Open Letter to Daniel Snyder

Dear Mr. Snyder,

I understand that you will almost certainly never see this letter.  I am even hesitant to write it because this advice could end up tangentially hurting the Packers.  However, my desire to cease reading columns about your team’s hopelessness and see the Cowboys and Eagles residually regress as a result of your improvement has led me to propose to you a simple solution for fixing the mess that is your franchise.

Believe me, I acknowledge that you are no doubt very intelligent and ambitious, so much so that you should be able to theoretically succeed in anything you put your mind to.  No one can become a self-made billionaire without possessing these qualities.  Unfortunately for you, the methods that you have been stubbornly employing have not translated into success for your football team.  Nothing that you have tried has worked.  While I cannot blame you for firing Norv Turner or his interim replacement Terry Robiskie, firing Marty Schottenheimer after he finished the last 11 games of his first season at the helm 8-3 to claw back to .500 following an 0-5 start and replacing him with puppet GM Vinny Cerrato and unrpoven NFL commodity Steve Spurrier was, with the admitted benefit of 20-20 hindsight, somewhere between ill-advised and outrageously stupid.

Although I definitely cannot fault you for re-hiring your and many Redskin fans’ hero Joe Gibbs, you persisted to, along with Cerrato, woefully mismanage the team-building aspect of the franchise, eschewing chemistry and schematic fits with high-priced free agents who severely underperformed their immense contracts. By the time Gibbs was done, you established yourself as someone who is childishly impossible to work with or for, and, instead of changing this behavior and hiring a former successful coordinator or head coach, decided to go the route of making Jim Zorn head coach.  Not only did you make him head coach; you also gave him playcalling responsibilities and made him quarterback coach.  Zorn, who had never been a coordinator, was immediately exposed as a deer in headlights who showed no aptitude for the job.  But, on the bright side, you could control him so you had that going for you.

This season, your Redskins have been quite possibly the worst 2-5 team in NFL history.  Your two wins came narrowly against the 1-7 Rams and 0-7 Buccaneers.  Among teams that you have lost to are the 1-6 Lions and 1-6 Chiefs.  In games where they did not play the Redskins, the Lions have been outscored 191-94 and the Chiefs have been outscored 175-91.  Realizing your team was dreadful, you asked Zorn to resign stripped Zorn of his playcalling duties in favor of Sherman Lewis, who was conspicuously stolen away from his Novi Senior Center bingo-calling responsibilities weeks earlier to be Zorn’s replacement a team consultant.  When ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio pressed Vinny Cerrato on this issue, Cerrato said that calling plays was “just like riding a bike.” If you are going to have a puppet as your GM, he should refuse to be interviewed if he is just going to embarrass himself, and, by extension, his ventriloquist.

This week, Redskins legend John Riggins took a heavy-handed shot at you, telling Cris Collinsworth on Inside the NFL, “this is a bad guy that owns this team. I’ll just tell you that upfront. Bad guy…Let me put it to you this way, Cris, this person’s heart is dark.” These are harsh accusations from a man who is beloved in your city.

Your loyal, if incompetent, defensive coordinator Greg Blache came out vehemently in your corner, saying, “All he wants to do is win. That’s all he wants to do. He will spend his money, he will spend his time, he wants to win, he is here for the people, for the fans, for the Washington Redskins.”  If this is true, what you HAVE to do to prove it is exploit the loophole in his contract and give Bill Parcells a blank check, literally and figuratively, to fix the abject mess that is your organization.

It would be hard, real hard, for you to convince Parcells that, unlike Jerry Jones, you would actually be willing to give him the keys to turn the Redskins around.  However, given your track record with respect to success in the NFL in compared to his, this is the move that you absolutely have to make.  After winning two Super Bowls with the Giants and instilling winning cultures before leaving the Patriots and Jets, Parcells took the 1-15 Dolphins to the playoffs in his FIRST SEASON in charge.  If you are actually serious about winning a Super Bowl for yourself and other Redskins fans and not ego-feeding power and control, you will hire Bill Parcells and give him the independence and financial support he needs to bring your franchise back to the promised land.

Kind regards,

Ryan Glasspiegel

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