffs? And at least Jones the GM brings in some talent for his 'coaches' to get something out of.
Snyder's moves don't work quite as well.

At the start of his Washington reign, Snyder spent too much money on washed-up free agents, ruining the Redskins' salary cap. Since then, he has learned not to do that but has made other signings that just don't fit, like Antwaan Randle El so the Redskins can have a pair of midget receivers. When 38-year-old, 6-foot-1 Keenan McCardell is the tallest receiver who gets playing time, that's not good.

While Al Davis is simply off his rocker -- with the Lane Kiffin situation the latest example -- at least he once knew something about football and building a team that could win championships. Snyder has never known anything like that, and probably never will. He needs to hire somebody to run the front office and then step back and let the football people run the show.

Just because you are beyond wealthy doesn't mean you know everything. It's time Snyder understood that.

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