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If anyone would like to discuss the most dysfunctional franchise in the NFL, you have to start the conversation with the Washington Redskins. From the owner (Dan Snyder) causing controversies in the media over the team name to the production on the field since Synder purchased the team in 1999, the Redskins have made mistake after mistake on the way to being the laughing stock franchise of the NFL (Yes I am including the Dolphins). What do the Redskins need to do to turn around their losing woes.
Sell the Team
Ok, this one might seem a bit outlandish but hear me out. Snyder’s team record since his purchase is 140-186-1 and a playoff record of 2-5. He is constantly under scrutiny for the nickname “Redskins” and has publicly stated he would not change the name of the team under any circumstance. He has been through 9 different head coaches in his tenure. Now, I understand there are teams with worse records and more coaches during this span, but few owners have dealt with the public shaming he has over the last 7 years. He purchased the team for 800 million dollars in 1999 and Forbes estimates the team’s value to be around 3.1 billion dollars as of September of this year. Snyder should strongly consider cutting his earnings and taking this deal where he will end up profiting 1.215 billion dollars for his 65% stake in the team.
If Alex Smith Cannot Return, Put Faith in Dwayne Haskins
Drafting a quarterback with the 15th overall pick in the NFL draft states that the organization has faith that he could be a franchise player for the next 10-15 years. Washington spends the 15th pick on Dwayne Haskins, who was widely regarded as the most pro-ready quarterback coming out of college this past draft. His debut against the the Giants was one to forget with only 107 yards and 3 interceptions in just over 2 quarters. It might not have been a good sign, but Haskins needs to get reps in real game situations to improve in this league. He will always be compared to Kyler Murray and Daniel Jones being in the same draft class, but he is the only quarterback not to get an opportunity.
Find Wide Receiver Help Immediately
Washington has, what could be, the worst wide receiving core in the NFL. Paul Richardson, Trey Quinn, and Terry McLaurin do not put fear into opposing defenses. Fortunately for the Redskins, this could be the deepest wide receiver class in years starting with the guy they should target with their first pick, Jerry Jeudy (Alabama). This 2020 class is extremely deep at wide receiver so using a couple of picks at this position is not going to be the worst thing for a young quarterback.
No more Big Splashes
Washington has a problem with spending big money on one free agent signing and thinking that one player is going to solve every issue they have. Adam Archuleta, Albert Haynesworth, Josh Norman, Landon Collins, this list goes long on big contract players that could be used to get 3 to 4 solid players to build a foundation to success. The big joke in the Madden franchise community is the Redskins always overbid for big free agent acquisitions and they have some pretty good premise to go on. Building through the draft and refusing to overpay for players should be the strategy for Washington in the years ahead.
Washington is a franchise with issues from the bottom to the top of the organization. A lack of talent at crucial positions aligned with some ill-advised spending on high profile players has left this organization on the brink of obscurity for an NFL franchise. This team has some quality pieces, but this will be a 2 to 3 year rebuild overall.