Issues in Sports: Redskins Edition


There are several questions that have arisen throughout the Washington Redskins horrendous 2013-14 campaign.  These are just a few I have for the management of a franchise that is coming off of their first divisional title since 1997.

Daniel Snyder—Why haven’t you sold the franchise yet?  Since Snyder took over in 1999, the franchise has increased exponentially in value, but hasn’t done what matters most, win.  All Washington fans want is a winning sports franchise to cheer for, and all you’ve done is ruin the proud tradition of the Washington Redskins

Dec 15, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Washington Redskins team owner Daniel Snyder shown on the field prior to the game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Keith Burns—Why haven’t you resigned yet?  In his first season as coach, Burns was bound to suffer some bumps in the road.  You, sir, have taken the word horrible to a new level.  The Redskins special teams have been disorganized, pathetic, and downright awful the entire season, and despite your title, you have done nothing “special”.

Michael Shanahan—Why haven’t you taken responsibility for your actions?  In Shanahan’s three-year tenure with the team, the former Broncos head coach has made poor decision after poor decision.  First, he bickered with Albert Haynesworth.  Then, it was Donovan McNabb’s turn, but my biggest issue is his ego.  Through the roller-costar ride of this season, Shanahan has failed to seize ownership of the team’s direction.  Instead, he has pushed the burden of this disgraceful season onto the relationship between RG3 and Daniel Snyder.

Kyle Shanahan—When are you going to add wrinkles to your offense?  Redskins fans see the same offense week in and week out, and it’s getting old.  Clearly, the scheme that brought Washington the NFC East title a year ago isn’t working and it’s time for you to add something that will.

Finally, I would like to thank Kirk Cousins because through all of the scrutiny during the past few weeks, he has been a constant.  The man has properly waited his turn, and will make a fine NFL quarterback.